Consumer scam alerts

You can report scams to our partners the Citizens Advice consumer helpline using their online report form or by calling 03454 04 05 06,  or you can report a scam to Action Fraud, the UK national fraud office using their online fraud reporting tool or by calling 0300 123 2040.

Cold Calling Alert – Doorstep cold callers offering driveway work – 21 March 2019

We are warning residents to be on their guard after receiving reports of doorstep cold callers approaching residents in the Aylsham area offering to undertake repair work or to lay new driveways.

Trading Standards advises when looking to have work done on or around your property only deal with reputable companies you have researched and chosen yourself and have obtained a written quotation from.

Anyone concerned about doorstep cold callers in Norfolk can contact us through our partners the Citizens Advice consumer helpline via their online reporting form or by telephone on 03454 04 05 06.

Looking for a Trader you can Trust? Try a Norfolk Trusted Trader. To search our directory and read feedback from their customers visit www.norfolk.gov.uk/trustedtrader

Scam Alert – Emails attempting to ‘blackmail’ the recipient – 21 March 2019

Norfolk residents have told us about emails which attempt to blackmail the recipient.

The emails often state they have ‘hacked this mailbox’ or have been ‘observing you online’ and sometimes include a password that will be known to the recipient.

The emails will often make claims to have ‘access to all your accounts, social networks, email, browsing history’ and ‘all your contacts, files from your computer, photos and videos’ and often make accusations about websites you have visited.  It then threatens to share this with your contacts unless an amount is paid in Bitcoin.

Action Fraud offer the following advice regarding this type of email and how to protect yourself:

  • Don’t reply to the email or be pressured into paying: it only highlights that you’re vulnerable and you could be targeted again.  The police advise that you do not pay criminals. Try flagging the email as spam/junk if you receive it multiple times.
  • Perform password resets as soon as possible on any accounts where you’ve used the password mentioned in the email.  Always use a strong, separate password for important accounts, such as your email.  Where available, enable Two-Factor Authentication (2FA).
  • Always install the latest software and app updates. Install, or enable, anti-virus software on your laptops and computers, and keep it updated.
  • If you have received one of these emails and paid the fine, report it to your local police force.  If you have not paid, report the email as a phishing attempt to Action Fraud using their online form or by telephone on 0300 123 2040

Scam Alert – Further reports of emails claiming to be from ‘TV Licencing’ – 20 March 2019

We have received more reports from Norfolk residents about email claiming to be from TV Licencing.

These emails generally claim that TV Licensing have been unable to take a payment, that there are issues with Direct Debits or that you are due a refund on your TV Licence.

The email then offers a link to enable you to make a payment or claim the refund.  This link then goes to a 'genuine looking' version of the TV Licencing website which attempts to gather personal and financial information.

In some cases when people have submitted information to the fake website they are then targeted by telephone cold calls claiming to be from the 'Fraud Department' at their bank stating there has been 'fraudulent activity' on their account and they need to transfer funds to a new 'safe account' that has been set up for them.

Action Fraud report that since April 2018 victims of this scam have lost over £830,000.

We always advise to be very wary of approaches made in unsolicited emails and by telephone cold calls and remember:

  • Never answer unsolicited emails, click on links or open attachments
  • Don't assume a phone call or email is authentic even if they know basic details about you
  • Always question unsolicited requests for your personal or financial information

TV Licencing have issued the following advice:

TV Licencing will always:

  • Use donotreply@tvlicensing.co.uk (or donotreply@spp.tvlicensing.co.uk) to email you
  • Include your name in our emails (unless you told us you don’t need a licence and didn’t provide a name)

TV Licencing will never unprompted:

  • Email you to ask for bank or personal details
  • Email you to tell you that you’re entitled to a refund
  • Offer you a discounted TV Licence

TV Licencing will never ask on their website for:

  • Your card details to take a missed payment before we’ve first asked you to sign in to identify yourself using your licence number, surname and post code
  • Your mother’s maiden name
  • Your date of birth (unless you’re 74 or over and applying for a free TV Licence)
  • You can read further information about spotting scam TV Licencing email on the TV Licensing website

You can report scam emails to us via our partners the Citizens Advice consumer helpline on 03454 040506.

If you have responded to one of these emails and have submitted bank details or card numbers on a linked website, contact you bank immediately on the number printed on your card.

Scam Alert – ‘International Postcode Online Lottery’ letters – 20 March 2019

We have received reports about letters claiming to be from the ‘International Postcode Online Lottery’ being received by Norfolk residents.  The letter states the resident has been awarded a prize of £900,000 in a recent draw made in ‘Melbourne, Australia’.

These letters are a scam and no prize is available.

If you receive this type of letter dispose of it correctly without responding in any way.

Here are some simple steps you can take to avoid lottery scams:

  • If you haven’t entered a lottery then you can’t have won it.  Never respond to unexpected communications
  • Official lotteries in other countries operate in much the same way as the UK’s National Lotto. No official lotteries that we know of contact people to tell them of their win.
  • We don’t know of any official lottery operators who ask for fees to collect winnings. Any request for a fee payment is a good indication that someone is trying to scam you.
  • Never disclose your bank details or pay fees in advance to claim a lottery win
  • If they’ve provided an email address to respond to, be very suspicious of addresses such as @hotmail.com or @yahoo.com or numbers beginning with 07 because these are free to get hold of
  • Genuine lotteries thrive on publicity. If they ask you to keep your win a secret it’s likely to be a scam.
  • Many examples of lottery scam letters have bad spelling and grammar – see this as a warning that fraudsters are at work

Rogue Trader Alert – Doorstep cold callers offering driveway cleaning – 14 March 2019

We are warning residents to be on their guard after receiving reports of a doorstep cold caller in the Thetford area offering driveway cleaning.We advise never to deal with anyone who cold calls at your property offering to do work on or around your property.

Anyone concerned about doorstep cold callers in Norfolk can contact us through our partners the Citizens Advice consumer helpline via their online reporting form or by telephone on 03454 04 05 06.

Looking for a Trader you can Trust? Try a Norfolk Trusted Trader. To search our directory and read feedback from their customers visit www.norfolk.gov.uk/trustedtrader

Scam Alert – Telephone cold calls claiming to be from BT – 14 March 2019

We are continuing to receive reports from Norfolk residents about telephone cold calls claiming to be from BT.

