North Warwickshire resident reported receiving an unexpected phone call
from someone claiming they were calling from Warwickshire County
Council to ask for their 'views'. A number of these bogus phone calls
have been reported. The calls appear to come from foreign call centres
and the caller usually falsely claims to represent a local council,
phone provider or social care organisation. It is unclear why the calls
are being made although it is possible they are to gather information on
individuals that can then be sold on to businesses wanting to market
goods or services.
NEVER provide personal or financial information to cold callers.
resident alerted the service after receiving several unexpected phone
calls relating to a 'call blocking service'. The caller claimed the
resident owed £49. However, resident had never spoken to the caller
before or purchased a call blocking service.
The phone calls appeared to be coming from an overseas call centre.
NEVER give out personal or financial information to cold callers
Trading Standards are warning residents to beware of cold caller
pension fraudsters after a complaint received from a Rugby resident.
Residents should NEVER provide any personal or
financial information to cold callers and be particularly wary of any
cold callers trying to give the impression they work for Citizens Advice by using combinations of the words 'Citizens', 'Pensions', 'Bureaux' and 'Advice' in the title of any service or business they claim to represent. Citizens Advice will not cold call you to offer you pensions advice.
Standards Officers are concerned that residents may think they are
receiving a phone call from Citizens Advice Bureaux staff working for Pension Wise, a new Government pensions guidance service which is delivered by the CAB.
Pension Wise has issued some information on how consumers can avoid falling for pensions related scams
and organisations that own or operate car parks, including Parish and
Town councils, churches and pubs/social clubs are warned to beware of
cold calls from people falsely claiming to work for 'Highways' (and
using an 0800 number). The caller begins by saying they are phoning
about faded lines in the car park. They go on to claim they work for
'Highways' and have been painting lines on public roads but have left
over paint and could repaint the car park lines.
This is a scam perpetrated by rogue traders.
These individuals have nothing to do with Warwickshire County Council
or the Highways Agency. Residents are advised to refuse any offers of
work and report them to Warwickshire Trading Standards on 03454 040506.
Rogue traders typically charge thousands of pounds more than a job is really worth and their workmanship is very poor.
It's World Health Day 2015 Warwickshire
Trading Standards help to ensure food safety by routinely attending
livestock markets to ensure that animals are fit for sale, are correctly
identified and accompanied by the correct licences to ensure
traceability of animals before they enter the abattoir and food chain.