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EE And Trading Scams Among Latest Isle Of Wight Alerts

A series of new scam warnings have been issued for the Isle of Wight.

Without further ado, here are the details of what to look out for.

EE Scam

Scammers are purporting to be EE either in phone calls or texts.

The phone call will offer to reduce your direct debit if you sign up with them, all this will do is give access to your bank details to the criminals behind the scam.

The texts “remind you that you have points that can be converted into prizes and they will expire shortly."

It will ask you to click on a link – this is a SCAM do not respond to these criminal contacts

Business Invoice Scam

If you are a business be wary about emails that claim to be sending an invoice for something you’ve ordered or received.

The attachment may include malware, the link may take you to a fake website that could capture your details or the phone number could be registered as a premium rate number.

If you receive an email that might fit this category, stop and think about whether you have actually ordered/received anything and if you are in any doubt find the company’s number online and contact them independently.

Council Scam

Scammers are purporting to be the Council again to discuss any issues you may have with housing.

This is potentially a phishing exercise where your information could be harvested and used at a later date in future scams.Tra

Trading Scam

If you are looking for a tradesperson to carry out any work be very careful when searching the internet.

Trading Standards has found that some companies are providing a “dating” service for consumers and traders and the consumer is paying between £60 and £120 which they believe is a “call out “ fee but it is in fact a booking fee.

The local trader wont see any of that money and when he arrives and discusses his call out fee the customer is shocked believing they have already paid it.

You will never need to pay a fee up front for a local trader. If you do need anything fixed, built or repaired check out our Trader Approval Scheme for a trusted trader.

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