Join the OAPs fighting back against mail fraudsters: Police recruit 250 pensioners to pose as victims
A further 27 pensioners have joined an undercover army of OAPs fighting postal scammers since Money Mail highlighted the scheme last month.
In July, Money Mail revealed how Trading Standards officials work with the police to recruit pensioners who have been victims of postal fraud.
Trading Standards give the victims specialist training from fraud experts. They then pose as unsuspecting victims and pass letters on to the authorities to track down the crooks.
Enforcer: Sigrid Hambley became a Mail Marshal after falling victim to a scam. She received a letter from a fake law firm telling her that a distant relation had left her £2 million in their will
Around 250 people — with an average age of over 75 — have been recruited.
But Trading Standards needs more because once scammers think something is wrong, they try elsewhere.
A spokesman for the National Trading Standards Scams Team says: ‘I would encourage anyone who may have been a victim of a scam in the past to consider becoming a Mail Marshal.’
* If you want to help fight fraudsters call National Trading Standards on 01323 463484.
Or write to Mail Marshals, National Trading Scams Team, 5th Floor St Mary’s House, 52 St Leonards Road, Eastbourne, East Sussex BN21 3UU.