Postal scams

Source : Age Cymru
Published on 29 October 2012 02:30 PM

Responding to reports today from the BBC that a man from Bridgend paid out £15,000 to a mail order scam, Age Cymru’s Safeguarding Manager Louise Hughes says:

“Postal scams are used by criminal gangs to target unsuspecting people in their own homes.

“They are usually quite easy to spot, so if you get anything in the post that says you’ve won a large sum of money (and you haven’t entered any competitions), then be very suspicious.

“Also remember the old adage ‘If it seems too good to be true, then chances are it is too good to be true’, and make sure that you bin any suspicious post that lands on your door mat.

“Another very important thing to remember is that you must never respond to scam mail – if you do, your name will be put on a so-called ‘suckers list’, and you will find yourself at the receiving end of more and more scam mail.

"I’ve heard of instances where people received more than 100 pieces of scam mail a day, so make sure you never respond to scam mail.”

Download Age Cymru's scams information card and our scams door hanger.

If you are a journalist and would like further information, please contact Iwan Rhys Roberts on 029 2043 1562, 07739 894 923,

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