Eastbourne’s getting tough on junk mail.
A ‘Scamnesty’ is being held at the library in Grove Road from today (5 December) through to the end of the week. East Sussex Trading Standards wants us to take any scam mail to the library, where we can dispose of it confidentially, where it can be shredded. We can also get advice on how to avoid being caught out by the conmen.
Cllr Chris Dowling, East Sussex County Council lead member for community services, said, “Perpetrators of scam-based fraud are committing a criminal offence which often affects the most vulnerable people in society.
“Scams can come in many forms – by post, email, telephone or in person – and cost an estimated £5 to £10 billion of financial damage to UK consumers every year.
“As well as the financial impact, scams can often take a heavy psychological and emotional toll on victims, many of whom are left feeling socially isolated and embarrassed to tell anyone what has happened.
“Our libraries play an important community role across the county. By holding these sessions in the libraries, we can reach out to local people, from venues that are convenient and easy to access.
“This is a great service that helps our residents, and their families and friends, from becoming victims of scams.”
Anyone who’s concerned they, or someone they know, may be being scammed is asked to report it by calling the Citizens Advice consumer helpline on 03454 040506.
More information about Friends Against Scams is available online.