- Always use a Gas Safe registered engineer for any gas work
- Check their ID card and qualifications when they come to the door
- Fit an audible carbon monoxide alarm to protect against the dangers of CO
- Any gas safety issues – visit GasSafeRegister.co.uk.
If you’re having gas work done this weekend or any other time, remember to always use a Gas Safe registered engineer to fit or fix your gas appliances – and don’t forget to check their ID card when they come to the door! You can find more information at GasSafeRegister.co.uk.
- leaks and
- carbon monoxide poisoning.
This Gas Safety Week, don’t leave anything to chance. Find out how safe your property is and set an email reminder for your annual gas safety check at StayGasSafe.co.uk.
Carbon Monoxide (or CO) is a deadly gas that can kill quickly and without warning.
The two best steps against CO poisoning are:
- Have your gas appliances checked annually by a Gas Safe registered engineer
- Fit an audible carbon monoxide alarm to alert you if CO is present in your home
For more top tips on how to spot CO poisoning visit GasSafetyWeek.co.uk.
Remember: your landlord still needs to provide you with an annual Landlord’s Gas Safety record, issued by a Gas Safe registered engineer. For further info and tips visit GasSafeRegister.co.uk
Get your gas appliances checked annually
Check your gas engineer is Gas Safe registered
Check your engineer’s ID card when they arrive to do the job.
Further tips can be found at GasSafetyWeek.co.uk
Copycat websites are those which offer services from government departments or local government, but are not the official site and charge an often substantial premium for those services, often with no tangible benefit to the customer. They achieve this by using website tools to achieve high positions in search engines such as Google, often ranking them higher than the official site and making it appear as though they are ‘official’ or ‘authorised’. They also have website addresses designed to confuse with the official site, and often feature a similar look and feel and brand design.
Google does not allow promotion of firms which charge fees for services that are free from an official site, yet the copycat sites persist. They are meant to prominently display that the service they are offering is available free of charge or for a lower fee, but this often displayed in small type at the bottom of the page, or not at all. At least one government agency has taken action with the Advertising Standards Authority against sites which have copied their official logo and branding.
Always be sure that you are using the official website, as copycat sites can occupy many of the top listings on your search engine page and end up costing you unnecessary money.
- Being misled into paying excessive prices for official services which can be purchased on the government department or local government site at the correct price. These services include:
- Birth and death certificates.
- Fishing licences.
- Driving licences.
- Driving tests.
- Congestion Charge.
- European Health Insurance Cards (EHIC).
- Being told that using copycat sites make a particular process or application faster or easier, when in fact you could do it yourself equally quickly and easily.
Searching and Buying Official Services Safely
- Do not automatically opt to use the first website(s) you find in a search engine, even if the address seems authentic and you are in a hurry.
- Instead, take time to look for the official website. You can normally tell that site is official if it ends in ‘.gov.uk’, it has the department, agency or council’s authentic logo and contact details and the prices are cheaper.
- If you do opt to use an unofficial site to purchase official services, make sure that the payment page is secure by checking that the address begins with ‘https://’ (the ‘s’ is short for ‘secure’) and there is a locked padlock in the browser window.
If you think you have been misled into overpaying by using an unofficial site:
- Contact the site to insist on a refund, saying you think you were misled.
- Contact the relevant government department or agency or local government organisation and report the copycat site.
Get Safe Online
Anyone can be scammed. Scammers are intelligent, charming and persuasive – but feeling embarrassed or ashamed about falling for a scam can stop people from reporting them or getting the help they need.
Read Michael’s story to see how it could happen to anyone.
Play your part and share your experience on social media with #scamaware and help stop scams.
“I saw my dream car being advertised on Facebook. I had many conversations with the seller and it all seemed above board. All I needed to do was pay a deposit of £3,850 and when the car was delivered I would pay the balance.
“The next day I waited for my car and it didn’t arrive. I tried calling the seller but he never responded.
“I went to my bank and they said their fraud team would investigate. A few weeks later they got in touch, said they had retrieved my money and would be transferring it back to me.
“I will say that if you see something that seems too good to be true, then it probably is and if I am ever asked to do a bank transfer again I’ll decline as your money is not protected.”
Older people and those who are isolated in their community are often targeted by scammers. If you know or visit someone who might be a target you can support them by keeping an eye out for potential signs of scams.
Someone you know might be being targeted if they:
- have letters piling up – usually from abroad or what looks like junk mail
- have a lot of items delivered, such as health or beauty products or fake jewellery
- are anxious when the phone rings, or get a lot of phone calls
- become secretive when discussing finances or have unexplained expenses to ‘friends’