In this last run-up to Christmas, just a quick message to everyone, DON'T DEAL WITH COLD CALLERS!
That way you’ll all stay safe. If you get a call from someone claiming to be your bank or the police and they ask you to transfer money to another account, HANG UP. Its not your bank or police calling you, its a scammer. Now,a message from Action Fraud says “Keep an eye out for FAKE DPD emails and texts”. Friends Against Scams say that reports have emerged of a COVID-19 vaccination scam circulating across the country. The scam purports to offer you a chance to get the vaccination ahead of the queue.
Action Fraud is also warning the public to make sure they’re not “ barking up the wrong tree” this Christmas, as animal lovers have lost almost £2 million to fake pet adverts since March. The Dogs Trust calls this ‘dogfishing.’ Remember, always see puppy and mum together at their home and make sure to visit more than once, even if it is via video call due to coronavirus restrictions. Never pay a deposit up front without seeing the puppy in person. Ask lots of questions and make sure you see all vital paperwork, such as a puppy contract – which gives lots of information about their parents, breed, health, diet, the puppy’s experiences and more. If you have any doubts or feel pressured to buy, as hard as it may be, walk away and report the seller to Trading Standards. For more information and advice about how to avoid being misled when buying a puppy advertised online, search ‘Dogfished’ or visit www.dogstrust.org.uk/dogfished.
Finally we at Citizens Advice Sefton would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, stay safe and well and hopefully, next year will see things improve for us all. Lastly, a note about the availability of our services until New Year’s Day has passed.
Citizens Advice Adviceline-0808 278 7841 (freephone) closes on 24th December at 1.00pm,and is next available on 29th and 30th from 9.00am to 5.00pm and 31st from 9.00am to 1.00pm, and then is closed 1st -3rd January. Sefton debt adviceline 0151 318 6407 and Debt Whats App 07984 127134 are closed 24th December-3rd January, so call the National line above.
Help to Claim (Universal Credit) 0800 1448444 is closed 24, 25 and 28 December, open 29, 30 and 31 8.00am-6.00pm and then closed 1- 3 January.