Scammers

Scam mail is mail sent by criminals who are called ‘scammers’. They are designed to trick the recipient into giving out bank details, sending cash or making money transfers. There are numerous different types of scams. Two of the most common are lottery and prize draw scams. Victims are informed that they have won a large cash prize but are asked to send some sort of fee to release the prize. This can result in the victim sending money, on several occasions, in the false hope that they will receive a cash prize which never arrives.

Every year 3.2 million adults in the UK fall victim to a scam involving deceptive mail, phone calls or e-mails. 

THINK JESSICA is a charity which was founded in 2007 to raise awareness of ‘scamming’ and to support the victims and their families. Jessica was 83 when she died and was still waiting for her promised prizes after several years of sending cash and making money transfers. In the region of 30,000 scam letters were found in Jessica’s home.

This type of crime has a devastating effect on victims and their families. Once again it is generally elderly and other vulnerable people who are targeted. I talk in some detail about how we can all do our bit to raise awareness and reduce the number of people who are ‘conned’ by this most despicable of crimes.

IF YOU RECEIVE ANY ‘SCAM’ MAIL DON’T REPLY TO IT. SIMPLY PUT IT IN THE BIN