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Scam mail warning from Trading Standards

Monday July 25 2016


Scam mail received by a Barnsley resident Scam mail received by a Barnsley resident


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.

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Reply Posted by john on Monday July 25 2016 at 12:44
no genuine company will ever ask for money to claim a prize , also if it sounds to good it probably is, don't get fooled by these idiots, keep your money in your pockets,

Reply Posted by Roy miller on Monday July 25 2016 at 21:25
John- thanks for your pearls of wisdom, what ever would we do without you invaluable advise

Reply Posted by Eda on Wednesday July 27 2016 at 13:16
Roy - apparently 350 elderly people in Barnsley have fallen for the scam so advice from 'John' is worth reading, especially if you are elderly or vulnerable.

Reply Posted by john on Wednesday July 27 2016 at 14:53
Eda . thankyou , I was only trying to give some friendly advice.. my gran was conned and it broke her heart..

Reply Posted by Eda on Wednesday July 27 2016 at 15:32
John, it is heart breaking for the elderly when they get conned, especially as they try so hard to stay independent, deal with their own mail etc in addition they get bored and get drawn into things....we have to look after our elderly and vulnerable, they are precious.

Reply Posted by Paul on Tuesday July 26 2016 at 15:47
We've had em but they get filed wi rest of junk.