Sunday, 16 December 2018

Tackling mail conmen

A “SCAM BOX” has been installed at Henley Library and Henley Citizens Advice Bureau to help thwart con artists who

A “SCAM BOX” has been installed at Henley Library and Henley Citizens Advice Bureau to help thwart con artists who target residents by post.

Oxfordshire County Council’s trading standards team is urging anyone who has received mail such as letters claiming you have won a lottery you didn’t enter or a request for money to drop it off in one of the boxes so officers can investigate.

The move is part of national Scam Awareness Month.

In the past year, 1,053 suspected scams were reported to the team. Richard Webb, the council’s trading standards and community safety manager, said: “Scams are crimes, so it’s hugely important they are reported and that residents remain on their guard.

“The bottom line is that if something looks too good to be true, it probably is.

“During last year’s scam box initiative we received around 120 letters and were able to identify five ongoing victims of scam mailing.

“Through advice given we managed to prevent these victims parting with further money and reduce the amount of scam letters they were receiving.”

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