Recent reports have included:

  • Calls which deliver a message claiming to be from BT stating your ‘internet and landline will be cut off’ and then offering a ‘Press 1’ option. If this is complied with a call handler then attempts to gather personal data
  • Calls claiming to be from ‘BT Openreach’ during which the cold caller states that there are ‘problems with your router’
  • Calls claiming to be from BT stating they can ‘offer you a 35% discount on your bill’ and then attempting to gather bank details

We always advise to be wary of telephone cold calls and the claims made during them. If you receive a suspicious call claiming to be from BT do not give or confirm any personal or financial details. Hang up, wait five minutes and then contact BT customer service on 0800 800 150.

If you have received a telephone cold call which you believe to be a scam you can report it to us via our partners the Citizens Advice consumer helpline on 03454 04 05 06.

Scam Alert – Telephone cold calls claiming ‘less energy efficient houses will pay more council tax’ – 13 March 2019

We are warning residents to be on their guard after receiving a report of a telephone cold call which was received by a Norfolk resident regarding Council Tax.

During the call the cold caller talked about a ‘Carbon Tax on Council Tax’ which would mean ‘less energy efficient houses will pay more Council Tax’. The cold caller then attempted to make an appointment to undertake ‘a property survey’.

We advise always be very wary of any approach made in a telephone cold call and never give or confirm any personal details or agree to someone visiting your home if approached in this manner.

If you need advice about cold calling or have agreed to a visit during a cold call contact the Citizens Advice consumer helpline via their online reporting form or telephone 03454 04 05 06.

Scam Alert – Emails claiming to be from ‘TV Licencing’ – 13 March 2019

We are continuing to receive reports from Norfolk residents about emails claiming to be from TV Licencing. Reports have included emails claiming that direct debits ‘cannot be collected’ and emails stating ‘Your TV Licence has expired’.



These emails are not from TV Licencing and any links contained within the message are likely to go to a genuine-looking fake version of the TV Licencing website which will attempt to gather personal and financial details.

Action Fraud offer the following advice regarding these emails:

  • Always question unsolicited requests for your personal or financial information in case it’s a scam
  • Never automatically click on a link in an unexpected email or text

For more information about how to stay safe online, visit www.cyberaware.gov.uk

You can report suspicious messages to Action Fraud using their online form or by telephone on 0300 123 2040.

Cold Calling Alert – Telephone cold calls claiming ‘you have been mis sold cavity wall insulation’ – 11 March 2019

We are warning residents to be on their guard after receiving a report of a telephone cold call which was received by a Norfolk resident regarding cavity wall insulation.

During the call the cold caller stated the call recipient had been ‘mis-sold cavity wall insulation’ and they could ‘obtain compensation’. The call recipient responded they had ‘never been sold cavity wall insulation’ and the cold caller hung up.

We advise always be very wary of any approach made in a telephone cold call and never give or confirm any personal details or agree to someone visiting your home if approached in this manner.

If you need advice about cold calling or have agreed to a visit during a cold call contact the Citizens Advice consumer helpline via their online reporting form or telephone 03454 04 05 06.

Rogue Trader Alert – Flyers and doorstep cold callers offering to do ‘facia and insulation’ work on park homes – 6 March 2019

We are warning residents to be on their guard after receiving reports of flyers being hand delivered offering to do ‘facia and insulation’ work on park homes.

This follows an incident in the Great Yarmouth area where leaflets were delivered followed by a cold caller who attempted to quote for work.

We advise, when looking to have work done on or around your property, only deal with reputable companies you have researched and chosen yourself and have obtained a written quotation from.

It is possible these rogue traders could target other park home sites in Norfolk.

Anyone concerned about possible doorstep rogue trader activity in Norfolk can contact us through our partners the Citizens Advice consumer helpline via their online reporting form or by telephone on 03454 04 05 06.

Looking for a Trader you can Trust? Try a Norfolk Trusted Trader. To search our directory and read feedback from their customers visit www.norfolk.gov.uk/trustedtrader

Cold Calling Alert – Telephone cold calls enquiring about ‘insulation and roofing’ as they are ‘working in your area’ – 5 March 2019

We are warning residents to be on their guard after receiving reports of telephone cold calls being received in the North Norfolk area enquiring about your ‘insulation and roofing’ as they claim to be ‘working in the area’.

We advise always be very wary of any approach made in a telephone cold call and never give or confirm any personal details or agree to someone visiting your home if approached in this manner.

We also advise when looking to have work done on or around your property only deal with reputable companies you have researched and chosen yourself and have obtained a written quotation from.

If you need advice about cold calling or have agreed to a visit during a cold call contact the Citizens Advice consumer helpline via their online reporting form or telephone 03454 04 05 06.

Scam Alert – Text messages claiming you are ‘due a council tax refund’ – 5 March 2019

We are getting reports from Norfolk residents who have received text messages stating they are 'due a council tax refund of £357.00' and supplying a link to 'claim your refund'.

These text messages are not genuine.

Anyone following the link will be taken to a website which will attempt to gather personal and financial information.

It is possible several variations of this message could be circulating with different amounts and web links.

If you receive this, or a similar text message, delete it without clicking on any links.

If you require any information about your council tax contact your local council direct.  Their information can be located on the Gov Delivery website at www.gov.uk/find-local-council

You can report suspicious text messages to Action Fraud using their online form or by telephone on 0300 123 2040.

Cold Calling Alert – Doorstep cold caller enquiring ‘who installed your windows’– 4 March 2019

We are warning residents to be on their guard after receiving a report of a doorstep cold caller in the Eaton area of Norwich.

In the incident, a resident received a doorstep cold call from a man who asked ‘who installed your windows?’ The resident declined to engage with the cold caller and reported it to us.

We advise to be very wary of claims made by doorstep cold callers and never give access to your property, agree to services, buy items or for return visits if approached in this manner.

Anyone concerned about doorstep cold calling in Norfolk can contact Trading Standards through our partners the Citizens Advice consumer helpline via their online reporting form or by telephone on 03454 04 05 06.

Cold Calling Alert – Flyers and doorstep cold callers offering ‘tree surgery’ and ‘gardening’ work – 4 March 2019

We are warning residents to be on their guard after receiving reports of flyers being hand delivered offering ‘tree and garden’ work in the Dereham and Swaffham areas and doorstep cold callers offering ‘tree surgery’ work in the Hellesdon area.

The flyers claim to offer a range of services and gives contact numbers but no further details about the business. The doorstep cold callers have been approaching residents offering to do work on trees. We advise when looking to have work done on or around your property only deal with reputable companies you have researched and chosen yourself and have obtained a written quotation from.

