Residents warned of telephone scams
RESIDENTS are being warned about a telephone scam being carried out in the area.
Cambridgeshire County Council Trading Standards has received complaints from residents who have received a call claiming to be from the “Office of Fair Trading” or “OFT” – offering to reclaim bank charges or other financial charges, for a fee.
The caller typically says they have a cheque for several thousand pounds for the customer and they just need to pay a fee to receive the money.
The OFT – a government department – has issued a statement to say that these calls are not in any way connected with their organisation and has warned that the scam is one of a number of similar types of calls which claim to be from them, all of which are a hoax.
A spokesman for the OFT, said: “Anyone who is concerned about the authenticity of a telephone call claiming from be from the OFT should confirm the name of the caller and offer to call them back. They should then contact the OFT on 0207 211 8000 and ask to speak to the named individual. We will then be able to confirm if the name of the caller is a genuine OFT employee.”
This latest scam follows a spate of complaints to Cambridgeshire Trading Standards about businesses charging to recover compensation for customers who were missold payment protection insurance (PPI)
A list of the scams is available on the OFT website, at http:// www. oft. gov. uk/ business- advice/ protect- yourbusiness-from-scams/types/ bogus.
If you have been affected by a scam, you can report it on the Action Fraud website or by contacting Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040. Anyone who wants help or advice on scams or any other consumer issue should contact Trading Standards’ advice partner, Consumer Direct, on 08454 040506.