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Motorists are being warned to stay alert after a number of fake penalty notices have been placed on vehicles.
The counterfeit notices say they are for highways obstructions, such as parking on pavements. However, the notices state they are issued by a private company, rather than the police or local council, and print the phone number of a call centre.
Internet users are being warned to watch out for a scam that charges money for what appears to be an upgrade of Skype.
Fraudsters are advertising a paid-for Skype service and taking the money from victims. Users are being warned that there is no upgrade that they have to pay for – this is a scam. Skype is free to download and the internet-based voice-calling system allows people to make phone calls to other Skype users for free.
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Police are warning residents to be aware of bogus callers insisting on an upfront payment for roof repairs that never materialise.
Men claiming to be from a roofing company have been telling homeowners that their roofs need repairing and ask for an upfront payment for materials. Once they have received payment, they leave and do not return. One resident lost several thousand pounds to the fraudsters, who have been targeting vulnerable and older people in particular.
The charity Shelter has revealed that a million Britons may have fallen victim to scams involving a private tenancy or landlord in the last three years.
In a YouGov survey, 2% said they had fallen victim to such a scam and 4% knew someone else who this had happened to. The survey coincides with Shelter’s new campaign called ‘Evict Rogue Landlords’ to raise awareness of rogue landlords and con artists.
Fraudsters are behind some of the rent scams that Shelter is highlighting, including:
If you’ve received a letter from MCO Capital Limited asking you to repay a loan you haven’t taken out, you need to take action. [Updated: 19 November 2010]
If you have received one of these letters, do not pay any money but DO NOT IGNORE IT. It may affect your credit rating and you may find bailiffs on your doorstep if you do not take action.
Police are advising businesses to be vigilant when receiving orders for products via their online ordering systems.
How does the scam work?
Action Fraud is urging people not to ignore letters for items or services they haven’t taken out.
There has recently been an increase of reports from people receiving letters for a loan that needs to be repaid – the loan is in fact taken out by a fraudster who has stolen the victim’s identity.
Identity theft is a serious crime. If people ignore letters about goods or services they haven’t requested they could end up in debt, with bailiffs on their doorstep and a poor credit rating.