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Parrot and puppy scams target pet-lovers

11th October 2010

People across the UK have reported scams involving buying pets for little or no cost.

In one scam, families have bought birds in response to adverts offering baby parrots for £155. The birds were delivered, but died a few days later. It is believed that the birds were not parrots, but parakeets from the wild, who died due to the shock of being kept in captivity. The sellers’ mobile phones were disconnected after the birds were delivered.

Puppies, free adoption to good homes

Young people warned to watch-out for online scams

8th October 2010

A new campaign is targeting teenagers to make sure they know how to shop online safely and spot fake websites.

The scheme comes after Trading Standards received more than 3,000 complaints from consumers about goods or services bought over the internet in the last year. Most complaints were about defective goods, substandard service or failure to deliver or late delivery.

Young people should shop safely

Free iPhone scam on Facebook

7th October 2010

A new scam is tempting users to click on links on Facebook profiles to claim a free iPhone.

If users click on the link, they allow scammers access to the personal information on their profile. It also posts a message to the victim’s profile, which could be:

“Anyone want my old phone? Claimed my free iPhone today, so happy lol.. If anyone else wants one go here: [link]”


“Just testing Facebook for iPhone out :P Received my free iPhone today, so happy lol.. If anyone else wants one go here: [link]”.

Council tax refund scam

6th October 2010

Residents are being urged not to fall victim to telephone scammers who say they can get them a refund on their council tax.
The fraudsters ask for victims’ bank details in order to process the refund immediately. Councils are warning that they will not call householders to discuss council tax refunds unless the householder has specifically requested this. Anyone who has credit in their council tax account will automatically be sent a statement giving details of any credit on the account.

Beware of roadside fraud

4th October 2010

Police are warning motorists to be wary after a pair of fraudsters conned a victim out of money at the roadside.

Scam LinkedIn emails

1st October 2010

Sophos is warning LinkedIn users to watch out for bogus emails that appear to be from the social networking website encouraging them to click on reminders for outstanding requests and messages.

Lottery scam victim loses thousands

30th September 2010

Police are warning the public to watch out for a lottery scam after an elderly woman was scammed out of more than £2,000

In this instance, the victim received a letter in the post saying she had been selected at random to win a large cash prize in a foreign lottery. In order to receive her prize, she was asked to send cheques for substantial sums of money to overseas accounts in Australia and Canada.

Police are urging people not to believe letters like these, and to look out for elderly or vulnerable relatives and neighbours.