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People are being warned to be on the look-out for scams designed to trick them into divulging their personal details, following an increase in the number of complaints to Consumer Direct and Trading Standards.
In one scam, the fraudster poses as a representative of the caller’s local council. The caller asks the victims personal questions such as who their power provider is and what benefits they receive, before going on to ask for their bank account information. They can go on to use this personal information to commit fraud.