Last updated at 14:53 GMT, Thursday, 10 March 2011

Scam mail

Letters with British stamps on

Many vulnerable people in Britain have been affected by scam mail

Alice and Finn talk about letters sent in the post asking for money or offering prizes.

This week's question:

What was the name of the first sticky postage stamp which went on sale on the 1st May 1840 in the UK? Was it:

a) The penny brown

b) The penny black or

c) The penny blue

Listen out for the answer at the end of the programme!

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Scam mail

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Grammar

crackdown

strong, official action taken to punish people who break
laws

scam mail

post sent to people with the aim of deceiving them, by
offering them gifts or money which are never delivered

official

here, an important letter, from an organisation like a bank

vulnerable

people who are emotionally or physically weak, or without
protection

a sense of urgency

a feeling that something should be dealt with as soon as
possible

heavily in debt

owe a lot of money

tempter

something designed to persuade you to do something,
often by offering something appealing to you

sucker

someone easily fooled or tricked into doing something

bombarded

when something happens over and over again in a short
space of time

hooked

addicted or unable to stop doing something

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