Scam bids rising in Argyll and Bute, trading standards warn

A 'no cold calling' notice produced by Argyll and Bute Council and Police Scotland.
A 'no cold calling' notice produced by Argyll and Bute Council and Police Scotland.

Attempts to con money out of residents of Argyll and Bute are on the increase, according to the area’s trading standards team.

Letter, telephone and email scams and bogus cold callers are nothing new, but Argyll and Bute Council’s trading standards officer James Howard told The Buteman that his team are being made aware of more and more unscrupulous bids to part people from their cash.

“We’re finding that more and more elderly people are giving out their bank details over the phone,” Mr Howard said.

“We’ve been contacted by a number of organisations, including the Royal Bank of Scotland, after being made aware of these scams.

“The advice is the same as always - never give control of your computer to anyone and never give your bank details to anyone over the phone.”

The council and Police Scotland have also produced notices for the area’s residents to put on their front doors stating that cold callers are not welcome and providing advice to householders on how to deal with them; anyone ignoring such notices is committing an offence.

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