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Telephone Scam – Telephone Preference Service 15/02/2018 14:09:29 208420 February 15, 2018

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Warning As Man Posing As A Police Officer On Phone Carries Out Fraud 14/02/2018 14:53:20 208291 February 15, 2018

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Subject: Warning As Man Posing As A Police Officer On Phone Carries Out Fraud 14/02/2018 14:53:20 [208291]

Warning as man posing as a police officer on phone carries out fraud

**Appears to be targeted at elderly people**

Two incidents which appear to be related took place in the Kendal area yesterday (13/02/18).
This is a scam resulting in the loss of money.
A male claiming to be a Detective Constable contacted two unrelated women at their home addresses, via their landline phones.
Both women were told to withdraw money from their banks and were given instructions on how to do this.
The caller then requested the serial numbers of the bank notes and then stated that they were forged notes.
A man then attended the victims’ home addresses to collect the notes.
He is described as a young, black man, of very slight build. He was wearing headphones and dressed casually.
Members of the public, residents in the Kendal area and families of elderly relatives are asked to be vigilant and to report any similar phone calls to the Police immediately.
If you have any information on either of these incidents please contact police referencing incidents 77 and 205 of February 13 2018.
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Improve Your Internet Security For Free 11/01/2018 16:12:19 204285 January 12, 2018

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I received this from ActionFraud via Cumbria Community Messaging and it looks potentially useful, so I’ll share it here for use or not, at your own discretion.

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Subject: Improve Your Internet Security For Free 11/01/2018 16:12:19 [204285]

Improve Your Internet Security For Free

Better internet security in two minutes

Domain Name Systems (DNS) are like public phone books for the web. They’re the reason you only need to remember a website’s name and not its IP address (think of these as phone numbers for computers). When you type “www.youtube.com” into a browser, a DNS service translates that into the associated IP address (199.223.232.0) for you.

Imagine a phone book that automatically filters and removes phone numbers known to be used for fraud. That’s what Quad9 does for websites. Quad9 provides an automated way to protect yourself and your business by blocking access to known malicious websites, like phishing sites designed to steal personal or banking details.

Quad9 checks the website to determine if it’s malicious.

Visit Quad9.net for a step-by-step guide on how to improve your online security in two minutes.

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Reminder to check bank statements regularly for unauthorized transactions December 22, 2017

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Reminder to check bank statements regularly for unauthorized transactions

by C. Paxton

Be sure to scan your bank statements carefully for unauthorized transactions lurking amongst your legitimate Christmas shopping. Recently I have been troubled by a spate of these. I reported the fraud to my bank, Barclays and they have refunded the missing money and are investigating the cases.

Police Warning About Fraudsters Claiming To Be From Hmrc 21/12/2017 16:02:02 202605 December 22, 2017

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Subject: Police Warning About Fraudsters Claiming To Be From Hmrc 21/12/2017 16:02:02 [202605]

Police warning about fraudsters claiming to be from HMRC

Police are continuing to receive calls from members of the public regarding a scam which attempts to gain money.

The scam relates to a member of the public receiving a call from someone purporting to be from HMRC, stating that they had an outstanding tax bill.

The latest incident reported to police was on December 12th, when a woman from the Millom area, was instructed to pay the £597 bill in iTunes vouchers. She went to a local supermarket and purchased the vouchers – the details which she handed over the phone to the fraudster.

A Cumbria Constabulary spokesperson said:

“We want to advise people to be vigilant to prevent them from falling victim.

“Our advice for such scams is to disregard the message. Do not contact them on the number they request you to call on and do not hand over any money. If possible record the details and if you are in any doubt, contact HMRC to verify the information.

“The HMRC website states they would never use these methods to tell you about a tax rebate, a penalty or even to get personal payment information, and they would not request overdue tax to be paid in iTunes vouchers or similar.

“We’d also like to take this opportunity to alert retailers to the fact that this is happening. If you get a customer attempting to buy high value amounts of iTunes vouchers, please help that customer by checking it is not being purchased to pay a HMRC tax bill or other debt, and report this matter.”

Anyone who comes across such a scam should contact Action Fraud at www.actionfraud.org.uk or contact the Action Fraud Hotline on 0300 123 2040 as they are the investigatory body for offences of this type.

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Penrith Community Fire Station Open Day – 24 September 2017 11/09/2017 11:53:31 191076 October 18, 2017

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Subject: Penrith Community Fire Station Open Day – 24 September 2017 11/09/2017 11:53:31 [191076]

Penrith Community Fire Station Open Day – 24 September 2017
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Karren Charters (Cumbria Fire & Rescue Service, Administrator, Cumbria)

Message from Cumbria Fire & Rescue Service

Penrith Community Fire Station Open Day – Sunday 24th September 2017

On Sunday 24th September between 11am and 3pm Penrith Community Fire Station will be holding an Open Day.

