Scam Alert

Alert message sent 06/05/2020 21:15:00

Information sent on behalf of Cheshire Constabulary

Hello resident,
                      please see below 2 current scams.  Information supplied by Halton Trading Standards.
Rogue traders operating in Halton
Halton Trading Standards wants to make residents aware of cold calling workmen who are operating in the area. Unfortunately, we have had reports of an elderly gentleman being charged £400 for weeding the garden.
Residents should be wary of any trader’s cold calling at their door or making unsolicited phone calls. Under the current lockdown measures, it is perfectly acceptable not to answer the door to cold callers who are after work.

Scam text messages regarding your mobile phone bill
Halton Trading Standards has been made aware of scam text messages received by residents allegedly from their mobile phone networks.
These type of messages often contain a 'call to action', encouraging the recipient to click on a link or go to a website that criminals use for stealing valuable data such as usernames and passwords, financial details, and other personal information. They often use urgent language to trick recipients into making a quick decision, such as your phone will be cut off or there are problems with your account etc.  
If you or somebody you know has been caught out by a scam or fraud please contact one of Halton Trading Standards 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.


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Paul Mines (Police, Community Support Officer, Widnes PCSO)

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