By Calvin at 08:28 GMT, 5 years ago
It was great to see Marilyn Baldwin OBE of charity ‘Think Jessica’ on breakfast news on Monday morning this week.
Once again she was speaking up on behalf of the many thousands of people who have been victims of scam mail, which includes their families. I’m talking here about a wide variety of scams, but commonly they involve a letter suggesting that the recipient has won a huge amount of money and for a small claim fee they will receive the funds. Once they’re responded to the initial letter their details are placed on a ‘suckers list’ and they are then inundated with further scam mail. Victims have been duped out of their life savings by these vile criminals and Think Jessica is at the forefront of campaigning to stamp out this type of crime.
She was joined by Tony Marsh from Royal Mail, which has just announced that in conjunction with Trading Standards they are to train postal workers to recognise scam mail and the targeted victims who are mainly elderly. They are also going to be warning those that send this type of illegal mail that their contracts will be cancelled if they continue to send it out.
However, Think Jessica would like to see those behind the scam (criminal) mail prosecuted ‘without warning’ as a deterrent to stop them changing the style of the scam and starting up a new contract, a measure that we at TCPW also support.
It seems then that the war on scam mail is far from over, but I get a strong feeling that Marilyn Baldwin is not going to give up!
If you think you can help the Think Jessica campaigns do please visit their website. I know they would love to hear from you. Additionally, for those of you reading this who put together newsletters for your neighbourhood watches and community websites please run an article about scam mail, so that we can continue to highlight this vast problem.
About Think Jessica
The Think Jessica campaign was started by Jessica's daughter Marilyn Baldwin in 2007 after five years of struggling to find help for her mother. Her aim was to educate others about the powerful psychology criminals use to trap their targets and make them understand how this is strong enough to turn them against their loved ones and those trying to help them.
Think Jessica is now a registered charity supported by countless agencies, organisations and police forces nationwide and is committed to making people aware of the danger and financial implications caused by postal and telephone scams, educating professionals and protecting the most vulnerable members of our society from illegal practices.
Think Jessica Website: http://www.thinkjessica.com/main.htm