Scam Awareness

Hampshire County Council Trading Standards Service would like to alert residents to reports of suspicious unsolicited telephone calls from individuals claiming to be from Hampshire County Council.

I’m certainly no financial adviser, but my policing bones would suggest that we are in for a period of financial scams! From April 2015 the rules surrounding pension funds changed and there are now more choices than ever before about how you can access your pension pot. Fraudsters are likely to take advantage of these new rules by trying to persuade people to cash in their pension - either the whole lot or a large sum - and hand the money over to them ‘to invest’.


We have just been notified that a member of the public received a phone call from a withheld number claiming to be Theatre Royal Winchester, in a crude attempt to obtain card payment information.

Current spam email campaigns are trying to infiltrate or infect email accounts by pretending to come from either Adobe or LinkedIn Support. The emails from LinkedIn claim ‘irregular activities have prompted a compulsory security update’. With the Adobe emails attempt to direct the user to the latest updates