There will be stalls from Blood Bikes, the Ambulance Service, Mountain Rescue Team, the Fire Fighters Charity and Cumbria Police as well as a cake sale and raffle.

It will be fun for all the family and we would love to see you all. There will also be demonstrations on road traffic collisions, height rescues and house fires.

All proceeds on the day will go to the Fire Fighters Charity.

Hope to see you there!

The Penrith Rapid Day Crew

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Smoke Damage Shap 18/10/2017 10:27:58 195153 October 18, 2017

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Subject: Smoke Damage Shap 18/10/2017 10:27:58 [195153]

Smoke damage Shap
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Police are investigating an incident from 2100hrs on Saturday 14th October 2017 at the Shap Library. Someone has set fire to a car tyre and some magazines causing smoke damage to the car park wall. If you have any information please call 101 and ask for PC 2174 WOOLLEY or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Rogue Traders – Fish Sellers – Sedbergh 18/10/2017 13:30:35 195212 October 18, 2017

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Subject: Rogue Traders – Fish Sellers – Sedbergh 18/10/2017 13:30:35 [195212]

Rogue Traders – Fish Sellers – Sedbergh
This is a message sent via Cumbria Neighbourhood Watch. This information has been sent on behalf of Cumbria County Council
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Cumbria Trading Standards have received reports of fish sellers operating from a van, cold calling in the Sedbergh area of Cumbria. They may also be visiting other areas in the county. Please be wary and report any uninvited fish salesmen operating within Cumbria to Trading Standards.

Fish sellers visiting Cumbria are known to engage in cold calling activities asking residents to purchase large amounts of frozen fish on the doorstep. This fish is generally of poor quality, unrefrigerated and short weight. Doorstep sellers often demand a cash or cheque payment and can be very persuasive in their selling techniques.

Cumbria Trading Standards and Cumbria Police advice is simple; don’t let uninvited doorstep sellers of any kind into your home. Often these sellers prey on the most vulnerable who are less likely to refuse what may appear to be a bargain. For all your goods and services it is better to deal with reputable traders operating out of fixed premises who you know and trust.

If you or someone you know is faced with fish sellers or other cold callers please contact Trading Standards via the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 03454 04 05 06 or visit www.adviceguide.org.uk

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Cnwa Conference and Agm, Saturday, 14th October, at Oval Centre, Salterbeck, Workington . September 28, 2017

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CNWA Conference and AGM

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The Annual Conference and AGM of the Cumbria Neighbourhood Watch Association will take place on Saturday the 14th of October at the Oval Centre, Salterbeck, Workington CA14 5HA and the full programme is attached to this message. The event starts with registration and coffee at 09.45 and finishes with a complementary buffet lunch at 12.30. We are delighted that Sue Hayman, MP for Workington and Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, has kindly agreed to be with us. Sue will be joined by Peter McCall, Cumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Phil Tibble, Chair of West Cumbria Community Safety Partnership, Mark Webster, Assistant Chief Constable and Lorrainne Smyth, Chief Executive of ACTion for Communities in Cumbria. We are also pleased that the High Sheriff of Cumbria, Alistair Wannop, will be present to present the High Sheriff’s Shield. It promises to be an outstanding event and we hope as many people as possible will be able to attend. If you didn’t respond to our previous messages but would like to attend please respond to this one. Thanks.

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Doorstep Cold Caller Warning 15/09/2017 11:44:02 191568 September 16, 2017

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Subject: Doorstep Cold Caller Warning 15/09/2017 11:44:02 [191568]

DOORSTEP COLD CALLER WARNING
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Cumbria Trading Standards are warning both the farming community and local residents to look out for doorstep callers after an incident was reported in the Bootle area near Millom in the last couple of days.

Individuals are visiting farms and offering tarmac for sale stating that they have “left overs” after working on the local highway. Trading Standards advice is to always say ‘NO’ to any cold callers and we ask that you look out for elderly or vulnerable family, friends and neighbours.

Consumers should be extremely cautious when approached by any doorstep callers offering to sell goods or conduct work on their property. These types of callers often use persuasive or aggressive tactics to get people to agree to have work carried out and then charge far more than was quoted for poor quality work or goods.

They often fail to provide a legally required cancellation notice which enables the householder to cancel the work within a statutory fourteen day cooling off period.

If you have been called in this way and require further advice, or want to report the matter, Trading Standards can be contacted via the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 03454 04 05 06 or by visiting www.adviceguide.org.uk

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