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Scam Watch!

HM Revenue & Customs Email “Your Tax Return Refund Overdue We noticed that your tax refund remains unpaid, if you are the rightful holder of the account and you must update your account! We also require you to create a Six Digit Phone Identification Code this will...

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British Gas customers warned to beware of phishing email asking for personal details to ‘unlock’ online account. It's the latest in online scams trying to take advantage of people. The email asks the recipient to follow the links to update their data, warning that...

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Seven ways to spot an online shopping scam

From the photo to the seller - clues that show you’re being targeted by online shopping scammers. A million people in the UK fell victim to online shopping scams last year, some of them several times, and this kind of crime is showing no signs of slowing. According to...

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Common scams

Scams are schemes to con you out of your money. They can arrive by post, text message or email, or from someone coming to your home. Car matching and electricity meter scams and fake lotteries are just some of the tricks that scammers try. Reporting a scam - You...

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Tips to staying safe when purchasing pets:

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) and Action Fraud have recently noticed a rise in the reporting of pets, and in particular puppies and kittens, being advertised for sale via popular online auction websites. The fraudsters will place an advert of the pet...

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Fall Prevention

A look at some factors in fall prevention It is estimated that the consequences of falls cost the NHS some £2 billion a year, and 4 million bed days. Between a third and half of people over 65 suffer a fall in any given year. Whilst many are minor, about a quarter...

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An estimated half a million older people in the UK have fallen victim to a scam. However, the real number could be much higher because many people may feel embarrassed to admit they’ve been conned. Although anyone can be the victim of a scam, older people may be more...

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Chesham Policing Priorities

The Chesham Neighbourhood team would like to invite you to join them, and partners, in a live web chat to discuss and agree where the team, partners and community should be focusing their efforts to tackle local issues. The online forum will be held on the Tuesday 11...

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Summer Wise factsheet

While the summer may lift our spirits, older people can suffer adverse effects on their health during the hot weather and can be more vulnerable to illnesses such as heatstroke, heat exhaustion and dehydration. Changes in our bodies as we age mean we're less likely to...

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Staying in control when you’re older

Anyone can experience neglect or abuse – it is no reflection on their intelligence, strength or worth. You don’t have to live with it, there is help available. Looking out for someone who is being mistreated is everyone’s business. Order a free copy of our...

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The little Book of Cyber Scams

This book is a general guide to many of the cyber scams currently operating in the UK. Thames Valley Police has worked with the Metropolitan Police Service to introduce the first edition of the Little Book of Cyber Scams. This follows the success of the original...

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Getting help at home

A new, free guide about ways to stay independent covers getting help with household chores, managing day-to-day tasks and activities, adapting your current home, short-term help after hospital, and personal care. Think about home adaptations – There may be equipment...

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Smishing Fraud Alert

Smishing – the term used for SMS phishing – is an activity which enables criminals to steal victims’ money or identity, or both, as a result of a response to a text message. Smishing uses your mobile phone (either a smartphone or traditional non-internet connected...

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New banking scam

Fraudsters open 'twin' account next to your real one. A startling case of bank fraud has exposed the routine failure of current account providers to check applicants’ information. Halifax customer Mark Mansfield discovered a criminal had opened another Halifax current...

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We have had a few recent incidents where residents have bought puppies after seeing them featured on facebook pages from groups of individuals calling themselves "charities". These aren't charities as they are not registered as such! They have been...

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Microsoft Tech-Support Scammers

Action Fraud has received the first reports of Tech-Support scammers claiming to be from Microsoft who are taking advantage of the global WannaCry ransomware attack. One victim fell for the scam after calling a ‘help’ number advertised on a pop up window. The window...

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