BUSINESSES need to be extra-careful about people who phone them up out of the blue trying to persuade them to advertise.
We had a complaint from a Huddersfield pub recently about someone who rang up trying to get them to advertise in a crime prevention magazine for schoolchildren.
The man on the phone had a Liverpudlian accent and reckoned the pub had advertised in the magazine before and wanted £75 up front this time.
The landlord became suspicious and asked for a phone number to ring the man back.
When the landlord stressed he had not advertised before and was not going to advertise this time the caller became abusive and put the phone down.
When the landlord phoned the number back the number was unrecognised.
We believe this was some sort of scam and would urge businesses not to agree to any advertising – and certainly not pay anything up front unless they have a full address, phone number and even a website address for the company so they can check up on them.
Also, always ask for a proof of the advert first and make sure you are happy the publication actually exists and goes to the people the seller says it does.
Never agree to buy anything over the phone from anonymous people.
A grey four-wheeled drive pickup has been stolen from Hepworth.
The Mitsubishi L200 – similar to the one pictured – has the number YH05 XHE.
It is the latest in a spate of thefts of four-wheel drive vehicles across Huddersfield, mainly in rural areas.
It’s always worth looking to upgrade your vehicle’s security or making sure it is parked out of sight.