N T S S C A M A L E R T 23rd September 2020

Doorstep scams

Residents in Bury are being urged to be aware of two new scams

14th September 2020A criminal has been preying on elderly residents in Bury with the offer of ‘cheap’ CCTV.

Police say the smartly-dressed criminal has been calling on homes across the borough, offering to fit security systems. more

Erskine OAP is conned out of £3,300 by bogus workman

17th September 2020A cruel criminal duped a pensioner into handing over more than £3,000 for roofing work that was never even started.

The 68-year-old man fell foul of the callous scam at his home in Erskine. more

Postal scams

Fake ‘Postcode Lottery’ scam targeting Scots — here’s everything you need to know

15th September 2020Scots are being warned to check their mail carefully after being targeted by a fake ‘postcode lottery’ scam.

Letters have been sent out to unsuspecting residents across Scotland claiming they have won a share of £425,000. more

Telephone scams

Bedfordshire residents warned over suspicious “loft insulation” telephone scam

9th September 2020

The Trading Standards team has received reports of suspicious telephone calls being made to residents, raising concerns over their current loft insulation.

The criminal claims to be calling on behalf of the council, saying your loft insulation is insufficient and that you could face criminal proceedings if you don’t have it improved. more 

Fraud prevention Police warn public after Ribble Valley officer witnesses attempted phone scam

10th September 2020

Police in Lancashire are warning residents to be aware of telephone scams after an officer witnessed a member of the public receive such a call.

The calls involve criminals calling people saying that they are from HMRC, telling them that they owe large amount of money in unpaid taxes and unless they pay it off during the phone call, they will issue a high court warrant. more

House surveyor Dennis, 71, scammed out of his £330,000 life savings

18th September 2020

A pensioner who was scammed out of his £330,000 life savings has revealed that it’s like being ‘stabbed in the heart’, but confessed that he still didn’t tell his children ‘for four years’ to avoid their devastation.

British OAP Dennis appeared on ITV’s Tonight investigation Scams: Ripping off the Elderly?, last night, to talk about his traumatic experience for the first time publicly. more 

Online scams

Urgent warning over new Center Parcs Facebook scam

11th September 2020

Trading Standards chiefs have issued a warning after 18,000 people shared a fake Center Parcs competition post within hours of it being created.

UK holidaymakers desperate for a break are being targeted by criminals claiming you could get a free holiday – as well as cash to spend. more

People in Flintshire warned over scam “outstanding parking fine” email

14th September 2020

People in Flintshire are being warned about a scam email that is circulating locally purporting to come from “HM Courts and Tribunals.”

The email states that the receiver has an outstanding parking fine to pay and to click on a link within the email. more

 Lloyds Banking Group Guide
Responding to a scam can have more than just a financial impact, it can also affect health and wellbeing.

The National Trading Standards Scams Team and Bournemouth University, in partnership with Lloyds Bank, Halifax and Bank of Scotland, have created a new guide which explores ways to stop the criminals from reaching you or your loved ones, and how to help a friend or relative with their finances.

You can find this guide on the Friends Against Scams website here:

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