TRADING STANDARDS ALERT

29/05/2015 Insurance hard sell
By Simon Cripwell on May 29, 2015 03:24 pm
Warwickshire residents are warned to beware of telephone cold calls from people using high pressure sales techniques to sell ‘insurance products’. These may be called ‘home protection related schemes’ and the callers may suggest that consumers can avoid selling their homes if they need to go in to a care home. The callers sometimes refer to the new Care Act and are reported to be both rude and abusive.
Never buy goods or services from 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

29/05/2015 PPI Scam warning
By Simon Cripwell on May 29, 2015 03:13 pm
Warwickshire Trading Standards has received a spate of complaints from consumers about phone calls from bogus solicitors and ‘recovery’ businesses claiming that the consumer is owed PPI compensation.
In all cases the consumer is asked to make an advanced payment to receive their compensation. Some consumers have been asked to pay a ‘holding fee’ of several hundred pounds, whilst others have been asked to provide Ukash vouchers for amounts between £80 and £180.
Fraudsters often ask for money in advance which they then disappear with, never providing the compensation refunds they promise!
Never pay up front for these services.
• 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

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