Anyone concerned about possible doorstep cold caller activity in Norfolk can contact us through our partners the Citizens Advice consumer helpline via their online reporting form or by telephone on 03454 04 05 06.

Looking for a Trader you can Trust? Try a Norfolk Trusted Trader. To search our directory and read feedback from their customers visit www.norfolk.gov.uk/trustedtrader

Rogue Trader Alert – Doorstep cold caller offering ‘tree surgery work’ – 27 February 2019

We are warning residents to be on their guard after receiving reports of a doorstep cold caller in the Watton area offering tree surgery work.

We advise never deal with cold callers looking to undertake work on or around your property. 

If you are looking to have this type of work done only deal with reputable companies you have researched and chosen yourself and have obtained a written quotation from.

Anyone concerned about possible rogue trader activity in Norfolk can contact us through our partners the Citizens Advice consumer helpline via their online reporting form or by telephone on 03454 04 05 06.

Looking for a Trader you can Trust? Try a Norfolk Trusted Trader. To search our directory and read feedback from their customers visit www.norfolk.gov.uk/trustedtrader

Rogue Trader Alert – Doorstep cold caller carrying a large holdall bag – 27 February 2019

We are warning residents to be on their guard after receiving reports of a man carrying a large holdall-type bag going door to door in the Stoke Holy Cross area.

We advise never to deal with anyone who cold calls at your property offering to sell something.

Anyone sighting these sellers in Norfolk please contact us through our partners the Citizens Advice consumer helpline on 03454 04 05 06, or Norfolk Constabulary via 101.

If you feel intimidated or see these cold callers and are concerned for vulnerable neighbours call 999.

Rogue Trader Alert – Doorstep cold caller offering ‘garden services’ – 26 February 2019

We are warning residents to be on their guard after receiving reports of a man cold calling offering ‘garden services’ in the Sheringham area.

We advise never deal with cold callers looking to do work on or around your property.

If you are looking to have this type of work done only deal with reputable companies you have researched and chosen yourself and have obtained a written quotation from.

Anyone concerned about possible rogue trader activity in Norfolk can contact us through our partners the Citizens Advice consumer helpline via their online reporting form or by telephone on 03454 04 05 06.

Looking for a Trader you can Trust? Try a Norfolk Trusted Trader. To search our directory and read feedback from their customers visit www.norfolk.gov.uk/trustedtrader

Could your community help stop doorstep cold callers from targeting vulnerable people by becoming a No Cold Calling Zone? To find out more about the scheme or to apply visit www.norfolk.gov.uk/nccz

Information Alert – Thinking about home improvements? Make sure you #CHECK – 22 February 2019

Home improvements are often one of the most stressful purchases that an individual can make.  Be it changing windows to building an extension on your home, these are often high value purchases which can sometimes take years to save for or pay off.  Because of this, we are encouraging consumers to think #CHECK when considering choosing a tradesman or business for your next home improvement project.

Rogue Trader Alert – Doorstep cold caller offering ‘tree surgery work’ – 22 February 2019

We are warning residents to be on their guard after receiving reports of a doorstep cold caller in the Holt area offering tree surgery work.

We advise never deal with cold callers looking to do work on or around your property.

If you are looking to have this type of work done, only deal with reputable companies you have researched and chosen yourself and have obtained a written quotation from.

Anyone concerned about possible rogue trader activity in Norfolk can contact us through our partners the Citizens Advice consumer helpline via their online reporting form or by telephone on 03454 04 05 06.

Looking for a Trader you can Trust? Try a Norfolk Trusted Trader. To search our directory and read feedback from their customers visit www.norfolk.gov.uk/trustedtrader

Scam Alert – Emails claiming to be from ‘TV Licencing’ – 21 February 2019

We are again receiving reports from Norfolk residents about emails claiming to be from TV Licencing. In this case the email claim that TV Licensing had been ‘unable to process your Direct Debt’. The email then went on to offer a link to enable you to ‘update your details’.

These emails are not from TV Licencing and anyone following the link will be taken to a genuine-looking fake version of the TV Licencing website which will attempt to gather personal and financial details.

Action Fraud offer the following advice regarding these emails:

  • Always question unsolicited requests for your personal or financial information in case it’s a scam
  • Never automatically click on a link in an unexpected email or text

For more information about how to stay safe online, visit www.cyberaware.gov.uk

You can report suspicious messages to Action Fraud using their online form or by telephone on 0300 123 2040.

Scam Alert – Telephone cold calls claiming to be from Citizens Advice – 14 February 2019

We are warning about telephone cold calls claiming to be from Citizens Advice.

This follows a report from a Norfolk resident who received a cold call claiming to be from ‘Citizens Advice’ during which the cold caller stated they were ‘concerned about your credit score’.

Citizens Advice advise that they do not cold call or authorise others to cold call on their behalf.

If you receive one of these calls do not give or confirm any personal information, hang up and report the call to us via our partners the Citizens Advice consumer helpline on 03454 04 05 06

Rogue Trader Alert – Doorstep cold caller offering household cleaning products – 14 February 2019

We are warning residents to be on their guard after receiving reports of a doorstep cold callers offering household cleaning products.

Reports have been received in the last few days from across the Norwich, Broadland and North Great Yarmouth areas including Sprowston, Thorpe St Andrew, Old Catton, Catton Grove, Thorpe End, South Walsham, Pilson Green, Hemsby, Ormesby, Martham and Scratby.

The cold callers are carrying large holdall type bags, are claiming that they are ‘recently out of prison’ or ‘working to get a reference’ and in some incidents they are showing a laminated card or piece of paper as 'identification'.

We advise you never to deal with anyone who cold calls at your property offering to sell something.

It is possible these sellers may continue to move to other locations in the Norfolk area.

Anyone sighting these sellers in Norfolk please contact us through our partners the Citizens Advice consumer helpline on 03454 04 05 06 or to Norfolk Constabulary via 101.  If you feel intimidated or sight these cold callers and are concerned for vulnerable neighbours call 999.

Cold Calling Alert – Doorstep cold callers offering to purchase ‘gold and jewellery’ – 13 February 2019

We are warning residents to be on their guard after receiving reports of doorstep cold callers in the North Walsham and Costessey areas offering to purchase ‘gold and jewellery’.

We always advise to be very wary to this type of approach and if you are looking to sell items only deal with reputable companies you have researched and chosen yourself.

