KCC – Latest Scam Alerts – 17th October 22

Latest Scam Alerts This Week

Dear Kent Residents,

As the number of scams continues to increase, this is our regular round-up of the latest scams reported by Kent residents. Anyone can be a victim of a scam. It is important to stay alert and follow our guidance. 

⛔ Reputable traders and contractors do not cold-call for business and they will NEVER ask you to go to the bank or cash point.
⛔ If you receive a scam phone call, hang up and don’t return their calls. NEVER disclose any personal information such as bank details, no matter who the person claims to be.

Thinking of selling some of your belongings via an online app?

Watch out! We have heard sellers in Kent being targeted by a potential buyer, who then asks if they can take the conversation off the platform.

The buyer also suggests using a different payment method to pay for the items, using the sellers email address to send fake shipping details. However, the seller never gets the payment.

Be careful when selling online, scammers are trying to target vulnerable residents due to the #CostOfLivingCrisis.

Always use reputable banking apps such as PayPal to transfer money. Never take conversations of the platform.

A resident in Kent received an email claiming to be from Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency or Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency.

The email stated your vehicle is no longer taxed due to a debit card transaction being refused – and contained a hyperlink for you to click to renew your vehicle tax.

This is a SCAM❗ Do not respond to any unexpected emails – they will almost certainly be criminals trying to con you.

If you receive any unexpected emails from DVLA or DVSA, use great caution. You can check whether your car is taxed on the GOV UK website.

A resident in Kent found a property they wanted to rent, with the landlord asking for a deposit before renting. However, once the deposit has been paid, the property does not exist and the landlord refuses to return your deposit.

Beware when renting❗ Scammers are using fake property listings to lure you into giving deposits.

Read more about private renting from Shelter UK

Kent residents are being pressured into buying Cryptocurrency investment, with sellers not responding once the payment has been made.

The buyer also tried to claim on the insurance which was sold by the seller, however that was also fake.

Beware❗ Scammers are trying to profit during the #CostOfLivingCrisis

If you want to find out more investing in cryptocurrencies safely, visit the Financial Conduct Authority website.

We have received reports of residents buying items through Online Marketplaces, however the seller requests £350 for the item to be delivered using a courier. The seller may also request for your email address to send you fake emails to let you know the item is shipped.

Watch out when buying online❗

Be vigilant when giving personal or financial information online.

ACTION FRAUD: 0300 123 2040
CITIZENS ADVICE: 0808 223 1133

Energy Bills Support Scheme

Did you know that households will receive a £400 discount on their energy bills in six instalments from October? There is no need to apply for the Energy Bills Support Scheme and you’ll never be asked for your bank details. If you receive any suspicious calls, text messages or emails claiming you have to enter your personal or bank details – do not click.

Visit GOV UK to find out more about the Energy Support Scheme Grant.

Trading Standards Checked carries out checks on traders so customers can have peace of mind when choosing a tradesperson to do work in their home.

Please help to keep your family and community safe. If you need work done in your home or garden, visit the website to find a safe local tradesperson.

Visit Trading Standards Checked

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