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Cornwall's Ill and Elderly Targeted with £160m of Scams

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7:01am 1st August 2012

Pirate FM has learnt cancer patients and older people are being targeted by scamsters in Cornwall.

Officials have told us £160m of prizes have been promised, without any sign of the jackpot ever turning up.

Louise Parry from Stoke Climsland is worried her mum is now on a so-called "sucker's list" with her details being passed onto others. She said: "She's had cards come through saying 'send us £19.99 because we know you have won something in a draw and we'll investigate and get the money for you.' That's an even worse scam.

"Then of course they follow it up with phone calls. She'll get a call saying, 'Have you received your envelope? You must reply within two days.' If they don't get a reply they start phoning her again: 'You didn't reply. You aren't entered into this draw. You really need to do this.'"

Louise showed Pirate FM the piles of letters that have mounted up at her mother's home.

Hundreds of fake letters have been handed into Trading Standards at Cornwall Council. In total the jackpots promised added up to £160m “And these were just the people that responded to our appeal” said Trading Standards authorised officer Julia Groves.
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“Because of the success of this years appeal through Cornwall Council’s one stop shops and libraries, Trading Standards were able to pinpoint some of the residents who were receiving excessively large amounts of mail and offer individual support and advice.

"Sadly, if you respond to a scam, even only once, you are likely to have your details placed onto a ‘Suckers List’, which gets sold on around the scammers’ network, and can result in people being flooded with scams and junk mail."

7:01am 1st August 2012

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