Be on guard against the lat­est scams

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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.

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