Examiner Crime Reporter Andrew Hirst looks at some of the scams currently doing the rounds in Huddersfield
TRICKSTERS who fooled sports fans into paying to use a firm's car park were just some of the criminals running scams targeting Huddersfield people.
Two more widely different scams have come to light since we reported that fraudsters hoodwinked both rugby league and soccer fans to use the Jewson's car park on St Andrew's Road.
The soccer fans paid £2.50 for the privilege on Tuesday night.
The cheeky thieves then jammed a bollard they had previously removed back in the ground.
This left 49 vehicles stuck in the car park. Firefighters had to cut through a pole and height restriction barrier to free them.
The fraudsters had used the same scam during the Giants game last Friday and altogether made around £200 - but caused damage estimated at £5,000.
Scams now seem to be a part of everyday life.
A Huddersfield businessman said his firm had been targeted by fraudsters who said he had agreed to sponsor books for schools.
He has had several calls from the fraudsters demanding £250 - but said that if he paid by credit card over the phone they would knock £50 off.
The man - who did not want to be named, for fear of reprisals - said: "If I give anything I always insist on the correct paperwork and a charity number.
"When I started to ask for these details the callers became abusive.
"When they rang back I asked for their phone number and address. But they would not give them and when I phoned 1471 the automated message said the caller's number was withheld.
"This is not a scam. It's simple theft.
"If they got hold of credit card details goodness knows how much they would take from accounts - so I would warn other people to beware."
A Huddersfield woman contacted the Examiner to say a man had sold her compost for £60 from the back of a lorry after saying her husband bought compost from him every year.
When her husband came home he said she had been conned as he did not buy compost. Also, the amount the man left was only worth a fiver.
The woman, who asked not to be named, said: "I was very upset and want to warn other people about this con. It has left me feeling very vulnerable."
Other scams continually doing the rounds are dodgy overseas `businessmen' who have got their hands on millions of pounds in dubious circumstances.
They want to put the money in your bank account, but you have to pay an advance fee to cover the cost of sorting certain problems out.
The letters, usually in poor English, are signed by someone who claims to be a doctor, chief or general - and the cash never turns up.
And many people have received letters saying they have won an international lottery, without even forking out for a ticket.
But the fraudsters want you to pay a fee upfront before the money is released. You may pay your fee, but you never see your fortune.
One of the simplest scams is the one where you have to phone premium rate numbers to pick up prizes ranging from a car or large cash sum to a piece of tatty jewellery.
You'll always end up with the tat - which costs far less than the cost of the premium rate call.
In short, offers coming through the post that seem too good to be true are just that.
There is one golden rule in life - always be suspicious.