'Scamnesty' boxes where people can dispose of scam mail will be popping up around Oxfordshire in May as part of a drive to disrupt rogue trader activity.Letterbox tactics used by con artists will be highlighted during the campaign during National Scams Awareness Month.
Oxfordshire County Council's Trading Standards team has teamed up with the county's Citizens Advice Bureaus (CABs) to also raise awareness about other scams fraudsters peddle, which can be instigated and carried out online, on the doorstep or via a telephone call.
People can dump scam mail they have received in 85 boxes at various locations including 16 county council libraries and six county council health and wellbeing centres. Boxes will also be placed within CABs and in sheltered housing developments.Letters received will be collected and information shared with other Trading Standards teams across the country to better understand the problem.There will also be a number of information stalls set up in various public places throughout Oxfordshire to highlight key messages during May.
The libraries where 'scamnesty' boxes will be are: Abingdon; Banbury; Bicester; Blackbird Leys; Carterton; Central Library, Oxford; Cowley; Didcot; Headington; Henley; Kidlington; Summertown; Thame; Wallingford; Wantage and Witney.
'Scamnesty' boxes will be at the following health and wellbeing centres:
- Ruskin Road, Banbury
- Launton Road, Bicester
- Britwell Road, Didcot
- Horspath Driftway, Oxford
- Millington Road, Wallingford
- Garston Road, Wantage
The CABs which will have 'scamnesty' boxes are in Abingdon; Banbury; Didcot; Henley; Oxford; Thame; Wallingford and Witney.
The CEP has a website stating where the information stands will be.