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Dump scam mail and help crack down on fraudsters

Richard Webb, the Manager of Oxfordshire County Council's Trading Standards Service and David Soward, a coordinator from Oxfordshire's Consumer Empowerment Partnership, with a 'scamnesty' box NNL-140505-115453001

Richard Webb, the Manager of Oxfordshire County Council's Trading Standards Service and David Soward, a coordinator from Oxfordshire's Consumer Empowerment Partnership, with a 'scamnesty' box NNL-140505-115453001

‘Scamnesty’ boxes will be popping up around Banburyshire as part of a drive to disrupt rogue trader activity.

Residents can dump any scam mail they have received in one of the 85 boxes at various locations in Oxfordshire.

Oxfordshire County Council’s Trading Standards team has teamed up with the Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) to raise awareness of scams.

The boxes are being placed at 16 county council libraries and six county council health and wellbeing centres, including one in Ruskin Road, Banbury.

Richard Webb, manager of the council’s Trading Standards Service, said: “We want to highlight tactics used by unscrupulous rogue traders. One of the ways to crack down on scammers attempting to fleece money out of people through the post is to give residents a place where they can dump these unwanted letters.

“I hope that householders will take advantage of the scam mail boxes that will be placed in libraries, CABs, health and wellbeing centres and other buildings during May and dump the letters which are purely designed to con people out of their money.”

Letters received will be collected and information shared with other Trading Standards teams across the country to better understand the problem.

 

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