Don’t fall victim to sophisticated scams
RESIDENTS are urged to be on high alert for conmen after someone was scammed out of £30,000.
Sophisticated scammers have been persuading people to reveal passwords and account details by impersonating bank staff and computer companies.
And a council report has revealed that a victim in Macclesfied was conned out of £30,000 after being taken in by persuasive conmen.
Cheshire East Council also has a list of more than 500 potential victims who had provided their details through surveys, online forms and catalogue orders and were at risk of being targeted.
The council has joined forced with the Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) and the National Trading Standards Scams Team as part of Scams Awareness Month and is encouraging people to wise up and report any concerns.
Councillor Les Gilbert, Cheshire East Council cabinet member in charge of communities, said: “Scams and the con artists who practice them are despicable.
“It is often older people, the frail and vulnerable who are most at risk from this abhorrent criminal practice, which appears to have grown in scale and become more sophisticated in the wake of digital technology, telephone banking and remote selling.
“But the more traditional door-to-door conmen – and women – are still out there, conning people into paying huge amounts of money for shoddy driveway and property repairs.
“I would urge all Cheshire East residents to assist us in trying to stamp out this cynical practice altogether.”
People are warned be cautious if asked to discuss their bank details or pension arrangements, or in any online situation where they may be asked to reveal personal information, such as online shopping or a job advert. For more information or to report an incident call Action Fraud hotline on 0300 123 2040, Citizens Advice on 03454 040506 or go to adviceguide.org.uk.