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Community Safety Message from Trading Standards

Alert message sent 06/09/2019 20:06:00

Information sent on behalf of Leicestershire Police


Dear Members

Hope you all are well. Firstly I would like to correct an article I previously sent out relating to Nitrous Oxide which is also known as Laughing Gas. I mentioned about the silver cartridges that are used in cycle pumps which is incorrect.

The cycle pumps use the same looking cartridges but those are filled with 16g of Co2 air but looks very much the same that is used for the Whipped Cream Nitrous Oxide. So don't get mistaken by this, so apologies for the error.

"Please see below message by Trading Standards"

Thank you
Stay Safe – “If you see something….Say Something and Report it!”

PCSO Ali Haq
Wigston Police Station.

Did you know you can report crime and incidents using our online portal. Please visit https://www.leics.police.uk/ Click on “REPORT”.
In an emergency dial 999

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Leicestershire County Councils Trading Standards Service are warning of cold calls claiming to be from the NHS.

The following was reported to The National Trading Standards Scams Team and is shared with their permission:

A lady advising that she was from an NHS approved company phoned Mr X and advised him that they were carrying out a survey on elderly care and requirements. Mr X, who is currently undergoing treatment for prostate cancer, was awaiting an appointment and assumed that the call was regarding this. He continued to discuss his issues and medication and the lady suggested that it might be more pertinent to have a face to face meeting, to which Mr X agreed.
A man arrived at the allotted time and proceeded to take notes of Mr X’s medication – who showed his prescriptions and as a result revealed his date of birth. Mr X was then asked how his illness effects his sleep as prostate issues can often cause sleep disruption. After Mr X shared his struggles regarding this, he was advised that he was authorised to purchase a new NHS mattress at the reduced cost of £14,000, instead of the usual £18,000. The gentleman said that he unfortunately didn’t have this type of money. The visitor then left.
Mr X’s daughter then phoned Mr X’s GP who advised her that nobody from the NHS had been in contact with Mr X, and that the caller was actually a cold caller attempting to scam Mr X out of his money.

Never assume everyone is genuine, always ask a friend or neighbour for a second opinion. Never be rushed into making hasty decisions, genuine companies will never rush you.

Further information on the National Trading Standards Scams Team and Scam Marshal scheme can be found at: https://www.friendsagainstscams.org.uk/scammarshals
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Message sent by
Ali Haq (Leicestershire Police,PCSO,South Leicester)

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