Scammers have 'Suckers Lists'
The National Trading Standards Scams Team (NTSST) have been cracking down on these ne'er-do-wells for the past three years, and have discovered lists of would-be victims who were being targeted because they've previously engaged with marketing mailings.
A lot of these people were vulnerable, so were likely to live alone or be elderly, according to the the NTSST.
These particular scams included fake prize draws and special deals, with the average victim losing out on £1,100, or more. So, keep an eye on nana next time you see her.
Lord Toby Harris, chair of NTSST, said: "To have saved consumers more than £5m in three years is a great achievement and shows the powerful effect the National Trading Standards Scams Team is having. However, we know our work is not done. Criminal scammers are targeting some of the most vulnerable people in society - ripping them off in many cases for thousands of pounds."
"We are going to continue in our fight to protect consumers and we urge you to help us by reporting suspected cases of postal fraud to the Royal Mail."
That's right - the Royal Mail are in on this too. The NTSST have teamed-up with the postal service and have 2,000 staff trained-up, in a bid to spot bogus marketing and other scams. However, such is the volume of these scams, We The People need to help them out as well.
Louise Baxter, who leads the NTSST, added: "We really need the public to help us with this – by being vigilant about mass marketing scams themselves but also looking out for relatives or neighbours, particularly those who are elderly or vulnerable. We often find victims who have lost hundreds of thousands over several years; the impact on individuals and consumers is devastating."