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New scam concerning fake fines

South Gloucestershire Council Trading Standards - 10th January 2014

South Gloucestershire Council Trading Standards would like to warn residents of a new scam that has been reported in other areas of the country and may well occur in this area. Scammers have been extorting money from elderly residents by telling them they are being fined over disposal of waste following building work.

Police are warning elderly and vulnerable people who have had work done on their houses not to be taken in by con-artists who have been going around telling people they are from Trading Standards or the Office of Fair Trading and they are being fined for inappropriate dumping of contaminated waste.

In December, one woman in her mid-80s paid 12,500 to tricksters in a number of bank transfers after she was told she had to pay several fines.

The advice being offered from Trading Standards is do not make payments or reveal bank details to anyone who calls at your door without prior appointment. If you receive a cold call of this nature, please report it to Trading Standards through the Citizens Advice consumer helpline on 08454 04 05 06. You can also call the police on 101 or the charity CrimeStoppers on 0800 555 111.