Warning after increase in scams reported

A WARNING has been issued to people to be on their guard after an increase in the number of scams reported to Derbyshire County Council.

The authority’s trading standards team received 690 reports of con attempts from members of the public from April 2011 up to March 2012.

This was a 24 per cent increase on the 556 complaints received for the same period the previous year.

Two types of complaints have showed a sharp rise – one targeting home computer users and another which fraudulently claims cashable vouchers.

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

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

The other scam which has showed a significant increase, said a spokesman for the council, involves a telephone call or email telling people they are eligible for a tax or insurance refund or encouraging them to enter into a loan agreement.