Anyone concerned about possible doorstep cold caller activity in Norfolk can contact us through our partners the Citizens Advice consumer helpline on 03454 04 05 06

Rogue Trader Alert – Doorstep cold caller offering ‘tree surgery work’ – 13 February 2019

We are warning residents to be on their guard after receiving reports of a doorstep cold caller in the Unthank Road area of Norwich offering tree surgery work.

We advise you never to deal with cold callers looking to undertake work on or around your property.

If you are looking to have this type of work done only deal with reputable companies you have researched and chosen yourself and have obtained a written quotation from.

Anyone concerned about doorstep cold callers in Norfolk can contact us through our partners the Citizens Advice consumer helpline via their online reporting form or by telephone on 03454 04 05 06.

Looking for a Trader you can Trust? Try a Norfolk Trusted Trader. To search our directory and read feedback from their customers visit www.norfolk.gov.uk/trustedtrader

Cold Calling Alert – Flyers and doorstep cold callers offering driveway work – 8 February 2019

We are warning residents to be on their guard after receiving reports of flyers being hand delivered offering Driveway work in the Norwich area, and doorstep cold callers offering driveway work in the Attleborough area.

The flyers claim to offer a range of services and gives contact numbers but no further details about the business.

The doorstep cold callers have been approaching residents offering repair work or to lay new driveways.

We advise you only deal with reputable companies you have researched and chosen yourself and have obtained a written quotation from when you are looking to have work done on or around your property.

Anyone concerned about possible rogue trader activity in Norfolk can contact us through our partners the Citizens Advice consumer helpline via their online reporting form or by telephone on 03454 04 05 06.

Looking for a Trader you can Trust? Try a Norfolk Trusted Trader. To search our directory and read feedback from their customers visit www.norfolk.gov.uk/trustedtrader

Rogue Trader Alert – Doorstep cold callers offering ‘repair work’ – 8 February 2019

We are warning residents to be on their guard after receiving reports of doorstep cold callers in the Attleborough area.

The reports were of two men offering to undertake ‘repair work' on properties. The men were seen to be using a white pickup.

We advise you never to deal with anyone who cold calls at your property offering to undertake work on or around your property.

We advise never to deal with anyone who cold calls offering to do work on or around your property.

Anyone concerned about doorstep cold callers in Norfolk can contact us through our partners the Citizens Advice consumer helpline via their online reporting form or by telephone on 03454 04 05 06.

Looking for a Trader you can Trust? Try a Norfolk Trusted Trader. To search our directory and read feedback from their customers visit www.norfolk.gov.uk/trustedtrader

Cold Calling Alert – Doorstep cold caller asking about ‘insulation’– 8 February 2019

We are warning residents to be on their guard after receiving a report of a doorstep cold caller in the Caister area.

In the incident a resident received a doorstep cold call from a man wearing a branded green tabard who offered to ‘conduct an insulation survey’. The resident declined the offer and reported the cold call to us.

We advise you to be very wary of claims made by doorstep cold callers and never give access to your property, agree to services, buy items or for return visits if approached in this manner.

Impartial advice on energy saving and accessing grant schemes is available from the Energy Saving Trust.

Anyone concerned about doorstep cold calling in Norfolk can contact us through our partners the Citizens Advice consumer helpline via their online reporting form or by telephone on 03454 04 05 06.

Rogue Trader Alert – Doorstep cold caller pointing out ‘loose tiles’ – 7 February 2019

We are warning residents to be on their guard after two men cold called at a property in the Hellesdon area.

The men told the resident that they ‘could see some loose tiles on the roof’ and offered to ‘fix them’ for a small fee.  The men then went onto the resident's roof.  While they were on the roof, a member of the resident's family arrived who intervened and told the cold callers to leave the property.  The men were seen to leave in a blue Ford Transit van.

We advise never to deal with cold callers looking to do work on or around your property and never allow a cold caller access to your home, roof or gardens even if they are offering to do tasks for a small fee or for free.

It is possible these doorstep cold callers could move on to other areas around Norwich and Norfolk.

Anyone concerned about possible rogue trader activity in Norfolk can contact us through our partners the Citizens Advice consumer helpline via their online reporting form or by telephone on 03454 04 05 06.

Scam Alert – ‘Brushing’ scams – 7 February 2019

We are warning about a new scam involving online deliveries called ‘brushing’.

This scam involves packages you didn’t order from online selling platforms like Amazon showing up on your doorstep.

Initially, receiving items you haven’t paid for might not seem like problem, some people might not regard this as a scam.  You’re not being charged for the items, they’re not stolen as they’ve been paid for and they’re yours to keep.

But the reality is being involved in a brushing scam means that someone has gained access at minimum to your name and mailing address but depending on how they gathered this data potentially other personal and financial information as well.

Scammers do this to make the purchases look genuine and avoid violating the selling sites’ terms that prevent them providing reviews for their own products.

If you begin receiving packages that are addressed to you, but you did not order, contact the retailer immediately.

Following this, change the passwords to your online accounts in case the scammer has got your address by hacking an account.  You may find if it is an online account you haven’t used for a while and you’re now ‘locked out’ it may be that the account has been taken over by the scammer.

If the volume of shipments becomes a problem, contact Royal Mail for help with holding packages until you can pick them up or otherwise handle the matter.

You can report scams to us by contacting our partners the Citizens Advice consumer helpline on 03454 040506.

Scam Alert – Telephone cold calls claiming to be from BT – 5 February 2019

We have had a number of reports from Norfolk residents about telephone cold calls claiming to be from BT in the last few days.

The cold caller claims to be a 'BT employee' and states that your phone and broadband accounts will be terminated if you do not pay 'your outstanding BT bill immediately'.  The cold caller then attempts to gather bank or card details against the repeated threat of 'your account being cancelled'.

We always advise to be wary of telephone cold calls and the claims made during them.  If you receive a suspicious call claiming to be from BT, do not give or confirm any personal or financial details. Hang up, wait five minutes and then contact BT customer service on 0800 800 150.

If you have received a telephone cold call which you believe to be a scam you can report it to us via our partners the Citizens Advice consumer helpline on 03454 04 05 06.

Rogue Trader Alert – Doorstep cold callers selling tools – 4 February 2019

We are warning residents to be on their guard after receiving reports of doorstep cold callers in the Stalham area selling tools.

The cold callers were seen to be using a white Ford Transit van.

We advise never to deal with cold callers offering to sell items.

Anyone concerned about possible rogue trader activity in Norfolk can contact Trading Standards through our partners the Citizens Advice consumer helpline via their online reporting form or by telephone on 03454 04 05 06.

