Apr 8, 2018

Bottesford NHW Alert: Online Marketplace Fraud Advice For Sellers / Magazine Advertise Debt Alert

Online Marketplace Fraud Advice For Sellers:

 

Action Fraud has received several reports indicating that sellers of items on online marketplace websites are falling victim to fraud by bogus buyers. Typically, the bogus buyers contact the seller wanting to purchase the item for sale and advise they will be sending the requested amount via PayPal or other electronic payment method. The seller then receives a fake, but official looking email stating they have been paid more than the asking price and to send the difference back to the buyer’s bank account. In reality, no money has ever been sent to the seller; the bogus buyer has spoofed an email and purported to be an online payment company. All contact is then severed with the seller.

 

It is important to remember that selling anything could make you a target to these fraudsters however the NFIB has identified that those offering sofas, large furniture and homeware are particularly vulnerable.

 

Protection Advice

 

Don’t assume an email or phone call is authentic. Remember criminals can imitate any email address. Stay in control. Always use a trusted payment method online, such as Paypal, and have the confidence to refuse unusual requests for payment like bank transfers.

 

Don’t be rushed or pressured into making a decision.  Always verify that you have received payment from the buyer before completing a sale.

 

Listen to your instincts.  Criminals will try and make unusual behaviour, like overpaying, seem like a genuine mistake.

 

Visit Take Five (takefive-stopfraud.org.uk/advice/) and Cyber Aware (cyberaware.gov.uk) for more information about how to protect yourself online.

 

If you have been affected by this, or any other type of fraud, report it to Action Fraud by visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040.

Magazine Advertise Debt Alert:

 

 

Victims receive a telephone call from someone purporting to be a bailiff enforcing a court judgement, attempting to recover funds for a non-existent debt. The fraudsters state the debt originates from the victim not paying a magazine advertisement subscription.

 

A variety of magazine names and publishers are being used by the fraudsters, who also commonly use the names of certified Bailiff Enforcement Agents such “Scott Davis”, “Stephen King” and “Mark Taylor”. These are names of certified Bailiff Enforcement Agents employed by debt enforcement companies.
 

The fraudsters request that the debt be repaid by bank transfer. If the victim refuses, they threaten to visit the victim’s home or place of work to recover the debt that is owed.

 

Once the money has been transferred, victims are not provided with receipt details of the payment or contact details. Later when victims make enquiries, they’ll discover that the debt did not exist, and often that no advertisement was placed.

 

This type of fraud is nationwide. Since 2017, there have been 52 Action Fraud Reports relating to this fraud. From the reports received, there are a range of different businesses and individuals being targeted.

 

Protection Advice:
 

1. Listen to your instinct: just because someone knows your basic details, such as your name and address, it doesn’t mean they are genuine.

 

2. Stay in control: always question cold callers: always contact the companies directly using a known email or phone number.

 

3. Don’t be rushed or pressured into making a decision: a legitimate company will be prepared to wait whilst you verify information.

 

If you have been affected by this, or any other type of fraud, report it to Action Fraud by visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040.

 

Visit Take Five (takefive-stopfraud.org.uk/advice/) and Cyber Aware (cyberaware.gov.uk) for more information about how to protect yourself online.

Message Sent By
Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)

 

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John Shilton

Principal Co-ordinator

Bottesford Parish NHW

Email: JohnS@bottesfordparishNHW.org.uk

Mobile: 07725636626

 

Bottesford NHW Alert: Key Found

A Yale type key has been found in the Belvoir Road area of the village. If anyone has lost such a key please contact NHW.

 

 

John Shilton

Principal Co-ordinator

Bottesford Parish NHW

Email: JohnS@bottesfordparishNHW.org.uk

Mobile: 07725636626

 

Apr 6, 2018

Bottesford NHW Alert: Suspicious Activity

There is a large white “transit type” van with two occupants, one possibly female, trawling the village this morning looking in skips, etc but NOT seeking permission to do so. We have a photo of the van and one occupant but a registration number would help. Please be vigilant and report sightings to us at NHW. Police aware.

