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Whittlesey and District Neighbourhood Watch

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Warning - Fake Web Sites

Fraudsters are setting up high specification websites advertising various electrical goods and domestic appliances. These goods are below market value and do not exist. The website will state you can pay via card; however when the purchaser goes to pay, this option is not available and the payment must be made via bank transfer.

The fraudster entices the purchaser and reassures them it is a legitimate purchase by using the widely recognised Trusted Shop Trustmark. They then use the Trustmark fraudulently and provide a link on the bogus electrical website to another bogus website (which purports to be Trusted Shops). This website shows a fake certificate purporting to be from Trusted Shops and provides thousands of reviews for the bogus electrical website. These reviews are all fraudulent. The website has not been certified by Trusted Shops and therefore the purchaser is not covered by the Trusted Shop money-back guarantee.

Protect yourself:

Check the authenticity of the website before making any purchases. Conduct a ‘Whois’ search on the website which will identify when the website has been created- Be wary of newly formed domains. You can conduct this search using the following website – https://who.is/

Conduct online research in relation to the website, company name and the business address provided to identify any poor feedback or possible irregularities.

Check the Trusted Shops Facebook page where warnings about websites using their Trustmark are published. If you are in doubt about the legitimacy of a Trustmark then you can contact Trusted Shops on 0203 364 5906 or by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. They will confirm whether they have certified that website.

Payments made via bank transfer are not protected should you not receive the item. Therefore always try to make the payment via PayPal or a credit card where you have some payment cover should you not receive your product.

If the item advertised seems too good to be true, then it probably is.  


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

Scam Emails Warning

Action Fraud and the National Trading Standards eCrime Team (NTSeCT) are warning consumers about scam emails from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) offering compensation for the Microsoft Scam. These emails are fakes. Neither the ACCC nor NTSeCT would contact you by email and ask for your personal details.

The emails are designed to steal your personal information, and some may ask for an up-front fee in return for advancing your compensation. Don’t reply to the email and never pay any upfront fees if asked for them.

The stories concern the conviction of Mohammed Khalid Jamil, who in March of 2014 received a suspended jail sentence of 4 months, was fined £5000, and paid compensation to 41 victims for unfair trading by allowing his staff to make false claims regarding computer support services. Any emails offering compensation, asking for a fee, or for personal information that comes from a government department or agency are scams and should be ignored. Jamil’s company falsely claimed to be working for Microsoft. A Microsoft spokesman later confirmed that his company were not a registered Microsoft partner, and should not charge people for Microsoft products. It is a common tactic of scammers to use the names of big brands or official government departments to dupe consumers into thinking they work for them or or that they represent authority. They also often use news reports about past cases to con victims in thinking that compensation is available.

 

To report a fraud and receive a police crime reference number, call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or use our online fraud reporting tool.

Fraudsters Targetting Elderly

 There have been a recent series of incidents whereby fraudsters either phone or attend the home address of elderly members of the public, claiming to be police officers.            

The fake officer/s will claim that they are investigating a fraud which they believe the elderly person to be a victim of.

The fake officer/s will then request the bank cards and personal identification numbers (PIN) of the victim and claim these are needed for investigation purposes.

If the first contact was made by a phone call, the fake officer/s will tell the victim that someone will be over to collect the evidence. In one case the victim was instructed to attend their local bank and withdraw all of the money from their account. The suspect was left alone in the victim’s house whilst the victim carried out the instructions.    

 

Protect Yourself     

          
  • Before letting anyone into your home who claims to be from any law enforcement agency, ask to see their identity card and check it by calling 101.
  • Ask if they can attend at a pre-arranged time when a family member or friend can also be present.      
  • If you receive a phone call from a police officer,  ask for their name and force and tell them you will call them back. Wait a few minutes and then use 101 to call them back through their force’s switchboard and verify their identity.
  • The Police will never ask for your PIN or passwords. Do not give this information to anyone.      
  • The Police will never request that you withdraw/transfer any money to them.
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If you believe that you have been a victim of fraud you can report it online http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/report_fraud or by telephone 0300 123 2040.

Fake Websites

Fraudsters have set up a high specification website template advertising various electrical goods and domestic appliances. These goods are below market value and do not exist. The fraudsters will request your card details via the website; however the purchaser will then receive an email stating the payment failed and they must pay via bank transfer.

The fraudsters entice the purchaser and reassure them it is a legitimate purchase by using the widely recognised Trusted Shop Trustmark. The fraudsters are using the Trustmark fraudulently and have not been certified by Trusted Shops and therefore the purchaser is not covered by the Trusted Shop money-back guarantee.

Protect yourself:

  • Check the authenticity of the websites before making any purchases. Conduct a ‘whois’ search on the website which will identify when the website has been created, be wary of newly formed domains. You can conduct this search using the following website - https://who.is/.
  • Carry out online research in relation to the website, company name and the business address provided to identify any poor feedback or possible irregularities.
  • Check the Trusted Shops Facebook page where warnings about websites using their Trustmark are published. If you are in doubt about the legitimacy of a Trustmark then you can contact Trusted Shops on 0203 364 5906 or by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. They will confirm whether they have certified that website.
  • Payments made via bank transfer are not protected should you not received the item. Therefore always try to make the payment via PayPal or a credit card where you have some payment cover should you not receive your product.
  • If the item advertised seems too good to be true, then it probably is. 

If you believe that you have been a victim of fraud you can report it online http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/report_fraud or by telephone 0300 123 2040.

Advance Fee Fraud

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) has been alerted to an Advance Fee Fraud in which individuals believe they are being recruited by Business Loan Scanner who will be moving to 34 Lime Street, London on 24th August.
 
Applicants receive a job offer and are then asked to pay an upfront fee for CRB checks etc.
 
However, please be aware that there is NO such company at this location and this activity is a fraud.
 
If you, or anyone you know, have been affected by this fraud or any other scam, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040 or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk