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   Neighbourhood watch update    21 October, 2015
  1. Pension Scam Alert - Cape Verde
  2. Council Tax Scam
  3. Delivery of Yellow Pages
  4. Suspicious Activity - Generator / Equipment Sales Offer

 

  1. Pension Scam Alert - Cape Verde

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) has been alerted to a pension scam whereby cold callers continue to target members of the public aged 50 to 60 years old to release and transfer their pension early. Suspected firms who advertise and arrange pensions are offering investments in alternative commodities such as hotel developments or property in Cape Verde, and operate as unregulated collective investment schemes.
 
Often, the cold calling ‘pension companies’ involved are neither regulated nor qualified to give financial advice and classify themselves as a ‘trustee’, ‘consultant’ or an ‘independent advisor’ and offer exceptionally high return rates for investors.  
 
Some victims have signed documents that authorises a limited company to be set up using their personal details, including utilising a Small Self–Administered Scheme (SSAS). Whilst SSAS accounts and limited companies are essential for legitimate schemes, the fact that victims are unaware that this will happen suggests that the scheme may not have been fully explained to them, increasing the likelihood that there may be an element of fraud involved.
 
Protect yourself:
 
Further advice can be found at:
http://www.fca.org.uk/your-fca/documents/protect-your-pension-pot
http://www.fca.org.uk/consumers/financial-services-products/pensions/protect
http://www.thepensionsregulator.gov.uk/individuals/dangers-of-pension-scams.aspx
 
Ensure that you request that the risks and growth rates are explained and that you fully understand them before transferring your pension
 
Check whether the pension arrangement company is registered with the FCA. Registered companies can be checked using the FCA register online at: https://register.fca.org.uk/ 
 
Remember that if the offer seems too good to be true, then it generally is
 
If you believe that you have been a victim of fraud you can report it online http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/report_fraud or by telephone 0300 123 2040.

  1. Council Tax Scam

Fraudsters have been phoning victims telling them that they have been placed in the wrong council tax bracket for a number of years and are entitled to a rebate. They normally say that this rebate should be worth about £7,000. Once the victim is convinced, the fraudster tells them that in order to receive the rebate they will need to pay an administration fee in advance. The payment they ask for varies between £60–£350. The victim provides the details and makes the payment, but then is no longer able to make contact with the person they spoke to on the phone. When they phone their council about the rebate and the fact that they are in the wrong tax bracket, the council will confirm that they know nothing about it and that they have been contacted by fraudsters.

The fraudsters have mainly been targeting both male and female victims who are aged 60 and over and live in the Sussex area, but it is likely that the fraudsters will also start to target victims in other areas.

  1. Delivery of Yellow Pages

I am aware that many recipients will not be affected by this message and would ask that you simply delete it.

We have been informed by DEYA who deliver Yellow Pages directories that they are about to deliver the Leicester directories, commencing on 16th November taking some 2-3 weeks.
They endeavour to deliver through letterboxes or personally to householders but where this is not possible their staff are trained to leave them in dry, secure places out of sight from passers by. Alternatively they try to leave it with a neighbour and deliver a card saying where or with whom it has been left.
They are aware of the security problems of directories being left in sight on doorsteps and do their best to avoid this.  Please try to assist these deliveries in your area where possible.

 

  1. Suspicious Activity - Generator / Equipment Sales Offer

Please note following information and report any activity immediately to the Police (101):

An illegal travellers site has been established in Ashby Road, Daventry occupied by person with Irish accents.

Persons are traveling around the Daventry area (Town & Rural) offering Electric Generators / Chain Saws / Equipment for sale.These persons may offer to leave the Generator / Equipment for your consideration of purchase, even if you decline, and return later.  The motive for doing so may involve pressure to purchase.Their activity is generally suspicious and Sgt Sam Dobbs of Daventry Police SCT has asked that any sightings are reported immediately to the Police using the 101 telephone number.

If possible please note /record:

Vehicle Registration Numbers and Description (Colour / Make /  Model / Distinctive Features)

Persons Description (Height / Build / Hair Colour / Age / Gender / Clothing)

 

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