Helpful Links and Advice Updated 7th September 2020

The following links to other websites and advice have been provided by members and may be of interest to you. 

From time to time information is given to us about scams so
details are placed on this page.

Please share this information with your friends

From time to time information is given to us about scams so
details are placed on this page.

 Please share this information with your friends

DO NOT RESPOND TO ANY LINKS ON A SUSPECTED SCAM!

DO NOT RESPOND TO ANY LINKS ON A SUSPECTED SCAM!

 

COVID SCAM PHONE CALL

BEWARE SCAMMERS

 

TV LICENSING SCAM

Friday 24th July 2020

There is a good chance that you have been or will be targeted by scammer purporting to be from the TV Licensing site. 

This is the link to the TV Licensing site  https://www.tvlicensing.co.uk/faqs/FAQ288  and below are their recommendations. 

Shown below are 2 extracts from this website giving you advice.

What are the main things to look out for?

 We include the name and/or part of your postcode in our emails. Many scams simply use your email address or say ‘Dear Customer’.

 We send our emails from donotreply@tvlicensing.co.uk (or donotreply@spp.tvlicensing.co.uk).

Check the email address. Scammers often hide the true email address they’re using. On your device, select the sender’s name (or email address) to show the actual email address.

Received a scam email (and not given any details)?

TV Licensing supports the work of the government’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) to help stop scammers.

Please forward any suspicious emails to report@phishing.gov.uk and they will investigate. If the email links to a scam website it will be taken down or blocked.

 

  • Scam emails from "friends" asking for payment of an attached invoice.  Unless you have spoken to your friend don't attempt to pay!!!  It could be that your friends email address or computer has been compromised.
     
  • "Boiler House" scams where the caller may give you details of a shareholding that you currently have, or have sold in the past.  They will attempt to persuade you that you are due to receive "Bonus Shares" and that a hostile takeover is going to be made of that company.  You will be asked not to advise anyone and to sign a document promising your silence.  You could get later get another caller advising you that to get the "Bonus Shares" to pay them money.
     
  • It has been in the news recently that housholders have had demands for upfront cash for work to be done on or in the house.  No respectable builder will pressure you for upfront cash.

  • 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!

  • 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.

 

 

VAT SCAM

You need to be aware again about scammers posing as HMRC who have confirmed that people are managing to get hold of old  HMRC customer details and use them for themselves. How they are getting these details active is not known but you need to ensure that you are taking extra care when paying amounts on letters received from HMRC.

Here is a copy of a letter received (personal details removed) to give you an idea of how official these letters are becoming.

 

If you find you receive a letter and you are unsure about whether you owe HMRC or not, please forward the details to your accountants or HMRC to verify the authenticity of the document. 

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.”

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,

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! 


 

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!

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.'
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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