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Solihull

Today we have been visiting elderly victims of scams to offer our help and support. From postal scams to cold calls offering ‘investment’ opportunities, vulnerable people can become persistently besieged in their own homes by conmen.

If you have concerns that a family member or friend has become a victim of a scam, or indeed feel that you yourself have been targeted please call us via Citizens Advice on 03454 04 05 06

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Our little friends keep on sniffing out the goods!

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Thousands of pounds worth of illegal goods were seized this week in Buckinghamshire as Trading Standards and HM Revenue and Customs joined forces to disrupt the supply of illegal tobacco and alcohol.

Sniffer dogs Scamp and Phoebe helped locate the illegal stash.

If you have any information regarding the sale of illegal tobacco or alcohol in Solihull please contact us via Citizens Advice on 03454 04 05 06.

Ways to spot fake vodka

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The Food Standards Agency is warning about counterfeit Glen’s Vodka on sale in the UK. Have a look at the article for telltale signs to identify the fakes:

http://www.cityam.com/209724/counterfeit-glens-vodka-being-sold-london-midlands-and-scotland-here-are-two-ways-spot-fakes

We are out and about around the borough today

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Solihull Trading Standards are out on a joint patrol with West Midlands Police today making sure traders are trading fairly.

If you have suspicions about trader activity in Solihull please contact us via Citizens Advice on 03454 04 05 06

Incident in Birmingham shows need for vigilance against doorstep crime

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A 92 year old woman in Northfield, Birmingham, was pushed to the ground and robbed of her handbag on Saturday 21st February by a man who had knocked at her door offering to do her guttering.

The lady agreed for her guttering to be cleared for £45 and left to go to church. When she returned, at around 6pm, the workman was waiting and followed her into the house, asking for his money. The lady went to get the money but the man pushed her over and grabbed her bag before running off when she started to scream out for help.

These crimes are common and residents are advised to be wary when answering the door to anyone you don’t know.

Beware of rogue puppy sellers…

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Cumbria Trading Standards has issued a warning to its residents to stear clear of unscrupulous puppy dealers.

Animals are often treated poorly and can expect to only live short lives. Read the below article to help stamp out these cruel conmen.

https://www.cumbriacommunitymessaging.co.uk/da/103002/Rogue_Traders_-_Puppy_Sellers.html

How not to become a victim of tax fraud

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Con men are always thinking up new ways of getting us to part with our money. From fraudulent tax phishing emails, appearing to come from HMRC, to lookalike false governmental websites, attempted tax fraud is a common ruse of scammers.

Stay clear of these scams with the help of the links contained here:

http://www.tradingstandardsecrime.org.uk/dealing-with-hmrc-phishing-and-tax-scams/

 

Cigarettes and alcohol sold to underage volunteers in Solihull

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Solihull Trading Standards and West Midlands Police carried out a test purchase exercise around the borough last night involving volunteers under the age of 18.

Both volunteers managed to buy cigarettes or alcohol without being asked for ID to prove their age.

The penalties for selling age restricted products can be severe. If you suspect that age restricted items are being sold to minors in Solihull please contact us via Citizens Advice on 03454 04 05 06.

New online training course for businesses on underage sales

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The penalties for selling age-restricted goods (such as alcohol or tobacco) to minors can be severe.These could involve a fine as high as £20,000 or even a prison sentence. It is absolutely vital that shop owners and their staff are fully aware of the best practice to stop such products being sold to children.

The Trading Standards Institute (TSI), the not-for-profit membership organisation representing trading standards professionals in the UK, has announced a new online course for businesses which presents an opportunity to train or refresh their staff while helping to reduce the far-reaching detriment caused by underage drinking, smoking and other age restricted products. See the article here:

http://www.tradingstandards.gov.uk/extra/news-item.cfm/newsid/1708

Please call Solihull Trading Standards via Citizens Advice on 03454 04 05 06 if you are a business who requires assistance with your procedures or if you are aware of a Solihull trader selling age restricted products to minors.