National Trading Standards – Scam alert issue 24

Though not specific to North East Lincolnshire, please find below details of scams occuring throughout the nation.

Doorstep Crime – 

Police in Cheltenham are urging the public to be aware of rogue traders after two recent incidents.
One of the incidents happened on Friday the 26th August on Hillside Gardens when a man cleared a guttering without asking and demanded £500 for it. – Find out more

Police are appealing for witnesses after distraction burglars targeted a woman of 93 in her Derby home.
The incident happened on the 24th August when two men claimed they were sent from the lady’s usual gardener. After the resident refused to pay for poor workmanship the men distracted her and stole her handbag which contained £700. Find out more

Police investigating a distraction burglary at the home of a pensioner in Culcheth have released CCTV footage of a group of men wanted in connection with the incident.

A group of men emptied bags of manure on the elderly lady’s lawn then demanded payment. Whilst distracted, they stole money from her handbag. Find out more

Internet Scams –

Tricksters are running a scam to get tenants in overcrowded council housing to cough up cash to jump the waiting queue for better properties in London’s deprived East End.

Fake flyers are circulating around Tower Hamlets housing estates in East London asking them to pay £29.99 registration fee to help them move from overcrowded properties.  Find out more

Telephone Scams –

People in Royston and Letchworth have been warned to be vigilant following bogus calls about council tax arrears.

Herts County Council are urging its residents to be vigilant of vishing scams. Residents are being called and told they are in arrears with their payments and are urged to disclose their bank details. Find out more

Investment Scams –

Regulators have promised tough action to reduce the number of Britons who become victims of pension scams.

The market watchdog has said financial companies would be fined for improper use of unauthorised introducer firms which provide access to clients personal information. Find out more