Scam updates

What scams are trending at the moment in West Yorkshire? The weekly round-up from Yorkshire Trading Standards.

  • Automated Scam messages from fraudsters claiming to be Amazon Prime, the call states that a trial membership was about to expire and they would be deducting £34 from your bank account.
  • Travel scams on the increase as fraudsters purport to be from travel companies, tour operators and insurers are offering to re-book or refund cancelled holidays.
    Fraudulent emails sent to organisations stating they have qualified for the sum of $200,000.00 from the World Health Organisation relief fund.
  • Phishing emails offering the sale of testing kits and face masks
  • Fake text messages claiming to be from Nat West bank – customers have reported receiving a messaging stating that they have updated banking information and tells you to click the link in the text, the link takes you to a site where fraudsters will steal banking Information.
  • Supermarket Voucher scams are being shared widely on Social Media sites. Fraudsters are claiming to be offering food vouchers for families in need to spend in stores.

Top Tips

YOUR DOORSTEP YOUR DECISION
If you feel pressured, ask the person to leave.

NO SNAP DECISIONS
Take time to talk to someone you trust before you make any decisions. DO THE CHECKS You can check ID badges and contact associations to check membership registrations yourself. Call the telephone number of the organisation, obtain this number yourself, not from the person at the door.

FRIENDS AND FAMILY ARE BEST
Support from trusted friends, family or neighbours is ideal. Be vigilant for strangers offering services at the door that may want to take advantage.

Report Scams

New mailbox to deal with reports of Covid-19 Scams in West Yorkshire: Covid19.Scams@wyjs.org.uk
Report complaints to Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline: 0808 223 1133
Report scams to Action Fraud: 0300 123 2040