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South Warwickshire, England.

The Oxhill News

April 2011

This months News

Contents

 

Know your Rights!

Advice from Warwickshire County Council Trading Standards Service

Don't be conned - beat the scammers!

February was scams awareness month when Trading Standards Service highlighted the problems of scam mail e.g. prize draws, fake lotteries, clairvoyant predictions, get rich quick schemes and miracle health cures.  The one thing they have in common is that they ask you to send money up front in order to claim your fabulous prize.  However, you are unlikely to ever hear from them again and any "prize" you do receive will be worthless.

If you send money you are likely to be bombarded with further scams because your name has been added to a "sucker" list.  We discovered one Warwickshire resident who had received 63 such letters in just a few months.

Many letters look very professional and are very persuasive - the recipient is often addressed by their first name, making it sound as though it is a personal offer just for them.

To reduce unwanted mail register, free, with the Mailing Preference Service on 0845 703 4599 or www.mpsonline.org.uk.  Registering will make it easier to spot a scam in your mail.

Most importantly, if something sounds too good to be true, then it probably is - put the letter in the bin!

If you are not sure if a letter is a scam, contact Consumer Direct on 08454 04 05 06.

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