News Archive - 2015

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Warnings over call recording services

22nd December 2015 • Posted in

The National Trading Standards e-crime Team is concerned about the possibility of fraud after a recent upsurge in call recording services, which people are using to provide proof of phone conversations with banking staff in the event of disputes.

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Business grant online scam warning from Sutton Council

1st October 2015 • Posted in

Sutton Council has advised small businesses in the borough to be vigilant if approached about online grant advertising after a Buckinghamshire man received a suspended sentence for an elaborate grants scam that targeted businesses across the UK.

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Parking fraudster sent to prison

30th September 2015 • Posted in

Leslie Smith of Minsterworth, Gloucestershire, trading as “Ringway Traffic Management”, “Traffic Management Solutions” and “Highway Safety Link”, was sentenced today at Bristol Crown Court to 16 months imprisonment for Fraudulent Trading contrary to Section 9 of the Fraud Act 2006.

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Feed Hygiene Explained

28th September 2015 • Posted in

National Trading Standards has produced a leaflet, which aims to explain the importance of feed hygiene enforcement and the impact of the National Trading Standards Feed Delivery Programme.

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Don’t get caught in the “New iPhone for £1” trap

8th September 2015 • Posted in

Apple is expected to unveil a new iPhone this week and the National Trading Standards eCrime Team is urging consumers to be on the lookout for criminals trying to exploit the hype by flooding popular social media platforms with misleading adverts and bogus offers.

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Copycat websites warning following further arrests

25th June 2015 • Posted in

Arrests at copycat website company after a surge of consumer complaints. National Trading Standards is once again warning consumers to be vigilant about ‘copycat’ websites – and to report suspect sites – following the arrest of five people this morning.

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Cheap flights scam grounded

19th June 2015 • Posted in

Investigators from the National Trading Standards eCrime team based in York and North Yorkshire have brought a national travel company and its sole director to justice. lured consumers with the promise of cheap flights, but failed to honour them.

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‘Buy Safe’ Checklist

4th March 2015 • Posted in

Although it’s difficult to be 100% certain that a website or seller you are buying from is legitimate, there are some simple things you can do to increase the odds that you’re buying from an honest trader. Here is National Trading Standards’ new checklist to help you buy safe online.

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Local ‘Oral B’ scammer sentenced

24th February 2015 • Posted in

Jocelyn Hunter of Willows Avenue, Swindon, Wiltshire was convicted today at Swindon Crown Court of conspiracy to import and distribute counterfeit goods and sentenced to 15 months imprisonment.

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Pair fined for running Green Deal business

22nd January 2015 • Posted in

Two men who misled consumers through a Cardiff-based green deal business have been fined at Cardiff Crown Court in a prosecution brought by Newport City Council and the National Trading Standards Scambusters Team of Wales.

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