South Warwickshire resident reported receiving a card through the post
which claimed that an item of jewellery was awaiting his collection. All
he needed to do was to make a telephone call and pay a £10 fee!
warned! These items of 'jewellery' are very likely to be worth
considerably less than the £10 it will cost to receive it. The telephone
number given to enquire about the jewellery may also be a premium rate
number. In addition, consumers who approach these fraudsters are also
likely to be added to 'scammers lists' and receive ever more unwanted
and bogus post and telephone calls.
Atherstone consumer contacted Warwickshire Trading Standards after
receiving an unexpected phone call from someone claiming they were owed
money back from a Government scheme. All the consumer had to do to
receive their cheque was to send a Ukash voucher for £270!
a similar incident a Bedworth consumer received two phone calls from
someone falsely claiming to be calling from the Ministry of Justice. On
both occasions she was told that she was owed £4400 for payment
protection insurance (PPI) mis-selling. She was then asked to obtain a
Ukash voucher for £220 to release the money!
This is a classic example of an Advanced Fee Fraud.
Money is asked for up-front in return for a promised larger sum which
never materialises or is handed over in the form of a stolen or forged
cheque. Payment is often asked for by some sort of legitimate money
transfer service such as Ukash vouchers or Western Union. The fraudsters
may even ask to come to your front door!
Warwickshire pubs, their owners and staff are warned to beware of cold
calls from bogus publishers selling advertising space in worthless
booklets and guides. One pub contacted the service after receiving a
demand from one such 'advertising' business that claimed a contract for
advertising in a pub guide had been agreed over the phone.
These bogus publishers use
clever scripts to try and trick business owners/staff in to agreeing to
advertise with them. They may appear for example, to be simply phoning
to ask about menu information or opening times. The publications they
produce usually have little or no circulation and are essentially
that have fallen victim to these scams and refused to pay have often
been threatened with court action. However, in most cases they do not
carry through with their threats because they are not operating within
Bedworth resident contacted Trading Standards to warn the service about
a lottery letter which stated she had already won £25,000, despite
never having entered it! These are often Advanced Fee Frauds whereby
people are enticed to pay money up front to claim their non existent
winnings or awards. Some subscriber lotteries may also claim you have
already won a large cash prize to encourage you to join. In reality (and
in the small print), your win is likely only to be very small or
nothing at all.