N T S S C A M A L E R T 29th June 2020


Doorstep scams

Shropshire rogue trader jailed after breaching court order for sixth time

22nd June 2020 Shane Warner was issued a court behavioural order in 2016 after he conned a vulnerable woman in her 80s out of more than £30,000 by convincing her to pay for odd jobs and gardening work on her home that was never carried out.

Shrewsbury Crown Court heard yesterday how the 27-year-old breached the order for a sixth time in April this year. more

Beware of Covid-19 con men cold-calling households across the country

23rd June 2020Consumers have reported criminals cold-calling households and posing as Red Cross or NHS workers to collect donations for bogus Covid-19 charities. more

Warning in North Yorkshire after criminal posed as a police officer25th June 2020The criminal contacted his victims claiming to be a member of the police fraud team and warning them of security breaches with their bank.He then advised them to move money into a ‘safe’ account to protect it from criminals, as well as asking them to withdraw cash which was then collected by a courier. moreOnline scamsWatchdog launches scam ad alert system17th June 2020The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) is working with Facebook and Google to tackle bogus ads that leave consumers out of pocket.
A new scam ad alert system set up by the advertising watchdog aims to get online paid-for scam ads taken down across multiple platforms. moreInstagram ‘copyright violation’ message18th June 2020A believable message pretending to be from Instagram’s help centre threatens to close your account if you don’t hand over personal information.
But the message is a phishing scam that you should delete and ignore. moreCampaign urges – don’t get scammed25th June 2020A national campaign is currently underway to raise awareness of scams – particularly those that have emerged as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.Pembrokeshire Trading Standards and Citizens Advice Pembrokeshire are taking part in the annual Scams Awareness campaign which has been running from the 15th June and ends on the 28th. moreFriends Against ScamsFriends Against Scams reached 500,000 Friends last week, the halfway point on the journey to one million!The team would like to thank all the people who have been raising awareness of scams in their communities and helping to make half a million people scam aware.Please visit and take 20 minutes out of your day to complete the online scams awareness training to protect yourselves and your loved ones.

Criminals targeting O2 customers with message asking for updated payment details22nd June 2020The fake messages to O2 customers claim that payments have not gone through, so customers need to update their payment details.
But the link leads to a fake website – where criminals will steal your bank account details. more

Warning issued over Covid-19 home testing scam18th June 2020The public has been warned to be alert to scam text messages offering coronavirus home tests which instead look to give thieves access to property. more

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