Financial scams and frauds came under the spotlight at a special meeting of Cleckheaton and District Rotary Club.
Rebecca Finch, of West Yorkshire Trading Standards, explained some of the common – and more unusual – scams where unsuspecting people are conned out of money.
The talk included the dangers of unsolicited emails, postal communications and door to door salesmen or traders.
Members were advised to be wary of emails apparently from well known bodies such as BT or Pay Pal that threaten closing down an account if certain information is not confirmed “urgently”.
The objective of many of these scams is to hurry the recipient into revealing bank details or credit card information that can then be used fraudulently.
Trading Standards’ advice is to delete them and contact the organisations separately to check if they are genuine.
Members also learned that an increasingly common scam is an email apparently from a person known to the recipient, saying they are stranded in a foreign country having lost their wallet and credit cards and need money sending to them urgently.
Trading Standards can give talks to groups on a variety of subjects – such as scams and frauds, banking and budgeting, consumer rights and best deals – as part of its £inancial £itness initiative.
For more information visit www.wyjs.org.uk.
Rebecca is pictured with Rotarians Bill Stevenson, Paul Merrick and Anne Deadman from Inner Wheel.