Warning to ignore latest round of scams

TERIES have been warned to watch their wallets as scam artists continue to try to con cash out of people.

And a spokesman for Lothian and Borders Police said this week to contact them if they suspect anything suspicious.

The latest scheme involves a telephone call from someone purporting to be from “Electricity Headquarters”.

The caller claims that as previous electricity bills have been paid promptly, you could be entitled to 40 per cent off your electricity bills for life.

And they eventually ask for your credit card details.

Fortunately for McLagan Drive resident Dr Alan Angus, he smelled a rat before his information was given out.

He told the Hawick News: “All of a sudden he said he wanted to confirm my details and he asked for the expiry date of my credit card and the last three digits on the back of the card.

“I told him I didn’t give those details over the phone but he tried to pressure me and he pushed me until I finally hung up.”

Dr Angus quickly cancelled his card with the bank, but warned others to be equally vigilant.

He added: “If they are targeting me then they must also be targeting other people as well. Everyone should be on their guard against these people.”

In a completely different scam, a card is being posted through doors from a company called PDS (Parcel Delivery Service) suggesting that they were unable to deliver a parcel and they need to be contacted on 0906 661 1911.

However, members of the public have been warned they must not dial the number as it is a mail scam originating from Belize.

A Royal Mail spokesman said: “If you call the number and start to hear a recorded message you will already have been billed £315 for the phone call.

“If you do receive a card with these details, then please contact Royal Mail Fraud on 020 7239 6655.”

A spokesperson for Scottish Borders Council’s trading standards said: “Scams usually come by post, phone or email. If in doubt, don’t reply. Instead, bin it, delete it or hang up.

“Beware of extravagant promises and remember if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

“To report a scam and to get further advice you should contact Consumer Direct on 08454 04 05 06 or www.consumerdirect.gov.uk.”

A booklet giving advice on how to deal with scams is available free from the Office of Fair Trading by contacting 0800 389 3158.