Scams...


February 2020.
BEWARE - SCAM GOING AROUND

A lady in the village recently received an e-mail, seemingly from a person she knows well and trusts, asking her to quickly buy 4x Amazon £100 vouchers. They were required to give as gifts. It seemed to be a plausible request, so she did as she was asked.
A little later she received a message from another person telling her that they too had received a message, seemingly from her, asking that they do the same. She of course had not sent that message. Alarm bells were now sounding - loudly.

Be aware that this might still be going the rounds. If you receive such a message check the legitimacy of it before doing anything else.

The best advice is to ignore it and NEVER click on a link in e-mail. If it seems at all fishy trust your instinct and delete it.



NOTE that due to the large number of scams being perpertrated it is difficult to keep this page up to date. However, the County Council maintains a website page with all the latest information. We shall not therefore try to replicate the County Council page - please follow this link consumer alerts



Friends Against Scams is a National Trading Standards (NTS) Scams Team initiative, which aims to protect and prevent people from becoming victims of scams by empowering communities to "Take a Stand Against Scams".
See the website here to learn more about this and how to get involved

A dictionary of Scams - to help keep you in the know.
See here  some descriptions of common scams.

Best advice is to never click on links or download content that has been sent in an unsolicited text. Treat unsolicited email messages with the same caution. If in doubt, contact the company using the details on their official website. Look out for poor spelling, grammar and poor image quality. Always be very careful when sharing personal information.


Have you been caught by a scam of some sort?

Do you know someone who has been caught

Someone knocking on your front door offering to repair your roof - your drive - trim your trees... ?

Had a strange 'phone call, e-mail, or a letter ?

GOOD ADVICE is to never click on links or download content that has been sent in an unsolicited text. If in doubt, contact the company using the details on their official website. Look out for poor spelling, grammar and poor image quality. Always be careful when sharing personal information.


NOTE that due to the large number of scams being perpertrated it is difficult to keep this page up to date. However, the County Council maintains a website page with all the latest information. We shall not therefore try to replicate the County Council page - please follow this link consumer alerts 



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REPORTING SCAMS ETC.

Reporting any scams you receive can help to build up intelligence on the scammers and how they target people.

  • You can report scams to the Citizens Advice consumer helpline using their online report form

For consumer advice and updates, visit Norfolk County Council consumer alerts


Trusted Trader

See Trusted Traders

Click here to see information about the County Council Trusted Trader directory.

The Trading Standards Institute web site has useful advice - details of product recalls - and general support.


ACTION FRAUD is the national centre for reporting fraud or internet crime - call 0300 123 2040;  on the internet go to www.actionfraud.police.uk where reports can easily be made online.
It also worth knowing that the 'Action Fraud' title has also been used in a scam! Be careful!!!


Trading Standards advises consumers NOT to deal with cold callers and NEVER be pressurised into buying on the doorstep.

Anyone concerned about rogue trader activity can contact Trading Standards through the Citizens Advice consumer helpline via their
online reporting form or by telephone on 03454 04 05 06.


See East Winch   Neighbourhood Watch
 
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