BARNSLEY Trading Standards have warned locals to be on the lookout for scam mail after discovering over 350 Barnsley residents have been recently conned out of money.

A countrywide initiative found over 350 people have responded to scam mail in Barnsley recently. Many of the locals were elderly and living alone.

In nearly all cases, it was found that the victim sent money in response to the scam mail they received, totalling hundreds or even thousands of pounds.

Some locals have been receiving more than ten letters a day from companies stating they have won prizes such as cars, cash, cruises or electrical goods - and that they onlu need to pay a small admin fee to claim them.

Experts say the fee to claim the prize is small enough to tempt the victims in the hope that they receive the prize.

However, the prizes never arrive.

If you feel that you have been a victim of scam mail, or know someone who may be, you can report this to Barnsley Trading Standards through the Citizens Advice Consumer Service Helpline on 08454 040506.