Aberdeen scam warnings

The Trading Standards service wants to help tackle the emerging problem of e-crime scams that use false Aberdeen addresses or associations which financially harm consumers and damage the reputation of our city as a place to do business.

Aberdeen has a diverse selection of business and industrial areas. Sometimes scammers take advantage of these locations and addresses to try and hide their true identity or to misleadingly associate themselves with reputable local businesses.

Known scams

The following concerns have come to our attention. Do not engage with anyone claiming to represent these organisations. 

Saltire Paving & Landscaping
Name of website / username: saltirepavingandlandscaping.co.uk
Scam type: Doorstep trader offering roofing, driveway and landscaping work
Method of operation: Cold calling and flyers
Known identities and markers: Saltire Paving & Landscaping
False Aberdeen links: International Avenue, Aberdeen AB21 0BH
Trading Standards Note: They do not have permission to use this address. Variations of  the address have been used, e.g. International Arena and AB6 0BH.
Date added: 08/03/2021

 

Dev Sale Trading Group

Name of website/ user name

Dev Sale Trading Group
Scam type Use of false Aberdeen address
Method of operation

Took payment for cars on ebay etc but none provided

Known identities and markers Dev Sale Trading Group
False Aberdeen links Minto Place, Altens Industrial Estate, Aberdeen, AB12 3SN
Trading Standards note Property known to be vacant for some time
Date added 25/02/2020

 

Utility Bills Solution

Name of website/ user name

Utility Bills Solution
Scam type Fraudulent offer of discounts on utility bills
Method of operation

Make contact by phone then send a follow-up email with
further details

Known identities and markers Utility Bills Solution and Utility Billing Department
False Aberdeen links 45A Abbotsford Lane, Aberdeen AB10 1AB
Trading Standards note The numbers on Abbotsford Lane do not go up to 45. There is no known business in Aberdeen with these names.
Date added  

Heritage Paving Ltd

Name of website/ user name

www.heritagepavingltd.co.uk
Scam type Doorstep trader offering building work.
Method of operation

 Leaflet dropping.

Known identities and markers Heritage Paving Ltd
False Aberdeen links Riverside House, Riverside Drive, Aberdeen, AB11 7LH
 
Trading Standards note They do not have permission to use either address.
Date added 02/12/2019

Affordable Drives and Patios Ltd

Name of website/ user name

Affordable Drives and Patios Ltd
Scam type Doorstep trader offering building work.
Method of operation

Door knocking and leaflet dropping.

Known identities and markers Affordable Drives and Patios Ltd
False Aberdeen links Riverside House, Riverside Drive, Aberdeen, AB11 7LH
Bridge House, Riverside Drive, Aberdeen, AB11 7LH
Trading Standards note They do not have permission to use either address.
Date added 27/03/2019

Asset Aberdeen Ltd

Name of website/ user name

Online auction sites - eBay
Scam type Fraudulent sales of vehicles via online classified advertisements on eBay.
Method of operation

Take up-front payments using secure payment sites for fictitious vehicles using online classified advertisements.

Vehicles are not delivered and seller cannot be contacted.
Known identities and markers Asset Aberdeen Ltd
False Aberdeen links Crombie Road, Torry, Aberdeen
Trading Standards note There is no known business in Aberdeen with these details.
Date added 06/09/2018

centraldrivesandpatiosltd.co.uk

Name of website / username: centraldrives@patiosltd.co.uk
Scam type: Doorstep trader offering driveway and paving work.
Method of operation: Cold calling and delivery of flyers.
Known identities and markers:

Central Drives & Patios Ltd

Central Drives and Patios Limited

False Aberdeen links Donmouth Road, Bridge of Don, Aberdeen AB23 8DX
Trading Standards Note: They do not have permission to use the address.
Date added: 12/07/2019

EaseWigs

Name of website/ user name

www.easewigs.co.uk
Scam type Use of false Aberdeen address
Method of operation Take up-front payment for wigs and hair products advertised on website. Goods are either not delivered, do not match the description, or are not of satisfactory quality. Refunds are not honoured.
Known identities and markers Ease Wigs, Viv Wigs, easewigs.co.uk, vivwigs.co.uk, vivwig.co.uk, vivhair.co
False Aberdeen links Sweeps Building, Ashgrove Road West, Aberdeen
Trading Standards note There is no such address in Aberdeen. There is no known business in Aberdeen with these details.
Date added 06/09/2018

www.edinburghpetroleum.com

Name of website/ user name

www.edinburghpetroleum.com
Scam type Fraudulent employment offers
Method of operation

Offer employment opportunities in the oil and gas industry and seek visa processing fees for jobs that do not exist. 

Known identities and markers edinburghpetroleum.com
False Aberdeen links Souterhead Road, Altens Industrial Estate, Aberdeen AB12 3LF
Trading Standards note There is no business in Aberdeen with these details.
Date added 24/09/2018

Health Lottery UK

Name of website/ user name

Health Lottery UK
Scam type Lottery scam
Method of operation

Send letters to people telling them they have won the Health Lottery.

Known identities and markers Health Lottery UK
False Aberdeen links Union Street, Aberdeen
Trading Standards note Address is vacant
Date added 12/10/2018
NorthPak Consignments Group  
Name of website/ user name Northpak-consignments-group.business.site/#gallery
Scam type Use of false Aberdeen address
Method of operation Offers method of payment for cars on ebay/gumtree etc but none provided
Known identities and markers NorthPak Consignments Group
False Aberdeen links Hareness Park
Trading Standards note Property known to be vacant
Date added 27/02/2019

People's Postcode Lottery

Name of website / username: Coral & Reed Plc
Scam type: Fake lottery win letter. 
Method of operation: Letter being sent to residents in the Croydon area alleging that the recipient has won £375,000. Asks recipient to call Dr Benjamin Joseph, Foreign Service Manager to facilitate the processing of the prize.
This ‘processing’ will involve harvesting personal information and the probable payment of fees or taxes before the non-existent winnings can be provided.
Known identities and markers:

People’s Postcode Lottery
Coral & Reed Plc
Coral & Reed Financial Services Plc

False Aberdeen links Coral Court House, Shielhill Drive, Aberdeen, AB23 8EB
Trading Standards Note: There is no such Plc registered in the UK.
They do not have permission to use that address.
The real People’s Postcode Lottery is organised by Postcode Lottery Ltd are based in Edinburgh. You can check on any win by calling them on 0808 109 8765.
Date added: 15/07/2019

UKdoodles.co.uk

Name of website/ user name

ukdoodles.co.uk
Scam type Puppy sales scam
Method of operation

Offer puppies for sale, taking payment by bank transfer with promise of delivery by train. Further payments for delivery and medical costs are then sought but puppies never delivered.

Known identities and markers

www.ukdoodles.co.uk Evelyne Hayiratho

False Aberdeen links

No specific address provided other than Aberdeen

Trading Standards note

There is no known business in Aberdeen with these details

Date added 13/08/2020

Victims of fraud

If you believe you have become the victim of fraud and you live in Scotland, please report the matter to Police Scotland on 101.

If you live elsewhere in the UK please report to Action Fraud, the UK’s national fraud and internet crime reporting centre.

See the Trading Standards page for details of who you can get in touch with for consumer and business advice.

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