Aggressive cold calling scam targets vulnerable

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TRADING Standards have put out an urgent warning about a rogue trader.

Vulnerable people across Hampshire have been receiving cold calls from a man who has made a number of threats.

Their identity is unknown but they have been telling residents they subscribed to a telephone monitoring service and had run up bills of between £3,500 and £6,000.

They claim the person has defaulted on the payment.

They are then asked for immediate payment over the phone by card. When they question this they have been told that unless they pay up they will be arrested within hours by the Metropolitan Police and transported to the Queens Court in London.

Trading Standards’ advice to anyone who receives the calls is to hang up and register with anonymous call barring from their telephone provider or to consider changing their telephone number and keeping their number ex directory.

Contact Hampshire County Council’s Quick Response Team on 01962 833666 during office hours or the Hampshire Constabulary on 0845 045 4545.