As part of the follow up work to reunite residents with their cash Cambridgeshire County Council officers are reminding people that scam mail can take many different forms. Itâ€™s designed to look official or to befriend in order to con victims out of their money.
Nikki Pasek, Head of Supporting Businesses and Communities said â€œResidents should seek help if they have fallen victim to a scam and should not be embarrassed as scammers can be very devious. We want to stop the scam cycle. If people respond to a scam, then their personal details might be shared with other criminals, making it more likely that more scam mail will be received. We donâ€™t want to worry people, but we do want to help residents protect themselves and there are some simple steps that they can take â€“ return any scam mail to the sender or put it in an envelope and send it to FREEPOST SCAM MAIL. Scams can also be reported to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.â€
Earlier this month Cambridgeshireâ€™s Trading Standards officers joined forces with the National Trading Standards Scams Team, Police and Royal Mail to follow the trail of scams which trick residents into thinking they are due a big prize win if they pay a Â£5 administration fee or make a purchase from a treats catalogue.
Envelopes containing cheques, cash or personal bank details were seized and sent to the relevant local authority to return to their residents.
For further details on scams visit the Think Jessica website.
To report a scam contact Trading Standards via the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 03454 04 05 06 and Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.