Scamnesty - bad name, good idea, but will it change anything?
It's easy to be cynical about anything that involves government consumer bodies, largely because they cost metric fucktons of cash and appear to achieve sod all. That said, we'd be happy to see the likes of Scamnesty do some real good and put an end to nefarious activity, although whether its ambitions will dovetail neatly with reality is another matter.
Scamnesty is a month long initiative that'll see trading standards officers from across the UK coming together to rummage through your scam emails, texts and letters. No, really - giant yellow bins will be appearing around the country for you to post your suspect letters into. Emails? Texts? They want to have a gander at them, too.
It's all part of Scams Awareness Month - not quite as attractive as Reader's Wives Monthly and not even a month because it ends on February 26th - which launches as the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) warns that over four million adults in the UK have responded to a scam, of which a third lost money. That's fairly serious, isn't it? Why is this action only a month twenty six days long, then? If you've gone to the bother of manufacturing several hundred banana-coloured bins, it seems a shame to waste them if the problem is so widespread. And it's such a catchy name, too.
There's more information on the Consumer Direct website - let us know if anything you submit results in any sort of positive action; we hope for the best, but we fear the worst. Actually, screw that - let us know if you see one of these bins in the wild and have a peek at how full it is - how effective is this campaign at street level? Photographic evidence, please.