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East Riding residents warned over postal scams
Scamnesty poster
The "Scamnesty" campaigns encourages pensioners to bin junk mail

A local charity is warning elderly people to beware of junk mail scams.

Age UK East Riding said more and more people are falling for letters offering fortunes in return for sending money.

The charity has launched a campaign to highlight the issue, providing "Scamnesty" dustbins across the region, where people can dump their unwanted junk mail.

Mark Rounding, chief officer of Age UK East Riding, said the criminals often deliberately target the elderly:

"Obviously elderly people are the most vulnerable, especially elderly people living in rural isolated communities in the East Riding. Be a good neighbour and make them aware that scams do exist. If something is too good to be true, it probably is, and just bin it."

One local who fell victim to the fraudsters was 71-year-old Ray Kaye. Mr Kaye, who lives in Aldbrough, lost £4000 over the years replying to junk mail.

Ray kaye
Ray Kaye lost 4000 to junk mail scams

He said he only realised he was being conned after a neighbour noticed the large amount of junk mail he was receiving:

"All the years I have been doing it never crossed my mind it was a scam. I were believing that it was genuine because the documentation was all good and well laid out. And I believed it."

Once Mr Kaye responded to the initial letter he found he was inundated with similar post from around the world. He said at one point he was receiving 40 or 50 letters a week.




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