Published on August 19th, 2015 | by Rob Stebbings0
Trading Standards Teams Address Instances Of Postal Fraud
Mail sent in envelopes for the sole intention of obtaining money through deception and/or fraud is a wide scale problem. According to statistics produced by National Trading Standards (NTS), there have been more than 10,000 victims of mail scams who have each lost an average of £1,184 each as a result of such fraudulent activity. This totals just over £13 million to demonstrate the significance of the issue.
However it is estimated that the total cost to consumers may be far higher than this with reporting levels as low as 5 per cent.
However this figure would have been higher still had it not been for the work of the National Trading Standards Scams Team (NTSST) which we learn has saved consumers over £5 million over the past three years.
According to the Citizen Advice Bureau, two in five of all postal scams are lotteries or prize draws whereby individuals are invited to claim a prize for a competition they have not even entered!
Addressing postal fraud
It is estimated that nearly half of people in the UK have been targeted by a scam so it is timely that the issue of fraudulent mail is being addressed by Royal Mail. They have been recently conducting training sessions at Royal Mail delivery offices across the UK in order to help people become more vigilant about marketing scams which are often targeted at the elderly or vulnerable members of society.
Tips for dealing with fraudulent mail
So with postal fraud becoming so prevalent, what can we all do to tackle scams?
The Citizens Advice Bureau suggest:
- Check with a trusted friend, relative or neighbour
- Get advice from the Citizens Advice consumer service by calling 08454 040506
- Report scams and suspected scams to Action Fraud by dialing 0300 123 2040
Tell family, friends and neighbours so they can avoid scams