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....The new scheme, known as the Banking Protocol, is aimed at ensuring banks and police are more active in protecting customers. It is being run as a joint venture between the police, Financial Fraud Action - which represents banks - and Trading Standards. ... [Read full article on BBC ]
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....So in March 2016 the PRS expelled Carter Stones, making it illegal for the firm to continue trading. When Carter Stones stayed in business, Trading Standards became involved. ... [Read full article on BBC ]
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....Proposals will include a new criminal offence for the use of “bots” – software that helps touts bypass limits on the number of tickets one person can buy. National Trading Standards will also be handed a ringfenced pot of money to fund efforts to stop fans being ripped off or shut out of the most in-demand events. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....”. The government has yet to respond to a review by Prof Michael Waterson, who recommended that a public body such as National Trading Standards carry out an investigation into the ticket resale industry’s compliance with the law. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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.... “The agency is only empowered to regulate the conduct of individual driving instructors, and is not empowered to regulate the conduct of corporate bodies,” says a DVSA spokesperson. Instead, complaints often fall to overstretched Trading Standards offices run by local councils. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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The learners who are out of pocket  as Drive Dynamics stalls over lessons image
.... “The agency is only empowered to regulate the conduct of individual driving instructors, and is not empowered to regulate the conduct of corporate bodies,” says a DVSA spokesperson. Instead, complaints often fall to overstretched Trading Standards offices run by local councils. ...
The Crusader: TV drama has happy ending  image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Monday 13th of March 2017 01:55:00 PM
....New firm’s guide to customers’ rights. Know your customers’ rights as well as your own obligations is one of the main messages in a new guide from Trading Standards to the thousands of new businesses now starting up every year. ...
Ticket touts face unlimited fines for using 'bots' to buy in bulk image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 10th of March 2017 07:15:05 PM
....Proposals will include a new criminal offence for the use of “bots” – software that helps touts bypass limits on the number of tickets one person can buy. National Trading Standards will also be handed a ringfenced pot of money to fund efforts to stop fans being ripped off or shut out of the most in-demand events. ...
Scheme to combat rogue lettings agents under attack image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 6th of March 2017 12:19:27 AM
....So in March 2016 the PRS expelled Carter Stones, making it illegal for the firm to continue trading. When Carter Stones stayed in business, Trading Standards became involved. ...
Bank staff trained to spot cash scams as they take place image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Saturday 4th of March 2017 01:01:55 PM
....The new scheme, known as the Banking Protocol, is aimed at ensuring banks and police are more active in protecting customers. It is being run as a joint venture between the police, Financial Fraud Action - which represents banks - and Trading Standards. ...
Viagogo ticket rip-off concerns prompt May to promise crackdown image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 1st of March 2017 04:04:57 PM
....”. The government has yet to respond to a review by Prof Michael Waterson, who recommended that a public body such as National Trading Standards carry out an investigation into the ticket resale industry’s compliance with the law. ...
Faulty tumble dryers: More than 40,000 sign recall petition image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 23rd of February 2017 11:51:57 AM
....But consumer group Which? is demanding that all the machines are recalled, with customers being given a refund. It has started legal action against Trading Standards in Peterborough, which has backed Whirlpool's decision not to order a recall. ...
Hotpoint tells tumble dryer owners: unplug faulty machines due to fire risk image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 22nd of February 2017 12:55:45 PM
....An investigation by the London fire brigade concluded that an Indesit tumble dryer was to blame for a serious blaze in an 18-storey tower block in west London. The fire chiefs – along with Which? and the Chartered Trading Standards Institute – urged Whirlpool to change its advice to customers so that any dryers waiting to be modified are not used. ...
Camelot Furniture's rescue mission bring comfort to some UK Mobility Direct customers  image
.... . Suffolk Trading Standards, which prosecuted WR in 2013 and 2015 for misleading and aggressive practices, confirmed it was investigating. ...
Buy one, get none free? Tesco checks all prices amid overcharging claims image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 13th of February 2017 09:14:46 AM
....In some cases, multibuy deals were still being advertised on the shelves months after they had expired. Martin Fisher, from the Chartered Trading Standards Institute, said such errors could break consumer protection laws under Unfair Trading Regulations 2008, the BBC said. ...
