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Scamnesty (a scam mail amnesty) campaign 2021
Due to the success of last years’ campaign, the Friends Against Scams Team are once again running a Scamnesty (a scam mail amnesty) campaign aiming to encourage everyone in the UK to send in any unwanted scam and nuisance mail that they receive into the National Trading Standards (NTS) Scams Team completely free of charge.
If you, or someone you know is in receipt of scam or nuisance mail, the NTS Scams Teams Investigators want to see it! They already use the mail that they receive from Scam Marshals to great effect through their disruption techniques but the team would like to see more and put a stop to these mailings landing on consumers’ door steps. The NTS Scams Team estimate that only 5% of these crimes are reported, this can be due to a number of reasons, including shame or embarrassment, or even that the victim does not know who to report scams to. Victims of these crimes shouldn’t feel ashamed at all – these criminals are experts at what they do and know exactly how to commit their fraud.
This campaign will be running throughout December and the below image shows which types of scam mail will be shared about on social media.
Keep an eye out each week of December for
Week 1 – 29th November to 3rd December – Clairvoyant and faith-based mailings
Week 2 – 6th to 10th December – Catalogue and health mailings
Week 3 – 13th to 17th December – Advice fee fraud and inheritance scams
Week 4 – 20th to 24th December – Fake lottery / Sweepstake Fraud
The Team want to encourage everyone in the UK to have a chat with their loved ones about scams and to send in any scam or unwanted mail into the team, free of charge!
Send mail (no need for a stamp) to : NTSST, FREEPOST, MAIL MARSHALS
Head to the Friends Against Scams website for more information about scams.
Top 5 tips to take a stand against mail scams.
- Never send money to a company in order to claim a prize or winnings.
- Watch out for letters with too good to be true offers, it’s probably a scam.
- Don’t disclose personal information to people or companies you do not know.
- If you get a lot of mail get a trusted friend or family member to help you sort through it.
- If you think the letter is a scam, report it and send it to the address above.
REMEMBER IF YOU ARE NOT SURE, GET ADVICE AND ALWAYS REPORT A SCAM.