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Doorstep Scams

 

Builder in court after carrying out shoddy work and leaving customers £100,000 out of pocket

 

9th February 2021                                                                                                                                             

A builder whose shoddy work saw his customers lose around £100,000 has pleaded guilty to multiple charges of fraud.

An investigation by Cornwall Council Trading Standards found James Lee Knight persuaded at least eight homeowners to pay for repairs or extension works he failed to finish. more

 

 

11th February 2021

Reports have been received of cold callers offering tarmacking work, knocking on doors in rural areas surrounding Garstang, Lancashire.
On two occasions, a small amount of work was agreed, but the traders continued to carry out further work that had not been agreed. more

 

 

18th February 2021

The government’s Green Homes Grant offers eligible homeowners in up to £10,000 of energy saving improvements, but some doorstep traders are already trying to abuse the scheme, according to Herefordshire Council Trading Standards. more

 

Telephone Scams

 

10th February 2021

Eight men have been arrested in the UK over a series of sim-swapping attacks on the mobile phones of victims in the US, including well-known musicians, sports stars and influencers. more

 
 
17th February 2021
 

The scam involves a caller claiming to be from BT Openreach, who states that there are issues with your internet connection and that they need to gain access to your computer to perform tests and fix it. more 

 

Online Scams

 

 

11th February 2021
 

The large-scale phishing campaign is a variation of a classic "Is that you?" trick. It involves a victim receiving a message from who they think is a friend and the supposed friend sending them a video or image and asking if they're in it. more

 

 
18th February 2021
 

According to Action Fraud, £68 million was stolen in ‘romance scams’ in 2020. The isolation, loneliness and fear that the pandemic has created is the perfect environment for cybercriminals to operate in, and scams of this kind have increased by 20% during the health crisis. more