Dangerous business: what to do if a product you use has been recalled image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 11th of January 2017 11:42:14 AM
.... They can be issued on a voluntary or compulsory basis by a market surveillance suthority (MSA), which monitors and enforces legal safety standards on consumer products. In the UK, the bulk of this work is undertaken by Trading Standards departments. ...
Fake goods sold on social media are seized image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 23rd of December 2016 10:07:36 AM
....Counterfeit footwear, leather goods and tobacco were also found in various raids across the UK. The operation, led by the Trading Standards e-crime team, targeted markets where the suppliers of these traders were thought to operate. ...
Hotpoint and Indesit tumble dryer fires prompt legal move image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 23rd of December 2016 12:02:10 AM
....Now the consumers' association Which? is seeking a judicial review into what it regards as failures by the trading standards team overseeing the case. Peterborough Trading Standards said the legal attempt was "premature". ...
Consumer group challenges Peterborough over potentially dangerous tumble dryers image
. A consumer group is seeking a judicial review of Peterborough Trading Standards’ handling of the “fiasco” of potentially dangerous tumble dryers, claiming that it has failed millions of consumers across the UK by not enforcing product safety laws. ...
UK failing to keep up with online consumer fraud, NAO warns image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 15th of December 2016 12:01:25 AM
....2bn is thought to be hidden and unreported losses from crime such as mass marketing fraud and counterfeit goods. Consumer protection cost around £165m during the year, with local Trading Standards services receiving about £124m and Citizens Advice £18m, the NAO calculated. ...
Present danger: trading standards' battle against deadly Christmas gifts image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 13th of December 2016 07:23:09 AM
.... They are focusing on what they consider high risk products such as toys, electrical items, cosmetics and power tools. “The doll came in a large consignment from the far east and probably cost a few cents, or pence,” declares Phil Reed, an import surveillance officer with the National Trading Standards, tugging at the doll’s clothing and soft moulded plastic feet. ...
Adele tickets appear online for £9,000 despite singer's efforts to stop touts image
.... And touts who sell via secondary platforms without listing details of their business, or the row and seat number of the ticket, are in breach of the Consumer Rights Act 2015. National Trading Standards is meant to enforce these laws but has yet to launch a full-blown investigation. ...
Fake Apple chargers fail safety tests image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 2nd of December 2016 12:18:50 AM
....Investigators have warned consumers they face potentially fatal risks after 99% of fake Apple chargers failed a basic safety test. Trading Standards, which commissioned the checks, said counterfeit electrical goods bought online were an "unknown entity". ...
The Crusader: Cold calling cheat who preyed on vulnerable gets five years image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Monday 21st of November 2016 12:01:00 AM
....Crusader covered the misery caused to families by Ward-Best’s actions and the distressing humiliation many vulnerable people felt when they discovered they had been cheated. Perseverance by Bournemouth Trading Standards ensured Ward-Best was jailed. ...
Online scams and 'portal juggling': National Trading Standards lists threats image
....Consumers are facing emerging threats from increasingly sophisticated online scammers, which include counterfeit goods advertised on social media and misleading listings by estate agents on online portals. The dangers are highlighted by National Trading Standards (NTS) in its annual Consumer Harm Report, which highlights the types of scams people should watch out for and how they can report suspected criminal activity. ...
Boss of firm that used cold-calling to sell call-blocking devices is jailed image
....Disgruntled customers of the firm then found they were unable to return faulty devices or were not refunded after cancelling their orders within the specified cooling-off period. Trading Standards officials were inundated with more than 200 complaints about the Bournemouth-based company and launched a two-year investigation. ...
The Crusader: Far more bother than hover image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Monday 31st of October 2016 12:01:00 AM
.... The boards, a must-have for many, cost up to £600 and will sell by the thousand at Christmas. Last year Trading Standards warned batches of sub-standard imports from the Far East were flooding the market. ...
The Crusader: Car rental brings pain in Spain image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Monday 17th of October 2016 12:15:00 PM
....”. Consumers who rent a car in the UK and are not satisfied with their provider’s handling of their complaint can complain to the BVRLA’s Conciliation Service, approved by Trading Standards, if the rental company is a member of the scheme. ...
