Scam letters binned
PUBLISHED: 11:53 21 January 2010 | UPDATED: 17:32 25 August 2010
A SCAMNESTY campaign is being held next month when residents will be able to drop off any suspect letters in eight bins across the borough. The scamnesty bins will be available to use across Bexley from February 1 until February 26 as part of Scams Aw
A 'SCAMNESTY' campaign is being held next month when residents will be able to drop off any suspect letters in eight bins across the borough.
The scamnesty bins will be available to use across Bexley from February 1 until February 26 as part of Scams Awareness Month, with an email address to forward electronic scams.
Scams are organised methods of getting money from people by tricking them.
They often arrive in the post, by email or over the phone, with attractive promises of large sums of money or miracle health cures.
In order to claim the win or cure, the recipient has to send a sum of money. The promised windfall never arrives, or the miracle cure does not work.
More than three million adults - one in 15 people - fall victim to scams, losing a total of £3.5 billion every year. Although anyone can fall for a scam, organisers often target the elderly and vulnerable, and in some cases defraud them out of thousands of pounds.
The bins will be placed at Central Library in Townley Road, Broadway, Bostall Library in King Harold's Way, both in Bexleyheath, Blackfen Library, in Blackfen Parade, Blackfen Road, Sidcup, North Heath Library, Mill Road in Erith, Sidcup Library, Hadlow Road, Sidcup, Welling Library in Bellegrove Road, Welling, Thamesmead Library in Binsey Walk, Thamesmead and Care Partners Trust, in Crayford Rd, Crayford.
Office of Fair Trading research shows that fewer than five per cent of victims report scams to the authorities.
If you think you have been the victim of a scam, or you suspect a scam, call Consumer Direct for practical consumer advice on 08454 04 05 06 or go to www.consumerdirect.gov.uk/scamnest.