Issued By
North Yorkshire
County Council

NORTH YORKSHIRE GARAGES WARNED OF FAX SCAM

GARAGES across North Yorkshire are being warned to be on their guard against a fax scam which could cost them up to £30 just for making a simple telephone call.

A fax, from Crest Corporation, Hertfordshire invites businesses to join a UK vehicle repairerís network with an anticipated 30,000 calls per year nationally.

Callers, eager for the extra business are invited to phone where an operator goes through a lengthy procedure taking business details. What the caller doesnít know is that this is costing them £1.50 per minute on a premium rate line!

North Yorkshire County Council trading standards officers are investigating and would like to hear from any business who has called the fax number. They should contact trading standards on 01609-768606.

Councillor Carl Les, the county council's executive member for trading standards, said: "Quite honestly, with this type of scam its difficult to advise businesses as there is no real way that they can know it is dishonest.

"The fax looks authentic and even includes logos from the Retail Motor Industry Federation and the Vehicle Builders and Repairers Association. Checks have established that these claims are false. Interestingly, the address on the fax is not false but in fact is the address of the Hertfordshire Inland Revenue Offices."

5-6-'03

Contact: Richard Flinton 01609-766421

Executive member: Councillor Carl Les (Con) on 01677-423702 Mob: 07860-639600

Group spokespeople: Councillor Mrs Caroline Seymour (Lib-Dem) 01642-710382, Councillor Steve Shaw-Wright (Lab) 01757-708849