Join in the fight against scam mails: The Home Office grants "Scam Marshals" £ 100,000
Money Mail Reporter for the Daily Mail
Britain's undercover army of fraudulent retirees is set to grow after receiving an additional £ 100,000 from the Home Office.
Earlier this year, Money Mail revealed how Trading Standards has recruited hundreds of so-called "Scam Marshals" to stem the post fraud.
Most marshals, who have an average age of 75, have themselves been victims of mail scams.
Threat: Overseas criminals send an estimated 3.2 million scams each year to people in the UK
Once hired, they will be trained on how to detect fraud, and they are advised to forward the received letters to Trading Standards. They are also encouraged to share their experiences so that others do not fall victim.
Overseas criminals send an estimated 3.2 million scams each year to people in the UK.
Typical tricks include getting people to invest in mischief programs, or convincing them that they have won a big prize, which they can claim by sending cash in the mail.
As soon as someone falls prey to one of these scams, his personal data are stored on so-called "suckling lists" and traded online.
Earlier this year, the evidence collected by the Marshalls led to hundreds of arrests by US and Canadian authorities.
To help fight fraudsters, email FriendsAgainstScams@SurreyCC.gov.uk, call National Trading Standards on 01323 463484, or mail Marshals, National Trading Scams Team, 5. Floor St Marys House, 52 St Leonards Road, Eastbourne, East Sussex BN21 3UU.