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Month: November 2022

Fears that increasing debt could tempt more people to turn to loan sharks this Christmas

Trading Standards is again warning people not to be tempted by ‘loan sharks’ this Christmas. And they advise if you do find yourself ensnared to contact the confidential 24-hour Stop … Continue reading

Trading Standards and police join forces to tackle illegal vape sales

Illegal vapes with a street value of approximately £7,400 worth has been seized from a store in Plymouth following an operation by Trading Standards and Devon and Cornwall Police. Heart … Continue reading

Victims of international postal scam to have money returned

The Heart of the South West Trading Standards Service will be returning thousands of pounds to residents from across the region who were defrauded in an international lottery scam. The … Continue reading

Trading Standards repeats its warning about loan sharks to Radio Devon

“They call them loan sharks for a reason – they circle when you’re in trouble,” was the warning from a Heart of the South West Trading Standards manager on BBC … Continue reading

Trading Standards warn of loan sharks as households borrow to meet rising costs

More than a quarter of people are resorting to using credit cards to buy food, and a fifth have borrowed money in order to pay for rising prices, it’s reported. … Continue reading