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Fake Online Reviews

Online Shoppers Buy 80 Million ‘Disappointing’ Items Based On Rave Reviews Trading Standards Scotland urges consumers to beware of fake online reviews when Christmas shopping UK shoppers have bought almost 80 million items* on the back of glowing online reviews – only...

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Energy Marketing Scams Campaign

Scottish consumers warned about energy marketing scams following COP26 summit. Following the COP26 summit, more consumers may look to make their homes more energy efficient; however, uncertainty about the availability of energy efficiency incentives make it easy for...

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Top 10 Phone Scams April-June

Trading Standards Scotland has published a list of the top ten nuisance calls which have been reported by Scottish consumers between April and June 2021. The most problematic calls during the quarter were related to green deal funding, energy grants or...

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Seizure of Counterfeit Goods

Counterfeit goods worth over £3 million seized in south of Glasgow Trading Standards Scotland (TSS), assisted by Police Scotland, the Anti Counterfeiting Group (ACG) and brand representatives, have recovered a large quantity of counterfeit goods from a storage yard in...

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Top 10 Phone Scams Jan-March

Trading Standards Scotland has published a list of the top ten nuisance calls which have been reported by Scottish consumers in the first three months of 2021. The most common types of scam call being blocked by trueCall units were: Misleading telesales - cold calls...

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Avoid a #Scamcation

Trading Standards Scotland warns holidaymakers to be wary of booking scams this summer With international travel restrictions still in place, many Scots will look to book getaways within the UK this summer, following the reopening of tourist accommodation and...

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Launch of Roll-out of Free Call Blocking Devices

Following an increase in the variety of phone scams being reported by Scottish consumers since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, Trading Standards Scotland is launching the roll out of free call blocking devices to vulnerable individuals who are most at risk...

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Top 10 Phone Scams in 2020

To coincide with the launch of the call blocker dissemination programme, Trading Standards Scotland have published a list of the top ten nuisance calls which have been reported by Scottish consumers since the beginning of the first lockdown in March 2020. The most...

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SIMLU Christmas Campaign

Scottish Illegal Money Lending Unit stress the dangers of borrowing from loan sharks over Christmas The Scottish Illegal Money Lending Unit (SIMLU) are warning Scots to avoid borrowing from loan sharks this Christmas as they launch their winter campaign. As more...

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National Consumer Week Scotland

NATIONAL CONSUMER WEEK LAUNCH – SCOTS ENCOURAGED TO SHOP ONLINE SAFELY Scots have been encouraged to shop online safely as National Consumer Week gets underway today. Record numbers of people are expected to shop online in the run-up to Christmas, with Black Friday...

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