If it looks too good to be true Trading Standards team warns shoppers not to fall for seasonal scams

27 November 2023

Trading Standards team warns shoppers not to fall for seasonal scams

As we enter the Christmas period shoppers will be on the lookout for the lowest prices and the best deals – but Cornwall’s Trading Standards team is warning that if it looks too good to be true, it probably is.

Officers have highlighted some of the most common scams shoppers should look out for during the holiday season. They include:

In terms of general shopping advice, there are a couple of things to look out for:

“This time of year creates financial pressure for many households, and as we all try and find that perfect gift at the right price scammers are seizing the opportunity to exploit shoppers and those waiting for deliveries.

“If you think you’ve been caught out by any of these kinds of scams it is important to contact your bank or credit card provider straight away. Many banks, building societies and payment providers now offer fraud protection and may be able to refund your money. They will also be able to monitor your account for any suspicious activity.”

Cllr Martyn Alvey, Cornwall Council’s portfolio holder with responsibility for Trading Standards

If consumers need help and advice on their consumer rights or want to report a scam or dangerous product – they can contact Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 0808 223 1133.

Fraud can also be reported to Action Fraud 0300 123 2040

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