Latest scams

Warning about bogus printer helplines

New scam prompts advice to help customers avoid becoming a victim of fraud National Trading Standards is warning consumers about a new scam targeting those looking for help with printer problems. The warning comes after a rise in the number of cases seen by the National Trading Standards eCrime Team. The ‘printer helpline scam’ differs  Read ▶

Copycat website overcharges for blue parking badges

Trading standards officers across England and Wales are getting complaints about a copycat website that charges disabled motorists £49.00 for applying for blue badges they can get for £10 from their local council. People searching for disabled blue parking badges can easily end up on the copycat site, because the company behind the site uses  Read ▶

Scam email warning

In recent days fraudulent emails have been circulating offering compensation for the so-called “Microsoft Support Scam”. The e-mail purports to be from the “ALL Competition and Consumer Commission” – a fake organisation that doesn’t exist – and may include a made-up quote from Lord Harris, Chair of National Trading Standards.  The emails are sent from the  Read ▶

SCAM ALERT: Microsoft compensation scam

Action Fraud and the National Trading Standards eCrime Team (NTSeCT) are warning consumers about emails from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) offering compensation for the Microsoft Scam. These emails are fakes. Neither the ACCC nor NTSeCT would contact you by email and ask for your personal details. The emails are designed to steal  Read ▶

Scammers target Facebook users with ‘dislike’ button scam

Scammers have capitalised on Mark Zuckerberg’s recent announcement that Facebook have been working on a ‘dislike’ button. Not long after his announcement, links and apps offering the fake ‘dislike’ button began spreading across the world’s most popular social media platform. Facebook does not have an official ‘dislike’ button, any app, profile or website offering one  Read ▶

Applying for and EHIC card this summer?

If you plan to travel or holiday in Europe this summer, you may need a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) or need to renew an old one.  EHIC cards entitle you to free or reduced-cost medical treatment while travelling or staying in a European Economic Area (EEA) country, or in Switzerland. The EEA includes all  Read ▶

Beware of Rugby World Cup 2015 Ticket Scams

  An international campaign advising consumers what to look out for when buying online Rugby World Cup 2015 Tickets was launched today.  Part of the International Consumer Protection Enforcement Network’s (ICPEN) Fraud Prevention Month, it sees the National Trading Standards eCrime Team, join forces with the Rugby World Cup 2015 Organising Committee, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA),  Read ▶

Don’t lose your pension to a scam

    Don’t blow 30 years of pension savings in 30 seconds! Many of you have paid into pension schemes for decades. But since April 2015, if you’re not careful you could lose it all to scammers in 30 seconds or less, because that’s all it takes to sign your life away. From April 6th you have more  Read ▶

More than half of consumers exposed to scams

Consumers are being warned about a rise in tax scams ahead of the self-assessment deadline at the end of January. As new research from Which? finds that more than half of consumers have been exposed to scams, Trading Standards is warning consumers to stay vigilant. See the full article on the Which? website    

Dealing with HMRC phishing and tax scams

As a number of important tax deadlines loom large, the first quarter of any new year spurns an increase in fraudulent tax phishing emails, appearing to come from HMRC. Scammers love to use key tax deadlines against busy and distracted taxpayers to trick them into disclosing their personal information and bank details. Here are some  Read ▶

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