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HALTON TRADING STANDARDS SCAM ALERTS Posted on 19 Jun 2020

iCAN Warning: Amazon Prime scam

Halton Trading Standards wants to make residents aware of an Amazon Prime scam you need to look out for. Scammers have been telephoning consumers (sometimes this is automated, sometimes it’s a person) stating either their Amazon Prime subscription needs renewing or the price has gone up and so further payments are required.

It is likely scammer will be after your bank details and/or personal details and will do this by trying to take these details over the phone, via a website or even getting you to download an app on your mobile phone or computer.

This is a scam, simply hang up the phone.

iCAN Warning: Scam car tax email

 Halton Trading Standards wants to warn residents about scam vehicle tax payment emails. Residents have been receiving emails titled ‘Your Payment DVLA Gov.uk vehicle tax has failed invoice’. The emails state they are ‘Strictly Private and

sConfidential’ and claim that the recipients have 5 working days to complete a payment for their car tax renewal. The email goes on to state if the recipients fails to do this, their data will be passed to a debt collection agency.

This is a scam, it has all the hallmarks of a scam, such a forcing the recipients to make a quick decision (by having a short deadline), stating it is confidential (so you don’t discuss it with friends and family) and finally stating there will be financial/legal consequences if they fail to fact.

iCAN Warning: Disconnecting your internet scam

Halton Trading Standards have received information that consumers in Halton are again being targeted by bogus telephone calls threatening to disconnect their internet.

The calls are automated and state they have detected fraudulent activity on the consumers internet connection and it will be disconnected. It urges the consumer to press 1 on their telephone keypad and it is highly likely they will then ask for the consumers personal details and/or ask them to make a payment. This is a scam, please hang up the phone.

If you or somebody you know has been caught out by a scam or fraud please contact one of our specialist officers, Linda or Sue on 0151 511 8785 or 0151 511 8775, who are already working with people in Halton who have lost thousands of pounds to scams.

If you need advice on anything else please contact the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline or 0808 223 1133

 

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