Fight back against scams and become a Scam Marshal!

Take a stand against scams. That’s the message from Midlothian Council’s Trading Standards team.

Fed up with junk mail?

Are you fed up with the amount of scams that come through your letter box via junk mail? Many scams come in the form of letters making false promises to con people out of money. Criminals trick people with official looking documents usually aimed at persuading them to part with administration fees. The most common scams are fake lotteries, prize draws, romance scams and even clairvoyant scams offering good fortune.

Stand against scams

Friends Against Scams is a national trading standards initiative which aims to protect and prevent people from becoming victims of scams by empowering communities to take a stand against scams. They are calling for people to become Scam Marshals to help stop the scourge of junk mail.

Help others to report and recognise scams

Marshals are given envelopes to allow them to send any scam mail they receive to the National Trading Standards Scam Team (NTSST) at no cost so that it can be used as evidence in investigations and enforcement work. This should eventually stop the recipient receiving the junk mail. They can also share their own experiences to help others to report and recognise scams. The NTSST have created a Scam Marshal coffee morning pack so that marshals can invite their friends and family to their homes for a cuppa and a chat about how to be scam aware.

Sign up and become a Scam Marshall

Anyone in the UK can become a Scam Marshal. So far over 500 people have signed up including Midlothian Council’s Senior Enforcement Officer Andy King who has become the first person in Midlothian to become a marshal.

Andy says:  "The Scam Marshal scheme has been developed as a way of helping to bring people together to fight scams. If you are inundated with junk mail sign up today free of charge to help yourself and others.” 

Advice on scams

If anyone is concerned that they might have been subjected to a scam and they would like to report it or need advice, they can contact Midlothian Trading Standards on:

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5 Feb 2019