New crackdown on scam letters

Councillor David Allen
Councillor David Allen
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A ‘scamnesty’ is to be held in Derbyshire in a crackdown on fake lotteries, get-rich-quick schemes and prize draws.

Residents plagued by scam mail are being urged to hand in all the letters they receive in a national campaign led by Trading Standards.

Suspected scam mail can be dropped off at any Derbyshire library between next Monday, May 20, and Friday, May 31.

Citizens Advice Bureau staff will also collect letters at their offices in Chesterfield and Clay Cross.

Coun Dave Allen, Derbyshire Council cabinet member for health and communities, said: “Scamnesty is important in helping us understand the ever-changing ways in which criminals target honest members of the public.

“Intelligence gained from leaflets and letters handed in will be used in our investigations, and residents can rest assured we’ll always take action where appropriate.

“The bottom line here is if an offer seems too good to be true it probably is. That’s why I urge people never to give out their bank details or send money to these tricksters.”

n Visit Think Jessica a Derbyshire-based charity set up to help and support those affected by mail scams