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Hang Up On Fraud
We are working with Financial Fraud Action UK on a campaign to combat telephone scams and during Neighbourhood Watch Week 2015, we are raising awareness of how to avoid & deal with telephone scams . If you are a Neighbourhood Watch coordinator or member, please help us spread the word by making your friends and neighbours aware of how they can protect themselves against telephone scams and fraud.
TELEPHONE SCAMS: Key Messages & Advice to consumers on how to avoid this type of scam:
Be wary of:
Unsolicited approaches by phone.
- Cold callers who suggest you hang up the phone and call them back. Fraudsters can keep your phone line open by not putting down the receiver at their end.
Your bank or the police will never:
- Phone you to ask for your 4 digit card PIN or your online banking password, even by tapping them into the telephone keypad.
- Ask you to withdraw money to hand over to them for safe-keeping.
- Ask you to transfer money to a new account for fraud reasons, even if they say it is in your name.
- Send someone to your home to collect your cash, PIN, payment card or cheque book if you are a victim of fraud.
- Ask you to purchase goods using your card and then hand them over for safe- keeping.
Never disclose your:
- Four digit card PIN to anyone, including the bank or police.
- Your password or online banking codes.
- Personal details unless you are sure who you are talking to.
- It takes two people to terminate a call.
- If you feel something is suspicious or feel vulnerable, hang up, wait five minutes to clear the line, or where possible use a different phone line, then call your bank or card issuer on their advertised number to report the fraud.
- If you don’t have another telephone to use, call someone you know first to make sure the telephone line is free.
- Your bank will also never ask you to check the number showing on your telephone display matches their registered telephone number. The display cannot be trusted, as the number showing can be altered by the caller.
- Criminals may already have basic information about you in their possession (e.g. name, address, account details), so do not assume a caller is genuine because they have these details or because they claim to represent a legitimate organisation.
- If you have fallen victim to fraud, or even if you’re unsure, contact your bank immediately and tell them what has happened. You should also report the crime to the police through Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040.
North Wales Police would request that you remain vigilant to such fraudulent requests and do not supply your details over the phone.
Safety message Older People Internet Fraud/Cyber Crime
North Wales Police have produced an advice leaflet to help protect older people against internet fraud. Criminals use the internet in online scams to trick people into giving them money or personal information. They do this through fake websites, bogus emails and chat rooms.
The new quick reference bilingual leaflet, which will be distributed to hospitals, libraries and council offices among other places, offers advice about online shopping, how to spot possible health and relationship scams and how to protect against computer viruses.
Detective Sergeant Pete Jarvis, who leads the cybercrime team, said; “One of the most common crimes against the Older members of our community is financial fraud. Offenders rely on their vulnerability as they convince them to engage through social media.
“These unscrupulous people are experts at gaining the confidence of Older victims, encouraging them, and once trust and a relationship has been established, the thieves are quick to steal the victim's money and disappear.
“Social media sites are great fun and offer a really easy way to share information and keep in touch with friends and family. However, this information could be used by criminals for a number of reasons, including identity theft or hacking.
“We want to encourage people to be alert when using their computer, smartphone or tablet and to protect themselves online. People need to make sure that they know exactly what they are sharing and who they are sharing it with.
“This leaflet is something we would like people to use as an easy reminder and reference point.”
Gerry Keighley, Campaigns Officer of Age Cymru, said; “This leaflet contains valuable information that can protect a vulnerable person from being robbed of everything they have.
“Older people especially, can be confused by scammers and they and their families and friends need to be on their guard against sending money, bank or credit card details to people who contact them out of the blue, however genuine they may seem.”
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Gwersyllt Playwork Provision
Cold Caller Offering Services to Older/Vulnerable Persons
Trading Standards are warning residents to be on their guard following an incident where a vulnerable resident was contacted by telephone by someone trying to sell him a system similar to Wrexham CBC’s “Telecare” system. Despite declining the offer made over the phone a man still called at the resident’s home apparently to try and sell the product. The man carried no identification and left no information. Wrexham CBC’s Telecare service provider have confirmed that these calls were not made by them and that their staff always carry identification.
Please exercise great caution with cold calls from traders offering any goods or services but especially those offering services that are specifically intended for older or more vulnerable householders. It is vitally important that those businesses offering such products are legitimate.
Wrexham CBCs Telecare service is run in partnership with Sanctuary 365 who provide the service on behalf of the Council. The Telecare system makes it possible to raise an alarm or summon help through the home telephone line at the press of a button. If you, or someone you know might benefit from a Telecare system you can find out more about it, what it can do and how much it will cost by calling 01978 292075.
If you want to report any suspicious activity please call the Police on 101 or the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 040506
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Badger Found Dead Survey
Have you found a dead badger?
As part of the Bovine TB Eradication Programme badgers found dead throughout Wales are being collected for post mortem examination. The survey, which begins today, will run for at least the whole of 2015.
The results of the survey will be used to investigate the relationship between bovine TB infection in badgers and cattle. It will help us develop policy at both local and national levels. It will also add to epidemiological reporting and be used in enhanced TB breakdown management.
The Badger Found Dead Survey in the Intensive Action Area (IAA) in north Pembrokeshire is continuing as normal. This survey applies to the rest of Wales.
What to do if you find a dead badger?
If you come across a dead badger please note the location and call the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) on 0300 303 8268. The line is open normal office hours, Monday to Friday. APHA will, where practicable, endeavour to collect all carcasses reported.
It is important that you do not handle dead badgers or interfere with a carcass in any way.
For more information on the bovine TB eradication Programme visit: www.wales.gov.uk/bovinetb
Office of the Chief Veterinary Officer
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