Sunday, 27 March 2016

@WAR - Warwickshire Trading Standards alerts

Warwickshire Trading Standards alerts

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22/03/2016 TPS update scam

By Simon Cripwell on Mar 22, 2016 12:18 pm
Fraudsters are phoning Warwickshire consumers pretending to be calling from the Telephone Preference Service. The fraudsters tell the consumer that they are updating their records and then ask for debit card details!
NEVER give out your bank details to unexpected callers.
The Telephone Preference service is a FREE service. The TPS would never contact you in this way.

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22/03/2016 Failed on-line auction bid led to £1785 loss!

By Simon Cripwell on Mar 22, 2016 11:45 am
A Warwickshire consumer reported being scammed out of £1785 after an on-line bid he made for agricultural equipment failed. The 'seller' then contacted him and offered to sell him the goods directly. The consumer sent the money via bank transfer but the goods never arrived.
Warwickshire Trading Standards advises consumers to NEVER purchase goods in this way.

Consumers should always pay for goods or services in a way which offers them some protection from fraud, such as using  a credit card.


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22/03/2016 Pocket Money Priced Illegal Cigarettes Seized in Support of National No Smoking Day

By Simon Cripwell on Mar 22, 2016 10:41 am
In support of No Smoking Day 2016, over 38,000 suspected counterfeit and non-duty paid cigarettes, being sold at only £3 for 20, were seized from concealed compartments and ‘hidey-holes’ in stores in Atherstone, Nuneaton, Rugby and Leamington Spa.

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21/03/2016 National Trading standards scams alerts

By Simon Cripwell on Mar 21, 2016 09:12 am
Some national scam alerts from National Trading Standards

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21/03/2016 Atherstone MOT and Service Historystone MOT Tester Falsified Van 

By Simon Cripwell on Mar 21, 2016 09:07 am
Haroon Chaudry, an MOT Tester and Director of Rapid Repairs (Atherstone) Ltd has been found guilty of fraud and been sentenced to 26 weeks imprisonment (suspended for 12 months), given 200 hours unpaid work and ordered to pay an £80 victim surcharge and £7000 towards prosecution costs.

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