Issued By
Cumbria County Council

PLUG PULLED ON HOMEWORKING SCAM

Homeworking schemes are largely a waste of money, warn Cumbria Trading Standards Officers. The warning comes after a London based firm placed an advert headed ‘Earn Extra Cash’ in a local paper. Readers were invited to send an s.a.e to receive a free information pack. The information pack then asks for an upfront £25 “lifelong membership fee”.

Phil Ashcroft, Head of Trading Standards, said “When members of the public complained to us, we spoke to the newspaper who agreed to stop the advert immediately. Similar schemes run by this outfit have been criticised by the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry because despite asking for fees up front, the business had no homeworking available even though he had homeworkers already on his books. The claims made on the promotional material were also described as “almost entirely misleading in its statements of what members could expect”.

Jack Richardson, Public Protection Spokesperson for Cumbria County Council said “Homeworking schemes appeal to the most vulnerable in society with the promise of easy money working from home. Desperate people will try desperate measures. The money they offer often appears too good to be true”.

Trading Standards would like to hear from members of the public who have sent off money to a homeworking scheme and are disappointed with the results.
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Notes for Editors:

1. On 18 October 2002, the Secretary of State dismissed an appeal by Ibrahim Shevket (trading as I.S. Enterprises, I.S.Trading, Lovefinder Introduction Agency and I.Shevket) against the refusal of the Office of Fair Trading to renew his consumer credit licence. She said that “the appellant had engaged in business practices that appear to be deceitful or otherwise unfair or improper”.

2. Cumbria Trading Standards can be contacted on the following numbers:
Barrow in Furness 01229 894520
Carlisle 01228 607447
Whitehaven 01946 852880
Kendal 01539 773577

3. For more information on this Press Release, contact Patrick Thomas or Phil Ashcroft on 01539 773594