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SCAMS REPORTED - REPEAT OF DOCUMENT

Alert message sent 13/08/2021 19:59:00

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I have been notified that one of the attachments "Scams Reported" is not opening.   I have converted my Word document to a new pdf so I am hoping that this will open.   In case there is still a problem, I am copying the information below but you will need to put the links into your browser to open the articles.  Apologies for this error.


Phone companies 'must do more' to stop fraud calls - BBC News  (please search in your browser).


North Yorkshire Police has reminded residents to remain vigilant to doorstep scams and anybody who turns up at their door unannounced. The warning comes after the force was made aware of three recent cases of suspected bogus roofers targeting the elderly and vulnerable in Harrogate, and another seven reported just over the border in Wetherby, Middlesbrough and Stockton. Please click on this link to read the article:  'Make sure your loved ones are aware of bogus roofers' - North Yorkshire Police | North Yorkshire Police

Hampshire Constabulary has opened an investigation into so-called dodgy driveway criminals after a report was received of a group of men offering to carry out repair work to a driveway and then demanding cash. Please click on this link to read the article: "  POLICE INVESTIGATE DRIVEWAY FRAUDSTERS AFTER ELDERLY MAN NEARLY CONNED OF CASH - Island Echo - 24hr news, 7 days a week across the Isle of Wight "


HSBC has issued an alert with regards to a seemingly new technique being deployed by criminals to defraud Britons - and there is a specific telephone number to look out for. Please click on this link to read the article:   HSBC warning: Scammers use new technique - the phone number you need to look out for | Personal Finance | Finance | Express.co.uk

People are being warned to be on their guard after criminals claiming to be police officers have been targeting Gloucestershire residents. A woman fell victim to a scam earlier this month after being phoned by a man claiming to be from the Metropolitan Police. Please click on this link to read the article:  Warning over fraudsters claiming to be police officers (punchline-gloucester.com)

Nine dodgy Android apps have been caught trying to steal users' Facebook passwords, and even worse, they did so using Facebook's own real login page. The nine Facebook-phishing Trojanized apps have been removed from the Google Play Store, but probably not from users' devices. If you wish to read this article, the link is:   These Android apps with 5.8 million downloads can steal your Facebook password — what to do | Tom's Guide (tomsguide.com)

Residents are being advised to think twice before sharing competitions on Facebook after receiving reports of a fake Facebook page claiming to be associated with Center Parcs UK offering free holidays.  The page has been set up by scammers for ‘like-farming’, using your interaction to harvest personal data.  Before liking a page or sharing a post, especially a big business like Center Parcs, check if it has a blue tick. This means the page has been verified by Facebook. You can also look at the page transparency to see when it was created. The real Center Parcs Facebook page was created in August 2010. This fake page was created on 19 October 2020.

Don’t just look at the competition post. Look at the page history, and the other posts on the page. Does it look genuine?  If you come across a fake page on Facebook, report it by going to the page and tap *** from the top right and select “Give feedback or report this Page”. Select “Scams and Fake Pages”.   Fake promotions or competitions on Facebook typically urge users to either engage with a Facebook post (e.g. share and comment) to win a prize or click a link to claim a prize. Or possibly both. It is recommended to never interact with these types of Facebook posts.

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) have an online service where consumers can report any fake adverts they find on online platforms such as newspaper websites, paid-for search engines or social media. Report an online scam via the ASA website.  This reporting mechanism aims to respond to the ever-increasing number of fake advertisements found online which spread false information and trick internet users into parting with their cash and personal information.

Angela Money BEM
Neighbourhood Watch

 
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