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Saturday, June 30, 2012
Norfolk Trading Standards is warning consumers of car, DVLA and ticket buying scams targeting Norwich.
A scam email is circulating claiming to be from the DVLA (Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency) stating that the DVLA is updating its database.
It asks drivers to verify their details through an online link and claims that anyone who does not complete the form will lose their driving licence and have to take a new test.
Trading Standards advises people to delete the email immediately.
Scammers are also targeting people who are advertising their cars for sale.
Norfolk sellers have been contacted by a business offering to buy their cars.
They arranged to come and view the vehicles and asked the sellers to pay £50 in Ukash vouchers to ensure that they did not have a wasted journey.
After paying the money the sellers heard nothing more and could not contact the business.
Norfolk Trading Standards is also warning people in the run up to summer concerts, festivals and the Olympic Games to be vigilant when booking tickets online.
There are many opportunities for scammers to target consumers when buying their tickets online.
Fake ticket websites claim to sell event tickets that are never delivered, leaving fans without tickets and their money.
For more advice on avoiding scams visit the Norfolk Trading Standards website at www.norfolk.gov.uk or contact the Citizens Advice consumer helpline on 08454 04 05 06.