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Trading Standards warn of burglar alarm scam

Kent County Council Trading Standards have been made aware of a business telephoning residents in the Ashford area offering the householder a free burglar alarm.

Officers say the caller seems to know a lot of information about the people they call and ask questions about their security arrangements. The business also claims that their product is endorsed by the Police. It is not usual practice for the Police to give such products their endorsement.


Kent Trading Standards does not recommend agreeing to any work following a cold call. Few jobs are so urgent that they need immediate action. Previous experience is that burglar alarms that are offered for free or at a low price often have a maintenance and monitoring contract attached to them which is not free and can, in some instances, be both expensive and last several years

– Kent Trading Standards

Victim of new 'phishing' PayPal scam speaks out

A click of a few buttons and she had lost £1,500. But Camilla Jackson is not alone. The scam - known as phishing - saw bank customers lose £40 million in the last year.

Camilla, from Wiltshire, has been telling ITV Meridian how she unwittingly sent con artists her password details for an online finance site. Within hours, the money was gone from her bank.

In a statement, Paypal told us: "Like many other online banks, shops and services, PayPal can be targeted by criminals who use fraudulent emails.

"If you have any doubts about an email claiming to be from PayPal, don't click any links in it. Instead, log into your account normally. You will have a secure message waiting if PayPal does need you to take any action."

Robert Murphy reports.


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