TRADING STANDARDS ALERT

Safety Warning Potentially Faulty Defibrillators
First aiders in shopping centres, railway stations, dental surgeries and other public places are asked to identify if they have a specific defibrillator that could potentially give incorrect advice to anyone using it to give CPR to someone having heart problems. Safety notice All latest product recalls

Beware Fake Babyliss Curling Electrical Hair Products
Babyliss have issued an alert to be aware of counterfeit Babyliss Curl Secret Products. These are appearing on an increasing number of fake websites. These fake electrical products may be very dangerous. Babyliss fakes

Warwickshire Trading Standards Appears on Fake Britain
Warwickshire Trading Standards is appearing on BBC1’s Fake Britain on Friday 2nd May at 9.15 AM. The programme will be covering fake electrical ghd hair products seized from local markets. Fake Britain Series 5 information and catch up TV

Advanced Fee Fraud 192 Scam Emails
A Warwickshire resident alerted Trading Standards to this advanced fee fraud email, purportedly sent by a ’banker’, but in reality sent out to millions of email addresses by fraudsters.
Greeting’s, My name is Elian Diallo, and I am a banker. It is true that we have not met each other in person, but I strongly believe that in trust, in friendship in every business. I have a deceased customer’s abandoned fund, which I am his personal financial adviser before his accidental death, that being the main reason why I alone working in the bank here, know much about the existence of this fund and the secrets surrounding this money. But before I disclose the full details to you, I will like to know your interest and willingness to assist me by reverting back to me with your: Private Email ID, Age and Private Phone no, for further confidential details about the said fund. Thanks and hope to hear from you soon? Please reply me through this mail
These scams appear too obvious to be believed but the fact that they continue to be sent is an indication that some people do fall victim. Victims are almost always promised vast sums of money, but in return are asked to make payments up front for ‘money transfer fees’ and other ‘unforeseen costs’. The ‘reward’ is never forthcoming.

May is Scams Awareness Month 2014
May is national Scams Awareness Month and Warwickshire’s Consumer Empowerment Partnership is using the month to highlight current scam activity across the county and help consumers and businesses tackle them. May is Scams Awareness Month 2014

Business Job Application Fraud Warning
Warwickshire businesses are warned that they are most vulnerable to employee fraudsters at the recruitment stage, according to the UK’s Fraud Prevention Service, CIFAS. Deceitful attempts to gain access to sensitive data via the recruitment process accounted for more than 50 per cent of all subsequent internal fraud cases in 2013. http://www.cifas.org.uk/

Pension Warning
Consumers have reported receiving unexpected phone calls from people claiming to be working on behalf of Government, tracing old pensions they have paid in to and forgotten about. Never give out personal or financial information to unexpected callers. This may be an attempt at stealing information, or it may be a trader who hopes to make a charge for tracing an old pension. The Government offers a free lost pension service: https://www.gov.uk/find-lost-pension

Phishing Scams
Beware of new phishing scams warn Warwickshire Trading Standards. Local residents reported receiving emails that claimed to come from BT, the Halifax Bank and Natwest, all asking recipients to follow a link in the email to ‘verify’ their account details. In reality, the links in these bogus emails take the recipient to fake websites where their personal and financial information is stolen. Delete suspicious emails without opening them. Never download any attachments they may contain.

Jobseeker Scam
Scammers copied a genuine job advertisement to create a fake which they then posted on to an on-line jobs board. Job seekers responding to it were asked to pay a fee in advance for a ‘CRB’ check using a Ukash code. When money is paid through Ukash it is very difficult to trace. Ukash is a legitimate service but fraudsters often use it when asking for payment.

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