Trading Standards Information and Advice: Silence of the scams event in Brighton

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A giant sculpture made from thousands of “scam” letters was unveiled in Brighton on 17 June in a bid to highlight the UK-wide blight of mass marketing fraud.

The artwork is constructed from 30,000 letters which were intercepted before they could reach vulnerable victims across the UK. It was created by Japanese art student Masamitsu Shigeta, 20, assisted by Art Tutor Michael Fraser from Bellerby’s College, as part of a week-long Mass Marketing Fraud Awareness campaign.

The sculpture is one of two models designed to promote the “Silence of the Scams”, campaign - a joint initiative between the anti-fraud campaign “Think Jessica”, the Police, SOCA, Trading Standards and the National Fraud Authority.

The letters used to create the sculpture were seized coming into the UK as part of a single operation conducted by the serious organised crime agency earlier this year.

East Sussex County Council Trading Standards are consistently campaigning for better awareness of mass marketed scams in a fight to protect consumers from falling victim. Although mass marketed scams of this sort are now treated organised crime one of the best methods of prevention is awareness.