Wirral CAB says: 'Don't let the conmen get your cash'

Wirral Globe: Wirral CAB says: 'Don't let the conmen get your cash' Wirral CAB says: 'Don't let the conmen get your cash'

Wirral people are being warned to be on the lookout for any website, letter, doorstep seller or phone call with a proposal that sounds too good to be true – because it might very well be a scam.

The borough's Citizen's Advice Bureau says scams come in many shapes and sizes, including dodgy online adverts and tricksters using dating websites to build relationships with people they later defraud.

Other common types including "phishing" emails and "vishing" phone calls designed to con people into giving away sensitive information, investment scams, and advanced fees requested to claim unexpected lottery wins.

With only a few people ever reporting scams to the authorities, Wirral CAB and Wirral Council’s trading standards team have teamed up to fight back against scammers to ensure they don’t get away with conning innocent people.

People are being urged to report dodgy adverts or sales pitches to the authorities and speak to a friend or relative first about any out of the blue offers they get on the doorstep, by phone or email.

Damon Taylor, chief executive of Wirral Citizens Advice Bureau, said: “Scammers must not be allowed to get away with conning people out of their hard-earned money.

"We want to see a fight back against scams. Often they target the elderly with sophisticated scams such as posing as their bank or phone company.

"It’s vitally important that people know what to look out for and how to respond.

"Anyone unsure about someone asking for their financial details should check with someone they trust and report anything that sounds dodgy to their local Citizens Advice Bureau or trading standards department.”

The push is part of the national campaign Scams Awareness Month.

Throughout May, the campaign will highlight how people can be caught out. The focus is on online scams, postal cheats, phone cons and doorstep rip-offs.

What to do if you have been scammed:
• Report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 to help stop it happening to others.
• Often you can't always get your money back if you've been scammed, especially if you've handed over cash.
• If you've paid for goods or services by credit card you have more protection and if you used a debit card you may be able to ask your bank for a chargeback.
• Get advice and report it to Trading Standards through the Citizens Advice consumer service on 08454 04 05 06  - or get online advice here

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12:32pm Fri 9 May 14

Joeblogg85 says...

Yes indeed. Stay away from strangers asking for money to buy brown bins :-)
Yes indeed. Stay away from strangers asking for money to buy brown bins :-) Joeblogg85
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1:22pm Fri 9 May 14

bigfoot says...

When I get cold calls they know my name-is it because the council are selling to Electoral roll for commercial gain? This is a breach of my privacy if it is correct. Surely the information commissioner should make a judgement on this issue.
When I get cold calls they know my name-is it because the council are selling to Electoral roll for commercial gain? This is a breach of my privacy if it is correct. Surely the information commissioner should make a judgement on this issue. bigfoot
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2:16pm Fri 9 May 14

JohnON says...

bigfoot wrote:
When I get cold calls they know my name-is it because the council are selling to Electoral roll for commercial gain? This is a breach of my privacy if it is correct. Surely the information commissioner should make a judgement on this issue.
The Council are only allowed to sell the edited version of the electoral register, which you can opt out of. The Council are obliged to let organisations such as the Police and credit agencies see the full register.

I had FIVE nuisance phone calls on SUNDAY - all of them with recorded announcements two of them well into the evening. Wirral and the CAB are banging their heads against a brick wall until that stupid loophole of exempting recorded announcements from the TPS register is closed. The ICO is a complete waste of taxpayers money in this regard.

When recorded announcements was offered as an exemption when TPS was being set up, was the TPS really surprised when every nuisance company switched from a 'live' operator to a recording!! Or, like the ICO, don't they really give a monkeys as long as their gravy train keeps rolling along.
[quote][p][bold]bigfoot[/bold] wrote: When I get cold calls they know my name-is it because the council are selling to Electoral roll for commercial gain? This is a breach of my privacy if it is correct. Surely the information commissioner should make a judgement on this issue.[/p][/quote]The Council are only allowed to sell the edited version of the electoral register, which you can opt out of. The Council are obliged to let organisations such as the Police and credit agencies see the full register. I had FIVE nuisance phone calls on SUNDAY - all of them with recorded announcements two of them well into the evening. Wirral and the CAB are banging their heads against a brick wall until that stupid loophole of exempting recorded announcements from the TPS register is closed. The ICO is a complete waste of taxpayers money in this regard. When recorded announcements was offered as an exemption when TPS was being set up, was the TPS really surprised when every nuisance company switched from a 'live' operator to a recording!! Or, like the ICO, don't they really give a monkeys as long as their gravy train keeps rolling along. JohnON
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