Post your scam mail in our SCAMnesty bins

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SCAMnesty bins have been put in locations across Essex as part of the drop in and drop them in it campaign by Essex County Council Trading Standards and Essex Police.

We’re asking residents to post any mail into the SCAMnesty bins which they believe is a scam or trick to get their money.

Post a scam to Essex Trading Standards in one of their SCAMnesty bins

SCAMnesty bins

There are 6 SCAMnesty bins in the Epping Forest district

  1. Buckhurst Hill library
  2. Epping Forest District Council Civic offices in Epping
  3. Limes Centre in Chigwell
  4. Loughton library
  5. Chipping Ongar library
  6. Waltham Abbey library

We are working to help stop people falling prey to scams by following a 3-step rule – get advice, report it, and tell others about it.

Help tackle the issue of scam mail

Caroline Wiggins, Community Safety Manager said: “Trading Standards and Essex police are seeking your help to tackle the issue of junk or scam mail. Even though scam letters look convincing, they are made up of false promises. They request bank details and other information which can be used by fraudsters. We strongly advise people not to reply to any letters asking for money.”

“We want people to post their scam or junk mail in any of the 6 SCAMnesty bins located in the district. We want residents to fill these bins with any mail they think is a scam. They can also print off emails and screenshots of texts which they think are scams into the bins.”

“All material put in the bins will be treated confidentially. Trading Standards will collate it and use it to co-ordinate further work both nationally and internationally, and check out any scams which are found to be based in Essex.”

“Residents can keep a step ahead of the scamsters by signing up to Essex Community Messaging which can keep you informed about the latest known scams in Essex.”


Report and get advice about fraud or internet crime to ActionFraud – the UK’s national fraud and cyber crime reporting centre. Specialist advisers are available from Monday to Friday between 9am to 6pm.