Whittlesey and District Neighbourhood Watch

Creating safer, stronger and active communities

Mail Scams

Scammers commonly contact people through the post. Some victims, particularly older people, receive hundreds of scam letters a week. Common mail scams include lottery and prize draw scams, Nigerian letter scams, clairvoyant scams and catalogue scams.

Older people are especially vulnerable to mail scams because many still receive and pay their bills by post, shop using paper catalogues and correspond by letter.  Not only that, the arrival of the day’s post can be a highlight for a lonely older person, giving them something to do.