HALTON TRADING STANDARDS’ ROYAL MAIL SCAM ALERT

Halton Trading Standards is warning consumers about Royal Mail text message scams. It comes after a Halton resident received a scam text message (see below). It is a phishing scam (a scam where a text message, email etc is sent by someone posing to be a legitimate institution or person) with the desire to trick […]

‘TAKE FIVE’ TO COMBAT COVID FRAUDSTERS

It is important not to let the criminals rush or panic you into making a decision that you later come to regret, that is the message from Halton Council to combat pandemic fraudsters. With fake news articles on the internet promoting remedies, cures and false advice around coronavirus, it’s also important to only share articles […]

Stay Vigilant and Get Your Second Dose

People are being urged to attend their second COVID-19 vaccine appointments, even though they may feel they are already protected. More than 1.4 million vaccines have been delivered across Cheshire and Merseyside, with around 95% of over 70s having received their first dose. But as second dose appointments gather pace, people are reminded that they only […]

HALTON TRADING STANDARDS – NEW DVLA EMAIL SCAM WARNING

Halton Trading Standards wants to warn consumers of another convincing scam DVLA email currently in circulation. This phishing email advises the recipient their vehicle is no longer taxed and requests them to click on a ‘pay your tax now’ link. This is an attempt to extract the consumer’s personal information, bank details and passwords. A Halton […]

GOT AN EMAIL ABOUT AN ITEM YOU DIDN’T ORDER?

Halton Trading Standards has seen a rise in the number of consumers who have been receiving email conformations for products they have not ordered. Everyone likes something free (especially in this case of a mobile phone that retails at +£700). The scammers realise this too, hence why the product confirmation email is for an expensive […]

ARGOS/DYSON SCAM WARNING

Halton Borough Council Trading Standards is warning consumers of scam emails purporting to be from Argos offering free Dyson products (see pic) These emails are NOT from Argos, they are from an email address ending in privateanswer.cloud. A Halton Borough Council Trading Standards Spokesman said: “It is not clear what Dyson products they are claiming […]

CENSUS 2021 – BE AWARE OF SCAMMERS

The Office for National Statistics shortly be carrying out the Census 2021 across England and Wales. Census Day is Sunday 21 March. From Monday 22 March 2021 census officers will be:• knocking on doors following up non-responders• helping the public with queries. All the census officers will be carrying official identification cards. The card will […]

HAD AN EMAIL ABOUT A PRODUCT YOU DIDN’T ORDER?

Halton Trading Standards has seen a rise in the number of consumers who have been receiving email conformations for products they have not ordered. Everyone likes something free (especially in this case of a mobile phone that retails at +£700). The scammers realise this too, hence why the product confirmation email is for an expensive […]

TV LICENCE EMAIL SCAM ALERT

Halton Trading Standards is warning consumers of emails purporting to be from the ‘TV Licensing Team’. Needless to say the email address (of the below email) is not that of the official TV Licensing. The latest came to a residents’  work address. The aim of the below email is simply to steal your personal and […]

Don’t fall foul of romance fraudsters this Valentine’s Day!

Officers from the force’s cyber team are giving Merseyside residents some advice, to help put a stop to romance fraudsters this Valentine’s Day. Dating or romance fraud is when you think you’ve met your perfect partner online, but they aren’t who they say they are. Once they’ve gained your trust, they ask for money for […]