Our Council's Trading Standards Services have been made aware that a Charity/Emergency Service magazine scam is currently targeting businesses in the area.

This scam works when a business receives a letter or phone call asking them to place an advert in a magazine. Businesses are led to believe that they are being contacted by Trading Standards, the Emergency Services or by a well-known charity. Businesses are then receiving invoices for art work, with aggressive demands for payment

Please beware the phone number that may contact you may appear to be a local phone number.

New businesses may be targeted as they may be unaware of this practice and be more likely to be harmed by this scam. If you think you have been targeted recently, in particular if the claimed to come from Trusted Trader , Dumfries and Galloway Council or Trading Standards, please let us know by sending the details to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.