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Watch Out For Fake Texts in relation to EE Bills
Action Fraud have alerted us to fake text messages purporting to be from EE and claiming that you haven’t paid a bill. The link in the text message leads to a “phishing” website designed to steal your EE account login details and your personal & financial information.
Please don’t be tricked into giving a fraudster access to your personal or financial details. Never automatically click on a link or attachment in an unexpected email or text.
For more information on how to stay secure online, visit www.cyberaware.gov.uk
Warning to Residents about Driveway Company
Hertfordshire CC Trading Standards is warning residents not to deal with a company called Oakray Drives and Patios Limited using the address of 86 Bancroft Hitchin SG5 1NQ.
The company is NOT limited as claimed and does not have the right to use this address. We know that they have been operating in the Welwyn Garden City area using leaflet drops but believe that they may have extended works into Hitchin and Stevenage.
Trading Standards advice is not to use any trader that cold calls at the door or who leaflet drops. Instead, use recommendations from family and friends. If you still have a problem finding a good trader, please use a Trading Standards checked trader through our Which? scheme. Go to whichtrustedtraders.co.uk or call Hertfordshire Trading Standards on 01707 292429
If you have dealt with this company and would like some further help or advice, please contact Trading Standards through the Citizen’s Advice Consumer Helpline on 03454 040506
Fake Celebrity Endorsements For Investment Schemes
The adverts, found on social media and other websites, link to Martin Lewis’ image along with fake quotes recommending investments in bitcoin and other digital currencies with the fraudulent company. Clicking on the advert may take you to a page requesting your contact details. The suspect company will then phone you and encourage you to invest.
Similarly, fraudulent websites are trying to appear legitimate by misusing images and fabricating recommendations from the investors on “Dragons Den”.
Protect Your Money
Criminals exploit the names of well-known brands or individuals to make their scams appear legitimate. Professional-looking websites or social media posts don’t indicate that an investment opportunity is genuine.
A genuine bank or financial organisation won’t force you to make a financial transaction on the spot. Be wary if you’re pressured to invest quickly or promised returns that sound too good to be true.
Avoid unsolicited investment offers, especially via cold callers. If you’re considering an investment, get impartial advice from an independent financial adviser. Visit www.fca.org.uk to search the Financial Conduct Authority’s Financial Services Register for authorised providers. Never use an adviser from a company that contacted you, as this may be part of a scam.
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