Edinburgh Trading Standards support Scams Awareness Month

Throughout July the City of Edinburgh Council’s trading standards team will be supporting the national Scams Awareness Month.

The campaign is being organised by Citizens Advice and each week the Council’s trading standards staff will focus on different types of scams to give consumers advice on how to avoid becoming a victim and what to do if they think they have been targeted.

Week 1: 1-10 July Phone scams

Week2: 11-17 July Online scams

Week 3: 18-24 July Mail scams

Week 4: 25-31 July Doorstep scams

Phone scams cover all types, and can include:

  • Financial/investment scams – Have you received a call offering to cash in your pension? Have you been offered the chance to make an investment in wine, shares, land, etc., with the promise of high returns?
  • Money back scams – Have you received a call saying you are owed money for PPI, an accident or overpaid Council Tax?
  • Computer scams – Have you received a call to warn you that there is a problem with your computer?
  • Banking scams – Have you received a call saying your money is at risk and needs to be moved immediately to protect it?

Most scams rely on you having to act immediately, or scammers applying time pressure, which deprives you of the opportunity to consider fully what’s happening. Your personal details and information are also very valuable to scammers, so do not confirm personal details to people over the telephone.

Councillor Cammy Day, Community Safety Convener for the City of Edinburgh Council, said: “I would urge everyone to look out for their friends and relatives who may be more vulnerable to scams, which can be very clever in their presentation, and can take a variety of forms.

"People should never feel embarrassed that it's happened to them, but be assured that it can happen to anyone, of any age or circumstance. Please get in touch with us if you're worried about it happening to you or someone you know, and if you think you may be able to assist You can consider installing call blockers and registering for the Telephone Preference Service, which is ALWAYS free.”

You are also advised to Check Neighbourhood Watch Scotland for alerts relevant to your area. If there is not a Neighbourhood Watch, maybe you could start one:  www.neighbourhoodwatchscotland.co.uk or 01786 463732.

Anyone who suspects they or someone they know have been the victim of a scam should contact Edinburgh's Trading Standards team on 0131 529 3030 for more information.

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