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.
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
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.
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.
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.