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Rogue Traders

Alert message sent 16/03/2019 10:24:00

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Dear Citizen
We have had reports of Rogue Traders in the Four Oaks/ Mere Green area, please look at the advice below:

Telephone scams
Don’t feel pressured into making a decision over the telephone. It’s okay to say “no”.
  • Never give out personal or bank details out over the telephone.
  • Contact is often unexpected and out of the blue; scammers are persistent but friendly.
  • Hang up if a caller is vague about their company information.
  • Don’t pay in advance for goods in response to unexpected telephone call.
  • If you receive a lot of telephone calls, consider a call blocker to filter out unwanted calls.
Postal scams
  • Never send money or personal details to a company in order to claim a prize or winnings. No legitimate business will ask for money to claim a prize.
  • Watch out for letters with too good to be true offers. It’s probably a scam.
  • Watch out for lotteries, prize draws, clairvoyants, catalogues, secret deals, “get rich quick” schemes and inheritance notifications.
  • If you get lots of junk or suspect mail, get a trusted friend or family member to help you sort through it.
  • A common tactic used by scammers is to ask you reply to a PO Box or use a pre-paid envelope.
    Doorstep scams
  • Use a door chain, spy hole or look through a window. Say no to unwanted, uninvited callers. Do not answer the door if you are unsure, or find it difficult to say “no”.
  • A reputable doorstep seller will not pressure you to make a decision. Say “no”, or that you need advice first.
  • Don’t have work done on your property by someone calling uninvited to your door. Take time to get quotes from other traders. Use a trusted trader scheme such as No Rogue Traders Here.
  • Always ask for identification and close the door while you check it.
  • Display a “No Cold Calling” sticker. You can get one by emailing tradingsta
    Internet scams
  • Be wary of emails from unknown sources asking for your personal details or offering to put money into your account. Also watch out for spoof emails, which claim to be from well-known companies.
  • Don’t open emails that are unexpected especially with attachments.
  • Ensure you have updated security and firewalls in place. Do these updates regularly.
  • Always go to the bank’s official website to get information. Don’t follow links within emails.
  • Never give out your Internet Provider (IP) address or surrender control of your computer in response to a phone call or e-mail.
  • Think twice before you click
    General tips and advice
    When anyone asks for your money or personal details, remember:
  • if it seems too good to be true, it usually is
  • don’t feel pressurised to make a decision on the spot - think about it, get advice and report if you think it’s a scam
  • scammers may tell you to keep the offer a secret - get a second opinion from someone you trust if you’re suspicious
  • research the reputation of the company before giving them any of your details
  • scammers will come across friendly – they are not your friend
  • no legitimate business will ask for money to claim a prize
  • say no to unwanted, uninvited callers 
If you require more advice, please google Birmingham City Council Trading Standards or wish to report any scams or fraud please report to www.actionfraud.co.uk

Kind Regards
PCSO Gill Whittingham

 
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Gillian Whittingham (Police, PCSO, Four Oaks)

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