THE FAMILY of a terminally-ill great grandma who was fleeced by an international postal scam are urging other people to be vigilant.
Ethel Jackson, from Oakes, spent a total of £72 on four different scams to be posted through her door.
Ethel, 79, was preyed upon by companies who told her she had won thousands on prize draws but needed to send off administration fees.
Now her furious daughter is calling for people to bin the letters as soon as they come through the door.
Sandra Jackson, of Meltham, says she has been receiving up to seven junk mail letters a day.
Sandra, 59, said: "You get them pretending to be from mediums with good luck or you have won money in a draw. I've had them from the USA, Canada, Holland and Sweden.
"I think it's disgusting how they prey on people, especially the elderly.
"Older people are more trusting and if they think they are going to get a bit extra they try to do something.
"Often it's elderly people who have the least money to begin with."
Carer Sandra added: "My mum has never heard anything from these people.
"If it was real we would all be laughing all the way to the bank."
Trading Standards officer Graham Hebblethwaite warned people if they replied to one of the letters then the amount of junk mail could snowball as the address was passed around.
He added: "They see that you are willing to reply and target you again, then put your name on a list of people who are willing to reply which is then sold to other companies who do the same again."
Mr Hebblethwaite said people should see them as junk mail and not an opportunity.
He said: "Throw them in the bin straight away. The moment you respond to them you are spreading a virus."