As part of Scam Awareness Month, Bromley Trading Standards has issued a warning to people in the area to keep an eye out for postal scams. This type of fraud is estimated to cost £5 billion to the overall economy across the UK. Trading Standards is particularly concerned about the risk to elderly residents, who are more likely to respond to requests for money if they think they might win something.
Following work carried out by Trading Standards with the Post Office and the National Scams Team, there has been a rise in the number of scams being reported. Those delivering mail in Bromley are undergoing training to highlight the tactics that scammers use to trick customers. They will be urged to report any mail that they believe could be a scam to internal sources. It will then be investigated by Trading Standards, who will also provide support to victims.
The financial cost is not the only problem caused by these scams. They can also lead to emotional trauma for the victims and those around them. The Adult Safeguarding is Everyone’s Business Campaign is seeking to raise awareness of the problem of scams in the Bromley area and encouraging local residents to keep an eye out for those who are particularly vulnerable.
If you suspect that someone is the victim of a scam, you should call Trading Standards on their rapid response line, 07903 852090.
Have you been the victim of a scam or know someone who has? What tactics did the scammers use to gain money from you?