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Warning over suspect letter

PUBLISHED: 20:17 11 March 2002 | UPDATED: 11:32 03 March 2010

TRADING standards officers have put out a warning over suspected hoax letters from a company originating in the Philippines – thanks to the eagle eyes of an Ipswich pensioner

Ipswich resident Arthur Taylor, 80 alerted the Evening Star to the scam after his wife Joyce received a suspect letter asking the addressee to pay a £9.

TRADING standards officers have put out a warning over suspected hoax letters from a company originating in the Philippines – thanks to the eagle eyes of an Ipswich pensioner

Ipswich resident Arthur Taylor, 80 alerted the Evening Star to the scam after his wife Joyce received a suspect letter asking the addressee to pay a £9.95 administration fee to be eligible for a £1m cash draw.

There was no address for the company calling themselves Winners' Reporting Services other than an anonymous London PO box number.

The only clue to where the letter originated from was an address for the Phillippino postal service in the event of the letter being undelivered.

"I'm concerned that some people can get duped into sending off for these types of competitions," said Mr Taylor, of Lavenham Road, who received a similar package three years ago. "It can be a big con."

Viv Wilkinson, of Suffolk County Council trading standards, said: "Unfortunately it seems to fall in the usual ploy of getting people to pop money into the post but there's no guarantee where that money is going or whether they will be any return.

"It is very difficult to trace these companies and they are usually based abroad.

"We are giving the usual advice: just put it in the bin."

She added that the Advertising Standards Authority can investigate such scams if they originate in the UK or liaise with their counterparts overseas if the company is based abroad.


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