D.H. from Derbyshire
Mr. Venn from Bristol contacted the Think Jessica team having read about Think Jessica in a newspaper.
In 1986 my father was living in Bath I noticed he was getting vast amounts of mail, but thought it was just junk mail.
When he moved to Weymouth the same amount of mail continued to get delivered to his new address, again my father moved, this time to a residential flat while living at that address he kept saying he had won large amounts of money running into thousands of pounds.We told him it was a con and thought no more about it.
In April I went to visit him and noticed he had bags full off post, he wouldn’t let me touch it and said he was sorting through it and throwing it out. Some time later while my brother was visiting from Canada , We got a call to say dad was ill so my brother and I went to visit him. This time he let us go through the post, we filled up fourteen bin bags with scam mail and found money and cheques he had forgotten to post.
I contacted the post office and told them my father was a chronic victim of scam mail and discovered my fathers postman had also made a complaint about the amount of mail he was forced to deliver. Nothing was done and the scam mail continued to be delivered by the royal mail, in huge quantities daily. I estimate that the Royal Mail were delivering him 60 scam mail letters a day.
A while later my father who had already been diagnosed as having Alzheimer’s was admitted to hospital and I took up his affairs, after going through his bank statements and cheque book,I discovered he had spent over £26,000 on scams. Still we tried to make the scam mail stop. We phoned Trading Standards,Consumer Direct,Help The Aged, Avon and Somerset Police,Weymouth Police and were told not to “HARASS” them as there was nothing they could do.I also went to the bank and got copies of his cheques , but the police didn’t want to know. Trading Standards said “they will only move on and start again somewhere else anyway”. I put his name on the mail preference service, of course that does nothing to stop criminals, as they don’t operate such a scheme.
I also wrote to the following
THE DAILY MIRROR
ROGER BERRY MP
GORDON BROWN MP
INVESTIGATIONS AT DAILY MIRROR
Myself and my wife went on Radio 4 in July 2008 and also POINTS WEST NEWS.
On a final note… Vancouver Police returned a small amount of my fathers money. They are actively investigating lottery and scam mail fraud.