Warwickshire County Council Safe in Warwickshire Update

Warwickshire County Council
Safe in Warwickshire


26-02-2020 12:04 PM GMT

Warwickshire businesses targeted by publication scams Businesses are cold called and offered advertising space in bogus anti-bullying, drugs (or similar) publications. The callers sometimes claim they are working with the Police, Fire Service or other Government services and that the publications will be distributed to schools. In reality, these bogus publications are not being produced with the agreement of any Government service and have little or no circulation, meaning that the advertising is worthless. The fraudsters use cleverly worded sales pitches to trick businesses in to agreeing to buy advertising space when they would otherwise not have done so. In some cases fraudsters cold call businesses and claim the business has already agreed to pay for advertising, even when they have not. These calls can be very threatening. Business owners are advised to alert their staff to this scam. More information Scam text message warning Warwickshire Trading Standards are warning consumers to beware of scam text messages on their phones. One resident reported receiving a text that stated that they had been sent a letter concerning a ‘personal issue’ and to click on the web link contained in the text for more information. The resident had received no such letter. It [...]