SCAMS TO KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR ON THE ISLE OF WIGHT THIS WEEK

The Isle of Wight Against Scams Partnership has issued an update on scams that have come to light in the local community over the past week.

Islanders are being urged to be very wary of any unsolicited phone calls, emails and texts and to remember to never click on links in any messages!

Trading Standards have received reports of some common scams doing the rounds again:

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  • Reports of adverts, emails and Facebook postings telling you that you have won a fantastic prize. These quite often purport to be one of the main supermarkets but can take many forms. They will ask you for details and information and are generally phishing exercises. Remember, if something sounds too good to be true it probably is. Don’t respond and don’t share just delete!
  • Be wary of “pop up” adverts that appear on your device. These may be adverts for miracle face creams or slimming tablets that will offer a free trial and all you will pay is postage. To pay the postage you have to use your debit card and what they won’t tell you is that you will then be debited monthly and sent additional products for a contract that you don’t know you have entered into. Again, if it sounds too good to be true…
  • A resident has been in touch to say that she had a phone call about the COVID-19 Vaccine and that it would cost her £299. The vaccine is free and you will be contacted by the NHS. The NHS may text you to invite you to book a vaccine appointment. You can trust your text message is genuine if it comes from ‘NHSvaccine’, includes a link to the NHS.uk website and gives you the option of phoning 119. If you are still unsure this will be followed up by a letter – if the text is genuine the letter should be delivered a few days later.
  • There is an increasing number of reports around home insulation phone calls, the caller will tell you they will visit and check out your home insulation in the roof and then offer you a onetime only deal for providing insulation. Similarly calls about asbestos in your property, they will arrange to call and check your property for asbestos and will almost certainly “find” some, they will then overcharge you for the removal and disposal of the non-existent asbestos. Do not engage with anyone who calls you out of the blue and remember any work that these companies are likely to do will be over priced and of a poor quality.
  • A couple of email scams have been reported that may catch out local businesses. One purports to be from the HSE and says they will be carrying out an inspection on your premises. There is an attachment which you are asked to open and may contain viruses that could infect your computer. Check the senders email address – this won’t be a valid HSE email address. The other claims to be from Xero (accounting for small businesses) and is an invoice due for payment. This could be seen as legitimate by a busy trader, so please be cautious with any correspondence you receive like this.

You can report scams online at www.actionfraud.police.uk or on the phone – 0300 123 2040. Phishing emails can be forwarded to [email protected]. Scam texts can be forwarded to 7726.

If you have a vulnerable relative, friend or neighbour you should share this information with them – it could save them from falling victim to one of these, or any other scam.

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Jack in the Box
Jack in the Box
4 months ago

Are we free to report our council for the Scam of a council tax we have to pay please ?

Fedup
Fedup
Reply to  Jack in the Box
4 months ago

I am always very wary of anything coming from a PO Box number. Have a look at that bill said to come from the council, PO Box 238. Scam or not?

Tony
Tony
4 months ago

The best one I have received, is from the HMRC. If you do not press 1, you will be immediately arrested.

Jonathan
Jonathan
4 months ago

I had HMRC call this week saying they’re taking legal action against me, I called him a charlatan and to get an honest job!! & I used the F’word with off on the end. Think he got the message!!

Old school.
Old school.
4 months ago

Scam phone calls made me develop tourette’s syndrome:)

Mr Sands
Mr Sands
4 months ago

Royal Mail scam seems to be going around alot right now too. Various texts from mobiles numbers either stating your parcel is being sent back to depot or that you owe a small fee like £1.99-£2.99.
The link provided sends you to a scam malicious website DON’T CLICK ON IT.

Fred
Fred
4 months ago

Island beds email was hacked. Someone using existing email threads to try to send infected zip files saying that your owe them some money. A fired got one, rang them, they admitted that they had been hacked. There was a big Microsoft exchange server hacking spree last few weeks. If you run your own server please update it! A hacked email server can make the phishing attacks look genuine.

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