Issued By
Cumbria County Council

 

DATA PROTECTION ACT SCAM

 

Today, Cumbria Trading Standards are reminding businesses to be wary of letters demanding a payment of £111.63 to comply with the Data Protection Act 1998. To date, Cumbria Trading Standards have already received 46 enquiries from businesses in all parts of Cumbria and these ‘Final Notice’ demands have been sent out by an organisation called the Data Collection Enforcement Agency or more recently by Data Protection Agency Services Ltd.

  Phil Ashcroft Head of Cumbria Trading Standards, commenting on the scam said

“We are warning businesses in Cumbria to be on their guard. These organisations are trying to take advantage of the fact that there have been amendments to the Data Protection legislation and they are hoping that businesses will just pay up on receiving their ’Final Demand’ Notice. We are encouraging businesses to find out if they really do need to need to register. They can do this by contacting the Data Protection Registry direct on 01625 545745, registration will cost £35.”

For more information about this ‘scam’ please contact Pat Thomas, Cumbria Trading Standards on 01539 773591.

 

All press and media calls to Sara Turnbull,  Media Officer, Cumbria County Council on 01228 606332 or via email sara.turnbull@cumbriacc.gov.uk