Alex Easton MLA has today warned people to be careful and not to be fooled by money scams and cowboy traders.

Speaking today Alex Easton MLA said:

“As we are coming up to Christmas we need to be careful of fake emails being received from individuals posing online saying people have won money, and all they have to do is send their details and bank details and they will send them the money, these are fake and designed to conn our most vulnerable and elderly, Another fake operation is people calling at your door to offer to fix things in your home, who take the money and don’t come to fix the problem and just disappear.”

“What this highlights is the need for people to be careful when they receive post or emails using the Internet or Facebook especially at this time of year. There are some people out there who will try and take advantage of young vulnerable adults and indeed our elderly population, always check someone’s credentials and use reputable dealers and tradesmen?”

“It is shocking to think that some people can be taken in by these scams, and I would urge people to think carefully about what they are doing. If you don’t know the person and it sounds too good to be true then my advice is to ignore it and delete as it is most likely a scam after your money. I would like to see if the PSNI would look at doing some sort of advertisement campaign over the Christmas period so that these scams fall flat on their faces. My advice to people is if you think there is a scam then report it to the PSNI and don’t hand your money over to strangers or over the internet.”