Scammers trade a list between themselves of people who have fallen for scams and it’s called a “sucker list”.
Sucker lists, which include names, addresses, phone numbers, and other information, are created, bought, and sold by scammers, spammers and some dishonest telemarketers. Scammers know that people who have been tricked once are easier to trick again. As a result, these people are flooded with letters, e-mails and phone calls about inheritances, lottery wins, health cures, investments etc.
In 2015, almost 200,000 people appeared on 13 different “suckers lists” that were seized by fraud investigators. Trading Standards said those listed were being sent mailshots inviting them to take part in lotteries, prize draws, competitions and special offers etc.
The average age of people on the list is 75. You can see how scammers target the elderly and vulnerable.
If you’ve ever been scammed, chances are your name could be on one.
How Do You Know if You’re on a Sucker List?
If you have been scammed online and get more scam messages and mail than others then chances are you are on a suckers list and there is no way to get off the list except by not responding to any scam messages for a long time. Evenetually they may lose interest in you.
How to Avoid Getting on a Sucker List:
Ensure you are registered on all mail and telemarketing opt-out or do-not-call lists.
The following article explains how to do register with the various preference services.
Don’t reply to offers of money, miracle cures, competition wins etc. If you didn’t enter a competition then you cannot have won one.
If you are truly being bombarded, consider changing your email address and/or phone number, and keep them confidential/unlisted.
In 2017, sucker’s lists held by National Trading Standards contained nearly 300,000 names.
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