Cornwall news Fake insulation and bogus car sales among top scams in Cornwall warning UK news

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Cornwall news Fake insulation and bogus car sales among top scams in Cornwall warning UK news

PremierLeague-News.Com - Cornwall - Cornwall Council wants locals to be aware of scammers and fraudsters

Cornwall news  Fake insulation and bogus car sales among top scams in Cornwall warning UK news
23 June 2022 - 07:30

PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Residents in Cornwall have been warned against a series of scams with fake home insulation installation and bogus car sales topping the list of cons to watch out for. Cornwall Council's Trading Standards said households across the Duchy are being duped by fraudsters using four main tactics. According to Trading Standards, the most prevalent scams being reported are home insulation and removal which affect 40% of people targeted by scammers, followed by bogus car sales, with fake deliveries (54% were about fake deliveries or parcels) and accommodation letting scams next on the top list. Gary Webster, Cornwall Council’s fair trading team manager, said: “Our team works hard to help and support the most vulnerable victims, but we also know that anyone can fall victim to a scam, no matter what their age or financial status. At a time when people’s finances are already under pressure, scammers and fraudsters continue to pose a risk to the wellbeing of our communities. Whilst some scams may only lead to a small loss – we see many more that have devastating and long-lasting effects for their victims.” Read more: Truro: 'Somewhere safe to stay hub' almost ready for first homeless people Cornwall Trading Standards is highlighted the top scams people have been falling victim for as part of Scams Awareness Fortnight (June 13 – 26) in a bid to encourage people affected to get in touch. According to Citizens Advice, 36 million people in the UK have been targeted by a scammer this year. Comparing the first five months of 2021 with the same period in 2020, the number of scams reported to Citizens Advice has more than doubled, by 123%. The top scams reported to Trading Standards are: Home insulation and removal – Complaints about companies offering spray foam or loft insulation have increased by around 40% compared with last year. Customers are often charged far more than the normal value of the work. To make things worse, the same customers are then being targeted weeks later by another company claiming that the insulation has caused terrible damage and that they can remove it for a similar cost. Bogus car sales – Online car sales have increased since the pandemic, with people often buying vehicles unseen and with the promise of delivery to their door. Unfortunately, Cornwall’s Trading Standards team has received regular reports of people handing over a deposit or full amount and vehicles either not arriving, or in a worse condition than advertised.

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. Fake deliveries – A person receives a text or email, claiming that a parcel has been unable to be delivered. The message will often provide a link to follow in order to re-book the delivery. At this stage the scammer may try to take a payment for further delivery or ask for personal details. Accommodation letting scams – Properties are advertised using photographs which have been taken from historical listings websites in the past. Prospective tenants pay a deposit, only to find that the advertisement and landlord were false, and the property is already occupied. Similar scams have affected holiday accommodation in the same way. Martyn Alvey, Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for environment and climate change, added: “Scammers are adept at finding new and creative ways to get us to part with of our money and it is important not to feel ashamed or embarrassed about reporting an incident. The more we talk about scams, the better we can raise awareness amongst our communities.” If you think you may have been a victim of a scam and would like advice, or are concerned about a friend, neighbour or family member, visit www.cornwall.gov.uk/TradingStandards or call the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 0808 223 1133. READ NEXT: Fern Britton opens up about her single life in Cornwall Students stranded in middle of the night after school fails to book Alton Towers coach Cornwall's 'tropical paradise beach' you'll never visit because it's a hoax Cornwall taxi driver loses licence after being caught with phone at the wheel Sadness as the 'best restaurant in Cornwall' closes

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