people have extension leads in their homes, using 4-way bar adaptors to
increase the number of appliances that they can plug into a wall
socket. However, although there is space to plug in four appliances,
this does not mean it is always safe to do so. You can avoid overloading
sockets and risk of fire by following this simple advice and use the interactive overloaded socket tool from Electrical Safety First
Residents are warned to beware of phone calls from fraudsters claiming to be from the HMRC.
Standards has received more reports of local residents receiving
recorded messages asking them to phone back to 'resolve an urgent
matter'. These bogus HMRC callers are also suspected of threatening
residents with arrest or prosecution!
In reality, the fraudsters really want to obtain your personal and banking details.
NEVER provide any information to cold callers. ALWAYS put the phone down.
Warwickshire Trading Standards has been alerted to an email phishing scam.
The bogus Amazon email is entitled: Subject:Important : Account Identity and Usage Confirmation
bogus email (addressed to 'customer' - they don't know your real name),
asks recipient to visit a fake Amazon webpage and sign in to their
account. The email threatens the recipient that their account will be
disabled if they don't respond.
respond to bogus emails or click on any links they might contain. If
you wish to visit the account of any on-line store you use, please type
the stores web address in to your browser.
Warwickshire Trading Standards has been made aware of rogue traders operating in the Mancetter area.
(24th May) a man described as 'big', dressed in builder clothing and
driving a small white van, door-knocked the home of an elderly lady
living in the Mancetter area. The man claimed that there had been
complaints about the lady's fence from her neighbours and asked for
access to her back garden. Having gained access he then stated that he
would repair the fence for £300 cash. The home owner said she did not
have that kind of money in cash and offered to pay by cheque, but he
rogue trader then went on to put further pressure on the householder by
claiming that his mate had already started to mix cement. The rogue
trader eventually left empty handed.
goods or services from an unexpected doorstep trader or allow them
access to your property. If in doubt, keep your door closed.
Trading Standards and Warwickshire Police, using trained sniffer dogs,
yesterday took part in an operation to seize illegal tobacco, cash and
weapons from vehicles and shops in the Rugby area.
Trading Standards , working in partnership with Warwickshire Police to
protect the health of residents and support legitimate businesses.
Thinking about buying a used car?
Warwickshire County Council Trading Standards are advising that free
information is now available on the internet which makes it much easier
to check the history of a second hand vehicle before you buy.
businesses should be on the lookout for a new type of scam which
involves overseas “investors” tricking victims into laundering money,
warns the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau’s (NFIB) Proactive
scam starts with an email/phone call from fraudsters overseas who claim
they are interested in “investing” in new start-up companies within the
fraudsters build trust and over time convince victims that the money
they are transferring into their business accounts is for “investments”.
The fraudsters know the limits that will be flagged by each bank and
only transfer small amounts at a time to avoid detection.
investments are in fact a vehicle to launder the proceeds of crime into
the UK from other scams, including money lost from victims of on-line
Small Engineering Company
laundering is a crime and business owners can be jailed. The NFIB team
recently interviewed a former convicted businesses owner who said: “I
don’t know why I was a target. I had a small engineering company which I
was trying to get off the ground. The first contact I had was by email
from an investment company in the Middle East”.
“They said that they wanted to invest some capital into my company and
they had other business interests in the UK. They only transferred a few
thousand pounds at a time so the bank never questioned it.”
convicted fraudster who owned a small sales and distribution company
said: “Turns out I was just a middle man for a fraud. I think any small
cash businesses are at risk.”
Be extremely cautious about unsolicited emails or messages from people offering to invest in your business.
not share your financial details with anyone you don’t know and trust,
particularly if it’s someone that first contacted you via an unsolicited
out thorough research on the potential investor before you accept any
money. Check to see whether the company is properly registered as a
business in the country they operate in. For example, all UK PLC,LTD and
LLP businesses are registered with Companies House.
If you have been, or suspect you may have been a victim of this scam, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040.
Nuneaton reported that an elderly lady had a parcel delivered to her
from Argos, which she was not expecting. Shortly after another caller
said it had been delivered to her by mistake and asked for it back. She
handed the parcel over to a male described as 6ft tall and black.
was reported to the police and turned out to be a scam. The offender
had set up an Argos card using a false name and ordered a computer to be
delivered to the lady concerned. Argos did not get paid and the
offender got away with the goods. If this happens to you, please do not
give a caller the parcel, but contact the sender.