Welsh Water and Environmental Health Scam Warning

A number of Vale residents have been contacted by scammers pretending to be from Environmental Health or Welsh Water.

 

  • Friday, 09 November 2018

    Vale of Glamorgan


 

Doorstop caller

These scammers are telling people they have a rat problem in their home and are asking the residents for money to eliminate the problem - which does not exist.

 

This is a particularly active time of year for rogue traders and scammers.

 

You may also be told that work needs doing to your home or garden or the caller may pretend to be from the council or other official body.

 

Spread the word to family and friends, to turn away doorstep callers, and to hang up the phone if they are made to feel under pressure in any way.

 

Always remember:

  • Be cautious when answering a knock at your door or a telephone call.

  • Do not give them any personal information e.g bank details, passwords or PIN numbers.

  • Don't reply, download attachments or click on links in suspicious emails.

  • If you are concerned, do not let strangers into your house.

 

Be careful if something:

  • comes out of the blue or from someone you don’t know

  • sounds too good to be true e.g. You’ve won the lottery

  • asks you to pay for something in advance - especially by bank transfer

  • asks you for personal information - like your bank details, computer passwords or PIN numbers

  • pressures you into buying something or making a decision quickly - a trustworthy company will be happy to wait

  • asks you to phone an expensive number - these start with 070, 084, 087, 090, 091 or 098

 

You can report scams to Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 040506 or South Wales Police on 101.