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Nasty Universal Credit scam masquerading as low cost loan or free grant

From Action Fraud:   Once again, if it sounds too good to be true, it usually isn’t! Action Fraud has received 63 reports about a scam in which fraudsters target people with offers of “low cost” loans or “free” government grants. What the victims aren’t told is that the money […]

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Bogus speeding fine email

From the police community messaging service: We have received a report from a business in Exeter that they have received an email which is a bogus ‘speeding fine’ email purporting to be from the Police. We do not know the intentions of this email but advise that they are deleted. […]

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HMRC Scam – Be Aware – New Number Added

Received this message earlier, as new numbers have been added: The Neighbourhood Policing Team at Torridge would like you to be aware of the following scam. Scammers are telephoning members of the public claiming to be from HM Revenue and Customs and are threatening prosecution unless an alleged outstanding debt […]

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HMRC Scam – Be Aware

Received this message earlier. The Neighbourhood Policing Team at Torridge would like you to be aware of the following scam. Scammers are telephoning members of the public claiming to be from HM Revenue and Customs and are threatening prosecution unless an alleged outstanding debt is paid. It is no surprise […]

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Yet Another DVLA Scam Warning

DVLA warns the public of scams asking you to provide your personal details and confirm credit card details. They say: We’re aware that some members of the public are receiving emails, texts and telephone calls claiming to be from DVLA. Links to a website mocked up to look like a […]

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Council Tax Scam Alert #Torridge

Residents of Torridge are being reminded to be on their guard against bogus officials claiming they can save them money through Council Tax band revaluations. There have been recent instances of fraudsters telephoning residents, alleging they are calling on behalf of the Valuation Office, and offering, for a payment, to […]

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Cold Calling – Watch Out for Scams

Fraudulent banking services, dodgy credit brokers and bogus investment opportunities are the most common cons at the end of a cold-call, finds Citizens Advice. Two in five (41%) scams reported to the Citizens Advice service come from a cold call – making it the most common method of con reported […]

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Cornwall Targeted in Bogus Police scam

Elderly residents in west Cornwall are being urged to be wise to a bogus police scam after a Helston victim was defrauded of £130,000, but other areas have also been affected. If you know an elderly person who, perhaps, will not see this, please try to make them aware, without causing […]

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Citizens Advice on Summer Scams

While we may have struck gold with the weather this summer Brits could get their fingers burnt as scammers look to prey on concert-goers, holiday-makers and those looking for love.   Citizens Advice and Consumer Minister, Jo Swinson, are warning people to watch out for cons. Details of common scams […]

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