Suffolk County Council Trading Standards has identified nearly 1600 Suffolk residents on scam mail company hit lists.
The list has been secured as part of a national trading standards project that Suffolk Trading Standards is contributing to.
These types of lists are known to be exchanged between scammers who use the names and addresses to target people with scam mail and scam telephone calls looking to extract money from them.
A variety of scams are used that include fake lottery and prize draw wins, bogus psychic predictions, get-rich-quick investment cons and ‘miracle’ health cures.
Some of the victims identified as part of the national project have sent money to bogus prize draw companies that have been intercepted by trading standards services nationally.
These so called prize draw forms with cheques and cash sent by Suffolk residents are being returned to residents as part of the project.
Suffolk Trading Standards is working closely with adult and community service professionals and other organisations to pool resources and expertise in assisting these victims.
Councillor Colin Spence, Suffolk County Council’s cabinet member for public protection, said: “Research has found that many victims are socially isolated or their families are unaware of the problem.
“Through our trading standards team, working closely with colleagues from adult social care we are aiming to collectively prevent the most vulnerable adults from falling victim to mass marketing scams and suffering financial detriment in the future.
“I encourage those receiving a letter from trading standards to read it and get in contact, this will allow us to provide valuable and effective advice to prepare you for any future traps.
“We would advise people not to respond to scam mail as the only winners are the scammers themselves.”
Suffolk Trading Standards is contacting Suffolk residents found to be on scam mail companies hit lists.
These residents are being contacted initially by letter and offered advice from a Trading Standards Officer either over the telephone or via a home visit.
Anyone who is concerned that they or a friend or family member has been involved in a scam are encouraged to call the Citizens Advice consumer helpline on 03454 040506.