Two scams a day reported to councils fighting fraudsters

More than two scams and attempted scams a day are being reported to some councils as they crack down on criminals running shams ranging from fake online dating and disability parking badge sites to bogus diamond investment schemes and weight-loss devices. The Local Government Association (LGA), which represents 370 councils in England and Wales, is … Read more

Which? exposes fraud hotspots across England and Wales

The capitals of dating fraud, computer repair scams and a host of other frauds are revealed today in exclusive analysis by the consumer champion Which?. It comes as Which?’s analysis reveals that reported fraud in the UK has risen by more than 10% in one year (2015-16), with 264,204 frauds reported in 2016. Under the Freedom of … Read more

Friends Against Scams

Over 100 representatives from organisations that work with older and vulnerable residents gathered at Ruskin Drive’s Percival Suite, as St Helens Council Trading Standards Service hosted a national scams awareness event. Friends Against Scams is a National Trading Standards Scams Team initiative which aims to protect and prevent people from becoming victims of scams by … Read more

Protecting consumers from scams, unfair trading and unsafe goods

The UK consumer protection system has made some progress in the last five years, with some individual bodies making good impacts. The system as a whole, however, has not yet demonstrated that it provides value for money in protecting consumers from modern scams, unfair trading, and unsafe goods according to the National Audit Office. The … Read more

Council says ‘listen to your gut’ and be scam aware

St Helens Council’s Trading Standards team is urging residents to spread the word about scams and expose the tactics of fraudsters to protect others during Scams Awareness Month. As part of the national campaign running throughout July, Trading Standards officers are working with Citizens Advice to help stop people falling prey to scams by following … Read more

Fighting fraudsters: Councils hit back during national scams awareness month

Cowboy roofers, bogus faith healers, fake parking ticket wardens and dodgy letting agents are among rogue traders and fraudsters being targeted by councils cracking down on scams. To mark National Scams Awareness Month, the Local Government Association (LGA), which represents more than 370 councils in England and Wales, is urging people to report all suspected … Read more