Consumer Alerts

Telephone Scams

A lady was recently called by a trader claiming they were working with the Home Office and could help her recover money which had been lost to scams. The trader was very convincing and even got others, allegedly from the Home Office, to contact the lady to reassure her. The trader asked her to get £500 in Ukash vouchers and then tricked the lady into giving the voucher number by telling her it was the other numbers which should not be disclosed. The lady has now been told she needs to get a further £2850 and she is being contacted several times a week by the trader. In another incident the consumer was contacted by someone who said the consumer had been awarded a PPI repayment of £5000. The consumer was asked for a one off payment of £500 by Ukash voucher. Trading Standards advice is never deal with traders who cold call by telephone. Ukash vouchers should be treated as cash and no part of the 19-digit Ukash PIN should be disclosed to anyone. For further advice about Ukash vouchers visit www.ukash.com.

Email Scams

UK Lottery

This email is allegedly from the National- Lottery.com and claims the email account holder has won £950,000. You are asked to keep the fact that you have won secret until you have claimed your prize. This is done by sending personal information to a hotmail account. Please do not respond to this email.

Western Union

This is an email purporting to be from Western Union and asking you to validate your account information by following a link. Please do not respond to this email.

Other scam emails

Other scam emails this month have included one allegedly from somebody stuck in Madrid after being mugged and having their money and credit cards stolen. The email asks for €250,000. Another email offers the recipient a share of £4,300,000 which has been left by a client who shares the same name. Please do not respond to these emails. Letter Scams

This letter is allegedly from the Euro Sweepstake Lottery Company and claims the recipient has won €16,621,340.00. The letter comes with a form which asks for personal information including bank account details. To report scams or doorstep crime incidents contact the Trading Standards Service via the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 08454 04 05 06

Other scam emails


Other scam emails this month have included one allegedly from somebody stuck in Madrid after being mugged and having their money and credit cards stolen. The email asks for €250,000. Another email offers the recipient a share of £4,300,000 which has been left by a client who shares the same name. Please do not respond to these emails. Letter Scams

This letter is allegedly from the Euro Sweepstake Lottery Company and claims the recipient has won €16,621,340.00. The letter comes with a form which asks for personal information including bank account details. To report scams or doorstep crime incidents contact the Trading Standards Service via the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 08454 04 05 06

Cold Calling Incidents

Free Surveys and Cavity Wall
Insulation
There have been numerous reports of
residents being cold called at locations
throughout the County by people offering
free surveys on behalf of the local council
or the government for cavity wall insulation.
There is also the suggestion that grants are
available to pay for the work. Trading
Standards advice is:-
Be skeptical
Not be pressured into making a
quick decision
Know who they're dealing with
and NEVER give personal or bank
details to someone they don't know
Say NO to uninvited sales people,
rogue traders and cold callers.
For information about the help available
with the cost of buying and installing energy
saving products, such as loft insulation, visit
www.directgov.gov.uk or speak to your
local district council

Charity Collections

Donating clothing and goods to charities is
a great way to help people who are in need;
however, charities are losing substantial
sums of money to anonymous bogus
collectors who mislead members of the
public into thinking they are charities. It's
important the public are confident that their
donation is going to a genuine charitable
cause.
Beware of the following:-
Bags not displaying the words
'registered charity' followed by a
charity number
Bags trying to pass off their company
registration number as a registered
charity number
Bags not stating the specific charity
they are collecting for
Bags unprofessionally produced,
poor grammar and spelling
Bags without landline contact
numbers

Email Scams

Hang Seng Bank Ltd
This email is allegedly from the Executive
Director of the Hang Seng Bank Ltd and
asks for personal details in order to assist in
the transfer of funds. Please do not
respond to this email.
Assalamu Alaikum
This is an offer to send millions of dollars to
you as the next of kin of a recently
deceased client. Please do not respond to
this email.
Oceanic International Bank Plc
Another offer of $ millions from a long lost
relative. This email asks for your personal
details and a scanned copy of your driving
licence/passport. Please do not respond to
this email.
Consumer Scam Alerts
Foreign Student
This email asks for help in investing $6.5
million which will assist the sender in
continuing their studies. It alleges you will
receive a percentage for your help. Please
do not respond to this email.

Letter Scams

Olympic Lottery Scam
LANCASHIRE County Council Trading
Standards Service has received a number
of complaints about letters illegally branded
with the official Olympic and London 2012
logos telling recipients they have won a
£500,000 prize. They claim that winners
can claim their prize by returning a payment
processing form, by fax, with their personal
details
.
Please do not respond to this letter.
To report scams contact the Trading
Standards Service via the Citizens Advice
Consumer Helpline on 08454 04 05 06

Consumer Alerts

Telephone Scams

A lady was recently called by a trader claiming they were working with the Home Office and could help her recover money which had been lost to scams. The trader was very convincing and even got others, allegedly from the Home Office, to contact the lady to reassure her. The trader asked her to get £500 in Ukash vouchers and then tricked the lady into giving the voucher number by telling her it was the other numbers which should not be disclosed. The lady has now been told she needs to get a further £2850 and she is being contacted several times a week by the trader. In another incident the consumer was contacted by someone who said the consumer had been awarded a PPI repayment of £5000. The consumer was asked for a one off payment of £500 by Ukash voucher. Trading Standards advice is never deal with traders who cold call by telephone. Ukash vouchers should be treated as cash and no part of the 19-digit Ukash PIN should be disclosed to anyone. For further advice about Ukash vouchers visit www.ukash.com.

