Good advice from Trading Standards
If an exciting offer seems too good to be true, think about the following warning signs and ask yourself if it’s a scam.
- Was the offer unsolicited? Companies shouldn’t need to cold call you for trade. Most property repair businesses are kept busy by repeat customers or recommendations.
- Do you have to respond quickly? What’s the rush?
- Do you have to pay for a prize or ‘free’ gift?
- Are you being asked to pay an advance fee so that money can be transferred to you?
- Do you have to ring a premium rate number (one starting with ‘09’)?
- Are you being asked for your bank or credit card details?
- Is the business reluctant to give you its address or contact details?
- Are you being asked to keep the offer confidential?
There’s nothing wrong with being sceptical – especially before signing anything or handing over money or personal details. A legitimate company won’t mind you checking their credentials before you…
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