TRADING STANDARDS ALERT

17/07/2015 Government grant scam
By Simon Cripwell on Jul 17, 2015 10:11 am

A Warwickshire resident reported that he had received an unexpected phone call from someone to tell him he had been awarded an £8000 Government grant! All the consumer had to do was to verify his details by completing a form and sending £100!
Advanced fee frauds work by getting consumers to send money in order to receive goods or services of a higher value. In reality, the goods or services don’t exist and the fraudsters simply disappear!
Beware of advanced fee frauds.
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17/07/2015 Bogus court officials in accident compensation claim warning
By Simon Cripwell on Jul 17, 2015 09:57 am

Consumers making legitimate accident compensation claims are warned to beware of cold calls from bogus court officials.
A Warwickshire consumer reported that following an accident, he had made a compensation claim with a legitimate firm of solicitors. He later had a phone call from someone calling themselves an official of a county court who claimed that they would be able to deliver a cheque to his home in return for a £250 Ukash payment. Fraudsters often ask for Ukash payments as they are difficult to trace.
The consumer spotted the scam and reported the matter to Trading Standards.
It is unclear how data about the customer’s information ‘leaked out’.
Beware of advanced fee frauds.
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17/07/2015 Internet loan scams strike Warwickshire
By Simon Cripwell on Jul 17, 2015 09:02 am

People using the Internet to obtain a loan are warned to beware of bogus companies offering loans in return for large up front payments.
A Warwickshire resident was searching for a loan on-line and was asked by a bogus loan company to make several upfront payments totalling £615 in order to obtain a loan of £2000. The consumer made these payments via bank transfer and Western Union. The bogus loan company then said they could not provide the loan and disappeared.
In a similar case, another Warwickshire consumer was asked to pay £99 to receive their loan. They paid this sum but were then asked to pay a further £169 via MoneyGram. The consumer went to the Post office to obtain the MoneyGram but were advised that they may have been a victim of a scam and the additional money was not paid.
Beware of advanced fee frauds.
• 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

16/07/2015 Scam call blocker services
By Simon Cripwell on Jul 16, 2015 02:17 pm

Warwickshire consumers are warned to beware of cold calls from people offering unwanted phone call blocking services and asking for bank details. These scammers often take money and do nothing or simply register the consumer with the Telephone Preference Service, a free to register service.
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

16/07/2015 Scam victims warned of visits from bogus Trading Standards Officers
By Simon Cripwell on Jul 14, 2015 12:04 pm

Warwickshire Trading Standards understands that the accomplices of doorstep rogue traders are returning to their victim’s homes claiming to be from the Police or Trading Standards Service.
The rogue traders claim that they are ‘investigating’ the work carried out. The victims are asked to pay a fee which it is promised, will be returned when the investigation is complete!
A case has already been reported in Leamington Spa and is being investigated by the Police
The bogus Trading Standards Officer in this case was wearing a suit with a badge which read ‘Trading Standards’ attached to a red lanyard (neck cord).
Trading Standards and the Police do not charge victims to carry out investigations.
Remember – Lock, Stop, Chain, Check
Lock: secure all your other outer doors as the person at the door may intend to distract you while an accomplice gets in through a back door
Stop: think about whether you’re expecting anyone
Chain: put the door chain on or look through the window or spyhole to see who’s there
Check: ask for an identity card and examine it carefully – you can always tell the caller to come back another time when someone will be with you. Always check a caller’s identity by phoning a publicly listed telephone number, not any number they may give you.
Finally, remember that you can dial 999 if you’re suspicious or the caller won’t leave. Call the police non-emergency number 101 if you’re not in immediate danger but want to report an incident.
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

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