Norfolk Trading Standards Rogue Trader Alert
Norfolk Trading Standards are warning residents to be on their guard after receiving a report of cold callers in the Great Yarmouth area. Information was received about two males cold calling at properties offering to pressure wash driveways. The males were seen to be using a white tipper backed transit style van.
Trading Standards advises NEVER to deal with anyone who cold calls at your property offering to undertake services or attempting to sell you something.
Anyone sighting these cold callers in Norfolk or concerned about rogue trader activity in their community can contact Trading Standards through our partners the Citizens Advice consumer helpline via their online reporting form or by telephone on 03454 04 05 06.
Norfolk Trading Standards Scam Alert
Norfolk Trading Standards is getting reports from Norfolk residents about letters they have received claiming to be from the ‘European Health Lottery’. The letters state that the recipient of the letter has won a prize in a recent draw usually totalling several hundred thousand pounds and details on how this prize can be claimed via contact details are supplied The letter also states that for ‘security reasons’ you should keep this win ‘confidential’. These letters are a scam and no prize is available. Anyone who makes contact via the details supplied will be persuaded to part with personal details and money as part of an ‘upfront processing fee’.
If you receive this type of letter dispose of it correctly without responding in any way.
Here are some simple steps you can take to avoid lottery scams:
- If you haven’t entered a lottery then you can’t have won it. Never respond to unexpected communications
- Official lotteries in other countries operate in much the same way as the UK’s National Lotto. No official lotteries that we know of contact people to tell them of their win
- We don’t know of any official lottery operators who ask for fees to collect winnings. Any request for a fee payment is a good indication that someone is trying to scam you
- NEVER disclose your bank details or pay fees in advance to claim a lottery win
- If they’ve provided an email address to respond to, be very suspicious of addresses such as @hotmail.com or @yahoo.com or numbers beginning with 07 because these are free to get hold of
- Genuine lotteries thrive on publicity. If they ask you to keep your win a secret it’s likely to be a scam
- Many examples of lottery scam letters have bad spelling and grammar – see this as a warning that fraudsters are at work