Vehicle fraud drives us round the bend, costing victims £17.8 million in 2013

Online vehicle fraud is costing the nation a road-rage inducing £17.8 million each year, according to new figures released by Get Safe Online and the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) today. This is the equivalent to 89 Aston Martin Vanquishes.

In 2013, more than 6,600 UK residents reported online vehicle fraud to the police, with an average loss of £4,078 per victim. The loss range is huge; from smaller losses of less than £50, which mainly related to holding deposits, to one unlucky victim who lost £300,000 where multiple vehicles were involved.

Fraudsters used the following methods to steal their victims’ cash:

  • Part or full payment for the vehicles and then loss of contact with the “seller” accounted for nearly half (49%) of frauds
  • More than a third (37%) of cases involved the payment of a deposit rather than the full amount
  • Bank transfers (58%), fake eBay Invoices (14%) and fake Google Payment Systems Invoices (12%) offering non-existent “buyer protection” for the transaction were the most commonly cited payment methods
  • Some victims paid funds to holding accounts on the basis that funds will be held until the buyer has received the goods and is satisfied with them
  • Other victims received texts from well-known websites requesting refundable fees for car inspections

Further statistics show that:

  • Nearly three quarters (71%) of victims were men
  • People in their forties reported a quarter (25%) of all online vehicle fraud
  • London was the most targeted city for online vehicle fraud, followed by Bristol and then Birmingham

For the full press release, please click here.

 

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Planning Application for planning permission for 1000 homes at Hardingstone

The planning application for 1000 new homes at Hardingstone can be found here  . The planning application no is N/2013/0338 and here is a letter we received from the borough council today.

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Tax Refund Scam

One of our members has drawn attention to yet another scam going round – promising people a tax refund. Here is a screen shot of the sort of e-mail you may receive. This could be convincing to some. All are strongly advised to just delete these sorts of messages. If in doubt ring the alleged sender, BUT do not open up any links in the message.

Taxscam

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Crime Prevention Advice available for download

The Neighbourhood & Home Watch Network (England & Wales) has just published a comprehensive collection of crime prevention and safety advice.  You can download a copy here   . At present, it is only available in electronic format. However, the network is looking into ways of producing it in hard copy (e.g. securing a sponsor), and will update us with further details if hard copies become available. 

Many thanks to the network’s  partners the Police Service, the Association of Chief Police Officers, Crimestoppers, Get Safe Online, the Master Locksmiths Association, Suzy Lamplugh Trust, the Fire & Rescue Service, Secured by Design, Action Fraud and Avocet Hardware Ltd, and of course to Neighbourhood Watch and Home Watch members, who have provided valuable input into this document.

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Telephone Scams

Telephone ScamsPolice poster published 28.1.14.

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Are you receiving our e-mails?

We have recently been contacted by a member who has stopped receiving our e-mails on their Hotmail account. This is under investigation, but it may be down to Spam filter settings. If you have stopped receiving our messages for no apparent reason, please use our contact page to report this issue.

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I’m Stranded in the Phillipines – please help scam

We received an e-mail today purportedly from a colleague. The e-mail was “signed” by him and stated his post with the local society he was membership secretary with. The e-mail stated that he was in the Philippines and had been mugged. All his credit cards and cash had been stolen and he couldn’t leave his hotel until his bill had been paid. The Embassy and Police couldn’t help him and his return flight was soon to leave. There then followed a plea for cash. Needless to say this is a scam – if you receive such an e-mail delete it.

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