Scams March 2019


Cold Calling Alert – Doorstep cold callers offering driveway work

We are warning residents to be on their guard after receiving reports of doorstep cold callers approaching residents in the Aylsham area offering to undertake repair work or to lay new driveways.

Trading Standards advises when looking to have work done on or around your property only deal with reputable companies you have researched and chosen yourself and have obtained a written quotation from.

Anyone concerned about doorstep cold callers in Norfolk can contact us through our partners the Citizens Advice consumer helpline via their online reporting form or by telephone on 03454 04 05 06.

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Scam Alert – Emails attempting to ‘blackmail’ the recipient

Norfolk residents have told us about emails which attempt to blackmail the recipient.

The emails often state they have ‘hacked this mailbox’ or have been ‘observing you online’ and sometimes include a password that will be known to the recipient.

The emails will often make claims to have ‘access to all your accounts, social networks, email, browsing history’ and ‘all your contacts, files from your computer, photos and videos’ and often make accusations about websites you have visited.  It then threatens to share this with your contacts unless an amount is paid in Bitcoin.