Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Watch out for bogus Council officials

South Glos Trading Standards warn that suspected Rogue Traders are posing as Council officers and purporting to carry out property surveys and asking for personal financial details. Trading Standards advice on keeping safe is:

  • Council officers will have identification, which can be verified by contacting the relevant local authority
  • Never give personal or financial details to strangers unless you are satisfied you know who you are giving them to
  • Do not allow anyone to enter your home unless you know who they are
  • Remember, it is your front door! It is not rude to close it on someone if you feel uncertain or unsafe.

If you would like to report a scam or would like further advice on this or any other consumer issue, please contact Consumer Direct on 08454 04 05 06. If you feel you have fallen victim to such a scam, report it to the Police.

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