It’s that time of year again, with many people in a rush, so much to do and so little time it is easy to be caught out by scammers.  There are a few ‘Parcel Scams’ on the go.

Post Card Scam – you return home and there is a card through your letterbox. “SORRY you were out. To rearrange delivery please call us on – “ The number will be a premium line and cost you money you can ill afford. AND there is NO parcel.

The postcard could look similar to Royal Mails , UPS or some other delivery company. If you aren’t expecting a parcel then the card will probably be fake.

Email Scam – Similar to the above. You receive an email which will ask you to click a link to rearrange delivery OR print off a receipt which you have to present at the sorting office/ storage yard. The link could install malware on your computer/device.

Scammers are adapting their approach all the time.

If you are expecting deliveries and you receive a card, check with the company you ordered from.

Take care and have a safe Christmas.

Warning issued by Ian George, Resource Worker,
Adult Protection Unit, East Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership
East Ayrshire Council

Trading Standards has received information of a phone scam

Trading Standards has received information of a phone scam.

A consumer was cold called and the caller said they were from the Legal Co. for HMRC.  The consumer was threatened with pay that day or court action and was told he could be arrested.  The consumer did offer to give his bank details but the caller didn’t take them.

The caller said the amount was £900 which escalated to £9,000.  The consumer hung up.

Phone number is 014416185057.

HMRC do not phone consumers , they will write to you.

Our advice is to be vigilant with such calls, and be wary.  If it doesn’t sound right, hang up !

Please pass this onto service users, carers, etc.

Trading Standards Service
Civic Centre South
John Dickie Street
Telephone: 01563 576602