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Beware postal scams

Your Glenwatch representative recently attended a presentation from Leicestershire County Council's Trading Standards Officers in respect of scam/unwanted/junk mail and unwanted/scam phone calls, how to spot them and the many forms they can take. This was held as part of October's Parish Council's meeting

And some of the stories from Steve Toone of LCC where local people had literally lost thousands of pounds to these scammers were eye opening. They particularly prey on the elderly and vulnerable people with scams which come through the postal system and criminals who contact them by telephone.
The National Trading Standards Scams team estimate postal scams could be netting criminals worldwide up to £10 billion a year
Criminals worldwide are hunting down the most fragile members of our society by "working" from mailing lists which categorise people as being elderly or vulnerable in some way. Everyone is at risk but those listed as living alone, not having the internet or any way of being educated about scams or how to report them are their preferred targets. They contact  them by letter and phone call and try to trick them into parting with cash. Trading Standards have set up a website thinkjessica.com which explains how the scams work and how to avoid them.  Glenwatch has a number of brochures on the types of scams being used, how to avoid them and unwanted phone calls, we also have a number of "No invited caller" stickers – just contact us by email to get one for yourself.

The next Glenwatch meeting is on Tuesday 5th December starting at 7.15pm at the Parish Council offices, Park House, Stamford Street – everyone welcome. Come along and hear the latest police information and have your say. Refreshments will also be served.
You can contact Glenwatch by email at contact@glenwatch.org.uk or on 0116 2875141 or via the Glenwatch website.

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