Free scheme warns residents of bogus scams

Residents wanted to protecting themselves against scams can sign up to an alert scheme.

With a number of coronavirus cons taking place, the iCAN Trafford Consumer Alert Network informs people about scams so they can stay safe and not be taken in.

The alert scheme, which is run by Trafford Council’s trading standards team, is free to join and is open to all Trafford residents. Residents can choose to receive information by pre-recorded phone message or email. Members' details are kept on a secure database and will not be disclosed to any third party.

Scams happen in a variety of ways:

  • at the door with bogus charity collectors or rogue trader;
  • phone calls by people pretending to be from Microsoft wanting remote access to your computer or to take a ‘missed payment’ over the phone;
  • email which may look like they are from banks or even the government
  • texts, saying you have won a voucher and asking you to click on a link
  • by post – there are lots of fake raffles and lotteries as well as bogus charities.

Cllr Mike Freeman, Trafford Council’s Executive Member for Public Safety, Governance and Reform, said:

We have seen a rise in scams by callous con merchants targeting the vulnerable with bogus claims concerning the coronavirus.

We want to ensure people are protected and a great way of doing this in to sign up for the free iCAN service.

Once people know about scams, we would then ask them to be shared with friends and relatives so as many people as possible know about them as possible.

Anyone wishing to join the iCAN scheme can apply online by visiting our website. Alternatively they can email trading.standards@trafford.gov.uk or call Julia Bentley on 0161 912 3841.

Posted on Monday 6th April 2020