SEP 00] COVENTRY CITY COUNCIL NEWS
Don't Be Conned By Get Rich Quick Schemes
ads are to go up at newsagents all over Coventry warning people to
beware of get-rich-quick home-working schemes.
city-wide clampdown has been launched on the adverts, which
frequently appear on posters, lampposts and traffic lights.
THE NEW CARD
WARNING PEOPLE NOT TO FALL FOR THE LUCRATIVE HOME-WORKING ADS
offer people the chance to earn thousands of pounds while working
in their spare time or from home.
often the promises are bogus, and the only people who make money
are those who advertise the scams, not those who apply for the
standards officers in Coventry have today launched a campaign to
alert people to the dangers of being taken in by the advert.
have chosen the Annual General Meeting of the National Group on
Home Working, which is being held in Coventry, to launch the
post offices, supermarkets and DIY stores will be asked to display
the council’s home-working card, in the hope that the ad will
catch people’s eyes and warn them.
addition, trading standards officers, street inspectors, police
patrol officers, traffic wardens and street cleaning workers are
being told to remove any of the adverts that they say.
John McNicholas, cabinet member (Environmental Services) said;
get-rich quick home-working scams can and do attract vulnerable
people who may wish to work from home because they have a young
family or personal commitments and cannot work traditional
advice to people interested in home-working is simple – never
send any money up-front to any organisation and get a copy of
our free advice leaflet first.
Dave Batten, cabinet member (Development and Renewal), who was
today addressing the meeting in the Central Methodist Hall in
Warwick Lane, added:
are only one of a handful of local councils who employ a
home-working officer and we do this because we place a lot of
importance on this issue.
are many genuine income-earning opportunities. But there are
also confidence trickster companies and it’s these we want to
get to the bottom of.
can offer one-to-one advice and support and try and improve
working conditions for many people who feel cut off from the
rest of the workforce.”
who want advice should call trading standards on (024) 7683 1833.