Take a Stand Against Scams

Please consider joining me in becoming a Friend Against Scams by taking a short awareness session online.

After this session you will be asked to start taking action to "Take a Stand Against Scams". This could be by talking to your neighbours, friends or family about scams or joining me to promote scams awareness action here. Visit http://www.friendsagainstscams.org.uk/ 

Please email me on sarah.newton.mp@parliament.uk if you would like to join me in scams awareness work locally.

My Work in Parliament

There was a debate in Parliament on 08 September 2016 entitled "Scamming: Vulnerable Individuals". You may view my contribution here:

https://hansard.parliament.uk/Commons/2016-09-08/debates/16090833000002…

Scam Mailings

I contacted Royal Mail recently about the problem of scam mailings and this is what they said:

"I would like to put on record that Royal Mail takes this issue very seriously. We understand the distress this sort of mail causes to impacted customers and their families. 

We never knowingly deliver mail from fraudsters. We use a range of measures to tackle scam mail, and work closely with the police, Trading Standards and others to block senders of scam mail and help victims. We have cancelled numerous contracts on the advice of the National Trading Standards Scams Team and we are working with them to help postmen and women identify and report suspect mailings.

As the Universal Service Provider, Royal Mail is legally required to deliver all addressed mail to the UK’s 29 million addresses, whether this mail comes from home or abroad. This includes mail that other postal operators have put into our network. It is against the law for Royal Mail to open mail that is in transit. That would raise serious privacy concerns.

As part of Royal Mail’s general terms and conditions, our customers are required to ensure that mail items meet all relevant laws and regulations. They must specifically comply with UK consumer law. Royal Mail is committed to terminating the contracts of companies that are found to be distributing fraudulent mail as soon as we receive evidence from the relevant law enforcement agencies.

We are working closely with the relevant authorities and other postal operators to address the issues that have been raised by the Daily Mail. If any of your constituents have concerns about mailings they receive, they can contact Royal Mail’s scam mail help centre:

By post:              FREEPOST SCAM MAIL

By Email:            scam.mail@royalmail.com

By Telephone:    03456 113 413 (message service only)

Should you have any further questions or queries please do not hesitate to get in contact with me directly."