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Hello resident,
                       below are some current scams.  Information supplied by Halton Trading standards.
Free Gift Text Messages
Consumers in Halton have been receiving text messages stating they have won a £500 gift from Argos. Halton Trading Standards believes this is a scam. Messages like this, stating you have won gifts or competitions you have not entered, should always be viewed with a large dose of scepticism.
PayPal Scam
Halton Trading Standards wants to make consumers aware of a potential scam when using PayPal. It has come to our attention that some traders are asking consumers to use the PayPal ‘friends and family’ option when paying for products instead of the normal ‘goods and services’ pay option. The ‘friends and family’ option should not be used for consumer transactions and if traders ask you to pay via this option you should refuse. This is because it reduces the protections you have as a consumer.
The ‘friends and family’ payment method should only be used to transfer money between friends and family.
Thank you for reading
Many thanks
Paul Mines
PCSO 7526

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Paul Mines (Police, Community Support Officer, Widnes PCSO)

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