KCC – Latest Scam Alerts

Latest Scam Alerts

Dear Kent Residents

People assume that the victims of scams and Doorstep Crime are gullible, vulnerable, or less intelligent. But in many cases, the person who falls for a scam does so because of the psychological techniques employed by the scammer—and not because of some personal flaw. Being aware of the scams that are circulating can help keep you safe.

Doorstep Criminals Target Residents in Challock, Ashford

Our colleagues at Kent Police reported two men calling at houses in Challock offering driveway work with business cards that have been copied to look well-known paving companies’ logo.

⛔ Never respond to cold callers
If you need work doing on your home, garden or driveway use safe traders on Trading Standards Checked

⛔ Report cold callers anonymously to CrimeStoppers on 0800 555 111
If they become aggressive or refuse to leave call Kent Police on 999 For advice contact Citizens Advice consumer helpline 0808 223 1133

Office of Product Safety and Standards intervened on more than 66,000 dangerous Belling, New World and Stoves gas cookers which pose a carbon monoxide poisoning risk. Consumers are also warned until the modification has been completed, they must only use the gas grill with the grill door open.

Consumer advice is available on the company’s websites:

We have received a report of a Kent resident who has been targeted by a gas bill scam. The resident received emails and telephone calls saying they owe £69.99 to their old energy supplier who went bust. The phone number, when searched shows as a possible fraud number.

Read OFGEM What happens if your energy supplier goes bust

Report scam to Action Fraud
We have received reports of websites imitating well-known brands to scam online shoppers. If the site is missing key information like sizing or showing lots of errors in wording leave the site and search for the official website

If you think you have paid through a scam website, contact your bank immediately.

Contact Citizens Advice
Action Fraud: 0300 123 2040
Citizens Advice: 0808 223 1133

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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.

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