Scam Alert – Telephone cold calls claiming to be from HMRC – 29 January 2019

We are reminding Norfolk residents to be aware of telephone cold calls claiming to be HMRC stating you owe tax debts and then demanding you pay these via gift cards or vouchers.

This follows a recent incident reported to Norfolk Constabulary where a North Norfolk resident was stopped by shop staff from purchasing £1,900 of Google gift cards following one of these calls.

We always advise to be very wary of any approach made by a telephone cold call. Remember HMRC do not cold call to inform people of tax debts and would never ask for payment by gift cards or vouchers.

If you receive this type of cold call do not give or confirm any personal information. Hang up, wait five minutes and then report the call to us via our partners the Citizens Advice consumer helpline on 03454 040506.

Please share this warning with family, friends and neighbours, especially with those who could be vulnerable to this type of approach.

Also, if you work in a retail setting that sells a range of gift cards please ensure staff and colleagues are aware of this scam and be alert to individuals attempting to purchase large amounts of gift cards or vouchers as potentially this person could be about to become a scam victim.

Action Fraud has issued the following advice regarding these cold calls:

  • It is vital that the public exercise caution when receiving messages or telephone calls of this nature
  • Always question unsolicited requests for your personal or financial information. Just because someone knows your basic details (such as your name and contact details), it doesn't mean they are genuine. Instead, contact the company or organisation directly using trusted methods such as a known email address or phone number
  • Listen to your instincts. If something feels wrong, then it is usually right to question it. No genuine organisation will ask you to pay taxes, bills or fees using iTunes Gift Cards, or any other type of voucher
  • Don’t be rushed or pressured into making a decision. Under no circumstances would a genuine bank or some other trusted organisation force you to make a financial transaction on the spot

Rogue Trader Alert – Doorstep cold callers offering ‘roofing work’ – 28 January 2019

We are warning residents to be on their guard after receiving reports of a doorstep cold caller in the Gorleston area.

The reports were of two men offering to do 'roofing work'. The men were seen to be using a silver car.

We advise never to deal with anyone who cold calls at your property offering to do work on or around your property.

Anyone concerned about possible rogue trader activity in Norfolk can contact us through our partners the Citizens Advice consumer helpline via their online reporting form or by telephone on 03454 04 05 06.

Looking for a Trader you can Trust? Try a Norfolk Trusted Trader. To search our directory and read feedback from their customers visit www.norfolk.gov.uk/trustedtrader

Could your community help stop doorstep cold callers from targeting vulnerable people by becoming a No Cold Calling Zone? To find out more about the scheme or to apply visit www.norfolk.gov.uk/nccz

Cold Calling Alert – Doorstep cold caller offering ‘free loft inspections’– 25 January 2019

We are warning residents to be on their guard after receiving a report of a doorstep cold caller in the east King’s Lynn area.

In the incident, a resident received a doorstep cold call from a man who claimed he could offer a ‘free loft inspection’.  The resident declined the offer and reported the cold call to us.

We advise to be very wary of claims made by doorstep cold callers and never give access to your property, agree to services or return visits or buy items if approached in this manner.

Impartial advice on energy saving and accessing grant schemes is available from the Energy Saving Trust.

Anyone concerned about doorstep cold calling in Norfolk can contact us through our partners the Citizens Advice consumer helpline via their online reporting form or by telephone on 03454 04 05 06.

Rogue Trader Alert – Doorstep cold caller offering garden furniture – 24 January 2019

We are warning residents to be on their guard after receiving reports of a cold caller offering garden furniture in the Aylsham area.

A man was reported to be offering to sell garden furniture to householders and was seen to return to a sign-written white Mercedes Sprinter van.

We advise never to deal with anyone who cold calls at your property or approaches you in the street offering to sell you something.

Anyone sighting doorstep cold callers in Norfolk or concerned about rogue trader activity in their community can contact us through our partners the Citizens Advice consumer helpline via their online reporting form or by telephone on 03454 04 05 06.

Scam Alert – International Postcode Lottery letters – 23 January 2019

We are warning residents to be vigilant for letters claiming to be from the ‘International Postcode Lottery’.  This follows a report from a Norfolk resident who received a letter claiming they had won ‘£900,000 in a recent draw’ and providing details to enable them to ‘claim their prize’.

These letters are a scam and no prize is available. Anyone who makes contact via the details supplied will be persuaded to part with personal details and money as part of an ‘upfront processing fee’.

If you receive this type of letter dispose of it correctly without responding in any way.

Here are some simple steps you can take to avoid lottery scams:

  • If you haven’t entered a lottery then you can’t have won it. Never respond to unexpected communications
  • Official lotteries in other countries operate in much the same way as the UK’s National Lotto. No official lotteries that we know of contact people to tell them of their win
  • We don’t know of any official lottery operators who ask for fees to collect winnings. Any request for a fee payment is a good indication that someone is trying to scam you
  • Never disclose your bank details or pay fees in advance to claim a lottery win
  • If they’ve provided an email address to respond to, be very suspicious of addresses such as @hotmail.com or @yahoo.com or numbers beginning with 07 because these are free to get hold of
  • Genuine lotteries thrive on publicity. If they ask you to keep your win a secret, it’s likely to be a scam
  • Many examples of lottery scam letters have bad spelling and grammar – see this as a warning that fraudsters are at work

Scam Alert – Telephone cold calls claiming ‘your internet has been compromised’ – 23 January 2019

We are again warning about telephone cold calls delivering a recorded message claiming your ‘Internet has been compromised’ and that they will ‘suspend your broadband within 24 hours’. It then gives you a press button option to ‘speak to a technician’.

These calls are not genuine and are likely to be used to seek remote access to computers, gather personal, account or financial details or attempt to take payments.

If you receive one of these calls do not press any keys if prompted. Hang up and report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040

Cold Calling Alert – Doorstep cold callers offering ‘pressure washing’ services – 22 January 2019

We are warning residents to be on their guard after receiving reports of a doorstep cold caller in the Acle area offering ‘pressure washing' services.

We advise never to deal with anyone who cold calls offering to do work on or around your property.

Anyone concerned about doorstep cold callers in Norfolk can contact us through our partners the Citizens Advice consumer helpline via their online reporting form or by telephone on 03454 04 05 06.

