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Warning to Royal Mail customers over new e-mail scam (information from Trading Standards)

Royal Mail customers are being warned about a new convincing scam email that has been circulated.  It is asking people to pay just a £1.99 fee for an undelivered item of mail - but while the sum might seem small, what the criminals actually want is bank account details. more (click on more to read the full article)

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Martin Lewis and City of London Police have not warned about a scam involving banks and mobile networks (information from Trading Standards)

A repeatedly shared post on Facebook has claimed that City of London Police are warning people about a scam claiming to involve banks and mobile network operators that’s been warned about on Martin Lewis’ show. more  (click on more to read the full article)

 
COVID-19 vitamin pill cold calls (information from Which)

With the rollercoaster of restrictions taking place, so many of us are determined to stay as fit and healthy as possible. Unfortunately, this attracts trouble. A go-to tactic for cold callers that’s been on the rise this year is pretending to be from the NHS or local health services offering low quality, cut-price vitamins and supplements.
It’s a ruse to take your bank details and regular payment without your permission, here’s how it works. (click to read the full article)
 

 
Fake sellers online are a growing problem (information from Which)

Which are continuing to investigate the scale of online scams and found that 1 in 10 people have fallen victim to a purchase scam through a fake social media ad. 1 in 10 also have fallen victim to a scam ad via a search engine. (click below to read the full article)
Here’s Christine’s experience of dealing with a fake Facebook ad, other scam victims’ experiences and how it affected them.
 


An email with an attached letter purporting to be from DPD has been circulating in West Berkshire with the letter addressed to the person’s email address and they are all quoting your parcel number as 87708730645534 and advising that they had tried to deliver your parcel today but you weren’t in or there was no safe place to leave it.   To schedule a new delivery, a shipping fee must be paid and to click on the link to reschedule the delivery.   DPD have confirmed that this is a scam and not from them.

Parcel Delivery Thefts

In another TVP area, they have been aware of criminals stealing identity papers from external letterboxes and from paper recycling bins with identity theft being the unfortunate consequence.   They now have further evidence that the postman and parcel delivery drivers are being followed by criminals with a view to stealing packages left on doorsteps of houses where the occupants are out.  So, do take care regarding deliveries so that they aren’t left on your doorstep any longer than is necessary.  Perhaps a neighbour can be asked to accept delivery on your behalf and you can add special delivery instructions to your online orders if you wish.


There are still Accident calls and Virgin Media (advising that broadband has been hacked) scam calls.  Also a resident received a call from Amazon, which was very convincing and got to the stage where the caller nearly took their money and he knew their last purchase and that this person had a new bank card and advised that unusual purchases had been made on their account.  Fortunately, this resident then put the phone down.  

Consumers have been warned not to fall prey to criminals who are targeting Amazon Prime customers, many of whom became members for the first time during the Covid-19 crisis.  Victims are being tricked into downloading software that lets criminals access their bank accounts. more (click on more to read the full article)

An advanced HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) tax rebate scam is targeting UK residents via text messages (SMS).  The smishing campaign is concerning as it employs multiple HMRC phishing domains and tactics, with new domains added every day as older ones get flagged by spam filters. more (click on more to read the full article)

Celebrity scam alert as criminals use rich and famous to lure online victims

Between August 2019 and August 2020, Action Fraud received over 400 reports a month, from victims of romance fraud in the UK. Losses reported by victims during this time totalled £66,335,239, equating to an average loss per victim of just over £10,000.  For more information go to the following website links:
https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/news/celebrity-scam-tackled-by-ncsc

 https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/romancefraud

https://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/news/thames-valley/news/2020/november/new-linguistics-of-romance-fraud-booklet-launched

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Angela Money BEM
Neighbourhood Watch
 
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