Tag Archives : scams


Be scam aware and know what you’ve signed up for

Scams by con artists have cost Plymouth residents around £600,000 in recent years and Plymouth City Council’s Trading Standards is working with Citizens Advice to raise awareness of consumer rights. The figure is revealed as we mark National Consumer Week (27 November to 1 December 2017) – follow our local hashtag #ConsumerWeekPlym or the national […]


Plymouth to host Scam Conference

People in Plymouth are being invited to catch con men and foil fraudsters at a Friends Against Scams awareness session. The session will be a part of a Scam Conference, hosted by Plymouth City Council’s trading standards team at the Guildhall on 18 September, where a variety of partners will share best practice, ask questions […]


Increase in complaints of cold callers to people’s homes

Plymouth residents are being warned against the high pressure selling of services on the doorstep after a spate of complaints. The City Council’s Trading Standards Team has seen a series of incidents where tradesmen have targeted elderly and vulnerable people to carry out work such as power-washing, roof repairs and guttering. In all the cases […]


Beware of Blue Badge websites

We are warning Blue Badge applicants and holders to beware of websites charging for help with their application or renewal. One resident paid £49 for help filling out a Blue Badge form – something that is available free through the Council. Councillor Brian Vincent, Cabinet Member for Streetscene, said: “If you are renewing or applying for a Blue […]


Do you really know who’s on the end of the phone?

Phone scams have been doing the rounds for years but people are still being sucked in particularly when it comes to claims of ‘free’ money. Plymouth trading standards officers are now regularly seeing people who have been conned by scammers claiming that they could be owed money for things like repayment of bank charges or […]


Are you scam aware?

Trading Standards officers are calling on residents in Plymouth to expose scams and help stop more people from falling prey to clever cons that fleece them of thousands of pounds. Scams Awareness Month launches on 1 July and will be highlighting how scams continue to flourish when people stay silent.  Figures show that less than […]