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P.O.Box 500

October 27, 2015 Scams No Comments
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A brave lady presented bundles of her SCAM mail to us earlier this year; she is receiving up to 8 letters a day mostly tempting her to buy her magical lottery winnings, how to secure inheritance monies & psychic help. Pat says…

’If you are receiving any of these SCAM letters please, please do not be too embarrassed to come forward & USE THE P O Box 500, so that Jersey Post & the Police can gauge the extent of the problem, The scammers are targeting the elderly and vulnerable people and it needs to STOP’

We firmly believe that Pat is just a number of Jersey residents who are being bombarded by SCAM mail – Age Concern members confirmed that many of them are also targets for these attempted fraud letters.

Pat goes on to explain ‘that when these letters just keep arriving day after day it eventually begins to affect your health adversely and the temptation to reply increases as your resolve is worn down’

The States of Jersey Police need to be aware of your SCAM mail so that they can build a picture about the people and businesses behind all the SCAMs. They will work with other agencies around the world to tackle the SCAMMERS. Detective Inspector Dave Burmingham urges islanders to post his financial crimes team the letters via PO Box 500, stating that “realistically we can’t investigate all of these individually, but we can seek to identify new and emerging scam trends and forewarn the public, as well as sharing the more pertinent recurring details with overseas partners, including Action Fraud in the UK, so as to better develop understanding and targeting to criminal activities within those jurisdictions”

Jersey Post has dedicated P O Box 500 to SCAM letters to help us all to pass our SCAM letters to Dave’s team at Police headquarters. Pat asked if Jersey Post could just stop delivering the SCAM letters, Andy Jehan, Director of Postal Operations explains that “We are obliged to deliver all items as addressed, however we are happy to provide the PO Box and also for customers to just pop any items into normal Post Boxes with PO Box 500 free of charge. We are keen to work with others to try and resolve this issue”

As long as it’s genuine SCAM mail please write P O Box 500 on it pop the letters back into normal post boxes.

We all understand that SCAM mail is distressing to some of our community and the P O Box initiative has been organised to help us to support everyone – please pass on the message and please use the P O Box for genuine SCAM letters only.

Advocate Rose Colley, Council Chairman is passionate about us all ‘pulling together we can make help protect our community’

October 2015

The SCAM letters are coming in thick and fast to P O Box 500. Please keep sending in all the SCAM mail; tell all your friends and family to do the same. Do not even open the letters – avoid temptation!

To date the States of Jersey Police have been able to contact police forces in both France and the Netherlands to advise them of the SCAM letters being generated by companies in their country. In the early stages at the very least the police action leads to a disruption of activity from the Scammers and later investigations where possible.


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