YEP Says, July 25: Brutal scams that target the most vulnerable people

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We could roll out the usual cliches about the people who choose to fleece the most vulnerable members of our society. Lowest of the low, scum of the earth and so on and so on. But in truth, breast beating does no good at times like this.

We could roll out the usual cliches about the people who choose to fleece the most vulnerable members of our society. Lowest of the low, scum of the earth and so on and so on. But in truth, breast beating does no good at times like this.

We can only imagine the dismay Paul Metcalf must have felt when he discovered what had been happening at the home of his poor, trusting 77-year-old widowed relative, an alzheimer’s sufferer.

“I went to see her and we uncovered thousands of these letters.

“You could tell that she’d responded to a lot of them, because she’d written ‘sent’ on them,” he told the Yorkshire Evening Post.

The letters he refers to were junk mail scams. And they didn’t end up through her letterbox by chance. They were sent to her deliberately.

Reply to one such con with a sum of money and they have you - you become a ‘sucker’ and your details are sold on, and on, and on, so other scammers know you’re ripe for the picking.

Mr Metcalf discovered what had been happening to his relative after a neighbour contacted him to raise concerns about the amount of mail she was sending. It seems she paid out up to £200 a week in response to bogus lottery competitions and prize draws over the course of 27 years.

David Lodge, head of West Yorkshire Trading Standards, is right. More needs to be done to tackle this brutal criminal activity - and much much more to make sure that everyone is on their guard.

Curtain falls on classical event

It’s a great shame that Leeds City Council feels it has no option in these straitened times but to cancel the annual Classical Fantasia

concert. The event, which in the past has attracted audiences of around 9,000 follows last year’s decision to axe its Temple Newsam-based Opera in the Park and Party in the Park concerts.

No-one would suggest that such events should be continued at the expense of other vital services - and we appreciate tough decisions have had to be made.

But if our city is serious about its bid to be European Capital of Culture (and we know it is), the timing is unfortunate indeed.

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