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February 17, 2017 - 15:14

Devon and Somerset Trading Standards Service and Devon and Cornwall Police held a day long workshop at Barnstaple’s Royal Mail delivery office last week, advising 40 members of staff on how to recognise scam mail.In total, 20 residents in the Barnstaple area were identified as having been being potentially targeted by scams.Some of the residents were particularly vulnerable and have had difficulty coping with large amounts of post.Each of these residents were visited by police and trading standards officers and offered help and support.Some of the postal scams trading standards has encountered include letters from lotteries, sweepstakes and competitions promising a prize in return for a payment.Councillor Roger Croad, Devon County Council’s Cabinet Member with responsibility for Devon and Somerset Trading Standards Service, said:“By working in partnership with the Royal Mail and the police we can together help stop the flow of scam mail and prevent people from being duped.“We advise householders to be vigilant, protect your identity and report any suspect items of post to the Royal Mail.”