Coronavirus scam warning

Authored by News Desk

Devon, Somerset and Torbay Trading Standards is warning people to be wary of suspicious emails as fraudsters attempt to exploit the spread of coronavirus.

Since last month the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau has identified 21 reports across Britain where coronavirus was mentioned with victims losing over £800,000 in total.

Ten of these reports were made by victims...

Energy efficiency grant scam warning

Authored by News Desk

Trading Standards is again warning Devon residents to check the credentials of companies selling energy efficiency products following an increase in consumer complaints.

A recent example is a company who claims to offer government-backed energy-saving grants of up to £8,000. Scam letters have been sent to properties in Devon from a company purporting to act on behalf of the Energy...

Police hunt bogus charity collector

Authored by News Desk

Police are hunting for a bogus charity collector who stole money from an elderly blind woman in her Plymouth home.

The 79-year-old woman was visited at home in Leigham by a man claiming to be selling items on behalf of a charity for dyslexia.

He invited himself in and remained at her home for around 45 minutes, insisting that she buy household products which she did not need....

Showing post scams the door in Plymouth

Authored by News Desk

Plymouth City Council’s Trading Standards Team, are working in partnership with Devon and Cornwall Police to tackle the serious impact of scam mail.

Crafty con artists have managed to scam a total £400,000 out of 195 people in Plymouth in the last two years. Nationally it is estimated scams targeting people by phone or post alone cost people in the UK an estimated UK £10 billion each...

Over £250,000 conned out of Plymouth residents

Authored by Mary

Crafty con artists have managed to scam £255,000 out of 146 people in Plymouth.

Trading Standards have visited these people as a result of receiving a list of over 650 potential scam victims that have been targeted in the city. But officers are warning this is just the tip of the iceberg with only five per cent of these crimes actually being reported.

Scammers use a number of...

Public urged to be vigilant after attempted theft

Authored by News Desk

Police are urging the public to be vigilant after an incident involving three men believed to be cold calling elderly and vulnerable residents and telling them that repairs were needed on their roofs.

The incident happened on Wednesday 13 April 2016 on Parkfield Road, Torquay.

One resident was in the process of handing over a large amount of cash when the police arrived and...

Police warn businesses of magazine scam

Authored by News Desk

Small business owners have been warned about a telephone scam offering cheap or heavily discounted advertising in local newspapers and magazines.

Devon and Cornwall Police say scammers have targeted at least three firms in North Devon during the last week. Each time, regular advertisers were offered discounted advertising space in a sister publication and asked for credit card details...

Warning over latest computer software scam

Authored by Mary

Police are warning residents about the latest scam that has seen some victims duped out of thousands of pounds.

Computer Software Service Fraud, also known as the Microsoft Tech Scam, relates to predominantly Indian call centres cold calling victims claiming to be from legitimate businesses, such as Microsoft.

The caller states that there is an issue with the victim’s computer...

Don't fall victim to fraudsters

Authored by Mary

Police are reminding the public to be vigilant about telephone scams and to follow some simple advice to prevent them from becoming a victim of this type of crime.

Devon and Cornwall Police have been working with partners and the community to raise the awareness of the sudden rise in elderly victims who are conned out of thousands of pounds by tricksters who convince them they are...

Are you scam aware?

Authored by Mary

Trading Standards officers are calling on residents in Plymouth to expose scams and help stop more people from falling prey to clever cons that fleece them of thousands of pounds.

Scams Awareness Month launches on 1 July and will be highlighting how scams continue to flourish when people stay silent.

Figures show that less than five per cent of victims report scams to the...


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