Scams are costing people in this country billions of pounds a year - Radio 4 says so.
About 10% of the population has fallen for at least one of the infinite variety available - euro millions won on electronic lotteries; huge amounts owing to you over deaths of distant relatives and so on.
There are even 'sucker' lists being circulated these days, so if you fall for one scam you'll probably be targeted again.
So, another timely warning. European City Guide (or ECG as it is known - very fittingly actually as you might wind up needing an electrocardiograph if you receive one of ECG's threats) is still, yet again, active.
The warning comes from John Maxwell Jones who runs Burgess Stores at Goudhurst in Kent.
As he says: "It's a perennial piece of post offering what looks like some sort of free list. It's cunning because the terms and conditions on the back are very faint. If you sign it you will be charged 987 euros."
He's right about the perennial. ECG has its own folder in my cabinet behind my general scams file.
They are a scary and persistent lot. Having been closed down by umpteen courts they pop up again like an, erm, bad penny.
John also tells me that he is taking part in the first business crime reduction partnership in a rural situation, known as KAR (Kent Action for Rural Retailers) involving four villages and the attentions of Sean Carter who has just left his 'baby', the Rural Shops Alliance, to take up his new post as retail advisor for
Kent County Council.
I'm sure it will go far and soon acquire role model status.
No matter how good it gets though, it will never pick up the likes of ECG on its radar.
So, back to original subject: four things to remember. Don't sign. Give it to your local trading standards office. Tell everyone you know. And if you did sign, are you volunteering to show up in Valencia or wherever they threaten to take you to court?