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Warnings over potential phone scam

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: March 28, 2014

03/05/13 Election count - Burton
Staffordshire county council election count at Burton Town Hall - Ron Clarke - Burton Town

03/05/13 Election count - Burton Staffordshire county council election count at Burton Town Hall - Ron Clarke - Burton Town

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FEARS have been raised over a potential phone scam which could be running in the Burton area.

Cold callers from a company called PC Tech Support promise that for a one-off payment, they can improve broadband speeds immeasurably for the next nine years, at a cost of just £200.

But a cynical councillor, who received one of these calls, said he thought the offer was too good to be true, and after a little research he reported the company to Staffordshire Trading Standards.

Councillor Ron Clarke, who is the Staffordshire County Council broadband champion for Burton, told the Mail: “The chap asked me about my broadband, and when I said it wasn’t too clever, he said he could do something about it.

“He put me on to what he called a ‘genius’, who tole me about all the improvements which were available, and said if I signed up it would give me nine years of guaranteed broadband for a one-off payment of £199.”

Councillor Clarke, who suffers with poor broadband speeds at his home in Rolleston, is among those involved in the rollout of superfast broadband around the county, which is being managed and funded by BT and the county council.

“With this rollout taking place, how can they give a nine-year guarantee for this? I could have been taken in quite easily,” .

The councillor added that he was concerned people without his level of knowledge would be tempted to sign up to a scheme which he sees as a scam.

A spokesman for Staffordshire County Council said the company was not under investigation, but that scams like this were not uncommon.

Councillor Gill Heath, urged people to be on their guard.

“Some cold callers can be very convincing, so as ever, buyers should be aware and quite often if the deal seems to good to be true it probably is. People can report any scams to the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 0845 4040506 or Trading Standards.”

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