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Winter Fuel Allowance scam

14th October 2010

Trading Standards is warning residents to beware of scammers who may phone to confirm their bank details prior to their Winter Fuel Allowance being paid.

This is a scam – you will never receive a phone call asking you to give personal details over the phone for your Winter Fuel Allowance.

Watch out for Winter Fuel fraud across the UK

Who viewed your Facebook profile? It’s a scam

13th October 2010

A renewed scam on Facebook encourages users to find out who has been viewing their profile by clicking on a link.

This is a scam. There is no legitimate way for users to find out who has been looking at their profile on the social networking site. Clicking on the link is a trick by scammers to share the link further, meaning that more and more people are likely to fall victim.

Credit cards taken after cold calls

12th October 2010

Police are warning the public to beware after an elderly man was phoned by fraudsters and then had his bank cards taken.

The victim was called twice in the period of a few days by a man who claimed to be from Natwest Bank. The caller said that he was a courier who had been asked to collect the man’s credit cards from his house in preparation for replacement cards being delivered.

Parrot and puppy scams target pet-lovers

11th October 2010

People across the UK have reported scams involving buying pets for little or no cost.

In one scam, families have bought birds in response to adverts offering baby parrots for £155. The birds were delivered, but died a few days later. It is believed that the birds were not parrots, but parakeets from the wild, who died due to the shock of being kept in captivity. The sellers’ mobile phones were disconnected after the birds were delivered.

Puppies, free adoption to good homes

Young people warned to watch-out for online scams

8th October 2010

A new campaign is targeting teenagers to make sure they know how to shop online safely and spot fake websites.

The scheme comes after Trading Standards received more than 3,000 complaints from consumers about goods or services bought over the internet in the last year. Most complaints were about defective goods, substandard service or failure to deliver or late delivery.

Young people should shop safely

Free iPhone scam on Facebook

7th October 2010

A new scam is tempting users to click on links on Facebook profiles to claim a free iPhone.

If users click on the link, they allow scammers access to the personal information on their profile. It also posts a message to the victim’s profile, which could be:

“Anyone want my old phone? Claimed my free iPhone today, so happy lol.. If anyone else wants one go here: [link]”

or

“Just testing Facebook for iPhone out :P Received my free iPhone today, so happy lol.. If anyone else wants one go here: [link]”.

Council tax refund scam

6th October 2010

Residents are being urged not to fall victim to telephone scammers who say they can get them a refund on their council tax.
The fraudsters ask for victims’ bank details in order to process the refund immediately. Councils are warning that they will not call householders to discuss council tax refunds unless the householder has specifically requested this. Anyone who has credit in their council tax account will automatically be sent a statement giving details of any credit on the account.

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