N T S S C A M A L E R T 20th September 2021

Doorstep scams

Cowboy builder Joe Gentle faces jail unless he repays £10,000 to Belfast man

5th September 2021John George ‘Joe’ Gentle targeted his victim during a four-month period, billing him £30,000 for renovations to his East Belfast house that only cost £10,000.
Conman Gentle charged the man for work that was wildly overpriced or, in other cases, not done at all. more

Pershore builder investigated after 10 people say he took thousands of pounds but didn’t finish work

13th September 2021A builder is under investigation after a group of ten people said that they had paid his company £100,000 for work but it had not been completed. more

Telephone scams

Widow conned out of £145,000 after HSBC let her send money to Indonesia

10th September 2021

A widow was conned £159,519 out of her life savings in a sick scam revealed to be a fake shares company in Indonesia.

The ‘vulnerable’ victim, who has not been named, managed to have more than £140,000 recovered with the help of a fraud victim support office based in Berkshire. more

Owners of lost pets targeted in latest Isle of Wight scams to be aware of

13th September 2021

An Isle of Wight resident received a phone call from a gentleman who told him that the cat had been found and had x rays and been checked over by a vet. He asked where he could collect the cat from and was told he had to make a payment first and to give his bank details. more

HSBC issues warning about banking scam that lets criminals go on spending sprees

15th September 2021

HSBC UK have warned its customers that criminals are tricking people into disclosing their bank passcodes, giving them the ability to spend thousands in online purchases. more

Online scams

Scam watch: winning a competition you didn’t enter

6th September 2021

Being told you’ve won a competition may sound like great news at first, but think back – do you even remember entering one? more

HMRC issues urgent scam alert to Britons doing part-time work

13th September 2021

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has issued a warning to those undertaking part-time work, as many, particularly young people, could be at risk of falling victim to scams correspondence which claims to be from the government. more

Families hoping for caravan getaways conned by couple in ‘despicable’ scam

14th September 2021

Families who booked holidays after seeing caravans advertised online had been caused “real heartache” when they discovered they had been conned by a couple, a judge has said. more

Friends Against Scams
A Scam Marshal is any resident in the UK who has been targeted by a scam and wants to fight back and take a stand against scams.

Scam Marshals do this by using their own experience to talk to others about scams in their community or by sending any scam mail that they receive to National Trading Standards (NTS) Scams Team. This can later be utilised as evidence in future investigative and enforcement work.

Becoming a Scam Marshal can be very rewarding and fulfilling work:

  • Saving money
  • Improving your own self-confidence
  • Reducing the temptation to respond to scams
  • Increasing awareness of scams
  • Educating and helping others
  • Assisting with investigations


If you would like to be part of our award-winning initiative, please visit here to find out more and register.

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