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Trading standards scams and warnings

Watch out! Beware of the scammers

A scam is a dishonest scheme designed to cheat and con you out of your money. We use these pages to provide consumers with news about scams and will provide information about new scams, and new variations on old scams. We will explain how to avoid scams and how to report them.  

We also issue 'warnings and alerts' on any new scam that we become aware of. Please visit the page for further information. If you wish to forward any email scams to us please do so by email. You can also send your scam letters free to:

Scamnesty - Trading Standards
2nd Floor
Civic Centre
Darwall Street
Walsall
WS1 1TP

or report any scams to Action Fraud, the UK's national fraud reporting centre on 0300 123 2040.

Typical scams

  • Fake foreign lotteries
  • Deceptive sweepstakes and prize draw mailings
  • Bogus charity and clothing collections
  • Phishing - e-mails that look like they are from your bank
  • Home-working and other 'get rich quick' cons
  • Miracle health cures
  • Bogus psychic predictions
  • Fake ticket websites
  • Bogus holiday clubs
  • Stocks & Shares - Bogus Stockbrokers

The National Trading Standards Scams Team have produced a diagram to demonstrate how scam mail reaches so many people - The Sinister Path of Scam Mail (PDF 239KB)

Before buying tickets for events, festivals and music concerts visit www.safeconcerts.com where you can find information and advice on the warning signs to look out for.

Contact us

Citizens Advice Consumer Service
Freephone: 0808 223 1133
Visit our website

Walsall Trading Standards are located at:
Civic Centre
Darwall Street
Walsall
WS1 1TP