Looking for a Trader you can Trust? Try a Norfolk Trusted Trader. To search our directory and read feedback from their customers visit www.norfolk.gov.uk/trustedtrader

Scam Alert – Text messages claiming to be from ‘Tesco’ stating you ‘took the 2ND place in our Tesco’ Christmas Prize Draw’ – 21 January 2019

We are warning about text messages circulating stating ‘you took the 2ND place in our Tesco’ Christmas Prize Draw’ and providing a link to ‘Collect it here’.

These text messages are not from the Tesco and there is no prize to claim.  Anyone following the link will be taken to a website which claims you need to complete a survey to ‘claim your prize’. These surveys then attempt to gather personal and financial details.

If you have received a text message which you believe to be a scam you can report it to us via our partners, the Citizens Advice consumer helpline on 03454 04 05 06.

Rogue Trader Alert – Doorstep cold callers offering to ‘gravel driveways’ – 18 January 2019

We are warning residents to be on their guard after receiving reports of doorstep cold callers in the Reepham area offering to ‘gravel driveways’.

The cold callers were seen to be using a white Ford Transit tipper van.

We advise never deal with cold callers looking to do work on or around your property.

If you are looking to have this type of work done, only deal with reputable companies you have researched and chosen yourself and have obtained a written quotation from.

Anyone concerned about possible rogue trader activity in Norfolk can contact Trading Standards through our partners the Citizens Advice consumer helpline via their online reporting form or by telephone on 03454 04 05 06.

Looking for a Trader you can Trust? Try a Norfolk Trusted Trader. To search our directory and read feedback from their customers visit www.norfolk.gov.uk/trustedtrader

Scam Alert – Telephone cold calls claiming to be from Citizens Advice – 17 January 2019

We are warning about telephone cold calls claiming to be from Citizens Advice.

This follows a report from a Norfolk resident who received a cold call claiming to be from the ‘Citizens Advice Debt Service’ during which the cold caller attempted to engage with the call recipient about ‘debts’

Citizens Advice advise that they do not cold call or authorise others to cold call on their behalf.

If you receive one of these calls do not give or confirm any personal information.  Hang up and report the call to us via our partners the Citizens Advice consumer helpline on 03454 04 05 06.

Scam Alert – Text messages claiming to be from ‘DVLA’ stating you have a ‘vehicle tax refund’ – 15 January 2019

We are warning about text messages circulating claiming to be from ‘DVLA’ stating ‘you have a vehicle tax refund’ from ‘an overpayment’, the text goes on to offers a link to ‘process your refund’.

These text messages are fake.  DVLA do not send text messages or emails about vehicle tax refunds.  It is also likely that there will be a several versions of this message circulating quoting different amounts.

If you receive this or a similar text message delete it.

If you have received a text message which you believe to be a scam you can report it to us via our partners, the Citizens Advice consumer helpline on 03454 04 05 06.

Scam Alert – Facebook messages claiming to be from a friend asking if you could ‘receive a payment’ via PayPal – 15 January 2019

We are warning Facebook users about scam messages asking to use your PayPal account to ‘receive a payment’.

These messages come from a Facebook friend’s account but are actually sent by Fraudsters who have hacked the friend’s Facebook account and changed their password and phone number.

The fraudsters then message the hacked victims’ friends to ask them to receive payments through PayPal for various reasons.  They often also ask for their phone number, so they can communicate through WhatsApp.

The fraudsters then convince the victim to receive funds into their PayPal account and transfer them into a bank account of the Fraudsters choice.

Having received the transfer a chargeback is then initiated through PayPal, leaving the PayPal account holder out of pocket.

If you receive a suspicious message from a friend on Facebook, contact them directly via other means to check the message is genuine.

You can find out more about keeping your Facebook account secure, including activating login alerts and two-factor authorisation on the Facebook website.

Information Alert – Changes to pension cold calls regulations– 13 January 2019

As of last week (9 January), companies that make unsolicited phone calls to people about their pensions will be liable to enforcement action, including fines of up to £500,000.

The ban has been introduced in a bid to prevent people falling victim to cold calling scams that can lead to them losing their life savings.

As many as eight scam calls take place every second - or a massive 250,000,000 calls a year – according to research from the Money Advice Service.

Victims of pension scams can lose their life savings and be left facing retirement with limited income.  According to the Financial Conduct Authority, pension fraudsters stole on average £91,000 per victim in 2018.

If you receive a cold call about your pension, get any information you can, such as the company name or phone number, and report it to the Information Commissioner’s Office via their website or on 0303 123 1113.

If you have been a victim of this type of fraud, report it to Action Fraud by calling them on 0300 123 2040 or by using their online fraud reporting tool.

Cold Calling Alert – Doorstep cold caller enquiring about ‘insulation’– 11 January 2019

We are warning residents to be on their guard after receiving a report of a doorstep cold caller in the Mulbarton area.

A resident received a doorstep cold call from a man who claimed he was ‘representing the local authority’ and they were ‘inspecting homes for fibreglass insulation’. The cold caller then offered to ‘conduct an insulation survey’. The resident declined the offer and reported the cold call to us.

We advise to be very wary of claims made by doorstep cold callers and never give access to your property, agree to services, buy items or for return visits if approached in this manner.

Impartial advice on energy saving and accessing grant schemes is available from the Energy Saving Trust.

Anyone concerned about doorstep cold calling in Norfolk can contact us through our partners the Citizens Advice consumer helpline via their online reporting form or by telephone on 03454 04 05 06.

Scam Alert – Messages claiming to be from ‘TV Licencing’ – 10 January 2019

We have received more reports from Norfolk residents about emails and text messages claiming to be from TV Licencing.  Often these state that 'Your TV Licence will expire' and then offering a link to ‘Please Set up a new Direct Debit Now'.

These emails are not from TV Licencing and anyone following the link will be taken to a genuine looking fake version of the TV Licencing website which will attempt to gather personal and financial details.  It is likely that many versions of this email will be circulating using a range of different ‘expire’ dates.

Action Fraud report that they have received more than 5,000 reports to them regarding this type of message.  They offer the following advice:

Always question unsolicited requests for your personal or financial information in case it’s a scam. Never automatically click on a link in an unexpected email or text.

For more information about how to stay safe online, visit www.cyberaware.gov.uk.

You can report suspicious messages to Action Fraud using their online form or by telephone on 0300 123 2040.

Cold Calling Alert – Doorstep cold caller in the Norwich area claiming to be ‘surveying about telephone cold calls’ – 10 January 2018

We are warning residents to be on their guard after receiving a report of a doorstep cold caller in the Norwich area.