 

 

John Shilton

Principal Co-ordinator

Bottesford Parish NHW

Email: JohnS@bottesfordparishNHW.org.uk

Mobile: 07725636626

 

Apr 4, 2018

Bottesford NHW Alert: Damage to Parked Vehicles

A number of vehicles parked in the Pinfold Lane area of the village were damaged during Tuesday night. The police are aware and if anyone saw anything suspicious or has any information about this mindless vandalism please contact them on the 101 non-emergency number. Hopefully this will be a one-off incident but residents are advised to remain extra vigilant and to take extra precautions to protect property. Where possible it would be wise to avoid on-road parking at this time of heightened risk.

 

 

John Shilton

Principal Co-ordinator

Bottesford Parish NHW

Email: JohnS@bottesfordparishNHW.org.uk

Mobile: 07725636626

 

Mar 28, 2018

Bottesford NHW: The Friendly Bench - Granby Drive/Hands Walk

Residents may be aware of the new Friendly Bench recently opened in the village at the junction of Granby Drive and Hands Walk. Seeking to address social isolation and loneliness the bench provides a safe and pleasant place for residents and visitors to sit and converse. If the facility is to achieve its objectives it is important that it is protected from damage and anti-social behaviour. NHW is encouraging residents to take an active role in this. Please don’t ignore inappropriate activity – report it to the police and NHW so that appropriate counter measures can be taken without delay.

 

 

John Shilton

Principal Co-ordinator

Bottesford Parish NHW

Email: JohnS@bottesfordparishNHW.org.uk

Mobile: 07725636626

 

Mar 21, 2018

Bottesford NHW Alert: Ram Raid at Long Bennington

Lincs police are asking for the public’s help following a ram raid at the Co-op in Long Bennington during which the ATM was removed. The raid took place at approx 1am yesterday (Tuesday) morning. The police are asking anyone who was in the area on Monday daytime or evening who saw anything suspicious to contact them. They are also asking members of the public to keep an eye out for the ATM, or component parts of it, which may have been dumped in a hedgerow or a secluded spot locally. If you should see anything of interest please DON’T TOUCH IT but report it to the police immediately.

Lincs police can be contacted on the non-emergency 101 number quoting incident reference 21/20.

 

John Shilton

Principal Co-ordinator

Bottesford Parish NHW

Email: JohnS@bottesfordparishNHW.org.uk

Mobile: 07725636626

 

Mar 16, 2018

Bottesford NHW Aert: Fraud Alert

Message from Action Fraud:

False claims of Telephone Preference Service:

Fraudsters are cold-calling victims, falsely stating that they are calling from one of the well-known UK telecommunication service providers. They call victims claiming to provide a ‘Telephone Preference Service’ - an enhanced call-barring service, which includes barring international call centres.

 

The fraudsters ask victims to confirm/provide their bank account details, informing them that there is a one-off charge for the service. Victims instead see monthly debits deducted from their accounts, which they have not authorised. The fraudsters often target elderly victims.

 

In all instances, direct debits are set up without following proper procedure. The victim is not sent written confirmation of the direct debit instruction, which is supposed to be sent within three days.

 

On occasions when victims attempted to call back, the telephone number provided by the fraudster was either unable to be reached or the victim’s direct debit cancellation request was refused.

 

During 2017, there were 493 Action Fraud Reports relating to this fraud.

 

Protect yourself:

There is only one Telephone Preference Service (TPS). The TPS is the only official UK 'do-not-call' register for opting out of live telesales calls. It is FREE to sign-up to the register. TPS never charge for registration. You can register for this service at http://www.tpsonline.org.uk

 

  • You will receive postal confirmation of genuine direct debits. If you notice unauthorised payments leaving your account, you should contact your bank promptly.
     
  • Always be wary of providing personal information, or confirming that personal information the caller already claims to hold is correct. Always be certain that you know who you talking to. If in doubt hang up immediately.
     
  • If you have been affected by this, or any other type of fraud, report it to Action Fraud by visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040.

 

The information contained within this alert is based on the results of research carried out by the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) concerning incidents of fraud. One of the key objectives of sharing fraud data between the NFIB and partners is to prevent fraud

Message Sent By
Sam Hancock (Police, Cyber Protect Officer, Leicestershire)

Circulated by:

 

 

John Shilton

Principal Co-ordinator

Bottesford Parish NHW

Email: JohnS@bottesfordparishNHW.org.uk

Mobile: 07725636626