North Yorkshire Police said that although scams are nothing new, they are getting more sophisticated.
“It always worries us when we hear of a new one doing the rounds,” said a spokesman for the force.
“That is exactly what has happened in Tadcaster.
“We have recently been made aware of a fraudulent letter claiming to be a bailiff company which has been posted through doors in the town.
“Although many people feel embarrassed about falling for a scam, there is certainly nothing to be ashamed of. Many people fall for scams.”
North Yorkshire Police advise that if people think something is a scam, don’t respond, delete or throw it away.
More information about scams and other fraud can be found at: https://www.northyorkshire.police.uk/