Trading standards warning over face pack scam on the net
South Lanarkshire Council’s trading standards team have issued a warning after a Rutherglen woman was targeted by con artists.
The scam sales technique sees unscrupulous online retailers lure victims with adverts on popular social media sites.
But when people click on the ads for more info they are asked to supply contact details, including their address, before they can see the price.
That information is used to dispatch unwanted goods and an invoice to the victim’s address which is quickly followed with stern, legal-looking letters and emails threatening serious consequences if payment is not made.
The latest incident to come to the attention of South Lanarkshire Trading Standards involved the product Lux Style Blackhead Peel-off Mask.
South Lanarkshire Council head of fleet and environmental services, Shirley Clelland said: “This company appear to believe they are doing nothing wrong when in fact they are misleading consumers, claiming a contract has been agreed and an order has been placed before details of cost were revealed.
“If you receive products you did not order and an invoice for them from Lux Style, or similar online retailers, then you can call trading standards on 0303 123 1015, our advice is to ignore any further emails or letters from the company concerned.”
Cyber crime, online scams and viruses can be reported to www. actionfraud.co.uk.