'Tis the season to be wary - scammers are getting more sophisticated, and with the increase in junk mail at this time of year there is an increase in postal scams.

Hard luck stories, an unclaimed inheritance, lottery companies that ask you to pay fees to "release" your prize.  These can all appear legitimate, but the age old wisdom applies: if it looks too good to be true, it probably is.  

There are some useful pointers in the article below if you want to avoid scams in the first place, and details of who to contact if you find you or a relative is on a target list.