Provence & Côte d'Azur: Elderly people targeted on the French Riviera by address in Marseille
Alert over false recycling fines
Residents on the French Riviera are being warned to ignore letters claiming that they must pay a fine for not sorting out their rubbish for recycling properly.
The city council of Nice in particular has received numerous calls about the false demands which claim the fine is for "non tri des déchets ménagers". The sums involved are small and precise, for example 32.46 euros, and it appears that elderly people are being targeted as they are more likely to pay up.
The address of the ‘authority’ Etude Picaso which is sending out the letters is a real business centre in Marseilles where companies can apply to have a mail box. It is not yet clear whether this is a regional or national scam, but the swindlers are following a tried and tested formula of sending out lots of letters requesting small sums of money, that people are less likely to question, in the hope that a small percentage will comply.
What is clear is that although people are being strongly advised and encouraged to sort out their rubbish in the separate bins provided throughout France, it is not yet compulsory.