News – Page 5
Bogus Calls From Tax Authorities
We had a couple of reports recently from people who’d been contacted by HMRC saying they owe money and that if they didn’t pay, an arrest warrant would be circulated.
Luckily the victims were suspicious and didn’t pay anything but reported it to us instead.
Please be vigilant against these kind of scams and alert your elderly and vulnerable loved ones too.
HMRC would never call you up out of the blue on this issue. They certainly wouldn’t threaten you with arrest.
If it was legitimate, there wouldn’t be the urgency for you to pay them there and then.
If you get a call like this, please don’t pay anything upfront. Take steps to verify the caller, ask if you can phone them back on a known number, for example or request proof in writing. If you’re unsure, you can always contact HMRC and ask their advice or call us on 101.
Always report any scams to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.
Save the Date
Woodborough Open Gardens
All profits to Nottingham Service Centre NSPCC
Sunday 24 June 2018
Delighted to announce that we will have at least 12 gardens open this year. But we warmly welcome any final offerings!
Please do not feel that your garden is not good enough- get in touch if you are interested.
Please remember our plant stall which will once again be masterminded by David Burgess. As you start to take cuttings and divide plants we are happy to receive any contributions.
Please bring to 26 Smalls Croft.
We are in need of an additional driver for the community minibus if anyone fancies doing a shift driving round the village.
And is anyone willing to be a first aider on standby for the event?
Last but not least – we will need an army of supporters/volunteers to help with stewarding at car parks/raffle selling/refreshments – so if you are willing to contribute any time to support this great village event please get in touch. If you can only offer an hour you are warmly welcome. Please get in touch
Contact Lynne Morgan 965 4745 or email@example.com
for more information.
Flight Ticket Fraud Alert
Fraudsters are attempting to entice victims who are looking for cheap flights abroad.
Victims have reported booking tickets via websites or a “popular” ticket broker, only to discover that after payment via bank transfer or electronic wire transfer, the tickets/booking references received are counterfeit. In some cases, all communications between the company or broker and the victim have been severed.
Fraudsters are targeting individuals who are seeking to travel to African nations and the Middle East, particularly those wishing to travel in time for popular public and religious holidays.
- Pay safe: Be cautious if you’re asked to pay directly into a private individual’s bank account. Paying by direct bank transfer is like paying by cash – the money is very difficult to trace and is not refundable. Wherever possible, pay by credit card or a debit card.
- Conduct research on any company you’re considering purchasing tickets from; for example, are there any negative reviews or forum posts by previous customers online? Don’t just rely on one review – do a thorough online search to check the company’s credentials.
- Check any company website thoroughly; does it look professional? Are there any spelling mistakes or irregularities? There should be a valid landline phone number and a full postal address so that the company can be contacted. Avoid using the site if there is only a PO Box address and mobile phone number, as it could be difficult to get in touch after you buy tickets. PO Box addresses and mobile phone numbers are easy to change and difficult to trace.
- Be aware that purchasing tickets from a third party, particularly when initial contact has been made via a social media platform can be incredibly risky.
- If tickets to your intended destination appear cheaper than any other vendor, always consider this; if it looks too good to be true, it probably is!
- Look for the logo: Check whether the company is a member of a recognised trade body such as ABTA or ATOL. You can verify membership of ABTA online, at abta.com.
- If you have been affected by this, or any other type of fraud, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040, or visiting actionfraud.police.uk.