All Scams articles – Page 6

  • Dear Jac

    Naming and shaming

    2011-08-22T00:00:00Z

    Unlike the previous story, this one is anything but anonymous. Chartered surveyor and rating consultant Ken Batty in Preston writes to me from time to time to update me on various cowboys he has uncovered (unfortunately, his industry is littered with them).

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    Bright sparks having you on

    2011-08-07T00:00:00Z

    If someone offers you a free compliance check, a just-to-be-on-the-safe-side sort of thing, odds are they will find something wrong that you will have to pay them to correct.

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    Dear Jac: You have been warned

    2011-07-08T00:00:00Z

    In fact, I've been warning for the past few months about fraudulent transactions through PayPoint. Get the money first, I said. Get the money first, says PayPoint. Get the money first, says its literature. And every time I report on one of these...

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    Dear Jac: Is this scam the oldest in the book?

    2011-05-15T00:00:00Z

    You have to grudgingly admire the audacity and dexterity of the sleight-of-hand merchants that try to do you out of tenners. Do 10 shops a day and you've made a hundred quid. Mohammed Sajid says he always reads this column for news on the...

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    Dera Jac: Scammer time is here again

    2011-04-30T00:00:00Z

    You can call this once bitten, twice shy, says Jignesh Patel who runs Shreeji in London s Kentish Town. A big, nicely dressed, softly spoken guy came into his store during a busy period and cashed in some scratchcards. While this process was taking place he walked around the store ...

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    Dear Jac: Scammertime is here again

    2011-04-29T00:00:00Z

    You can call this once bitten, twice shy, says Jignesh Patel who runs Shreeji in London's Kentish Town. A big, nicely dressed, softly spoken guy came into his store during a busy period and cashed in some scratchcards. While this process...

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    Dear Jac: Are dairy’s demands just milking it?

    2011-04-15T00:00:00Z

    Have any of you received a solicitor's letter on behalf of Medina Dairy, demanding sums of around 300+ to prevent court proceedings? I ask because a retailer, who wishes to remain anonymous, has received such a letter and believes there are others...

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    Dear Jac: Yet another point about being caught out with PayPoint

    2011-04-01T00:00:00Z

    Those of you who do not have PayPoint terminals will probably find it irritating that I write so often on the subject on the other hand, those of you who do have terminals, take good note of the following. This is a warning from Chetna...

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    Dear Jac: Now it’s time to get serious

    2011-03-18T00:00:00Z

    I urge all retailers with payment terminals to read this article carefully. We've said in the past few columns, get...

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    Dear Jac: And here’s a tip to avoid being caught out by crooks

    2011-03-18T00:00:00Z

    Glyn Reece, my Northern correspondent (Penny's in Chester), tells me that the simple ploy of facing your terminal inwards means people will not be able to secretly photograph transactions or to memorise them. You wouldn't think people had memories...

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    Dear Jac

    Dear Jac: Look after the pennies

    2011-03-18T00:00:00Z

    Here's another instalment in my occasional series entitled 'The customer isn't always right'. What would you have done when faced with this dilemma? Presentable middle-aged lady buys a chocolate bar and you give her the 50p change. She...

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    Dear Jac: The night they invented...a scam?

    2011-03-05T00:00:00Z

    The trouble with being a specialist is that you sometimes attract specialist problems. Harpal Rai has featured twice before in this column (with his name spelled incorrectly as Hartal, so from now on I'm going to refer to him as 'Paul', just the...

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    Dear Jac: Secret shopping - convenient ways to hide a camera

    2011-03-05T00:00:00Z

    Subhash Varambhia writes from Snutch Newsagents in Leicester: Following your article (on possible Ukash vouchers fraud) I was in Maplin Electronics and what I saw shocked me and may be the answer to your query. My query was could the...

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    Dear Jac: The latest on leasing debts and threats

    2011-02-17T00:00:00Z

    In the last issue I promised you more information on defunct photocopier supplier Lanwall and various leasing deals via the likes of Bank of Scotland Equipment Finance and Key Financial. There is still a lot of noise out there, but so far...

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    Dear Jac: Three’s a crowd in this case

    2011-02-17T00:00:00Z

    Mansukh Waru, responding to the report in my last column over Ukash voucher fraud, knew instinctively that something was amiss when three blokes came in together at his Ministore at Sutton, Surrey. He says: One was on the phone, one...

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    Dear Jac: No such thing as a free lunch

    2011-02-04T00:00:00Z

    It's a favourite expression among journalists and now it's one of Hartal Rai's. His cryptic message on my answerphone said the problem concerned the Italian football team, South Africa and pasta. Hartal, who runs the award-winning Rai's...

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    Dear Jac: How was this crime perpetrated?

    2011-02-04T00:00:00Z

    Man goes into Kiran Patel's store, (Coulsdon News in Surrey) and asks for a 100 Ukash voucher, which Kiran put through his Payzone terminal. The customer didn't touch the voucher (neither did he have a mobile with which to photograph it), but then...

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    Dear Jac

    Phone-y business back in town

    2011-01-10T00:00:00Z

    Cowboy ratings companies are back in town and they have absolutely no scruples. I'll give you an old example first. When twin companies Oldfields and Strattons, the biggest of the baddies, were at their height in the 1990s, they duped thousands of...

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    Dear Jac: Name that tune!

    2010-11-26T00:00:00Z

    Not for the first time I've received a complaint regarding news wholesalers' 'partners' ringing retailers to sell them 'extras' and managing to give the impression that they are the wholesaler themselves.

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    Dear Jac: A waste of time and money? No comment

    2010-10-15T00:00:00Z

    You wouldn't really switch your rubbish collection unless it was going to save you money, would you? Stupid question. Vipul Pabari, who trades as Connaught Rd PO in Leicestershire, says that the price quoted to him by the PHS Wastetech...