Scamnesty 2020

Send mail (no need for a stamp) to: NTSST, FREEPOST, MAIL MARSHALS


First Published: 01 December 2020

Throughout December 2020, the Friends Against Scams Team are running a Scamnesty (a scam mail amnesty) campaign aiming to encourage everyone in the UK to send in any unwanted scam and nuisance mail that they receive into the National Trading Standards (NTS) Scams Team completely free of charge. 

In line with Government guidance, we ask that you do not make a trip outside just to post the mail but please include it in any daily excercise that you may do or simply wait until Government restrictions have been eased and then send into the team then. You can check your local COVID-19 tier level and current restrictions here

If you, or someone you know is in reciept of scam or nuisance mail, the NTS Scams Teams Investigators want to see it! They already use the mail that they receive from Scam Marshals to great effect through their disruption techniques but the team would like to see more and put a stop to these mailings landing on consumers door steps. The NTS Scams Team estimate that only 5% of these crimes are reported, this can be due to a number of reasons like shame or embarrasement or even that they don't know who to report them to. Victims of these crimes shouldn't feel ashamed at all, these criminals are experts at what they do and know exactly how to commit their fraud.

Throughout December the team will concentrate on four different scam types:

  • Pre-week 3rd-6th Dec:              General Scamnesty materials
  • Week 1 7th-13th Dec:                Lotteries & Prize draw scams
  • Week 2 14th-20st Dec:              Clairvoyants & psychics
  • Week 3 21st - 27th Dec:            Advanced Fee 
  • Week 4 28th Dec – 1st Jan:       Unsolicited Mail such as catalogues & health supplements

Send mail (no need for a stamp) to: NTSST, FREEPOST, MAIL MARSHALS

A social media pack has been produced for anyone to share the message, please email to request this and you can also view the NTS Scams Teams privacy policy here