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03rd April 2020

Scam Mail

Types of scam mail and advice on how to report. 

Scammers may write to you out of the blue using clever techniques to persuade you to send them money or ask for personal and/or banking details.

Be particularly wary of letters relating to:

  • Lotteries or competitions you haven’t entered;
  • Clairvoyants who suggest harm may come to you if you don’t send them money;
  • Charities you haven’t heard of;
  • Health products that offer miracle cures;
  • Offers of romance that normally lead to requests for money;
  • Pension offers which normally lead to requests to transfer your pension funds; and
  • Investments in land, wine, precious stones or carbon credits.

Scam Mail Checklist

It is always important to be scam aware. Look out for:

  • Bad spelling;
  • Prize is too good to be true;
  • Uses a general address like a PO Box;
  • Asks you to send money to claim your prize; and
  • Watermarks like win, barcodes, seals or codes are used. 

For more information see our How to Spot Scam Mail checklist. 

Reporting Scam Mail

If you have been caught out by a scam or you think a friend or family member has been affected, contact Consumerline who can give advice and if necessary pass the matter onto:

Trading Standards Service:

Tel: 0300 123 6262


Alternatively you can report a scam to Action Fraud:

Tel: 0300 123 2040


For further information see our ‘Know the Signs, Stop the Crime’ scams leaflet or visit the ScamswiseNI Partnership website 

Scam Mail Map

Check out our interactive map, produced in collaboration with Ordnance Survey NI, which shows the findings from our scam mail research for each Council area across NI.

Click here