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Public warned to be on guard against fake Toby Carvery scam


By Gavin Musgrove

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A warning has been issued over a scam that is circulating on social media pretending to be from pub restaurant chain Toby Carvery.

It involves a fake brand page offering free items, vouchers or food as a ‘gesture of goodwill’ in the run up to Christmas.

The chain said: “Unfortunately there has been an upsurge in fake Facebook pages being created with the core aim of collecting contact and payment details from people.”

Similar scams have been reported involving Wagamama and Primark.

Advice Direct Scotland, which runs the nation's national consumer advice service consumeradvice.scot, has urged the public to be cautious.

Marjorie Gibson, head of operations with Advice Direct Scotland, said:

“As a general rule if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is - and it’s always worth exercising extra caution just to be sure.

“This particular scam is an attempt to collect contact and payment details from people.

“Always be wary of anyone asking for personal information – like your bank details, passwords or PIN numbers - as legitimate companies would never ask for this type of information.

“But scammers are very persuasive and convincing, so anyone in Scotland who is concerned should contact our advisers for free, impartial and practical advice.”

Anyone who has been a victim of a scam or is concerned about suspicious activity can contact consumeradvice.scot advisers for free advice on 0808 164 6000 (Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm) or visit www.consumeradvice.scot.

Staying safe online tips:

The organisation has reminded consumers to be careful of anyone:

Asking you to make upfront payments, especially if it’s to release funds for a loan or prize money.

You’ve never heard of or had dealings with in the past. For example, you’ve won a competition you don’t remember entering or you owe money to a company you haven’t heard of.

Asking for personal information – like your bank details, passwords or PIN numbers, legitimate companies would never ask for this type of information.




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