Trading standards January 2020

Rogue Roofers Dehumidifier Scam
Householders in the Wyre area have
reported employing rogue property
repairers to fix leaking roofs. The roofer
have alleged the roof space is damp and
they will need to hire an industrial
dehumidifier at considerable cost to the
householder. Money for the repairs and the
dehumidifier have been handed over, in
one case over £9000 after the victim was
taken to the bank. Some work has been
carried out, although badly and the leak is
still present, the dehumidifier never arrived.
Best advice is to always use local traders
you know and trust. Be careful when using
websites that provide access to online
trader quotes, shop around and never feel
obligated or rushed into agreeing to work.
Trading Standards advice is to always
say no to cold callers. 
 The Safetrader scheme can help you find a trader in
your area, contact 0303 333 1111 or go
Scam Fraud Squad call
This scam involves a call from a Detective
claiming to be from the Fraud Squad at
Scotland Yard. The victim is provided with
a crime number and told that a serious
fraud attempt has been made on their
account, followed by questions about their
credit card limit. The victim is encouraged
to ring 999 to verify the identity of the
Detective, but on doing this the original
scammer never disconnects his call. As
part of the investigation the victim is asked
to withdraw 5000 Euros from a local bureau
de change, which leads to the money being
collected by one of the team's investigators.
Throughout this scam the victim is advised
to not tell anyone as they are part of a
police investigation.
The police or your bank will never ask you
to move or withdraw funds from your
account. Anyone receiving this type of
telephone call should contact the Police,
use a different phone line if you have
concerns the line may not be safe.
Talk Talk Scam
In a current variation of the Talk Talk scam
an internet user was advised they should
have been set up on a special introductory
deal and that Talk Talk needed their bank
details to refund 3 months of payments. A
large amount of money was removed from
their bank account.
Facebook messages from abroad
Be wary about receiving emails and
Facebook messages which look to have
come from friends abroad, claiming that
certain investments have worked for them.
If your settings are not secure, it is not
difficult for scammers to find an individual's
Facebook friends and send fraudulent
messages to them. Scammers may ask
you to communicate with them on apps
such as WhatsApp or Hangout, making it
difficult to trace them. The warning comes
after one elderly resident lost £45,000 to a
number of investment scams including a
cleverly sold Bitcoin investment.

Contact the Trading Standards Service
via the Citizens Advice Consumer
Helpline on 03454 04 05 06

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