Res­i­dents warned of tele­phone scams

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News -

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.

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