Fires and spin image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 11th of October 2016 12:14:07 AM
....Major companies with various sites in the UK have a home authority trading standards department with whom they work on product safety. In Whirlpool's case this was Peterborough Council's Trading Standards team. ...
Royal Mail 'failing to tackle' fraud image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 10th of October 2016 12:49:45 PM
...."We have closely examined the list of companies suspected by the Daily Mail of sending scam mail. We have already passed it to our partners in the National Trading Standards Scams Team so that they can investigate further," the company said. ...
Investment fraud targets are men in their 60s in urban areas, say police image
....”. This week, the City of London police, alongside Trading Standards, will launch a series of videos highlighting the impact of investment fraud, with advice on how people can protect themselves. ...
Scandal of the hajj pilgrims who are cheated by devious tour operators image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 8th of October 2016 06:00:35 AM
....He says many returning victims fail to complain because, often, they are unaware of their rights, but also because travel agents manage to convince them that it will somehow “cheapen” the hajj experience. In 2015 an investigation by Birmingham Trading Standards into 182 Mecca-related tour businesses across the UK found that 147 were not complying with the relevant legislation. ...
SPECIAL INVESTIGATION: Fraudsters who prey on the disabled image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Monday 5th of September 2016 04:01:00 PM
.... We will also review the wording in our reminder letters to see if we can amend it to warn people not to go via third party websites. Norfolk Trading Standards put out warnings about them earlier this year. ...
Subscription scam warnings for beauty creams and diet pill one-off trials image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Monday 22nd of August 2016 02:10:00 PM
. Trading Standards (TS) confirmed: “This is the most complained about subscription trap practice in Surrey and in the UK. ...
Second-hand Vauxhall Zafira sales 'may have been illegal' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 15th of August 2016 11:33:22 AM
.... . "It's really important for any motor dealer that is having a Vauxhall Zafira that is affected by this recall on their forecourt to actually have this work done prior to exposing it to sale", said Tim Milsom, lead officer for the motor trade with the Chartered Institute of Trading Standards. ...
The Crusader: Lines cleared for phone deal image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Sunday 14th of August 2016 06:13:00 PM
.... . Andy Allen, ADR project leader at the Chartered Trading Standards Institute, said: “Moving house can be a stressful business – the internet is peppered with horror stories about moves that have gone wrong, “It is generally accepted that consumers are more willing to use ADR processes than the courts. ...
GREAT HOLIDAY RIP-OFF: Credit card fees from airlines 'break the rules’ image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Friday 12th of August 2016 12:07:00 PM
....". Mr Daley added: "Trading Standards teams across the country need to be investigating culprits in their area and fining those who don't reduce their fees. ...

Budget airlines 'breaking the law' by charging holidaymakers rip-off credit card fees 
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....James Daley, managing director of Fairer Finance, said: "We believe there are hundreds of companies in breach of the regulations - but no one is policing this issue. Trading Standards teams across the country need to be investigating culprits in their area and fining those who don't reduce their fees. ...
Airlines accused of charging too much for credit card payments image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 11th of August 2016 03:14:34 PM
...."If they choose to charge for accepting credit card payments - in spite of the strong public sentiment against these charges - then the rules make it very clear that they can only pass on the cost," he said. Trading Standards teams across the country should be investigating the issue, Mr Daley added. ...
Retailers caught selling e-cigarettes to under-18s image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 8th of August 2016 11:16:08 PM
. Almost 40% of sellers targeted in an operation by Trading Standards in England were caught illegally allowing under-18s to buy e-cigarette products. ...
Trading standards institute: consumers are no longer protected image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 7th of August 2016 05:33:59 PM
....The warning follows a recent wave of high-profile consumer safety scandals, including diesel emissions cheating at Volkswagen, injuries from exploding hoverboards and fires caused by thousands of unsafe tumble driers. Austerity cuts imposed by central government have left local government trading standards teams fearful of the financial risks of taking on major prosecutions, the Chartered Trading Standards Institute has warned in its latest survey of the profession. ...