In the incident a resident received a doorstep cold call from a man who claimed he was ‘surveying about telephone cold calls’ and during the conversation also stated he was ‘working on behalf of Trading Standards’.  The man was carrying a clip board and left the area after a neighbour intervened and told him to leave the area.

Be very wary of claims made by doorstep cold callers.  Please be aware Norfolk Trading Standards do not cold call at properties to undertake surveys and we don't authorise anyone else to do this on our behalf.

Anyone concerned about doorstep cold calling in Norfolk can contact Trading Standards through our partners the Citizens Advice consumer helpline via their online reporting form or by telephone on 03454 04 05 06.

Scam Alert – Telephone cold calls claiming to be from HMRC – 9 January 2019

We have received more reports from Norfolk residents about telephone cold calls claiming to be from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC).

Most of these cold calls claim to be in connection to non-payment of tax or other duty stating that the call recipient is liable to prosecution or other legal proceedings, such as repossession of belongings, to settle the outstanding balance.  The cold caller will then say that to avoid action the debt can be settled immediately by bank transfer or by iTunes gift cards.

Often, the period for which the tax is allegedly due will be a significant number of years back making it harder for the call recipient to be sure or be able to verify any claims.

If the call recipient refuses to comply or is hesitant further threats of ‘immediate arrest’, ‘court appearances’, ‘bailiffs attending your home’ and ‘stopping pensions or benefits’ will be made by the cold caller.

Where payments are made the cold callers then sever all contact.

We always advise to be very wary of any approach made by a telephone cold call. If you receive this type of call our advice is do not interact with the call and hang up.

Action Fraud has issued the following advice regarding these cold calls:

It is vital that the public exercise caution when receiving messages or telephone calls of this nature:

  • Always question unsolicited requests for your personal or financial information.  Just because someone knows your basic details (such as your name and contact details), it doesn't mean they are genuine.  Instead, contact the company or organisation directly using trusted methods such as a known email address or phone number.
  • Listen to your instincts.  If something feels wrong, then it is usually right to question it.  No genuine organisation will ask you to pay taxes, bills or fees using iTunes Gift Cards, or any other type of voucher.
  • Don’t be rushed or pressured into making a decision.  Under no circumstances would a genuine bank or some other trusted organisation force you to make a financial transaction on the spot.

If you receive a call, text or email of this nature report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.  If you have received handed a call, text or email of this nature and have handed over money or voucher details report it to Norfolk Constabulary on 101.

Scam Alert – WhatsApp Gold – 8 January 2019

WhatsApp users need to be aware of a number of messages circulating again claiming to be offering access to ‘WhatsApp Gold’.  These messages often claim that this download offers several enhancements over the existing WhatsApp along with a link to ‘sign up’.

These messages are a scam and there is no genuine ‘WhatsApp Gold’.  Anyone clicking on the link will be taken to a site which will attempt to infect their device with malware.

Any update to the genuine WhatsApp will take place through the app itself.

If you ever receive a message claiming you can upgrade or install additional features to WhatsApp by clicking on a link ignore the message and delete it.

Scam Alert – Telephone cold calls claiming to be from BT Openreach– 7 January 2019

We have received more reports about telephone cold calls claiming to be from BT Openreach.

Recent reported calls have included several claims including:

  • Your service is about to be ‘suspended’
  • Your broadband will be ‘disconnected within 24 hours’
  • They have ‘detected issues with your broadband’
  • They are calling about ‘poor performance with your broadband’
  • That your router has been ‘hacked’

We always advise to be wary of telephone cold calls and the claims made during them.  If you receive a suspicious call claiming to be connected to BT do not give or confirm any personal or financial details, hang up, wait five minutes and then contact BT customer service on 0800 800 150.

If you have received a telephone cold call which you believe to be a scam you can report it to us via our partners the Citizens Advice consumer helpline on 03454 04 05 06.

Rogue Trader Alert – Doorstep cold callers offering ‘roof cleaning services’ – 19 December 2018

Norfolk Trading Standards are warning residents to be on their guard after receiving reports of a doorstep cold caller in the Poringland area offering ‘roof cleaning services’.

Never deal with cold callers looking to undertake work on or around your property.  If you are looking to have this type of work done only deal with reputable companies you have researched and chosen yourself and have obtained a written quotation from.

Anyone concerned about possible rogue trader activity in Norfolk can contact Trading Standards through our partners the Citizens Advice consumer helpline via their online reporting form or by telephone on 03454 04 05 06.

Looking for a Trader you can Trust? Try a Norfolk Trusted Trader. To search our directory and read feedback from their customers visit www.norfolk.gov.uk/trustedtrader

Scam Alert – Telephone cold calls offering to stop telephone cold calls – 19 December 2018

Norfolk Trading Standards are warning residents to be aware of telephone cold calls stating they can help stop telephone cold calls after receiving a number of reports from residents recently.

We are aware that there are a number of companies cold calling claiming to be able to offer this ‘service’ with some charging one off fees and others charging ongoing monthly fees.

It is extremely unlikely that any ‘service’ of this type can legitimately claim to be able to stop cold calls so any money paid is unlikely to achieve any benefit.

We always advise never to buy items or agree to ongoing services when approached by a telephone cold call.

If you have responded to one of these cold calls, which you now believe may not have been genuine or the company is taking an ongoing monthly payment and you need further advice contact our partners the Citizens Advice consumer helpline via their online reporting form or telephone 03454 04 05 06.

Rogue Trader Alert – Doorstep cold caller offering ‘tree and landscaping work’ – 18 December 2018

We are warning residents to be on their guard after receiving reports of a doorstep cold caller in the Taverham area offering ‘Tree and Landscaping Work.

Never deal with cold callers looking to undertake work on or around your property.  If you are looking to have this type of work done only deal with reputable companies you have researched and chosen yourself and have obtained a written quotation from.

Anyone concerned about possible rogue trader activity in Norfolk can contact Trading Standards through our partners the Citizens Advice consumer helpline via their online reporting form or by telephone on 03454 04 05 06.

Looking for a Trader you can Trust? Try a Norfolk Trusted Trader. To search our directory and read feedback from their customers visit www.norfolk.gov.uk/trustedtrader

Scam Alert – Telephone cold calls claiming to be from ‘Norfolk Trading Standards’ about ‘payments to access money owed’ – 14 December 2018

We are warning people to be aware of telephone cold calls claiming to be from 'Norfolk Trading Standards' about ‘payments to access money owed'.

