Helpful Links and Advice

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This is a genuine hoax warning placed on the official DVLA website and has been drawn to my attention by a member of the Branch. The email threatens you with the revocation of your Driving  Licence if you fail  to comply.
 
“Scam email warning for DVLA customers”

“We’re aware that some members of the public have received emails claiming to be from DVLA which link to a website mocked up to look like a DVLA online service.

The website asks for your driving licence number and payment information, threatening that you’ll lose your driving licence if you don’t verify your details.

We don’t send emails with links to websites asking you to confirm your driving licence number or payment information. We strongly advise anyone who receives one of these or any similar email not to open the link and delete the email.”

This is the website address for you to check:-

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/scam-email-warning-for-dvla-customers

Important message from Crime Stoppers

While driving on a rural end of the roadway on Thursday morning, I saw an infant car seat on the side of the road with a blanket draped over it. I did not stop but when I got to my destination, I called the Police and this is what they advised even before they went out there to check....


There are several things to be aware of; gangs and thieves are now plotting different ways to get a person to stop their vehicle and get out of the car.  A car seat is placed by the road with a fake baby in it waiting for a woman (or man) to stop and check on the abandoned baby. Note that the location of this car seat is usually beside a wooded or grassy field area where the woman can be dragged into the woods and assaulted. A man will be beaten and robbed.
Do not stop but dial 999 or 112 with a mobile and report the situation.

Also, if you are driving at night and eggs are thrown at your car,
do not stop and do not operate the washers and wipers – the windscreen will smear, your vision will be blocked drastically and if you then have to stop you may become a victim of any lurking criminal gangs.

 

This idea has been forwarded from West Mercia Police and is a very sensible way to make use of your now defunct VEL disc holder.

Tax disc holder reuse idea 'could save lives'

The emergency contact disc, containing medical information can be stored in the holder and retrieved by blue-light personnel in the event of an accident.

An alternative use for tax disc holders devised by an officer could potentially save the lives of those involved in car accidents.

As from the start of this month, motorists are no longer required to display a tax disc on their windscreens.

Using the obsolete pouch to display medical requirements and next of kin details, police forces can then quickly access information that could save vital moments at the scene of an accident.

The Emergency Contact Disc is folded into three sections, obscuring the information from the outside eye and the template of which can be downloaded from the West Mercia Police website.

 http://www.westmercia.police.uk/assets/_files/documents/oct_14/wmp__1414057345_Branded_Emergency_Contact_Disc.pdf

PC Dave Wise, who came up with the innovative use for the defunct holder, said: "The information within the disc could be vital to save lives or quickly locate a casualty's next of kin, something that can be time consuming at the scene of a serious incident"

“All information is optional and the blank discs can be used to add customised information, or attach a passport photo to help link the information to the right person.

"If there is more than one regular driver or even regular passengers, consider printing multiple discs and add a photo or description of each person. The Emergency Contact Disc can be used alongside existing medical alert products like bracelets and necklaces.”

 

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Some info that any who travel should know.
 
You arrive at your hotel and check in at the front desk. Typically when checking in, you give the front desk your credit card (for any charges to your room).

You go to your room and settle in. All is good.  The hotel receives a call and the caller asks for (as an example) room 620 – which happens to be your room.

The phone rings in your room. You answer and the person on the other end says the following:
'This is the front desk. When checking in, we 
came across a problem with your charge card information. Please re-read me your credit card number and verify the last 3 digits numbers at the reverse side of your charge card.'

Not thinking anything wrong, since the call seems to come from the front desk you oblige.  But actually, it is a scam by someone calling from outside the hotel. They have asked for a random room number, then ask you for your credit card and address information. They sound so professional, that you think you are talking to the front desk.

If you ever encounter this scenario on your travels, tell the caller that you will be down to the front desk to clear up any problems. Then go to the front desk, or call directly, and ask if there was a problem. If there was none, inform the manager of the hotel that someone tried to scam you of your credit card information, acting like a front desk employee.

