Warning over scam which preys on vulnerable people in their own homes

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Luke Matthews

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Warning over scam which preys on vulnerable people in their own homes

A warning has been issued in the Royal Borough after a spike in Trading Standards scams preying on vulnerable people in their own homes.

The scam involves a person identifying themselves as being from the Trading Standards and showing some form of ID.

The fraudster will advise the victim they have been awarded compensation from the courts following a separate false building scam months earlier.

They will request a phone number and tell the victim that someone from the courts will be in touch. Another person purporting to be from the courts then calls and requests that a substantial amount of money should be transferred into an account in order for the compensation to be paid.

No compensation is ever given.

This week a woman in her 70s was targeted but 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.”

The identity of council staff can be checked by calling 01628 683800.

Call 0300 123 2040 to report fraud or internet crime.

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