The Real Deal marks 10 years with week of enforcement

National Markets Group ‘Fake Free Markets’ collaboration marks 10-year anniversary with a week of enforcement success National Markets Group (NMG) ‘Fake Free Markets’ collaboration marks 10-years of enforcement success. More than 500 markets have voluntarily signed the ‘Real Deal’ charter through Trading Standards. The campaign protects shoppers, genuine traders and local businesses from impact of  Read ▶

Directors jailed for online scam

Company directors of a firm selling electrical goods have been jailed for a total of nearly seven and a half years following a fraud investigation by the North Yorkshire and York based National Trading Standards eCrime team. The scam was uncovered after customers complained that goods ordered online from the company’s Electrohut website were never  Read ▶

Computer software suspects arrested

Three people suspected of being involved in computer software fraud have been arrested. Trading standards officers and police officers executed entry warrants at the homes of a 64 year old man and a 34 year old woman in Birmingham, and a 35 year old man in Swindon. They have been interviewed and released pending further  Read ▶

£6 million confiscation order

Criminals operated multiple ‘copycat’ websites mimicking official government services The ‘complex fraudsters’ face a further 26 years behind bars if they fail to pay, on top of lengthy prison sentences Three ‘copycat’ website criminals were ordered to pay back more than £6 million between them at a proceeds of crime hearing at Teesside Crown Court  Read ▶

Tech support scams

The second week of March saw the UK and US national consumer protection organisations go to war against Tech Support scams. National Trading Standards is supporting the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) campaign to highlight the most widespread scam to afflict English speaking consumers. Tech support scams are a class of telephone fraud, where scammers claim  Read ▶

TV Licensing phishing emails

The TV Licensing agency warns that fake TV Licensing emails and are circulating the internet. The fake emails contain links to a cloned version the official TV Licensing website that ask for login and bank details. TV Licensing never send refund information by email and is investigating the scam. If you get one of these  Read ▶

Initiative curbs sale of counterfeit goods

A new, government-backed initiative has been developed to protect consumers and small businesses from the harm caused by the growing trade in fake goods on social media ‘buy-and-sell’ groups. The Real Deal Online programme has been developed by the National Markets Group for IP Protection (NMG) in conjunction with the National Trading Standards eCrime Team  Read ▶


A man who operated websites which conned consumers out of £1.6m has been handed a one year suspended prison sentence and ordered to pay £200,000 within 28 days at Leeds Crown Court today. The sentence comes after he pleaded guilty to breaches of the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 following a National Trading  Read ▶

Scams Awareness Month 2018

Don’t miss a trick, be Scam Aware Scams Awareness Month 2018 launches on the 4th of June. The annual campaign raises awareness and takes a stand against the crimes and predatory practices which affect millions of people. Research conducted by Citizens Advice indicates that almost three-quarters (72%) of those surveyed had been targeted by scammers over  Read ▶


Two more people have been sentenced after pleading guilty to their roles in one of the biggest online conspiracy cases in UK legal history. Liam Hincks received 11 months in prison on Monday 26 March – which took into account his cooperation with the prosecution – and Caroline Gowans received a two year suspended prison sentence,  Read ▶