England's black market hotspots exposed image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 13th of July 2016 02:07:47 AM
...."The criminal gangs that make these products have no regard for health or safety and as such, products are not being tested to the high UK standards and are therefore potentially lethal to the British consumer," she explained. Leon Livermore, Chartered Trading Standards Institute chief executive, said people did not realise the damage they were doing to legitimate businesses. ...
Are grey goods the real deal? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 9th of July 2016 06:00:08 AM
....Jim Boff, a partner at law firm Phillips & Leigh, says consumers should not have a problem, “except in those cases where markedly different products are sold under the same trademark in different countries such that the consumer could be misled”. Gavin Terry, lead officer for intellectual property at the Chartered Trading Standards Institute, says: “The problem for consumers is that criminals seek to pass off counterfeit goods as grey market. ...
'Speak out' plea as rogue lettings agent is jailed image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 8th of July 2016 09:23:34 PM
....". Following a four-year investigation by Barnet Council Trading Standards, Marcus, 52, of Ashfield Avenue, in Bushey, was jailed for four and a half years after admitting five counts of fraud at Harrow Crown Court. ...
Nearly a year’s wait so far for compensation from easyJet image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 6th of July 2016 06:00:07 AM
.... It has still not paid us, although some choir members were paid six months ago, after a fight. I’ve reported easyJet to Trading Standards and written to easyJet’s chief executive. ...
The company, which specialises in recreations of classic furniture designs, is indeed elusive image
.... She promises to look in to your case. Meanwhile, Trading Standards is keen to talk to Voga about its trading practices. ...
Building firm Oakleafe clicks with more customers thanks to new online efficiency system image
....He is a firm believer in trade organisations and quality assurance schemes as ways to raise standards and deliver a better deal for customers. Oakleafe is both a member of the leading industry body the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) and part of Trading Standards’ reliable firms scheme TrustMark. ...
Our deposit for a conservatory has been lost image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 1st of June 2016 06:01:15 AM
.... “If Luke Tester has misrepresented IWA or has fraudulently deceived his customers then we will be referring this matter to our solicitors with a view to taking action against him personally,” says a spokesperson, who asks for any customers with evidence of deception to contact the association. West Sussex Trading Standards says that it is aware of Ieo. ...
The kitchen appliances that burst into flames – and the struggle to replace them image
.... Yet Whirlpool was not obliged by trading standards officers to issue an expensive recall of the affected dishwashers or tumble dryers, merely a repair programme which leaves millions of customers with potentially dangerous machines. Leon Livermore, the chief executive of the Chartered Trading Standards Institute, warned that this stance is endangering lives and is a result of government cuts to trading standards services: “Central government itself does have back-up powers to force companies into recalls and to take action. ...
Ticket touts face licensing threat image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 26th of May 2016 11:02:26 AM
....The review states that at the moment, the secondary-ticketing sites “are seemingly falling short” when it comes to ensuring compliance with the provisions in the act. It is recommending that a lead body, such as National Trading Standards, “should carry out a concerted investigation of compliance, followed by action coordinated with the police”. ...
Asda singled out in criticism of supermarket pricing tactics image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 27th of April 2016 07:13:36 AM
.... In addition to our work with Asda and the other retailers, we are pleased to see that our recommendations concerning the key legislation and guidance in this area are being taken forward. “The Chartered Institute of Trading Standards is currently working on a revision to the pricing practices guide and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has indicated that it intends to consult, following our recommendation that it review the legislation and guidance on unit pricing. ...
Pants to Poverty loses its ethical stance image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 29th of March 2016 07:01:09 AM
.... Its phone number, as you say, is out of service and their chat facility is unavailable. When Trading Standards visited its London office following a number of complaints from out-of-pocket shoppers, officers found it empty. ...
'Action needed' on fire-risk dryers image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 18th of March 2016 12:36:26 AM
. More action is needed to recall Whirlpool's fire-risk tumble dryers before someone dies, according to a leading Trading Standards officer. ...
Product recalls hit all-time high fuelled by car and food scandals image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 14th of March 2016 12:01:01 AM
.... The recall, which affects 55 countries including the UK, could end up costing the company tens of millions of dollars. RPC’s annual research into product recalls covers the year from 1 November 2014 to 31 October 2015 and is based on information from the Trading Standards Institute, the Food Standards Agency, the EU’s Rapid Exchange of Information System (RAPEX) and the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency. ...
