Homeowner ‘hounded’ by 44 charity begging letters

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A new warning has been issued about scam and charity begging letters, after a “vulnerable” resident received 44 letters from 21 different charities over a few weeks.

West Yorkshire Trading Standards stepped in to help the unnamed person after recovering a bulging bag of junk post from their house.

The organisation is working with the National Trading Standards Scams Team (NTSST) to tackle the often hidden crime of scam mail.

The NTSST last year intercepted a ‘suckers list’ containing the names of 4,500 West Yorkshire residents whose details were being shared amongst criminal scam mail networks. Even legitimate charity donations can backfire, residents are warned, because information may then be sold on to other charities or businesses and the ‘opt in/opt out’ options can be confusing.

David Lodge, Head of West Yorkshire Trading Standards, said: “This resident is clearly being inundated by letters from charities, and this needs to stop. In some cases they have written to her more than once.

“We often come across residents who say that they feel guilty if they don’t respond to requests for charity donations, and that they are persuaded to give more than they can afford.”