Scam Alert

Trading Standards have received reports from residents about scam calls claiming to be from Domestic and General to say that the insurance for their appliance has expired and trying to set up a new policy. When they asked for personal and banking details the resident became suspicious and hung up – he then contacted Domestic and General directly who confirmed that it was a scam. This can be quite a dangerous scam particularly if you already have domestic appliance/boiler insurance as the scammers will convince you that it needs renewing and then take payments from your account and you will probably end up paying for more than one policy. Investigators discovered one victim in Dorset was paying for 48 of these policies!

Please be careful and if you are paying for this type of insurance make sure its only once.

Trading Standards have also had reports of the HMRC phone scam rearing its ugly head again. This is a threatening message designed to scare you into handing over money or bank details. HMRC will NEVER contact you in this way.

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