Thames Valley Police have flagged up some very sophisticated scams used by fraudulent websites. They look very convincing but are bogus and could take your money unless you are very careful.
For example, fraudsters are setting up high specification websites advertising various electrical goods and domestic appliances. These goods are below market value and do not exist. The website will state you can pay by card; however when you go to pay, this option is not available and the payment must be made via bank transfer.
The fraudster entices the purchaser and reassures them it is a legitimate purchase by using the widely recognised Trusted Shop Trustmark. They then use the Trustmark fraudulently and provide a link on the bogus electrical website to another bogus website which shows a fake certificate purporting to be from Trusted Shops and provides thousands of reviews for the bogus electrical website. These reviews are all fraudulent. The website has not been certified by Trusted Shops and therefore the purchaser is not covered by the Trusted Shop money-back guarantee.
If you, or anyone you know, has been affected by this fraud or any other scam, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040 or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk. Don’t be embarrassed, very many people have been caught out and by reporting your experience you will be helping others.
Contact Jeff Pick, Watch Administrator firstname.lastname@example.org for crime updates and talks to groups.
For help and advice on this or other problems contact Citizens Advice.
www.maidenheadcab.org.uk or phone 03444 111 444 weekdays 9am to 5pm
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