Below are some of the latest scams. See
Doorstep Crime scams for information on recent doorstep
scams in Cheshire.
Warning of Council Tax Phone
Cheshire East residents should be aware that Cheshire East
Borough Council would not contact people in this way and any such
calls should be reported to Citizens Advice Consumer
Service on 0845 4040506.
If you feel you are paying too much council tax, please
contact the Cheshire East council tax team on 0300
123 5013 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org and
they will be able to deal with your enquiry.
Missed Phone Call
This scam is where someone rings your mobile and leaves a
message with their telephone number. When you return the call
you ring a premium rate number. It is sometimes a mobile
number starting 07 or a premium rate number starting 09 or
0871. For further advice and more information on premium rate
text messages and telephone calls, visit the PhonePayPlus website.
Bank Transaction Email
Have you received a 'BANK Transaction Confirmation' e-mail
message when you haven't bought any goods? Cheshire Trading
Standards have been made aware of the following e-mail message
BANK Transaction Confirmation
Please retain for your records
Transaction for the value of: GBP 286.95
Description: DVD Zone Shop Payment
Merchant's bank ID: (an id is given)
Pre-Authorisation Date/Time: 21/Aug/2005 11:41:52
Transaction ID: (a transaction ID number is
This is not a tax receipt.
indicates that your bank transaction has been processed
Your new account has been successfully created with the following
Web Address: (a
link to a website is given)
Login Name: (a
user name is given)
Password: (a password is
If you have any questions
about your order (including refunds, delivery status, wanting
cancel your order),please do not hesitate to contact our sales team
by emailing (an email address is given)
Thank you for
DVD Zone Shop Team.
Anyone receiving this type of message from a retailer who they
have not transacted with are advised:
1. not to reply
2. not to click on any links contained in the message
3. to delete the message.
The banking industry have set up an
initiative to help and guide consumers - see bank safely online
Internet Dial Up
While you are using the internet a pop-up box comes onto the
screen. When you click on the box it disconnects your internet
connection and replaces it with one that dials a premium rate
number or sometimes an international number. If you have been
affected by this scam or you notice a premium rate number on your
phone bill relating to internet use you should contact the premium
rate regulator ICSTIS or telephone 0800 500212.
Phishing / Spam e-mail
Phishing is when you receive a spam
e-mail sent by someone who is pretending to be from your bank,
building society or credit card company. The e-mails will ask
you to verify your personal details, account number, pin number and
passwords. It will often say this is to prevent fraud or to
up-date bank records. The e-mails look genuine and have all
the correct logos. It is easy to be fooled into thinking that
the e-mail has come from your bank.
To find out more about phishing and
how to avoid it visit the banking industry advice
website for safer on-line banking.
There are a number of rogue
publishers who are targeting businesses. They persuade businesses
to pay for advertising space in publications that do not exist or
do not provide what was promised. The rogue publishers will
make unsolicited phone calls to businesses, in particular small
businesses and will use high pressure selling techniques to sell
advertising space in wall planners, diaries, booklets. The
cost of the advert can range from £100 to £1000 but once you have
paid you will find that the publication does not exist or only a
few copies are published.