This follows an incident where a Norfolk resident received a call claiming to be from 'Norfolk Trading Standards'.  During the call the cold caller tried to persuade the resident to pay the fee, stating that he could ‘guarantee that the fee was safe to pay’ and that it was a ‘legitimate situation’.

These calls are a scam and are not connected with Norfolk Trading Standards in any way.  Trading Standards do not cold call residents requesting payments to access money owed or refunds.

We always advise to be wary of claims made in telephone cold calls and to always treat unexpected calls claiming to be about financial issues with extreme caution.  Never give or confirm any personal and financial details when telephone cold called even if the caller knows basic information about you.

If you receive this type of call do not give or confirm any personal information, hang up, wait five minutes or use a different phone to report it to us via our partners the Citizens Advice consumer helpline on 03454 040506.

Scam Alert – Emails claiming to be from ‘TV Licensing’ – 13 December 2018

We are warning about emails circulating claiming to be from TV Licensing stating that 'Your TV Licence will expire' and then offering a link to ‘Please Set up a new Direct Debit Now'.

These emails are not from TV Licensing and anyone following the link will be taken to a fake version of the TV Licensing website which will attempt to gather personal and financial details.

It is likely that many versions of this email will be circulating using a range of different ‘expire’ dates.

TV Licensing offer the following advice for spotting scam emails:

  • Check the email contains your name – TV Licensing will always include your name in any emails they send you
  • Check the email subject line – anything along the lines of "Action required", "Security Alert", "System Upgrade", "There is a secure message waiting for you", and so on, should be treated as suspect
  • Check the email address – does the email address look like one that TV Licensing use?  For example, donotreply@tvlicensing.co.uk. Look closely as often the address may be similar.
  • Check for a change in style – often the scammers will take the real emails and amend them. Look out for changes in the wording used, especially if it seems too casual or familiar.
  • Check for spelling and grammar – are there any spelling mistakes, missing full stops or other grammatical errors?
  • Check the links go to the TV Licensing website – hover over the links in the email to see their destination and check the web address carefully. If you are not sure, go directly to the TV Licensing website.
  • Never provide details by email – TV licensing will never ask you to reply to an email and provide bank details or personal information

You can report suspicious emails to Action Fraud using their online form or by telephone on 0300 123 2040.

Scam Alert – Telephone cold calls claiming ‘your broadband will be disconnected in 24 hours’ – 11 December 2018

We are warning about telephone cold calls delivering a recorded message claiming ‘your broadband will be disconnected in 24 hours’.

We have received a number of reports about these calls in the last week with the common theme being a recorded message which delivers the claim and goes on to offer the call recipient press number options to ‘speak to an operative to prevent disconnection’.

These calls are not genuine and are likely to be used to seek remote access to computers, gather personal, account or financial details or attempt to take payments.

If you receive one of these calls do not press any keys if prompted, hang up and report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.

Rogue Trader Alert – Doorstep cold callers offering to undertake ‘driveway work’ – 10 December 2018

We are warning residents to be on their guard after receiving reports of male going door to door in the Watton area offering to undertake driveway work.

We always advise to never deal with cold callers looking to undertake work on or around your property.  If you are looking to have this type of work done only deal with reputable companies, you have researched and chosen yourself and have obtained a written quotation from.

It is possible these doorstep cold callers could move on to other areas around Norfolk.

Anyone concerned about possible rogue trader activity in Norfolk can contact Trading Standards through our partners the Citizens Advice consumer helpline via their online reporting form or by telephone on 03454 04 05 06.

Looking for a Trader you can Trust? Try a Norfolk Trusted Trader. To search our directory and read feedback from their customers visit www.norfolk.gov.uk/trustedtrader

Scam Alert – Telephone cold calls claiming to be from ‘Norwich Police’ – 6 December 2018

We are highlighting a warning from Norfolk Constabulary asking residents to be vigilant for cold callers claiming to be police officers following several incidents across Norfolk.

Officers have received reports of five cases within the past week where an elderly person has been called by someone claiming to be a police officer.  They will then state someone the victim knows has been arrested before asking for personal bank details.

The first incident happened at Ashill, near Watton, on Tuesday 27 November. There have since been incidents in Thetford, Diss and Holt.

Detective Inspector Bruce Clark said: ‘We are concerned about the number of reports we have received in the past week about this scam and we're urging members of the public, particularly the elderly who are primarily being targeted, to be vigilant to cold calls made on the telephone.

‘In some of these cases the victim has handed over a large quantity of money, whilst in others the victim has become suspicious and ended the call.

‘Genuine police officers or staff would never approach residents and ask for cash withdrawals to be made or for people to purchase items on their behalf.

‘I would ask people with vulnerable relatives, friends or neighbours to make sure they are aware of this type of scam.’

Norfolk Constabulary offer this advice:

  • Never give out personal information about your bank account to anybody over the phone.
  • If someone calls claiming to be a police officer, ask for their identification number and police force. Hang up and call 101 using a different phone. If you can't use a different phone, wait at least five minutes before calling back. A genuine police officer will not mind waiting while you check.
  • Police and banks will never ask you to give out personal details such as account numbers or PIN numbers.
  • If you have given out information which could compromise your bank account security in any way, call your bank to cancel your cards as soon as possible.
  • Never hand over money to someone at the door to be sent off elsewhere.

Please share this warning and advice with family, neighbours and friends, especially those who could be more vulnerable to this type of approach.

Anyone with concerns about such calls should contact Norfolk Constabulary on the non-emergency number 101 or 999 if a crime is in progress. Alternatively, contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040

Scam Alert – Telephone cold calls claiming to be the ‘National Cyber Crime Unit’ about ‘your internet’ – 5 December 2018

Norfolk Trading Standards are warning about telephone cold calls claiming to be from the ‘National Cyber Crime Unit’ stating your ‘your broadband will be cut off within 24 hours’.

These calls are not genuine and are likely to be used to seek remote access to computers, gather personal, account or financial details or attempt to take payments.

If you receive one of these calls do not interact with it in any way, hang up and report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.

Scam Alert – Single line emails – 5 December 2018

Be aware of emails circulating that have no subject and only contain a link and the name of the sender.

 

This type of approach can prove successful as the email will often come from a ‘known’ contact which can make them believe it is a genuine link they need to see and people’s natural inquisitiveness.  These emails are also unlikely to trigger spam filters owing to the lack of text content.

Often the links will go to sites offering scams like ‘binary options’, fake investments or pharmaceuticals.

As with all unexpected emails are advice is always to be wary of content and never click on links.  If you receive this or a similar email delete it.

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