Don't pay to have cold calls stopped, warns Halton Trading Standards (From Runcorn and Widnes World)
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Halton residents warned of scam
HALTON residents are being warned to watch out for bogus callers offering to charge you for a service which is absolutely free.
Halton Trading Standards says a local woman was contacted by a company claiming to be able to stop her receiving cold calls for a charge of £1.90 a month.
A spokesman for Halton Trading Standards said: “The caller claimed to be aware that the resident had been receiving unwanted calls.
“The reason for this type of call is normally to obtain information relating to your credit/debit card, such as the issue or expiry date, account number or the security code on the back of the card. Giving away these details could lead to unauthorised use of the cards or even to identity theft.
“If you are contacted by a company offering to help prevent you from receiving unwanted telephone calls it will almost certainly be a scam.
“If you have any doubt about the authenticity of any callers never give them your bank or personal details. Alternatively, ask the caller to send you details in the post for you to read at your leisure.“ If you want to reduce the amount of unwanted telephone sales and marketing calls you receive then please visit http://www.tpsonline.org.uk/ where you can register your number.
The service is provided free of charge and generally takes 28 days to become effective.
If you would prefer to make your request by telephone call 0800 398893 to stop unwanted sales calls.
For general consumer advice ring the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 08454 04 05 06 or visit http://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/
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