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Scam bulletin 16

Covid Fraud One of the disturbing developments over the past months has been the number of new scams emerging that specifically relate to Covid-19. This is why we are continually reminding people to keep on their guard against scams. But there is also an increase in fraud where people or businesses are making claims against […]

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Scams bulletin 15

This week I’ve got a new and useful guide to share with you. If you or anyone you know is at risk of scams then this is well worth a read. It tells you practical ways to protect yourself (and others) and talks about sensible ways to keep track of your bank accounts. The guide […]

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Scams bulletin 14

The This is Money website is very sensationalist and full of annoying adverts, but if you can work past all that, they have some really useful warnings, news, information and tips around beating scams and fraud. In fact they have an entire section called Beat the Scammers full of news and advice articles. Head to […]

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Scams bulletin 13

A simple warning this week about the various telephone scams that are doing the rounds. Please be aware that there are some telephone scams in circulation which you may receive on your work or home telephone. Some of these scams may be an automated voice or an actual person. Examples of the types of scams […]

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Scams Bulletin 12

Just a single focus for this bulletin. An excellent guide to avoiding scams by Age UK. Although of course it’s written for the older audience, it’s very clearly presented and is relevant to everyone. The 40 pages clearly explain the types of scam and fraud, how to avoid them and what to do if you […]

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Scams Bulletin 11

We took a short break last week from the bulletins. But we’re back and here are a few more useful bits of information for you. The first is a section on the NatWest website. They have lots of resources and information about steering clear of scams and fraud. Visit it here https://www.natwestinternational.com/global/fraud-and-security/spotting-scams.html The media are […]

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Scams Bulletin 10

This week a warning about a PayPal fraud where the scammers use Facebook Messenger to pretend to be a friend or relative asking with help to use a Paypal account after they’ve supposedly sold an item on ebay. If you’re on Social Media and have a Paypal account then this is one for you. All […]

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Scams Bulletin 9

This week’s very brief discussion is about your letter box and the scam letters that come through it. Although we focus a lot on email scams, postal scams have been around a lot longer and reach a lot of people who are not even connected to computers. Postal scams trick the reader into assuming they […]

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Scams bulletin 8

Just a few quick Scam related updates this week: This week in the news: Banks reveal the ten top scams that people need to currently be aware of. Some of these are financial and some are related to Covid-19. Read the article here. The other warning this week is about a current Phishing attack that […]

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Scams bulletin 7

Yet again this week I’m reading more news that scams and fraud are on the increase during these months of lockdown and ‘different normal’. People are doing unfamiliar things (such as shopping online or using Facebook to connect more with family), and the scammers (criminals) are exploiting this. As Neighbourhood Watch Group Coordinators or Members […]

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Scams bulletin 6

Welcome to our latest Scams Bulletin. As lockdown begins to ease, the scammers are increasing their efforts. Story in the Guardian says “Scam calls will rise as lockdown eases, says trading standards body”. So now is a good time to be extra vigilant – not just for yourself but for your family, friends and neighbours. […]

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Scams bulletin 5

Just a very short scam bulletin this week as I’m actually on holiday (staycation) this week. Back to normal next week and in the meantime you can ask your questions and get discussing your cyber/scam issues on our Network discussion website here. I am very interested to hear of the experiences people have been having […]

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Scam bulletin 4

This week’s Scam bulletin starts with a set of guidelines from Action Fraud on how to protect yourself against fraud or cyber crime. Some of these tips are a bit different to the usual ones – keeping an eye on your credit account, watching out for fraud recovery fraud and making sure you’re using something […]

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Scams update 3

Welcome to the third of our weekly Scam information bulletins. Read all the bulletins here. Ways to report all kinds of scam We can all help to tackle scams and fraud by ensuring things are reported appropriately. Please report all Fraud and Cybercrime to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040 or online here. If […]

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Scams update 2

Welcome to our second Scam bulletin. Each week I’m just sharing ideas, resources, tips and advice about scams and fraud – mainly how to avoid it! Please read yourself; share with your family, friends and neighbours. And if you’re part of a Neighbourhood Watch Group please see if you can make sure others in the […]