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.
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.
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.
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.