Trad­ing stan­dards warn­ing over face pack scam on the net

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

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.

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