URGENT: SCAM WARNING TARGETING HOME OWNERS IN HALTON

Halton Borough Council Trading Standards is warning residents to be wary of official-looking letters targeting homeowners within the Borough about a Government Funding Grant Scheme. The letters are direct marketing from a company and have not been sent by the either Halton Borough Council or the UK Government. Halton Borough Council’s Executive Board Member for […]

WARNING: SCAM COVID-19 OMICRON PCR TESTING EMAILS

Halton Trading Standards are making people aware of scam Covid-19 Omicron PCR testing e-mails currently circulating. Although the Omicron variant maybe new, the way to get a PCR test is the same. There is a not a new NHS testing website link or portal specifically for the Omicron variant. If required, PCR tests can be […]

TAKE FIVE TO PROTECT YOURSELF ON BLACK FRIDAY

Is it a bargain or a scam? In the heat of the moment, it can be hard to tell, especially on Black Friday! Criminals may try to trick you into purchasing goods/services that don’t exist by advertising them at too good to be true prices. Follow advice from Halton Trading Standards and protect your money […]

Experts warning of unsafe toys sold online ahead of Christmas

Experts and toy associations have raised concerns about the safety of toys purchased through third-party sellers on online marketplaces. The Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI), the British Toy and Hobby Association (BTHA) and the Royal Society for Preventing Accidents (RoSPA) are warning the public to be cautious when purchasing toys, particularly online. The BTHA revealed […]

PHARMACY SERVICES IN HALTON – HAVE YOUR SAY

Halton Borough Council is seeking your views about your local pharmacy. Please help us to make sure that your local pharmacy is providing the right services and support for you and your family by completing a short survey. Your responses will help Halton’s Health and Wellbeing Board to produce its local Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA). […]

GMP issues fraud advice on scam which targets businesses and house buyers

Greater Manchester Police (GMP), alongside a number of police forces across the country, are warning the public of a prolific scam which can see businesses and those buying or selling property as the most vulnerable to falling victim. Payment Diversion Fraud (PDF) is the third highest fraud type in the UK and involves the fraudster […]

WARNING ABOUT TVS SOLD FROM VANS

Halton Trading Standards wants to make consumers aware that TVs are being sold from the back of vans at various places across the borough. Unfortunately, a consumer has taken up the opportunity to buy a couple of these TVs for £220. However, upon arriving home the consumer has unboxed them to find out they were […]

Hundreds of fake Chanel and Louis Vuitton bags seized during Trading Standards swoop

Hundreds of fake Chanel and Louis Vuitton handbags were seized as part of Manchester City Council’s ongoing efforts to stamp out counterfeit crime.  On May 8, 2019 officers visited the premises of MH Import & Export Ltd, in Derby Street Manchester.  During this action 737 fake bags were identified and removed by Trading Standards officers, […]

SCAM TEXT MESSAGES – NHS COVID PASS

Halton Trading Standards wants to make consumers aware of a scam text message highlighted by the Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI). The text message, which purports to be from the NHS regarding a Covid Pass, is a scam. The aim of the text message is that consumers will provide their personal details, which could be […]