Energy supplier’s confusing letter image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Monday 14th of March 2016 12:01:00 AM
.... What’s more, using an ADR is quicker and cheaper than going to court. Andy Allen, of the Chartered Trading Standards Institute which oversees ADRs, said: “It’s not compulsory for traders to use an ADR body but it is hoped that market forces will encourage more. ...
Danger dryers in 11-month repair wait image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 11th of March 2016 12:00:00 AM
.... Those whose dryer is more than one year old are being offered a new dryer at a cut price. The decision to conduct a repair programme rather than a full recall was agreed with Trading Standards officers. ...
Amazon recalls Fire tablet chargers image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 2nd of March 2016 02:25:58 PM
....". The firm has notified the UK's Trading Standards office about the problem. ...
Payday lenders and credit firms to pay for 'illegal money' enforcement teams image
.... Since then it has brought in new rules for payday lenders, forcing them to check that borrowers can afford to repay loans, banning the repeated roll-over of debts and capping the interest and fees that firms can charge. While the crackdown has been good news for many borrowers, in October National Trading Standards, which runs the teams, warned that alongside the roll-out of the single universal credit benefits payment it could push more people towards illegal lenders. ...
Amazon offers hoverboard refunds in US image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 22nd of January 2016 01:15:00 PM
....A charging hoverboard was recently cited as the cause of a fire that destroyed a family home in Melbourne, Australia. In the UK in December, National Trading Standards said that 88% of hoverboards examined by the body since October 2015 could explode or catch fire. ...
Crusader: Airport meet and greet car parking  image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Tuesday 19th of January 2016 06:49:00 PM
....This has been set up to protect and support customers who use alternative services to the airport’s official airport parking. All companies must be Trading Standards and Park Mark accredited. ...
Driven to despair by dodgy car dealer image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Sunday 10th of January 2016 03:00:00 PM
....The business was set up in June by shareholders Marcelline Robinson and Fulton Chiota, from the Hollybrook Park area of Kingswood in Bristol. Trading Standards has been informed and we hope it can help because a business that thinks it can flout consumer law in this way can only bring more misery to others. ...
Cold call firm fined £80,000 image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Thursday 7th of January 2016 02:56:00 PM
....The bank also refunded the £100 Arthur had paid TPS. After some hard work by Bournemouth Trading Standards, TPS was fined by data protection enforcer the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). ...
Parents warned over counterfeit Christmas toys image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 17th of December 2015 12:01:03 AM
....Parents are being warned to be on their guard against counterfeit toys this Christmas after tests of seized items revealed some contained harmful levels of chemicals that can cause serious long-term health problems. Fake dolls based on Disney’s Maleficent film were found to contain 18 times the legal limit of phthalates when they were impounded by Warwickshire Trading Standards this month. ...
Dump unsafe 'hoverboards', Amazon warns image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 16th of December 2015 10:19:58 AM
....Such customers would be automatically refunded within three days, it said. It comes after Trading Standards seized 15,000 unsafe boards being brought into the UK. ...
Counterfeit Christmas image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 11th of December 2015 09:28:09 PM
....3 billion in unpaid tax from the sale of fakes. Mike Andrews from the National Trading Standards eCrime Team says they are increasingly seeing counterfeit goods being sold on social media, rather than through conventional online shopping platforms. ...
The Crusader: Beware of cold callers image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Sunday 6th of December 2015 01:27:00 PM
....99 on June 8. After not getting an answer from Green Streak about when any home improvements would start, she took the advice of Trading Standards and sent the company a letter. ...
Ports seize 15,000 'unsafe' hoverboards image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 3rd of December 2015 12:05:06 AM
....More than 15,000 unsafe hoverboards - otherwise known as self-balancing scooters - have been seized at ports and airports around the UK. Trading Standards officers said the boards were in danger of overheating, exploding or catching fire. ...
