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Scams Awareness Month lifts the lid on the latest scams

Do you know your vishing, from your phishing and smishing? The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau has reported a seven per cent increase in the number of fraud offences recorded in … Continue reading

Devon loan shark told: pay back £315,000 or face more time behind bars

A loan shark, who ran an illegal money lending business for nine years, has been ordered to pay back £315,000 in proceeds of crime. Paul Stretch, aged 58, of Twickenham … Continue reading

Appeal for information about loan sharks

The England Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT) are appealing for information about loan sharks in Devon. The Team work in partnership with Devon, Somerset and Torbay Trading Standards and Devon … Continue reading

No ID? No sale! Businesses urged to sign up for free online training

Traders selling age-restricted goods in Devon, Somerset and Torbay are urged not to put their livelihoods at risk and use a free online training tool to help them stay on … Continue reading

Devon farmer found guilty of animal welfare offences

A Devon farmer found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal has been given a suspended prison sentence and ordered to pay £6,307. At Exeter Magistrates Court on Wednesday … Continue reading

Changes to our business advice charges

From 1 April 2018 we will be charging for all tailored business advice*. This will be charged at £80 per hour (plus VAT). We are introducing these charges to maintain … Continue reading

Laundered cash used to compensate rogue trader victims

A convicted rogue builder has been ordered to pay back £90,000 of his illegal earnings. John Carroll, 26, of Cricklade, who is serving 38 months in prison for fraud, had … Continue reading

Bridgwater businessman fined after alcohol was sold to a 17-year-old

The owner of an off-licence has been ordered to pay almost £4,000 after alcohol was sold to an underage customer from his premises. Abdullah Ulgut, 47, the proprietor of Value … Continue reading

On-line trader sentenced for selling dangerous skin lighteners

An online trader who made thousands from selling banned cosmetics and cures which she falsely claimed could cure serious illnesses, has been given a nine-month suspended prison sentence. Merarie Day, … Continue reading

Energy efficiency grant scam warning

Trading Standards is again warning Devon residents to check the credentials of companies selling energy efficiency products following an increase in consumer complaints. A recent example is a company who … Continue reading


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