Suspicious vehicle in Napton – Friday 10th June
Blue Citroen KT56 ??? with two male occupants seen acting suspiciously in the area of Church Rd, Napton. Please beware and report if seen.
Beware of cold calling tactics or doorstepping by this company:
COLD DOORSTEP CALLING – STRATFORD – AMBER WINDOWS OF COVENTRY & COLESHILL
See below for Trading Standards alerts:
Victims who are nannies and models are being targeted for employment fraud. The MO follows the following pattern:
- The nanny or model places an advert or replies to an advert for employment.
- The suspect engages with the victim and offers a contract of employment.
- The suspect explains that he/she and their family are relocating to the UK and therefore require that the nanny buys items (usually toys) for the children or that they represent a new company in need of some modelling work.
- The suspect sends the victim a cheque to cover the cost of advanced wages with extra to cover other costs (such as a stylist or to purchase toys).
- The suspect then states that they will buy the toys or pay for a stylist and asks for the victim to transfer the money minus the wages back to the suspect.
- The cheque is identified as fraudulent by the bank and the victim loses the original money credited and the money transferred out.
- Be wary of any employer sending a cheque with a higher value than agreed and requesting cash back from you.
- Check any documents for poor spelling and grammar – this is often a sign that fraudsters are at work.
- If you are uncertain whether an employer is genuine then give them a call, ask for references or use an on-line search engine to see if anything of concern comes up.
- If you are uploading your CV onto an on-line job board, avoid including valuable identification details and definitely do not give out any financial details.
- Unless you are sure the job advertisement is genuine, be protective of your National Insurance number, passport number and bank details. This is all someone needs to pretend to be you and make purchases or open accounts in your name!
If you suspect anything untoward, warn the operators of the website where you placed your CV that their site is possibly being used by fraudsters.
The 2016 European Football Championships will begin shortly and those wanting to purchase last minute tickets are likely to be targeted by fraudsters posing as official sellers. Purchasing from an unauthorised seller or a ticket tout could leave you out of pocket; not only are the tickets advertised at inflated prices, there is a risk that the tickets purchased are counterfeit or do not exist. Any individual with a counterfeit ticket will be refused entry.
Consumers wanting to sell their tickets can do so through the resale platform, where tickets will be resold at face value. For further information please visit UEFA website. Those seeking to purchase tickets are advised to check the site regularly as tickets will be sold on a first come first serve basis and are likely to change regularly as different tickets become available to purchase.
- Only purchase tickets from an authorised seller by using the exchange portal.
- When using the portal do not be encouraged to contact the seller privately and complete the transaction outside of the portal.
- Be wary of purchasing tickets from a social media account. There is a risk that the ticket does not exist or is counterfeit. Consider conducting research on the information provided by the seller, for example a mobile phone number or email address used by the seller could alert you to any negative information associated to them online.
Avoid making payments through bank transfer or money transfer services, as the payment may not be recoverable. 09/06/2016 Business cheque fraud warning
Businesses are being contacted for the sale of goods or services by fraudsters, who request to pay by cheque. The fraudster sends a cheque with a higher value than the amount expected, and then sends the business a request for the difference with instructions on how it should be paid back. This is usually by bank transfer or through a money transfer service, such as Western Union. Once the ‘refund’ has been provided, it is realised that the cheque provided was fraudulent and no funds are credited to the business’s account. Criminals are targeting a wide range of services including paintings or other artwork, photography and lessons, with various amounts requested to be refunded. The average amount requested to be refunded is £1,818. The highest amount requested was over £80,000. The suspects have used pressure tactics to persuade victims to refund the amounts immediately prior to the cheques clearing.
Crime Prevention Advice
- Be cautious of payments where the amount provided is higher than expected. Refuse to provide the goods/services unless the correct balance is received.
- Always contact banks on a trusted number found on their website or correspondence that is known to be authentic to confirm whether the cheque has cleared.
Do not feel pressured to provide a refund before the cheque has cleared.
Most people have extension leads in their homes, using 4-way bar adaptors to increase the number of appliances that they can plug into a wall socket. However, although there is space to plug in four appliances, this does not mean it is always safe to do so. You can avoid overloading sockets and risk of fire by following this simple advice and use the interactive overloaded socket tool from Electrical Safety First
HMRC scam calls