Isle of Wight scams involve email hacking and door-to-door traders

Email hacking and door-to-door traders are among the scams circulating on the Isle of Wight.

Trading Standards says the most recent warnings also include an attic insulation and solar panel scam.

Islanders also reported that their emails were hacked and approached by home traders.

Roof insulation

  • The caller identifies as Tom and was using a Bournemouth number but has now started using 01983 numbers. This is more likely to look legitimate as it is a local number – the caller will offer you a FREE survey to find out if your attic insulation is causing moisture problems.
  • If you agree to the survey, they’ll book someone to come and have a look and they’ll find some issues and then get the job done for you at an inflated price.
  • The Footprint Trust has reported that in most cases fiberglass attic insulation does not cause moisture problems and if it does, it can be easily fixed by removing it from the where it touches the roof, which increases airflow.

Solar panels

  • Islanders also reported receiving letters from businesses regarding issues with solar panels. While they might not be scam companies, there is a good chance that they will find a problem and may cause other problems as you work on your system.
  • If you receive any of these letters and you are not sure whether or not you have a problem, contact a local trusted trader who can advise you.

Home traders

  • Home traders seem to be on the increase, beware of anyone knocking on your door and offering to do work for you, we have had reports of window cleaners coming from the mainland as well as people offering to buy your gold. We do not recommend any type of doorstep selling.

Mail accounts

  • If you receive an email from a friend asking for help, beware. Islanders say their email accounts have been hacked, resulting in crooks sending random emails to all contacts in their address book, invariably asking for money and help.
  • There may be links they ask you to click – DON’T!


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June J. Lopez

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