Keep your wits about you! Don't fall victim to crime, unscrupulous sales people or be taken in by scam emails. Heed Police and Trading Standards warnings below, and know your rights as a consumer.
The telephone number to contact Citizens Advice Consumer Service is 03454 040506. This is a National rate telephone number and so it means that it is cheaper for everyone to be able obtain advice and information.
Suffolk County Council & Trading Standards produce weekly newsletters which are listed below and include details of scams, warnings, advice and product recalls.
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Consumer Rights Act 2015
The Consumer Rights Act 2015 came into force 1st October 2015. It seeks to make the law clearer and easier to understand for both consumers and businesses alike. As well as covering the purchase of goods and services, there are now provisions covering Digital Content. Read the Key Points of the Act.
Make your home a Rogue Free Zone
Did you know only approx 5% of scams are reported. If you spot a scam, report it via Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 040506.
See the Money Saving Expert's 30 Ways to Stop Scams.
Think you can spot a scam? Take the ThreatTest
Opt out of junk (unaddressed) mail delivered by Royal Mail here
Royal Mail - How to get rid of unaddressed mail put through the door including mail to ‘The Occupier'
Register with the Mailing Preference Service to cut down on unwanted letters
If you think you or a family member is receiving scam mail, you can report it to Royal Mail
Scam Mail Reminder
Register with the TPS to cut down on unwanted phone calls
Report online scams and viruses here
How to report a fraud if English is not your first language
Scam Awareness in British Sign Language
Top tips for spotting direct mail scams
How to stop spam texts
How to spot a fake website
How to get your money back after a scam
How to avoid Holiday scams - infographic
A reminder of How to Avoid Ticket Fraud
DON'T BUY FAKE GOODS ONLINE Brand-i is a website to help shoppers avoid buying fake branded goods online. The site works like a search engine where the user looks for brands like Ugg or GHD and will be shown a list of approved retailers.
Read how to show rogue traders the door.
If you do not wish to receive unsolicited sales and marketing telephone calls, you can register for free via the Telephone Preference Service on 0845 070 0707 or online.
Never give your credit card PIN to anyone over the phone - avoid getting caught out:
Anybody with any concerns should phone Citizens Advice Consumer Service (Trading Standards) for advice on 03454 040506. If you are concerned about an incident please contact Suffolk Police on 101 or 999 if a crime is in progress.
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LOFT INSULATION - GET IT FROM THE RIGHT SUPPLIER. Suffolk Trading Standards are advising caution when dealing with cold calls from sales people suggesting that loft insulation is required and that a grant can be obtained. See the advice Trading Standards give.
THINKING ABOUT BUYING A NEW MOBILE PHONE? Read the advice given by Suffolk Trading Standards to avoid ending up with one you don't want because of hardware problems or poor network coverage, and being tied into a lengthy contract.
BEWARE CONNING INVOICES & DEBT DEMANDS - Don't pay if you receive an invoice but only requested a quote, or respond to a debt collector when the debt's not yours.
YOUR BANK IS UNLIKELY TO PHONE TO OFFER TO REFUND BANK CHARGES, they'll write to you, so hang up if someone calls - it's a scam.
Remember to lock up your vehicles and remove valuables - don't encourage theft. Don't be taken in by distraction thefts in car parks - keep your eye on your belongings, especially your handbag or wallet and don't let your credit or cash cards be stolen.