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Hijacked phone lines, shared ownership housing and hot air balloons

Consumer news with Julian Worricker. Calls abroad made by criminals hijacking phone lines, the shared ownership housing trap, and the high fashion hats coming to the high street.

There's been a sharp increase in the number of phone lines being hijacked by criminals. We reveal what they're doing, how they're doing it and why innocent bill-payers are being left to pick up the tab.

Shared ownership housing schemes are sold as a good way to get onto the property ladder. But a decline in prices has left some homeowners unable to sell or even rent out their homes. We report on the pros and cons of part buying / part renting a property.

Up to 18,000 people are believed to have been left without the balloon trips they paid for following the collapse of one of the UK's biggest hot air ballooning companies.

The Advertising Standards Authority acts over misleading 'miles per gallon' claims by car manufacturers

And as hats designed by one of Britain's most famous milliners head to the high street, are attitudes to hat wearing changing?

Presenter: Julian Worricker
Producer: Jon Douglas.

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56 minutes

Chapters

  • Hijacked Phone Lines

    Duration: 10:16

  • Moirrisons Vs Tesco

    Duration: 03:33

  • High Street Hats

    Duration: 04:39

  • Birmingham's Image

    Duration: 06:37

  • Bag Tax

    Duration: 06:48

  • ASA Car Mileage

    Duration: 03:49

  • Shared Ownership

    Duration: 06:50

  • Balloons Going Bust

    Duration: 04:28

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