Letter: Out of season Christmas cards

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The Independent Online
Sir: My eight-year-old son opened a letter today, addressed to him, which he assumed to be a Christmas card. It was an anonymous chain letter, threatening death and misfortune to anyone who did not circulate it within a few days.

I tore it up immediately, but his Christmas is ruined, as he is upset and apprehensive about what will happen to him and those he loves. What can be done to stop these frightening epistles that terrify and instil fear in old and young alike? Common sense alone is not enough to dispel the horror engendered in my small son's mind.

Yours faithfully,


Monmouth, Gwent

17 December