KCC Scams Update

13 October 2023
Dear Kent Residents

This week we continue to receive investment, rental and holiday scams. Even if you have heard the scam before please warn and inform others, criminals change their tactics to try and catch us out.

For the latest scams alerts as we receive them please add us on Instagram or Facebook.

Kind regards

Victim Safeguarding Officer

Kent resident scammed with holiday package on social media

⛔ Resident saw a holiday group package on social media and booked it online only to be contacted that the group trip had been cancelled and they would receive a refund. They never received the refund or any booking confirmation details.

This is a scam.

For advice and to report contact Citizens Advice on consumer helpline 0808 223 1133 or report to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.

Kent resident targeted by Rental Scam

Having seen the advert on Gumtree to rent a static caravan, they paid the deposit but never received the rental agreement or keys.

The Gumtree Blog gives advice on renting.

Watch our Newscast Renting in UK – Know your rights.

For advice contact Citizens Advice consumer helpline 0808 223 1133. To report contact Action Fraud 0300 123 2040.

Warn friends and family, during the cost of living crisis we can all be vulnerable.

Kent residents targeted by Investment Scams

In separate incidents one resident, after investing in what they thought was a legitimate scheme was told they needed to pay £200 in order for the funds to be released.

Another resident had £100,000 stolen in a Crypto currency scam. Targeted on Facebook, the ‘Crypto Trading Broker’ quickly moved the chat to WhatsApp.

Most crypto-related activities aren’t regulated in the UK. This means that if you invest in crypto, you generally won’t have access to the Financial Ombudsman Service if you want to complain.

Find out how crypto investment scams work, how to avoid them and what to do if you’re scammed.

Visit Financial Conduct Authority 

Lidl GB recalls Red Hen Battered 25 Chicken Dippers because they may contain pieces of hard blue plastic

Product details
Pack size: 450g
Batch code: 306931400
Best before: End of February 2025

Advice to consumers
If you have bought the above product do not eat it. Instead, return it to the store from where it was bought or contact or call 0203 966 5566 for a full refund.

More information

Report scams and get advice from Citizens Advice consumer helpline 
If you have information on doorstep criminals, counterfeit, fake or illegal goods, illicit tobacco, loan sharks or those selling restricted items to underage kids, call the charity Crimestoppers 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111 
To report scams and get advice on consumer issues call Citizen’s Advice consumer helpline on
0808 223 1133.


Trading Standards Checked carries out checks on traders so customers can have peace of mind when choosing a tradesperson to do work in their home.

Please help to keep your family and community safe. If you need work done in your home or garden, visit the website to find a safe local tradesperson.

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