Scam Alert

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Doorstep Scams


Highland householders to be ‘on guard’ against bogus energy traders
2nd July 2019

The warning follows reports that there may be traders operating in the area offering free insulation works under Government-funded schemes, to properties without the formal approval required to do the works.

Trading Standards teams within Highland Council, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Orkney Islands Council and Shetland Islands Council have all received such reports. more


Action Fraud issues warning after bogus traffic wardens steal bank cards 
3rd July 2019


Action Fraud has received 33 reports since January 2019 of victims being targeted by individuals purporting to be police officers and traffic wardens. more


Rogue trader jailed for scamming elderly South Cumbrian householder

9th July 2019


A rogue roofer and property maintenance trader who is already serving a prison sentence for scamming customers, has had a further two months added to his sentence after making bogus representations and engaging in “aggressive” practices to an elderly South Cumbrian householder. more


Telephone Scam


Call for vigilance as telephone scams target residents across Cheshire

11th July 2019


Police are urging Cheshire residents to be vigilant after a bank in Widnes was notified of seven of its customers having been targeted by telephone scams in a single day. The customers informed NatWest on Widnes Road on the 10th July that they had received phone calls from people purporting to work for the bank. more

Online Scams


HMRC warns about WhatsApp messages

10th July 2019


HMRC has issued a warning for taxpayers against responding to WhatsApp messages purporting to come from the department and talking about a tax refund. more


Scores of people out of pocket thanks to ‘scam’ human bodies exhibition

12th July 2019

Scores of people have discovered that the tickets they bought for what they thought was an exhibition of dissected human bodies has been cancelled amid claims it was a scam. more


Facebook invests in spam ad crackdown following Martin Lewis settlement

16th July 2019

Facebook has launched a feature that will let users more easily report ads they believe to be scams within the social network's walls, as well as investing in a dedicated team to tackle the issue. more