Trading Standards has received a spate of reports from local traders
who have been approached by bogus publishers. Bogus publishers cold call
traders, asking them to advertise in magazines that have little or no
circulation, making the advertising worthless.
trader was contacted and told he had been 'selected' to advertise in a
magazine that (it was claimed) would be distributed to 50,000 people.
The trader agreed but the magazine was never sent out.
Bogus publishers chase businesses for money very aggressively and often threaten court action and bailiffs if they are not paid!
Warwickshire traders are advised to never agree to offers of advertising made following a cold call. Do not even request further information. Put the phone down!
Warwickshire resident reported to Trading Standards receiving an
unexpected phone call from someone claiming to represent Dyson, calling
to arrange a home visit to service the residents Dyson product. When the
caller arrived it transpired that the 'engineer' was not working for or
on behalf of Dyson!
of bogus callers and never purchase goods or services as a direct
result of a cold call. It's impossible to tell a good trader from a bad
one over the phone or on the doorstep!
Warwickshire consumer contacted the service after he had fallen victim
to a loan scam. The consumer contacted an on-line business 'offering'
loans and was approved. He was then asked for £135
before the payment could be authorised. He paid, but the loan did not
materialise. He was then asked for a further £299!
should be aware that many businesses who claim to be able to provide
loans aren't' lenders at all. They are actually brokers who take money
from their clients and then sometimes do not, or cannot secure a loan
for them with a loan provider. Brokers can charge fees. However, if the
broker fails to provide their client with a loan, after a six months the
consumer can recover the payments they have made, save £5.