Warwickshire consumers are warned to be wary of purchasing goods from
Facebook sellers where payment is asked for via a direct a bank
transfer. One consumer reported buying a phone from someone advertising
via Facebook. The buyer and seller communicated using messenger.
However, after the payment was made , the seller blocked the buyer
and deleted their chat communication. The phone was not delivered.
Buyers should consider paying in cash and avoid wherever possible bank transfers.
More advice on buying and selling on Facebook
Warwickshire residents have reported receiving phone calls to say
that they were shortly to receive a cheque from the Government for money
that they had overpaid. The callers then go on to try and obtain bank
details and other personal and financial information.
Residents are warned never to reveal any personal or financial
information to cold callers. This information can be used for identity
theft and other crimes.
Warwickshire residents are warned to beware of 'model agencies' that
take huge fees for portfolios of photographs and promise modelling
contracts that never materialise. One Warwickshire resident reported
paying almost £800 after attending a 'photo-shoot'. She was given
assurances that a modelling contract would be forthcoming and paid
almost £800 for a portfolio of photographs. However, no contract was
Rogue modelling agencies have little or no links to the genuine
modelling industry. They show a great deal of interest in a new client
and often makes promises that a contract will be forthcoming in order to
get the client to pay hundreds of pounds for a portfolio of
photographs, often worth very little.
Warwickshire Trading Standards has received reports from Warwickshire
Police that groups of so called 'Nottingham Knockers' have been
operating in the South Warwickshire area in the past few days. These
doorstep callers offer small household products for sale which may be of
poor quality and pressure homeowners in to buying by falsely claiming
to be ex-convicts on probation schemes.
Warwickshire Trading Standards advise householders not to buy at the
door from unexpected doorstep traders. If in doubt, keep your door