People urged to be on their guard against scams

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LOCAL householders and businesses have been warned to be on their guard against two types of telephone scams.

In the first half of 2011, Derbyshire County Council got 46 complaints about a computer scam — up on the number it received about the same type of scam during the whole of 2010.

Scammers telephone householders claiming they have a virus or security problem on their home computer.

They attempt to persuade householders to log on and allow them remote access, enabling them to gain personal information and bank details.

And they often ask for payment by debit or credit card.

Derbyshire businesses have also been targeted. In one advertising agency scam the number of complaints in the first half of 2011 was 31 — up on the whole of last year.

A call is made to a business seeking payment for adverts in publications such as community magazines. The adverts are often never placed and sometimes the publications don’t exist.

Anyone who thinks they have been the target of a scam should call Consumer Direct on 08456 04 05 06.