South Tynesiders warned about scam threat as councillor is targeted

Coun Peter Boyack with Three store manager Mark Welsh, after Coun Boyack was scammed.
Coun Peter Boyack with Three store manager Mark Welsh, after Coun Boyack was scammed.

A councillor has warned South Tynesiders to be on their guard after he was caught out by scammers.

Coun Peter Boyack clicked on a pop-up advert on his phone, and ended up with additional charges on his mobile bill.

I would urge people to be careful about clicking these adverts and to check their mobile phone bills to ensure they haven’t subscribed to a service or product

Coun Peter boyack

It was only when he raised the issue with his mobile phone provider that he realised he had unintentionally subscribed to a prize draw.

Coun Boyack said: “I was sure I’d not ‘bought’ a service or product when I saw three transactions on my bill.

“It was only on querying it, I realised I must have clicked on one of these adverts by mistake and entered into a prize draw.

“Despite this, I didn’t knowingly subscribe to a service and didn’t expect to have extra charges on my bill. I would urge people to be careful about clicking on these adverts and to check their mobile phone bills to ensure they haven’t subscribed to a service or product.”

The issue was eventually resolved by 3Store, in South Shields, which helped Coun Boyack unsubscribe from the draw.

South Tyneside Council’s Trading Standards Team is raising awareness of scams, which range from telephone and postal scams to online scams. One of the most common type of mail scams are fake lottery letters.

Letters are typically sent to unsuspecting people claiming that they have won large amounts of money, despite never entering a lottery or draw, and they are told they have to pay a processing fee to release their prize.

Those who are targeted can report scams to 0300 123 2040, or get advice by calling 03454 04 05 06.