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.
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
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.
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.