At the Neighbourhood & Home Watch Network office we often get phone calls or emails asking for advice about scams.
We always advise anyone who suspects a scam, or who has been the victim of a scam, to report it to the police on www.actionfraud.police.uk
or 0300 123 2040. However, it is always better to take preventative
action where possible and it is good to know what to look for to avoid being taken in, as well as to advise friends and family members when necessary.
The charity Think Jessica (www.thinkjessica.com) page booklet, ‘Scam mail is blackmail‘, is particularly useful and covers: lottery and prize draw scams, clairvoyant scams, catalogue scams, courier scams, bank / building society scams and more. You can order a free hard copy of this booklet by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.