Bexley pensioners targetted by scams receive advice from trading standards

PUBLISHED: 10:06 24 July 2015 | UPDATED: 14:28 24 July 2015

PA Wire/Press Association Images

Council sets sights on scammers by helping protect their victims

Fifteen pensioners who have been victims of various scams have been visited by Bexley’s trading standards team to see if they could help to retrieve some of their money and to reduce the risk of repeat incidents.

The victims, whose average age is 75 years, had been subject to a number of different cons, including a prize draw for a new house or large sum of money and a Euro lottery. In each case they were pressed for cash up front. The scammers are known to pass their victims’ details on to other criminals.

Altogether the group had been conned out of almost £400 in a matter of days.

During the visits Trading Standards Officers shared tips on how to spot a scammer and what people should do if they are worried about unsolicited requests for money or personal information.

Each of the victims was given a pack with useful information and contact numbers.

Cabinet member for community safety, environment and leisure, Cllr Peter Craske said; “Age is clearly no barrier for the experienced scammer. They have no scruples whatsoever.

“I hope that this group will think twice before signing up to anything or handing over their hard earned cash. By spreading the word on scams we can make sure that less people are caught out and that these criminals are brought to justice.”

Bexley was passed the contact details of the people involved by the National Trading Standards Scams Team.

Anyone who thinks they may have been scammed can report it to Action Fraud on 0300 1232040.

For advice on scams, call trading standards through the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 040506.


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Bexley Times visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Bexley Times staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Bexley Times account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Bexley news

Friday, November 16, 2018

Christmas 2018 and the Northern Lights are welcomed to Bexleyheath on Saturday, November 17 with a spectacular mix of music and dance from stilt walkers to bhangra dancers, and acoustic artists to fire shows.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Now back from recording the second series of All Together Now, Brit School teacher and Bromley local Georg Tormann is now warming up for Christmas with his Beckenham-based choir.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

A Bexley artist has raised her concerns that a revamp of Hall Place will see the death of the art scene in the area.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Wildlife enthusiasts are calling for “embarrassing” fly-tipping that is blighting marshland in Bexley to be cleared up.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Dagenham and Rainham MP Jon Cruddas expressed concerns that an energy park in Bexley will lead to “toxic fumes” billowing across the Thames to the Rainham and Beam Park development area.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

A Bexleyheath pub will be offering free gin and tonic today, in exchange for a very unusual currency - cake.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Cash-strapped Bexley schools have been writing to parents asking for money for supplies, according to a councillor.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford David Evennett was the guest of honour and speaker at an Armistice and Remembrance Commemoration held at the Bexleyheath Conservative Club on Sunday (November 11).

Most read news

Digital Edition

Read the Bexley Times e-edition today

Newsletter Sign Up

Bexley Times twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Show Job Lists

Family Notices 24