Scams Checklist

Good advice from Trading Standards

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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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