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Fake Government Grants Fraud Alert
Individuals and businesses are being warned to watch out for cold calls and online contact from fraudsters who are offering victims the opportunity to apply for Government grants for an advance fee.
To make the grants look legitimate fraudsters have set up bogus companies and convincing looking websites that claim to be operating on behalf of the UK Government.
Fraudsters cold call businesses and individuals offering the grant and if they’re interested direct them to fill out an online application form with their personal information.
Once the fraudsters have that information they’ll contact back victims and congratulate them on being accepted onto the grant programme.
Pre-paid credit cards
Applicants are then asked to provide identification and are instructed to get a pre-paid credit card to deposit their own contribution to the fake Government grant scheme. Fraudsters will then contact victims on the phone or are emailed and asked for the details of their pre-paid credit card and copies of statements to in order for them to add the grant funds.
Of course the grant funds are never given by the fraudsters and the money that’s been loaded by the victim onto the card is stolen.
If you receive one of these calls, hang up immediately and report it to us. We’ve already taken down one website fraudsters have been using to commit this fraud and are working with Companies House to combat this issue.
How to protect yourself:
Be wary of unsolicited callers implying that you can apply for grants. You should never have to pay to receive a government grant, and they definitely won’t instruct you to obtain a pre-paid credit card. The government should have all the information they need if a genuine grant application was submitted, therefore any requests for personal or banking information either over the phone or online should be refused.
What to do if you’re a victim:
If you think your bank or personal details have been compromised or if you believe you have been defrauded contact your bank immediately.
Stop all communication with the ‘agency’ but make a note of their details and report it to Action Fraud.
If you have been affected by this, or any other type of fraud, report it to Action Fraud by visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040.
Woodborough Ladies Community Choir performing at the St Swithun’s “Carols Around the Christmas Tree” event on Saturday 16th December.
(Photo by Michael Dobbs)
WOODBOROUGH COMMUNITY CHOIR
We are Woodborough’s new ladies’ community choir. We have been singing together since September and have loved having the opportunity to sing at various community events around the village this Christmas!
There is no audition – we sing for fun, although we aim to be the best choir we can be and are hoping to move onto new repertoire in the New Year. If you would like to join us, we welcome new members, and we meet on Tuesday evenings at St Swithun’s Church during term time (starts 9th Jan). For info please contact Cate Cadman 07717582507
Call Cate on: 07717 582507
or email email@example.com
£3 per week
Save the Date
Woodborough Open Gardens
All profits to NSPCC
Sunday 24 June 2018
We would love to welcome new gardens to the event and people who wish to be involved.
We’ll be meeting at the end of January.
Contact Lynne Morgan 965 4745 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Found on Governors’ Field
When the organisers were clearing up in Governors’ Field on Friday evening (1st December) after the Christmas lights switch on, they found a knitted poncho on one of the picnic tables.
It is dark blue with a hood and tassles.
If the owner cares to contact me, I will be glad to return it.
0115 965 4809