Warwickshire businesses have recently complained after receiving
demands for payment for advertising from people running bogus
publications. These 'businesses' attempt to trick local companies in to
paying for advertising in 'safety' magazines with little or no
circulation, making the publication worthless. When the company refuses
to pay, they often threaten them with bailiffs, bankruptcy and other
Don't be tricked. Never engage these callers in conversation. Always put the phone.
residents are again receiving scam phone calls from people falsely
claiming to be calling from Warwickshire County Council and asking the
householder about a past traffic accident.
calls are being made from foreign call centres. The callers are looking
for 'leads', people who have had an accident in the past. The calls
are made at random, but if the caller finds someone who has actually had
an accident, they will try to sell on their details to a 'no-win
no-fee' claims management business.
The National Crime Agency has
launched a campaign to discourage young people from becoming involved
in cyber crime, after analysis of investigations involving the NCA’s
National Cyber Crime Unit over the last year found the average age of
suspects to be 17.
Trading Standards is alerting consumers to 'sellers' of mattresses door
to door in the Whitnash and Leamington Spa areas.
callers are claiming that the mattresses are being given away 'free'
because they were used in show homes of new build properties in the
the callers then ask for £250 for the building site staff 'Christmas
bonus' and offer to drive interested residents to local cash points.
Warwickshire Trading Standards advises consumers not to buy from the door. You can never tell a good trader from a bad one on the doorstep.
mattresses sold in the UK have to meet stringent fire safety tests.
Cheap mattresses that do not meet these stringent tests are sometimes
imported in to the UK and sold door to door. Consumers are advised to
only buy mattresses and other upholstered furniture from reputable local
Trading Standards is reminding consumers to beware of bogus emails that
falsely purport to come from Virgin Media and other
emails, which are usually sent to 'the customer' or 'the recipient' (as
they often don't know your name), may state that your account will be
blocked or terminated if you don't click on a link in the email to enter
your account details.
Always delete these sorts of emails and never follow
a link in an email, even if you think the email is genuine. If you need
to visit your on-line account, always type in the account address
yourself in to the web browser.
Links in bogus emails will take you to bogus websites where your user name, password and account information will be stolen!
of emails sent by fraudsters falsely purporting to come from H.M.
Revenue and Customs. The emails claim that the recipient is eligible to
receive a tax refund of £348-65. They are asked to complete a form
containing their bank details and return it so that the 'refund' can be
paid directly in to their account.
your personal or financial information under these circumstances.
Stolen bank information is used to commit fraud and identity theft.
of fraudsters requests for Facebook users to 'confirm their ID' by
emailing or posting a picture of their driving licence, passport or
similar document, copies of which are then used for identity fraud and theft