I have written a lot about the postal service over the years because of the virtue it has for keeping older people in touch with friends and relatives. For this reason, I am a great supporter of the Royal Mail service in spite of the quantity of junk mail I get through my front door. (You can see all my earlier posts by clicking on “GRUMBLESMILES POST” in the TAG CLOUD).
For many people the postal service is still their preferred option as opposed to using the new technology options of email, Facebook, twitter, Instagram and even Facetime or Skype. For the majority of older people these are still incomprehensible words, but for younger generations, they are often the only way they communicate.
There is a downside to the snail mail service, which is the huge volumes of junk mail that everybody receives through their door everyday. But more importantly, there is a pernicious aspect of some junk mail which is targeted at older people with the intention of conning them out of thousands of pounds. Scam mail starts off innocently enough with an inducement to reply to a competition, or a free gift. Then it draws you in to making small payments to take you to the next stage. Before you know where you are, you can be sucked into a world of scams — of hopeless dreams and unfulfilled promises.
They prey on the elderly because of their trusting nature and their vulnerability. The excellent website “Think Jessica” gives much more information about how an older lady was conned out of thousands of pounds. All out of innocently responding to junk mail which she thought to be genuine. How many more older people are going to be drawn into these junk mail cons before the Government does something about this ?
But what has this got to do with our trusted postal service and it’s trusted brand “The Royal Mail” ? Well they deliver 15 billion letters a year and by their own admission they have stopped 22 million scam letters in the last two years. Junk mail itself is not necessarily a problem, but it is when it contains fraudulent inducements. Many of these scams hide behind a licence obtained from the Royal Mail which appears to give credibility to its origin. The postal says that they have no legal authority to check the content of mail that is sent. So how did they intercept 22 million scam letters in the first place ?
This conning junk mail is sent out to thousands of old people and is delivered by the Royal Mail. They must make millions in revenue from providing this service but they know it’s at the expense of older people in the end.