Scams are created to trick you into handing over money or personal details. They can be targeted at businesses or individuals.

If you are a victim of a scam, report it to Action Fraud and contact the police on 101.

If a rogue trader or doorstep criminal is on your property now or you feel threatened or unsafe, call the police on 999 straight away.

Police Scotland

If you think a rogue trader or doorstep criminal is in your area, call:

Trading Standards

or

Police Scotland

Citizens Advice has information about common consumer scams to look out for.

Business Companion has advice on how to spot and avoid scams targeting businesses.

New Fire and Smoke Alarm Standard: Avoid Scams

Every home in Scotland must meet the Scottish Government's new standard for interlinked fire and smoke alarms by February 2022.

Scammers and rogue traders may try to take advantage of those who are unsure about how to comply with the new legislation or who are worried about meeting the installation deadline.

What might scammers say?

Cold callers may tell you that you are eligible for financial support to install new fire alarms or that they are offering special deals. If you get a cold call about the new fire alarms legislation, do not provide any details or agree to purchase any products. 

You may get a leaflet through the door from a company selling fire alarms that implies they have been endorsed by the Scottish Government.  Neither the Scottish Government nor Scottish Ministers have endorsed any particular suppliers, products or services.

Where can I find trusted information?

The best way to avoid scams is to use trusted sources of information.

Don’t deal with cold callers and be wary of any company that says their products or services have been endorsed by the Scottish Government.

Scottish Government

Detailed information about the new legislation, what you need to do and what to look for when choosing an alarm

Scottish Fire & Rescue Service

Information about choosing and installing alarms and how to book a free Home Fire Safety visit

Care & Repair Scotland

Information about financial support available to eligible older and disabled homeowners

Trusted Traders

Find installers who have been vetted and approved by local Trading Standards officers

Report all scams to Advice Direct Scotland: