SCAMS – keep up to date

Many thanks to all those who came along to learn and to Beth and Steve from the Local police Team.

One of the topics raised in discussion was how to contact the local police team and also how to confirm their identity if they call at your house.  Steve suggested that we have a poster showing the pictures  and details of the team, so we have made this for your use.

You can download it from here.

Please print it and keep it by your door or put it in the window by the door.

 

SCAM OF THE MONTH

“INTERNET PROBLEM” SCAM

Several people in the Ludlow area have told of this old scam being tried again.

Someone will phone you claiming to be from BT or Microsoft or another telephone/mobile or technology company.

They will say that they have detected a problem with your computer and that your internet service will stop working. They then go on to ask for banking details etc.

This is a scam, just hang up! Your internet will be fine.

If they try to prove there is a problem by making your computer do strange things, it is still a scam but they have managed to put some virus on your computer.  Hang up the phone and don’t send any more emails until get you computer sorted out by someone you trust, to prevent the virus being passed on.

 

“FALSE REFUNDS” SCAM

Subject: Apply for your Council Tax refund.
Date: 13 December 2018 13:34:01 GMT
To: XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
Please check the attached pdf file that your local council generated for you.
AND
From: “GOV.UK” <fresco-sagami@towa-js.co.jp>
Subject: Refund Notification (F-1N8170)
Date: 14 December 2018 06:20:34 GMT
To: XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
Please check the attached pdf file that your local council generated for you.

You may get email like this, purporting to offer you a refund on some form of local or national taxation.  These are SCAMs because firstly, local and national departments don’t work like this and secondly, you can easily tell – like this.

Look at the From: part of the email on the first line of each example.

Although it says “GOV.UK ” and “environmental.services@gov.uk”, this is on the left-hand side of the address. Usually this is where you get the first name and surname of the sender – look at some from people you trust.  All the scammer has done is to set up first and surnames that look like official addresses. The right-hand side after the “@” is what matters.  These two examples end in .cz (somewhere in Czechoslovakia) and .jp (Japan) so they are not real.

DELETE THEM WITHOUT OPENING ANY FURTHER.

There are probably many other examples out there, so be careful.

 

“CASHBACK SCAM”

Please be very careful at supermarket and other checkouts.  A recent SCAM that has come to our notice involves the cashier adding  ‘cashback’ to your items (often a small amount, say £10 or £20) without you asking or noticing, then taking that cash from the till and possibly passing it to an accomplice, who may be in the queue. This is a particular risk if you have a ‘large’ shop!

Check your till receipt carefully before you pay and walk away from the till.  If there is ‘cashback’  shown that you did not ask for, ask to see the manager.

Do not be put off if the cashier or supervisor says that ‘they can’t remove it’ or ‘it is a fault in the equipment’. Ask them to cancel the whole shop and put it through the till again.

Remember:

It can happen to you!

It may be on-line or by telephone or by mail.

It may involve false invoices, dating sites or pensions.

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