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Postal Scam Targets Vulnerable in Cornwall

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2:55pm 8th May 2012

Pirate FM has learnt some of Cornwall's most vulnerable are being sent up to six hundred scam letters every month.

Some end up paying hundreds of pounds in return for the promise of big money prizes, which do not actually exist.

Officials are asking us to hand in anything suspicious to our local library.

Julia Groves speaks for Cornwall Trading Standards:

"At its worst, it can become up to seventy mailings a day. I would say if it seems to good to be true, it generally is a false claim. We've yet to hear of anybody in Cornwall winning any major prize from mailings."

Julia adds people who respond once could find themselves targeted again: "It's highly likely that you'll end up on what we call a sucker's list, with your information being shared with all sorts of scanners who will then send you out more and more and more mailings. You will be bombarded."

Trading Standards say any scam emails can be forwarded to the following address: scams@cornwall.gov.uk

You can also visit the Trading Standards website here.

2:55pm 8th May 2012

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