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Neighbourhood Watch has had a complete makeover. The excellent new website is easy to navigate and it has lots of useful information and sensible advice. For more information please visit https://www.kent.police.uk/neighbourhoodwatch

Your village representatives are: 

Julie King (Lower Rd)                       01622 816977 or juliekingme15@btinternet.com

Jacky Taylor  (The Green)                01622 236421 or jackytaylor50@gmail.com

 

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Maidstone Borough Council Scam Alert

Posted on 10th November, 2020
⚠️ SCAM ⚠️
Please be aware of a current scam where individuals are calling people saying they are owed a Council Tax refund because their banding is incorrect. You can find out how to report these scams by going to: https://www.gov.uk/.../report-hmrc-phishing-emails-texts...
Please remain vigilant.

Police Notice

Posted on 10th November, 2020

Police notice

Amazon Bank Fraud

Posted on 10th November, 2020

Beware of bank fraud! A neighbour recently received an automated message today saying a large payment had been made to Amazon and she should give her bank details to get the money credited back. Luckily she hung up. I contacted the bank to check and they said these people can access your phone line for up to TEN MINUTES after you've answered a call to them, so if you are going to ring your bank, do it from another phone or wait at least ten minutes to make sure they're not still accessing your phone line.

DVLA Post and Email scams

Posted on 27th October, 2020

Sadly, these scams are still continuing, please do not respond to any correspondence you receive.

 

DVLA

Deaf Blind UK Charity Scams

Posted on 27th October, 2020

Sadly there are some reports of people visiting homes claiming to be collecting money on behalf of Deafblind UK. Please be aware that they do not do any door to door collections and anyone who is a true representative of Deafblind UK will have an ID badge. If anyone knocks on your door suggesting they are from our charity please do not hesitate to call the police.

Home Office Vehicle Parking Penalty Scam

Posted on 13th October, 2020

Please be aware of this scam, a number of people received a letter like this in the surrounding area

 

Penalty scam

Kent Police advise to prevent burglaries

Posted on 20th September, 2020

As we return to work following lockdown, Kent Police are concerned there will be a spike in burglaries. Follow the link to read advice on prevention

https://www.kent.police.uk/news/kent/news2/policing-news/2009/crime-prevention-reminder-after-rise-in-residential-burglaries/#

 

Faster Broadband Telephone Scam

Posted on 19th September, 2020

Scammers on the prowl are ringing local telephone numbers saying that you can get faster speed if you follow their instructions. They try to take control of your computer and harvest your data. Don’t get caught out, please warn your vulnerable family members and friends

Council Tax refund scam alert

Posted on 19th September, 2020
Kent County Council,s Public Protection site has reported: 
Please be alert to a new council tax refund text message scam that is being reported from various parts of the country.
❌ The text claims you are due a council tax refund.
❌ The clickable link asks for bank account details to transfer the funds.
❌ These details may they be used to gain access to your bank account.
❌ The council will never ask for these details by text message.
✅ If you receive a text of a similar nature do not engage. Delete!
✅ Never give out personal or financial details to anyone who contacts you unexpectedly.
✅ If you are unsure, phone the number on your council tax bill.
Please make your friends and family aware of this scam

Covid 19 Track and Trace scam

Posted on 20th July, 2020

And so it begins! This is a transcript of someone's recent phone call

 

‘Good morning, I'm calling from the NHS track and trace service. According to our system, you are likely to have been in close proximity to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. This means that you now need to self-isolate for 7 days and take a COVID-19 test.'
'OK. Can you tell me who that person was?'
'I'm not able to tell you that. That is confidential information.'
'Right. Um... so ....'
'But you do need to be tested within the next 72 hours. So can I just get the best mailing address so that we can send a kit to you?'
'Ok (gives address)'
'Thank you - and I just need to take a payment card so that we can finalize this and send the kit to you.'
'Sorry - a payment card? I thought this was all free?'
'No - I'm afraid not. There is a one-off fee of £50 for the kit and test results. Could you read off the long card number for me, please, when you're ready.'
'No - that's not right. This is part of the NHS so there's no charge.'
'I'm afraid there is. Can you give me the card number please - this is very important, and there are penalties for not complying.'

 

Puts the phone down.

 

This is how scammers work. And vulnerable people will fall for it.”

Don't fall for it...! COPY and PASTE

Please please please remind your loved ones not to to give any banking information over the phone!