Join the fightback against scam mail: Home Office grants ‘Scam Marshals’ £100k to clamp down postal fraud
Britain’s undercover army of scam-busting pensioners is to grow after being given an extra £100,000 funding by the Home Office.
Earlier this year, Money Mail revealed how Trading Standards has recruited hundreds of so-called ‘Scam Marshals’ to help it clamp down on postal fraud.
Most of the marshals, who have an average age of 75, have fallen victim to mail scams themselves.
Threat: Overseas criminals send an estimated 3.2 million pieces of scam mail to people in Britain every year
Once recruited, they are trained in how to spot scams and told to forward any letters they receive on to Trading Standards. They are also encouraged to share their experiences to stop others falling victim.
Overseas criminals send an estimated 3.2 million pieces of scam mail to people in Britain every year.
Typical ploys include luring people into investing in fake money-making schemes or convincing them they have won a big prize that they can claim by sending cash in the post.
Once someone falls victim to one of these scams, their personal details are put on so-called ‘suckers lists’ and traded online.
Earlier this year, evidence gathered by the marshals led to hundreds of arrests by U.S. and Canadian authorities.
To help fight fraudsters, email: FriendsAgainstScams@SurreyCC.gov.uk, call National Trading Standards on 01323 463484, or write to: Mail Marshals, National Trading Scams Team, 5th Floor St Mary’s House, 52 St Leonards Road, Eastbourne, East Sussex BN21 3UU.