SCAM ALERTS

26/06/2015 Arrests made in Trading Standards copy cat websites investigation
By Simon Cripwell on Jun 26, 2015 02:23 pm

Arrests have been made following a Trading Standards investigation in to copy-cat websites
Consumers are reminded to use the official gov.uk website to purchase government services – such as renewing driving licences, European Health Insurance Cards or passports – rather than search engines where the results often display ‘copycat’ sites that are designed to trick people into paying more for these services.
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26/06/2015 Solar scams!

Warwickshire Trading Standards has received a number of reports of scams associated with solar energy.
A Nuneaton resident reported receiving an unexpected doorstep visit from someone claiming to be from the ‘Council’ offering solar panels. The caller asked for a £300 deposit!
An Atherstone resident reported receiving an approach from someone claiming to be selling solar panel bonds and promising large returns (much higher than normal savings accounts). The caller falsely claimed to be a PLC. An up-front payment of more than £1000 was requested.
Be careful of cold-callers offering ‘investment opportunities’ in unregulated products such as solar generation. Large fees may be taken and returns not realised, leaving the investor out of pocket. Neither are unregulated investments covered by the Financial Services Authority compensation scheme if things go wrong! Always seek regulated financial advice.
Never provide personal or financial information to cold callers.
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• To report or share intelligence on a scam or rogue trader, email simoncripwell@warwickshire.gov.uk

Internet Small Ads

Consumers purchasing goods and services from small adds websites are warned to watch out for fraudulent adverts. A Warwickshire consumer reported that he had purchased a second hand TV and laptop from one such website and had paid with Ukash vouchers. Over £200 was paid, but the goods never arrived!
Treat Ukash as cash, NEVER send Ukash by email as you may become a victim of these scams and lose your money.
When making a payment to an individual on-line, use a secure payment site such as PayPal – never transfer the money directly into their bank account.
• More information on consumer rights, rogue traders and scams
• Sign up to a weekly Warwickshire Trading Standards email alert here
• To report or share intelligence on a scam or rogue trader, email simoncripwell@warwickshire.gov.uk

Loan Payments
By Simon Cripwell on Jun 25, 2015 02:51 pm

An elderly Warwickshire resident reported receiving an unexpected phone call from someone who claimed he had missed a loan payment that was now overdue. The resident, who is in his 80’s, had never had a loan in his life!
The cold caller refused to end the call so the resident put his phone down. The caller is likely to have been phoning from a foreign call centre.
The caller (fraudster), operating from abroad makes cold calls in the hope of reaching someone who has a genuine loan. He then tries to convince the consumer that a payment is overdue before requesting bank details.
Never provide personal or financial information to cold callers.
• More information on consumer rights, rogue traders and scams
• Sign up to a weekly Warwickshire Trading Standards email alert here
• To report or share intelligence on a scam or rogue trader, email simoncripwell@warwickshire.gov.uk

25/06/2015 July is Scams Awareness Month
By Simon Cripwell on Jun 25, 2015 02:26 pm

July is Scams Awareness Month 2015 and Warwickshire’s Consumer Empowerment Partnership, led by Warwickshire County Council Trading Standards and Warwickshire CAB will be raising awareness of on-line, telephone, postal and doorstep scams. The national month of action begins by raising awareness of telephone scams.
Follow us on Twitter and keep up to date on all the latest scams and awareness raising events.
If you would like to help promote Scams Awareness Month, we have a range of promotional materials available that Warwickshire groups/residents associations and councils etc. can request. Email simoncripwell@warwickshire.gov.uk
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22/06/2015 Take-away food safety concern
By Simon Cripwell on Jun 23, 2015 01:32 pm

Peanut protein and banned colourings have been found in lamb dishes that were supposed to be ‘peanut free’, Warwickshire County Council’s Trading Standards Service has revealed. Officers visited 16 premises.

22/06/2015 Sniffer dogs raid find hidden illegal tobacco
By Simon Cripwell on Jun 23, 2015 01:30 pm

Warwickshire Trading Standards has been carrying out sniffer dog raids on Warwickshire shops suspected of selling illegal cigarettes. Over 41,000 cigarettes were found.

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