The ‘Think Jessica!’ Campaign….
The ‘Think Jessica’ campaign team is contacted by numerous individuals and organisations to help with severe cases of scam mail.
- Relatives of victims
- Trading Standards
- Citizens Advice
- Age Concern
- Help the Aged
- Memory Clinics
- Banks/Building Societies
All the parties above have reported cases of victims who are emptying bank accounts to keep up with the demands of criminals who befriend, trick & threaten them daily.
The campaign has a number of common sense objectives.
To raise the public’s awareness and educate professionals to the extent of the criminal mail problem in the U.K. £3.5 billion is estimated as being lost to scams each year; however, only one in five cases are reported.
“Jessica Scam Syndrome” to be recognised as a condition and those effected separated from criminals. (Currently there is no help available from any agency or organisation other than “lip service”). As the law stands any intervention like redirection of mail or handing over power of attorney is not possible without the victim’s consent.
Postal Services act needs urgent revision.
Many JSS sufferers are socially isolated or have families who are unaware of the problem. Think Jessica research has shown that postal delivery workers can easily recognise when someone is being targeted by the increasing volume of mail victims receive or the scammers slogans on the front of the envelopes. TJ would like to see a system in place where posties could sound the alarm. All mail would still get delivered, but the “silent” victim could be provided with early professional help. TJ would also like to see the introduction of legalisation to stop scammers hiding behind a mailing address, in the UK it is easier to rent a mailing address than it is to rent a DVD!
The Fraud Act 2006 3 May 2007 – Malcolm Woolgar – Lloyd’s
The UK Fraud Act 2006 (”the Act”) came into force on 15 January 2007. The Act is a clearly written piece of legislation that should facilitate the investigation and prosecution of fraud in the UK. The following provides a brief summary of the key aspects of this legislation.
According to the Act, the offence of fraud can be committed in three ways:
- False representation (section 2)
- Failing to disclose information (section 3)
- Abuse of position (section 4)
It is no longer necessary to prove that the victim was deceived: all that is required is to prove that the fraudster was dishonest in their behaviour.
View the website direct @ www.thinkjessica.com/your-stories.htm
You can also learn more about ‘Think Jessica Campaign’ by attending the next Littlehampton Town and District Neighbourhood Watch Association quarterly meeting to be held at Dove Lodge, Beach Road, Litttlehampton BN15 5JG on 11th September @ 7.30pm.
Sussex Police will be making an informal presentation to all local NWA members and residents about their efforts to inform the local and wider community of the effects caused by scam mail.