South Holland residents warned about phone call scams

You can report scams to Action Fraud.
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More bogus calls purporting to be from the county council have sparked a further warning for people across South Holland to be vigilant against scammers.

Lincolnshire Trading Standards is renewing the appeal it put out in July, after more people reported being called by the authority.

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In each case the caller claims that they are calling from the council about an accident that happened last year, sometimes suggesting that it may be possible to claim compensation.

Kirsty Toyne, principal trading standards officer at Lincolnshire Trading Standards, warns people not to fall for the scam.

She said: “If you receive a phone call like this one please just hang up. Lincolnshire County Council will never contact you in this way so you know it’s a bogus 
call.

“It’s not clear what the fraudsters will do with any information gained so please do not give out any of your personal information to them. Just put the phone down”

Other scams include telling people there has been illegal activity on their computers in order to access and lock them, demanding payment in return for access to their property.

People also purport to be from police, bank officials or a representative of HMRC – and some have even tried to convince people they are from charities.

Report scams to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or visit www.actionfraud.police.uk

You can find out the latest scam warnings by following @Lincsts on Twitter or ‘like’ Lincolnshire Trading Standards on Facebook.