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11th October '21
Sensible advice received from the Coventry Building Society
Common scams - how to recognise and avoid them
Scammers are always finding new ways to trick us out of our money - they even used coronavirus to scare us into buying fake tests and protective equipment. The best way to stay safe is to be aware of the scams and the tactics fraudsters use, below are some of their latest scams.
While interest rates remain low, investment scams are becoming even more common. Unfortunately, any investment that promises a high return with very little risk is probably a scam. You could even invest in something that doesn't exist and lose all your money. Be especially cautious if the contact in uninvited, and it's through a cold call, email or letter you didn't expect.
Cryptocurrency investment scams
This is where criminals persuade people to invest in a cryptocurrency, using websites that show fake investments and big profits. Often they'll disappear once you've invested your money. Cryptocurrency is unregulated, so if something goes wrong, no one can help you get your money back.
Ask yourself if it sounds too good to be true, don't make a decision quickly, and take professional financial advice if you're unsure or worried.
Just a few personal details could be enough for a scammer to take over your online bank, building society or credit card account and start making fraudulent payments - with your money. Criminals could use phishing, malicious Wi-Fi or malware to steal your details, so don't click links in unexpected emails or open their attachments, and don't give out confidential information over the phone.
Change your online passwords regularly and use a unique one for each of your online accounts. Be careful with your social media - lock down your security settings so that no one can find your email address, phone number or date of birth.
27th September '21
Received from 'NEIGHBOURHOOD ALERT''
Cold Callers Offering To Clean Driveways In Little Neston
Police have received reports of males cold calling at homes in Little Neston offering to clean driveways for amounts of up to £450.The males have been described as having Irish accents and having a blue van and a white van, both with Irish number plates.
Police advise not to accept offers of work from unknown trades persons, as not all are genuine.
They will often quote a price and then come back with a "special offer" for a quick sale.
Never agree to work if you are put under pressure, and contact Trading Standards if in any doubt (0808 223 1133).
Message Sent By Linda Conway (Cheshire Police, Ellesmere Port LPU, Little Neston and Burton PCSO)
7th August '21
Received from 'Action Fraud' www.actionfraud.police.uk
"Alert" - Vaccine Passport Scams
'Action Fraud' has received over 700 reports from members of the public about fake emails purporting to be from the NHS.
The emails claim to be able to provide people with a "digital passport" that "proves you have been vaccinated against COVID-19". These emails are fake, and the links within them lead to genuine-looking websites that steal your personal and financial information.
- The NHS will never ask you for your bank account or card details.
- The NHS will never ask you for your PIN or banking passwords.
- The NHS will never arrive unannounced at your home to administer the vaccine.
- The NHS will never ask you to prove your identity by sending copies of personal documents such as your passport, driving licence, bills or pay slips.
- Your vaccination status can be obtained for free through the official NHS app, NHS website, or by calling the NHS on 119.
How to report scams:If you receive a call you believe to be fraudulent, hang up. If you are suspicious about an email you have received, you can report it by forwarding the email to: firstname.lastname@example.org Suspicious text messages can also be reported by forwarding them to the number: 7726 (it's free of charge).
If you believe you are the victim of a fraud, please report this to Action Fraud as soon as possible by calling 0300 123 2040 or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk
30th July '21
"AboutMyArea" have now published the article on the Cyber Centre. Just left-click the link to visit their site, and take a look
25th July 2021
23rd July 2021
- With gradual relaxing of the lockdown, we are now opening more spaces for Members to come back in and use the computers, the printers or our free, password protected, Wi-Fi. Just remember to sign in as you come through the front door.
- Face masks are still highly recommended.
- Of course, you can also come in with your iPhone, iPad, Tablet, Smartphone or Laptop to either get some help and advice or simply to have a quiet place where you can connect to the internet via our Wi-Fi.