 

Email Scams

UK Lottery

This email is allegedly from the National- Lottery.com and claims the email account holder has won £950,000. You are asked to keep the fact that you have won secret until you have claimed your prize. This is done by sending personal information to a hotmail account. Please do not respond to this email.

 

Western Union

This is an email purporting to be from Western Union and asking you to validate your account information by following a link. Please do not respond to this email.

 

Other scam emails


Other scam emails this month have included one allegedly from somebody stuck in Madrid after being mugged and having their money and credit cards stolen. The email asks for €250,000. Another email offers the recipient a share of £4,300,000 which has been left by a client who shares the same name. Please do not respond to these emails. Letter Scams

This letter is allegedly from the Euro Sweepstake Lottery Company and claims the recipient has won €16,621,340.00. The letter comes with a form which asks for personal information including bank account details. To report scams or doorstep crime incidents contact the Trading Standards Service via the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 08454 04 05 06

Cold Calling Incidents

Free Surveys and Cavity Wall
Insulation
There have been numerous reports of
residents being cold called at locations
throughout the County by people offering
free surveys on behalf of the local council
or the government for cavity wall insulation.
There is also the suggestion that grants are
available to pay for the work. Trading
Standards advice is:-
Be skeptical
Not be pressured into making a
quick decision
Know who they're dealing with
and NEVER give personal or bank
details to someone they don't know
Say NO to uninvited sales people,
rogue traders and cold callers.
For information about the help available
with the cost of buying and installing energy
saving products, such as loft insulation, visit
www.directgov.gov.uk or speak to your
local district council

Charity Collections

Donating clothing and goods to charities is
a great way to help people who are in need;
however, charities are losing substantial
sums of money to anonymous bogus
collectors who mislead members of the
public into thinking they are charities. It's
important the public are confident that their
donation is going to a genuine charitable
cause.
Beware of the following:-
Bags not displaying the words
'registered charity' followed by a
charity number
Bags trying to pass off their company
registration number as a registered
charity number
Bags not stating the specific charity
they are collecting for
Bags unprofessionally produced,
poor grammar and spelling
Bags without landline contact
numbers

Email Scams

Hang Seng Bank Ltd
This email is allegedly from the Executive
Director of the Hang Seng Bank Ltd and
asks for personal details in order to assist in
the transfer of funds. Please do not
respond to this email.
Assalamu Alaikum
This is an offer to send millions of dollars to
you as the next of kin of a recently
deceased client. Please do not respond to
this email.
Oceanic International Bank Plc
Another offer of $ millions from a long lost
relative. This email asks for your personal
details and a scanned copy of your driving
licence/passport. Please do not respond to
this email.
Consumer Scam Alerts
Foreign Student
This email asks for help in investing $6.5
million which will assist the sender in
continuing their studies. It alleges you will
receive a percentage for your help. Please
do not respond to this email.

Letter Scams

Olympic Lottery Scam
LANCASHIRE County Council Trading
Standards Service has received a number
of complaints about letters illegally branded
with the official Olympic and London 2012
logos telling recipients they have won a
£500,000 prize. They claim that winners
can claim their prize by returning a payment
processing form, by fax, with their personal
details
.
Please do not respond to this letter.
To report scams contact the Trading
Standards Service via the Citizens Advice
Consumer Helpline on 08454 04 05 06

Consumer Alerts

Telephone Scams

A lady was recently called by a trader claiming they were working with the Home Office and could help her recover money which had been lost to scams. The trader was very convincing and even got others, allegedly from the Home Office, to contact the lady to reassure her. The trader asked her to get £500 in Ukash vouchers and then tricked the lady into giving the voucher number by telling her it was the other numbers which should not be disclosed. The lady has now been told she needs to get a further £2850 and she is being contacted several times a week by the trader. In another incident the consumer was contacted by someone who said the consumer had been awarded a PPI repayment of £5000. The consumer was asked for a one off payment of £500 by Ukash voucher. Trading Standards advice is never deal with traders who cold call by telephone. Ukash vouchers should be treated as cash and no part of the 19-digit Ukash PIN should be disclosed to anyone. For further advice about Ukash vouchers visit www.ukash.com.

Email Scams

UK Lottery

This email is allegedly from the National- Lottery.com and claims the email account holder has won £950,000. You are asked to keep the fact that you have won secret until you have claimed your prize. This is done by sending personal information to a hotmail account. Please do not respond to this email.

 

Western Union

This is an email purporting to be from Western Union and asking you to validate your account information by following a link. Please do not respond to this email.

 

Other scam emails

Other scam emails this month have included one allegedly from somebody stuck in Madrid after being mugged and having their money and credit cards stolen. The email asks for €250,000. Another email offers the recipient a share of £4,300,000 which has been left by a client who shares the same name. Please do not respond to these emails. Letter Scams

This letter is allegedly from the Euro Sweepstake Lottery Company and claims the recipient has won €16,621,340.00. The letter comes with a form which asks for personal information including bank account details. To report scams or doorstep crime incidents contact the Trading Standards Service via the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 08454 04 05 06