Warwickshire residents are warned to beware of cold calls from people
offering 'call prevention services'. These callers claim to be able to
offer you protection against, ironically, cold calls, for a small
monthly fee. In reality, if they do anything at all, the simply register
your details with the Telephone Preference Service, a free to register service. Would you give your bank details to a stranger in the street? No? Then NEVER give your bank details to cold callers. Never buy goods or services from cold callers. ALWAYS put the phone down.
Residents are warned to beware of cold calls made from a mobile
telephone number, from someone selling 'monitored' burglar alarms. The
caller claims that they are working on a 'Warwickshire Awareness
Campaign' backed by Warwickshire County Council, selling devices that
will alert the emergency services in the event of an emergency. The
caller claims that the system is entirely free to the over 55's, bar a
£300 installation fee. Warwickshire Trading Standards can confirm that Warwickshire County Council is not running any such campaign. This is a scam. These cold calls are being made by rogue/high pressure alarm
businesses wishing to install monitored alarms in resident's homes. The
alarms are often offered free of charge or for a low cost, but after
installation residents are pressurised in to signing up to a high priced
monitoring contract costing several thousand pounds. NEVER buy goods or services from a cold caller.
Warwickshire residents are warned to beware of a 'new' phone scam. A Rugby area couple reported receiving a phone call from someone
falsely claiming to work for BT. The caller informed the couple that
unfortunately, their direct debit payment for their phone hadn't gone
through. They confirmed the victims name/address etc and asked who they
banked with. They then informed them that their bank would call them
back in 15 mins to discuss. The "Bank" (the fraudsters) then called back and tried unsuccessfully
to obtain security question and other bank details from them.
Warwickshire businesses and charities are warned to beware of cold
calls from a rogue publication company claiming to be a charity. The
bogus charity claims to be seeking sponsorship for books for schools. In
reality, these books are hardly ever printed or distributed, making the
sponsorship worthless. NEVER engage in conversation with these callers or
ask to be sent any information. They will record phone calls and attempt
to portray any interest as a verbal contract to buy/sponsor.