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Stop the scammers, say Sussex councillors

A high-profile campaign to protect elderly residents from scammers will be backed by councillors.

Jessica’s Campaign was set up after a 78-year-old widow responded to a fraudulent letter, which said she had won a large sum of money.

After she sent a sum of money as an administration fee to claim her non-existent winnings, scammers continued to bombard her with requests.

When Jessica died, her daughter found 30,000 letters from fraudsters in her house and discovered she had parted with thousands of pounds.

West Sussex County Council agreed to support the campaign at its meeting last week.

Liberal Democrat councillor Morwen Millson, who presented the notice of motion, said: “I nearly cried when I first read Jessica’s story. It was so sad to read of how badly affected she was by these criminal fraudsters.

“West Sussex has a large population of older people, and although we all like to think that we would see through such letters, it is surprising how many people respond to them.”

In 2008 a survey conducted by Help the Aged and Barclays revealed that seven out of ten older people in Britain – more than 6.6 million people – are targeted by scams every month, by either telephone or letter.

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8:41am Wed 19 Dec 12

qm says...

This is not a new problem and it has been highlighted several times very distressingly on television. What is more distressing is that an individual has to initiate a campaign for someone to do something. Well done West Sussex for FINALLY waking up but what about the rest of the country? There are thousands and thousands of lonely vulnerable people out there, usually of age, who thrill to the 'delight' that someone out there 'cares' enough to want to give them something. They shouldn't ever get that lonely! Come on families, get your bums off the sofa and go care! If your conscience doesn't get you moving, just remember, it might be that 'little inheritance' that is literally being stolen and maybe you don't deserve it anyway.
This is not a new problem and it has been highlighted several times very distressingly on television. What is more distressing is that an individual has to initiate a campaign for someone to do something. Well done West Sussex for FINALLY waking up but what about the rest of the country? There are thousands and thousands of lonely vulnerable people out there, usually of age, who thrill to the 'delight' that someone out there 'cares' enough to want to give them something. They shouldn't ever get that lonely! Come on families, get your bums off the sofa and go care! If your conscience doesn't get you moving, just remember, it might be that 'little inheritance' that is literally being stolen and maybe you don't deserve it anyway. qm
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9:12am Wed 19 Dec 12

Crystal Ball says...

Is there a campaign to stop the chiseling councilors?
Is there a campaign to stop the chiseling councilors? Crystal Ball
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9:18am Wed 19 Dec 12

Ballroom Blitz says...

Please. Listen up other old people. If you receive an unsolicited communication, and it seems to good to be true - it is!
Don't respond, and don't hand over any money to anyone.
It's as simple as that.
In fact, if it comes in email form, do what I do. Just delete without reading.
Please. Listen up other old people. If you receive an unsolicited communication, and it seems to good to be true - it is! Don't respond, and don't hand over any money to anyone. It's as simple as that. In fact, if it comes in email form, do what I do. Just delete without reading. Ballroom Blitz
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9:18am Wed 19 Dec 12

Ballroom Blitz says...

Please. Listen up other old people. If you receive an unsolicited communication, and it seems to good to be true - it is!
Don't respond, and don't hand over any money to anyone.
It's as simple as that.
In fact, if it comes in email form, do what I do. Just delete without reading.
Please. Listen up other old people. If you receive an unsolicited communication, and it seems to good to be true - it is! Don't respond, and don't hand over any money to anyone. It's as simple as that. In fact, if it comes in email form, do what I do. Just delete without reading. Ballroom Blitz
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9:36am Wed 19 Dec 12

Morpheus says...

Just how do they propose to put a stop to this? It happens with letters and phone calls and has been going on for years. It is not only the elderly who fall for this. As for Morwen who nearly cried but didn't, I think we can expect little help there to solve the problem.
Just how do they propose to put a stop to this? It happens with letters and phone calls and has been going on for years. It is not only the elderly who fall for this. As for Morwen who nearly cried but didn't, I think we can expect little help there to solve the problem. Morpheus
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11:54am Wed 19 Dec 12

kopite_rob says...

Not just letters and phonecalls, also emails & texts. Despite being on TPS and never giving out my mobile number I still get plagued by scanners.
Worse still last night I was doorstepped. Despite a "no cold calling" sign on my door, these teenagers obviously couldn't read. Dark clothing, clipboards and no ID. I still have no idea what they were selling, but no company should still think it's acceptable to go door to
door in this day and age.
Not just letters and phonecalls, also emails & texts. Despite being on TPS and never giving out my mobile number I still get plagued by scanners. Worse still last night I was doorstepped. Despite a "no cold calling" sign on my door, these teenagers obviously couldn't read. Dark clothing, clipboards and no ID. I still have no idea what they were selling, but no company should still think it's acceptable to go door to door in this day and age. kopite_rob
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