Be on guard against the latest scams
FAKE Euro 2020 tickets, modelling and cryptocurrency scams are among the emerging threats posed by fraudsters, consumers have been warned.
National Trading Standards (NTS) secured a record 230 years in prison sentences and prevented £182m of losses to consumers in the last year but warned consumers to remain vigilant of “new and emerging threats”.
It warns of a growth in modelling scams on social media which offer people the chance to launch their modelling career but results in the fake agency disappearing with the fee, and intelligence suggesting that major film releases will trigger larger volumes of fake goods.
Criminals are preparing for Euro 2020 with fake tournament tickets already on sale online and plans for counterfeit merchandise such as replica shirts and tournament memorabilia, the report warns. NTS said the interest in cryptocurrencies had led to an increase in scammers taking advantage of people prepared to invest in new schemes.
The report said the work of NTS teams at ports, airports and postal hubs resulted in more than 2.2m unsafe and non-compliant goods prevented from entering the country.