Beware of scam mail says MP
12:16pm Monday 16th September 2013 in News
VALE MP Alun Cairns is increasingly concerned about scam emails sent by criminal gangs aiming to trick people out of their money and is calling all constituents to be aware of the risks.
Mr Cairns is raising the issue in Parliament and calling for changes to legislation.
An increasing number of people are receiving mail which tells them they have won a prize but need to send a sum amount of money to receive it. Although the mail may seem genuine, he implores you not to be sucked in by this. Once the money has been sent, the victim is placed on a suckers list, identifying them as vulnerable, which is then sold to other gangs who aim to perform the same scam.
Often it is elderly people who are taken in by this scam, with people over 70 providing the majority of victims.
Mr Cairns said: "I urge all of constituents not to be fooled by this type of mail. This is a terrible crime, attempted by those who prey on the vulnerable. If you, or indeed, one of your family members receives something like this, please immediately put it in the bin, where it belongs.
"I will be working closely with my colleagues and local Trading Standards to combat the criminal gangs who commit such a heinous crime.
"Furthermore, I ask any of my constituents who have been affected by such mail to contact me for advice and in the hope that others do not suffer at the hands of these cowardly criminals."