Hoverboards impounded at UK ports over explosion risk image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 3rd of December 2015 12:01:14 AM
....In November the wholesaler Costco issued a safety notice over Air Runner hoverboards sold in their UK stores, warning of unsafe plugs which pose an electrocution risk. Meanwhile, UK Trading Standards have revealed that more than 17,000 hoverboards imported from beyond the EU have been examined over the last seven weeks, of which over 15,000 (88%) failed basic safety checks. ...
Cowboy builders riding roughshod over your rights image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Tuesday 10th of November 2015 11:58:00 PM
.... . The website is approved by Trading Standards. ...
Amazon and eBay face VAT scrutiny image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 1st of November 2015 06:04:06 PM
....Not all of that missing money is down to online tax evasion, but it could make up a significant proportion. Paul Miloseski-Reid has been the lead officer on e-commerce for UK Trading Standards for the last nine years. ...
Crusader exclusive investigation: Hidden charges for retirement flats face legal curbs  image
....If the event charges are not declared, “then in most situations a court will be likely to declare this fee as unfair and it does not have to be paid,” warns the Commission. “Companies that break the rules could face prosecution by Trading Standards. ...
Warning over Twilight-inspired lenses image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Saturday 24th of October 2015 01:40:07 AM
....". Leon Livermore, Chartered Trading Standards Institute chief executive, said: "Cosmetic contact lenses are often made and distributed on a one size fits all basis and not tailored to the wearer's needs which can increase the risk of eye health issues. ...
Supermarket pricing targeted by UK government after watchdog report image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 15th of October 2015 05:28:48 PM
....”. The Chartered Trading Standards Institute also on Thursday launched a consultation on the pricing practices guide with the aim of clarifying how the law applies to certain promotional practices. ...
Scam mail victims lose over £1,000 each image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 11th of October 2015 11:52:29 PM
....Victims of scam mail have an average age of 74 and have typically lost more than £1,000, investigators have confirmed. Teams of officers working for National Trading Standards (NTS) identified 10,843 victims in the year to April. ...
Scams involving fake services to block nuisance calls prolific in UK image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 11th of October 2015 11:01:01 PM
....Fraudsters claiming to offer people the ability to block nuisance phone calls in exchange for a small fee are among the most prolific scams facing UK consumers, according to frontline trading standards teams. National Trading Standards (NTS) said it was aware of a growing number of scammers making cold calls claiming to be from the Telephone Preference Service (TPS) and attempting to extract money for registration or for useless call blocking devices. ...
Tesco withdraws £93,000 worth of underweight garlic bread image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 5th of October 2015 02:57:05 PM
....Tesco has withdrawn almost 70,000 packs of garlic bread slices after an investigation found some were underweight. During two visits to stores in Aberdeenshire, Trading Standards officers said they discovered 39 packets of the supermarket’s own-brand product had net weights below the figure declared on the packaging. ...
Loneliness and the risk of scam mail image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 2nd of October 2015 09:00:07 PM
.... . Delegates at the Trading Standards Institute's national conference - the people who try to tackle this issue - were told that the sheer scale of fraud against vulnerable adults has reached such a point that almost everyone knows of someone who has been conned. ...
Safety tests for children's fancy dress image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 24th of September 2015 01:25:28 PM
. An investigation into the safety of children's fancy dress costumes is to be carried out by Trading Standards. ...
Convicted fraudsters reveal the secrets of investment scams that cost the UK £30bn image
....". This summer National Trading Standards identified around 200,000 people who are on a fraudsters' "sucker" list, and warned that the average age of victims is 74. ...
'Britain's oldest scam victim': 103-year-old loses £60,000 in 10-year catalogue fraud image
.... . An example provided by Trading Standards was a marble cake worth "at the most £2" sold for £18. ...
Free-to-use service promises to investigate rip-offs and complaints – in EVERY sector image
.... . Open for business today, the "consumer ombudsman" is backed by an official consumer organisation, the Trading Standards Institute, although its power has yet to be tested. ...
Boiler room fraudsters used Tower 42 address image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Thursday 30th of July 2015 04:39:21 PM
.... . The successful prosecution of Regus by the City of London Corporation Trading Standards, comes just weeks after another serviced office provider, Servcorp UK, had to pay £32,500 in fines and costs for a similar breach. ...

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