All Scams articles – Page 5

  • News

    The devil's in the detail

    2012-08-15T00:00:00Z

    This was unusual: Belinda Rawlinson is a Lanwall retailer in Rochdale who actually paid some £3,500 for a photocopier that never earned her the promised return over the five years’ term

  • Dear Jac

    Now it's 'ladies' turn

    2012-07-18T00:00:00Z

    Last issue I reported on Hitendra Patel’s revelation that dodgy callers trying to pull off terminal scams had British names but were actually fluent in Hindi swearing.

  • Dear Jac

    A bilingual exchange

    2012-07-09T12:20:00Z

    My south-east correspondent Hitendra Patel (I have a northern one, but could use a few others: Midlands, Scotland, Wales, N Ireland, the West Country) had an amusing run-in with a bogus caller to his Costcutter store in Romford, Essex.

  • Dear Jac

    Smoking gun

    2012-06-22T00:00:00Z

    I’ve been exchanging emails with a retailer who wishes to remain anonymous so as to not jeopardise what was an ongoing police investigation on a neighbouring shopkeeper.

  • Dear Jac

    Did you hear the one about?

    2012-05-11T00:00:00Z

    When most people hear themselves on tape they go, ‘No! Do I sound like that?’

  • Dear Jac

    An old card trick

    2012-04-13T00:00:00Z

    The UK Cards Association is advising customers to be aware of a new variation on an old-style scam that involves people being telephoned by fraudsters and duped into handing over their debit or credit card, and revealing their PIN

  • Dear Jac

    A not-so-sexy story

    2012-03-30T00:00:00Z

    The old publishing scams go on and on. Julie Smith rang from her Spar in Solihull to say that she had received a call recently, telling her that the £90 she pledged last September to the Teenage Information Bureau for books for schools was now due.

  • Dear Jac

    Was this really a grilling from the Grid?

    2012-03-30T00:00:00Z

    Julia Walder wondered if she was being set up when a very persistent lady kept ringing up to tell her that she was paying too much for her electricity at St Martin Store in Isles of Scilly.

  • Dear Jac

    How to rate your business

    2012-03-30T00:00:00Z

    It’s like clockwork. Business rates set to go up in April and the chancers come calling.

  • Dear Jac

    Face the facts

    2012-02-03T00:00:00Z

    Here’s a new scam for you. My other half just received notification and congratulations that he had achieved gold membership status on Facebook…

  • Dear Jac

    Watch out for the rent boys

    2012-01-20T00:00:00Z

    PayPoint has drawn our attention to yet another scam that reared its ugly head over Christmas.

  • Dear Jac

    Could be time to limit your liability

    2012-01-18T00:00:00Z

    I would suggest that most small businesses ‘targeted’ by companies offering what turn out to be swindles (legal, but swindles nonetheless) are sole traders.

  • Dear Jac

    No security in insurance cover

    2012-01-18T00:00:00Z

    How closely have you looked at your insurance policy?

  • Dear Jac

    We start as we mean to go on

    2012-01-06T00:00:00Z

    Have you had your email from Mrs Gaddafi yet?

  • Dear Jac

    Hammering the point home

    2011-12-20T10:15:00Z

    I could write about PayPoint and Ukash vouchers every issue - in fact, I think I might until everyone gets the message.

  • Dear Jac

    Cover your back

    2011-11-25T00:00:00Z

    Ukash launched an internet safety campaign in the week that I write this column (Nov 7-11), but it was too late for Robert Cole in Grantham

  • Dear Jac

    Price match or rum deal?

    2011-11-11T00:00:00Z

    It’s the way they package these juicy deals. My correspondent from Norfolk found Sainsbury’s Brand Match wasn’t all it was banged up to be.

  • Dear Jac

    Look after your customers

    2011-11-11T00:00:00Z

    Mick Pinder (Overton Corner Shop) has forwarded a warning from the National Federation of Retail Newsagents about scams involving Ukash vouchers.

  • Dear Jac

    Policing the publishers

    2011-09-19T00:00:00Z

    I have written from time to time about publishing scams, whereby retailers have been persuaded to buy advertising space in magazines that claim to support the emergency services or promote drugs awareness in schools.

  • Dear Jac

    Saved from a scam by super staff

    2011-08-22T00:00:00Z

    I have a little queue of complaints about PayPoint that I will tackle in the next issue when I have had time to get responses. Meanwhile, though, PayPoint itself sent me this story about an alert shop assistant who saved a customer from a scam.