News – Page 7

Online Vehicle Sales Alert

Fraudsters have been advertising vehicles and machinery for sale on various online selling platforms, this includes vehicles and machinery used by the agricultural industry.

The victims, after communicating via email with the fraudster, will receive a bogus email which appears to be sent by a trustworthy third party, often PayPal or Escrow.

The emails are designed to persuade victims to pay upfront via bank transfer rather than through a protected payment method via the website. The victim pays the deposit before visiting the seller to collect the goods, believing there is a ‘cooling off’ period to reclaim the payment if they change their mind.

This gives victims the false sense of security that their money is being looked after by this trustworthy third party, when in fact, it is not and the money has gone straight to the fraudster.

  • Never transfer money for a vehicle you haven’t seen in person.
  • Avoid paying for the vehicle by bank transfer as it offers you little protection if you become a victim of fraud. Instead, use a credit card or payment services such as PayPal.
  • If you’re purchasing from a company or person you don’t know and trust, carry out some research first, or ask friends and family for advice before completing a purchase.

Victims of a scam who have suffered a financial loss should report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or via their website at www.actionfraud.police.uk/report_phishing 

Upsurge In Bogus Property And Gardening Cold Callers

Nottinghamshire County Council Trading Standards Service has received an unusually large number of reports in recent days concerning bogus property and garden services. We believe this may be linked to the recent unseasonable weather. Residents are being cold called either at the door or by telephone by people offering to repair their property or carry out gardening work.

Callers are targeting the elderly and adults at risk but may call on anyone.
Trading Standards recommend that you never agree to work being carried out by someone who cold calls, either by phone or at the door.
If you are considering having work carried out on your property make sure that you get three quotes from reputable traders. To find local traders who have been approved by Nottinghamshire County Council Trading Standards please visit www.checkatrade.com

Victims of a scam who have suffered a financial loss should report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or via their website at www.actionfraud.police.uk/report_phishing 

Scam Calls Stating Your Internet Will Be Disconnected

Residents have reported that they have received an automated call on the telephone. The call threatens to cut off or compromise their internet connection and asks the resident to press buttons to speak to their internet provider.

Many scammers use the tactic of cold calling and pretending to be representatives of legitimate organisations or threaten the disconnection of a service with the intention of getting money off people. If you receive a call from your provider, they will already know who you are and have your payment details. Never give out your personal details or bank account details over the phone to someone who calls in this manner.

Victims of a scam who have suffered a financial loss should report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or via their website at www.actionfraud.police.uk/report_phishing 

Is this yours?

This aluminium crutch was left in Woodborough Village Hall some time in March – and it’s is still there! Perhaps the user made a miraculous recovery whilst in the hall and didn’t need it any more?

If you’re the owner, you now know where you left it!