David Brocklebank (Nottinghamshire County Council, Trading Standards Officer, Nottinghamshire) writes: Nottinghamshire Trading Standards are warning people to beware of bogus telephone calls purporting to be from the County Council that target across the county.
Officers are re-issuing the warning as complaints to the service have been received again this week. Some complaints were initially made earlier in the year.
Reports have been made by a number of Nottinghamshire residents stating that they have been cold called by someone claiming to be from the County Council. The caller asked the residents if they had been involved any recent accidents or if they had PPI. When the residents challenged the legitimacy of the call the person hung up.
Nottinghamshire County Council advice is not to answer any questions and to end the call immediately. We also recommend you ignore cold-callers.
The County Council will never contact you to discuss car accidents or any other claims management type scenario. If you do receive a call from someone claiming to be from Nottinghamshire County Council and you are at all unsure about it, ask for their full name and say you’ll contact them back. You can then ring the County Council on 0300 500 80 80 to verify the identity of the caller. If the caller is bogus they will probably hang up without giving you any details.
If the bogus callers have given you information which may help trace them, please report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or visit http://www.actionfraud.police.uk
Source: Broxtowe Community email.