Citizens Advice warns consumers of ‘trial’ offers

People are losing £141 on average after signing up for a ‘trial’ offer only to later find money has unexpectedly been withdrawn from their bank account, new research from Citizens Advice finds. The bulk of sign-ups happen online (77%) where businesses can hide information, through the use of pop-ups or smaller font for example, making  Read ▶

Know what you are signing?

Consumers need to know what they are signing up for so they can effectively cancel services and not be out of pocket New analysis shows that in three months consumers paid an average of £160 towards unwanted subscriptions like gym memberships, television, insurance and online streaming services. With the rise of subscription services available to  Read ▶


Top award for Isle of Wight trading standards officer An Isle of Wight trading standards officer has received a prestigious award for his work. The officer, James Potter got the award for Individual Excellence in Intellectual Property Enforcement from the National Markets Group (NMG) for his perseverance, dedication and coordination following a successful prosecution of  Read ▶

£645,000 fine issued over misleading call connection numbers

Consumers called premium rate numbers thinking they were contacting well-known organisations directly Some consumers charged over £100 for one call Fine totalling £645,000 issued to DK Call for breaches of the Phone-paid Service Authority’s Code of Practice Refunds ordered to all consumers who seek one PSA advises consumers to take care when searching for customer  Read ▶

Blue Badge On-Line Scammer Fined

The conviction follows an investigation by the National Trading Standards eCrime Team A man and his company who misled disabled people into paying £49 a time for Blue Badge parking permits was sentenced to financial penalties totalling £15,457.35 today (29 March 2017) at York Magistrates’ Court. Ramiro Rohan Depass, aged 23, of Thameshill Avenue, Romford,  Read ▶

Financial fraud cost UK £2 million a day in 2016

The Take Five campaign is urging consumers to protect themselves from financial fraud on a day of action supported by banks across the country. It comes in wake of figures released today, 16 March, by Financial Fraud Action UK (FFA UK), which saw £2 million a day lost to financial fraud in 2106. The day  Read ▶

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 ▶

#Datesafe this Valentine’s Day

One victim reports dating fraud every three hours, according to the latest national figures from City of London Police Read how to protect yourself against dating fraud – Story from Get Safe Online. ·  On average, fraudsters ask their victims to transfer money within one month of first contact. ·  Almost half (45%) of victims indicated that dating  Read ▶

It’s Safer Internet Day 2017

To mark Safer Internet Day 2017, young people across the UK are joining Government ministers, celebrities, industry figures, schools and police services to inspire people to ‘Be the Change’ and unite for a better internet today. – Research by UK Safer Internet Centre highlights the positive and negative impact of online images and videos on  Read ▶

Products worth millions seized

Action taken as part of fourth phase of Operation Jasper, the biggest enforcement operation ever seen in the UK to combat counterfeiting and piracy on social media Operation Jasper 4, an initiative of the National Markets Group (NMG) saw 83 Trading Standards Authorities join forces with Police, government departments and industry brand representatives to identify  Read ▶