Christmas scam update

With Christmas coming, sadly the incidence of scams has not decreased.  Here are the headlines from West Yorkshire Trading Standards Christmas scam update and a link to their 12 scams of Christmas!

‘Tis the season to be careful.  Check out some of the most common scams this Christmas.

Couriers

Keep an eye out for courier scams including DPD and Royal mail, the fake messages state that the couriers have
tried to deliver a parcel, and ask you to click a link to reschedule the delivery. The link directs you to an authentic looking
website, which asks for your full name, address, date of birth and mobile number.  If you complete the form, you’ll then be prompted to enter your bank details, which the scammers can then use to drain your bank account.

Beware of subscription traps
Be careful signing up to ‘free’ or ‘low cost’ trial goods without carefully reading the small print. You could unknowingly be signing
up for large direct debits. If you are in any doubt about the legitimacy of a company that is offering something for nothing, don’t sign up and share.

Christmas shopping tips
Be careful signing up to ‘free’ or ‘low cost’ trial goods without carefully reading the small print. You could unknowingly be signing
up for large direct debits. If you are in any doubt about the legitimacy of a company that is offering something for nothing,
don’t sign up and share. If you are buying gift vouchers as a present, always check first to see if they have an expiry date in the small print on the back. You don’t want to buy something that is almost expired.

  • Online shopping – always check the website has the padlock symbol in the address bar to show it is secure.
  • Phishing emails – don’t click the link in any emails offering you a refund, that you’ve won cash or stating there has been suspicious activity on your email account.  Check the email address too to see if it is valid.
  • Gift vouchers.  Always purchase from reputable retailers.
  • Charity scams.  Donate direct on the charities website rather than using a third party website.  If you do, check the charity has received the money.

What to do if you believe you’ve been scammed

Report complaints to Citizens Advice – Consumer Helpline: 0808 223 1133.

Forward scam emails to report@phishing.gov.uk

Report scams to Action Fraud: 0300 123 2040.

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