This was sent by someone who has been duped........and is still
cleaning up the mess.

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 Apparently many people are paying uneccessary charges when it comes to renewing their passports or car tax via the Internet.

Any payment to the Government should be made via a web site which begins www.gov.uk.  If you find yourself on the wrong site just use your browser to find the correct site.

Sites like www.taxdisc-direct.uk.com/ frequently come up first on a search because they have paid the browser company for this privilege.  They are commercial companies that will charge for doing something you can do yourself directly with the Gov website.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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For your information - the following has been circulated by West Kent police
 
Reference: Burglary detectives warn of 'absence checks'
 

Burglary detectives are asking homeowners to be on their guard against a technique that burglars have been known to use to identify vulnerable properties.


In other parts of the country, reports have been received of stickers being placed on doors or letterboxes of houses advertising a locksmith service. The sticker has a telephone number on it, but the number is not a registered number. If the stickers are not removed, burglars presume that the house is empty or that the owners are away.

Placing the stickers also gives burglars the opportunity to 'scout out' the house, and look through windows but to be able to explain themselves as 'delivering advertising' if anyone were to stop them and ask questions.

Police officers recently cracked a similar case in Sevenoaks where the offender was leaving mud on doors to see if it was cleaned away. If it wasn't, the property was potentially empty and a good target. The offender was caught and sentenced to four years and eight months in prison.

Police are now asking that homeowners keep an eye out for - and to report - any suspicious activity to ensure that burglars are thwarted before they get a chance to strike. The advice comes as officers continue their crackdown on burglary as part of Operation Castle, which is a force wide initiative designed target burglary suspects in the winter months.

Detective Chief Inspector Neil Parker from Kent Police said: 'At Christmas time people tend to have some high value and new items in the house that are appealing to burglars. That is why we are asking members of the public to keep an eye out for unusual signs that might suggest the house has been 'marked' as a possible target and to report this or anything suspicious to us. It is well worth homeowners investing in items such as timer switches for lights, and alarms for sheds, and if they would like further advice around these they can visit our local Police Contact Points.'
 

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 The latest scam involves 0809, 0284, and 0876 area codes.
 
If you receive a call asking you to call back on a number with one of these codes, then DON'T!
Calls can cost up to $2425 per minute .
If you complain, both your local phone company and your long distance carrier will not want to get involved and will most likely tell you that they are simply providing the
billing for the foreign company. You'll end up dealing with a foreign company that argues they have done nothing wrong.


Don't or call back even if it supposedly concerns a family member. Find another way to contact them! 

 

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Hotel Reception asking for your credit/debit card details.
It has been reported that phone calls in their room purporting to be from the reception have been received by guests asking for their details.  These calls have turned out to be from scammers.
Tell them you will come down when convenient but do not pass any information over the phone!

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Fake Tech Support Scam
If you receive a cold call from a company offering IT support decline their invitation.
If you are having trouble with your computer ask your friends or seek a local company for advice.
 
Fake Phone Scam
People have been receiving calls from+375602605281, +37127913091 or any number starting with a +375, or +371 number.

One ring & and they hang up, leaving a missed call message. . If you call back it's one of those numbers that are charged $15-$30 & they can copy your contact list in 3 sec.

If you have bank or credit card details on your phone, they can copy that too. +375 is from Belarus and Afghanistan.. 371 is code for Latvia...


Don't answer or call back.

 

 

 

Keep your valuables safe

There has been a report that a car was stolen from Moat Park Indoor Bowls Club and found later in Tunbridge Wells Burnt Out!   It transpires that the keys were attached to a locker key which was left hanging in the locker lock while the player was on the green. 
Please do not do the same at Prince Arthur.

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Using a mobile phone in an emergency/accident

Please watch this short video with valuable information on using a mobile in an emergency - even if you don't have a mobile yourself
This could save a life.
Once you've seen it through, perhaps you'll want to let others know.  The link follows and will open in a separate window:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XPZv_8dABfU&feature=player_embedded

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