Suffolk scams warning

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SUFFOLK County Council is urging people to be on the lookout for a number of scams reported across the county.

In one, consumers receive a phone call from someone claiming to be from Suffolk County Council, a retired police officer or Construction Magazine, offering advertising space within a community magazine. Sometimes they ask for payment for adverts already taken out.

Another reported scam involves a man asking for directions in supermarket car parks. Once help is provided he offers the individual several expensive watches, claimed to be from an exhibition. They are then asked for some money for petrol from the gentleman.

Complaints are ongoing about phone calls from a trader claiming to work for Microsoft or Windows Technical Support. The trader tells the caller there is a problem with their computer or internet, and asks for bank details or to purchase a voucher.

Sky customers have also received calls from Aerial Support that claim to be working on behalf of Sky. They are offering to reduce direct debit payments, and request the consumers bank details to do this.

To report a scam, call Trading Standards on 0300 1232040 or email tradingstandards@suffolk.gov.uk.