Angus Council’s Trading Standards service is asking anyone to hand over any scam mail they have received as part of a general ‘scamnesty’.
Instead of consigning it to the shredder or throwing it out, bins have been placed in every ACCESS office in the county, as well as Forfar and Arbroath Police stations, for mail to be deposited for uplift by the service during.
A council spokeswoman said: “Scams are fraudulent schemes designed to appeal to people by promising riches or other desirable outcome. These claims are entirely false and the scammers are only ever after your money, preferably on a regular basis.
“If you think that you are being targeted with scam mail please put it in the scamnesty bins. Our trading standards team will inspect all scam mail and find out where it comes from and help close down these scams.”
She added that replies to such mail alert scammers that the recipient can be susceptible meaning they can be added to a ‘suckers list’ and their information sold to other scammers.
The spokeswoman continued: “They will try to attack you every way they can until they have all your money. Keep your details safe and don’t reply to what seems harmless mail such as surveys that ask for details such as age or income.
“We can also offer you advice on how to protect yourself from all forms of scams – whether by mail, telephone or doorstep callers. You can contact trading standards at the ACCESS office or by calling 01241 435600. You can also keep up to date with scams in Angus on Twitter @ScamFreeAngus
“Last year the National Scam Hub provided our trading standards team with 120 names of victims on suckers lists and working with the police and adult protection, financial losses were discovered and other losses prevented.
“Currently there are another 40 victims being contacted across Angus who have fallen for scams relating to prize draws and health products – mainly vitamins.”