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Warning against Trading Standards scam – Windsor-Maidenhead

Alert message sent 14/07/2016 11:29:00

Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police

Thames Valley Police is warning residents to be on their guard against a Trading Standards scam operating in Windsor.
The scam involves residents being approached at their door by a person identifying himself from Trading Standards and showing some form of ID. 
This person will advise the victim that they been awarded compensation from the courts following a separate false buildings scam months earlier. They will request the phone number of the victim and tell them that someone from the courts will be in touch shortly.
A few minutes later the victim will receive a call from another person stating they are from the courts. The caller requests that the potential victim transfers a substantial amount of money into an account in order for the compensation to be paid – but no compensation is in fact paid.
This week one woman in her seventies was targeted in this manner but, fortunately, they did not transfer the money.

Investigating officer PC Steve Parker, based at Maidenhead Local CID, said: “This is a national scam that has been used before in the Maidenhead area two years ago.
“Do not give your details including your phone number to anyone who knocks at the door. Always call their office to confirm their identity by obtaining a number through Directory Enquiries, not what the caller gives you themselves. If they are genuine, they will not mind.
“The courts, Trading Standards/police etc will never ask for money from you. The courts will already have your details, so why would someone need to knock at your door?
“If they tell you not to tell anyone, especially your bank, then ask yourself: ‘Why?’
“Please look after those relatives and neighbours that you think may be at risk of this type of fraud.”
Councillor Carwyn Cox, lead member for environmental services for Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Council, said: “This is a particularly nasty scam, preying on vulnerable people in their homes by exploiting the trust they have in the authorities designed to protect them.The fraudsters will use a variety of tactics to gain householders' trust. In the past it has been impersonating the utility services such as gas or electric meter readings and this is their latest technique. 
“All trading standards officers have an official photo ID warrant card.The identity of any council staff member can be checked by calling the council on 01628 683800.”
You can report fraud or internet crime to Action Fraud any time of the day or night using the online fraud reporting tool.
You can also report and get advice about fraud or internet crime by calling 0300 123 2040 (textphone 0300 123 2050).
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Luigi Straccia (Police, Communications Officer, Thames Valley Police)

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