Warning after elderly Welwyn Garden City man is victim of vitamins phone scam
PUBLISHED: 17:03 29 March 2016 | UPDATED: 17:03 29 March 2016
Hertfordshire residents are warned to be careful after an elderly man was conned into paying £650 for vitamins.
The warning was issued by Hertfordshire County Council’s trading standards after receiving complaints about unsolicited phone calls selling vitamins at extortionate prices.
A 94-year-old man from Welwyn Garden City was sold multivitamins and Omega 3 capsules for which he paid £650.
The Omega 3 capsules were sold to him for a staggering £41 each when they normally cost less than £5.
According to some people who have complained on behalf of elderly parents or friends, the caller claims that the consumer’s details have been provided by their doctor and proceeds to ask about health issues.
The consumer is asked all about their own health and current medications. They are then advised to purchase specific health supplements such as pomegranate or rosehip products.
At that point the caller seeks the consumer’s bank card details in order that they ‘register’ with the company. A price may not be discussed. These companies then call victims every month to sell yet more products.
Police are asking for the public’s help to identify any victims of this scam. They urge people to look out for vitamins around the house which seem to have been sold in bulk amounts.
They also advise residents to look at bank statements, keep an eye out for regular monthly payments to unusual sounding companies, ask where the products came from. If it is as a result of a cold call, it is likely to be a scam.
Anyone who has been contacted in this way, or who knows someone who has, should report it to the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 0345 404 0506. Those reports will then be handed to trading standards to investigate.