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Be Alert to Junk Mail coming through your door

Trading Standards officers in Wigan Borough are reminding residents to be alert to junk mail that comes through the door which tries to persuade you to spend money.

A local resident from Shevington recently wrote to Wigan Council’s Trading Standards to thank them for their work in stopping her 91-year-old mother receiving junk mail. She suspects in the last 20 years her mum has lost more than £30,000 responding to various scams. The Trading Standards team worked with the family and removed the lady’s details from databases which has stopped the letters.

Scam mail can include fake lotteries, prize draws or investments. They may ask for your bank details or for you to ring a premium rate number to claim a prize. The resident said: “Thank you to Trading Standards for the hard work involved to help people, like my mum, who are vulnerable and have been targeted by scam letters. “I am sure since this intervention lots of the con letters have stopped. She was getting 20 to 30 a day and paying to many. “For the first time in years she has money in her purse. “We begged, pleaded and argued with her to stop but we all became upset and for no purpose. “The work that you have done is brilliant so please carry on with it.”

Paul Barton, director for environment at Wigan Council, said: “This is a tragic case with a bittersweet ending. This vulnerable lady was unaware that she was being scammed and was voluntarily handing over her money to criminals. “I am so glad we have been able to help her and her family and now the letters have stopped. “It is so important to remain vigilant when anyone asks you to hand over your money, either via a letter, telephone or email. If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. “If you are unsure about something our Trading Standards officers are on hand to help you so please get in touch with them.”

To stop receiving junk mail you can report to Wigan Trading Standards via the Citizen’s Advice Consumer helping on 03454 040506.

You can also contact the Mail Preference Service: https://www.mpsonline.org.uk/