Trading standards in PortsmouthLast updated: 10 December 2013 13:05 UK
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Community trading standards
Portsmouth City Council's community trading standards team helps to protect residents from unscrupulous traders and criminals, and aims to build closer links with the police, community wardens, Councillors, businesses and you, the residents of Portsmouth.
Our work includes tackling underage sales, and informing residents about doorstep selling and their rights as shoppers. We also give community talks to schools, groups and clubs across the city. If you'd like us to talk with your community group, email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you'd like to get involved, find out more about our voluntary scheme, The Edge.
Every year 3 million people fall victim to scams, costing the UK a total of £3.5 billion. Scams can have devastating consequences - both financial and psychological - which is why community trading standards officers carry out scam awareness events and deliver talks on scams to all sorts of groups across the city.
Visit Action Fraud for advice on how to identify and avoid scams - they can come in all sorts of forms including letters, emails, scratch cards and text messages and will often promise you the chance to win vast amounts of money, a luxury holiday or a miracle health cure.
We have a dedicated scam 'e-bin' so you can forward any scam emails or report a scam directly to us. The email address is email@example.com. To report a scam please contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.
Report a Loan SharkIf you spot a loan shark or have borrowed money from one you can report them anonymously.
Further informationNo cold calling zones
The Edge - Trading Standards volunteer group
Square Deal - fair trade scheme