The Pensions Regulator has circulated the following document to advise people on pension scams. The main tactics scammers use are:
1. Making contact out of the blue
2. Making promises of high /guaranteed returns
3. Offering free pension reviews
4. Allowing access to your pension before age 55
5. Pressurising you to act quickly
The document can be accessed at
It is well worth a read (Courtesy of NY Police)
This year, four of the largest mobile phone providers (EE, Vodafone, O2 and Three) will launch a new system, which blocks scammers who attempt to send text messages, which appear to come from your bank. The Consumer Association Which? reports that ’for years, fraudsters have been spoofing bank phone numbers and scaring people with threatening text messages to call them back’. The new system will stop the spoofing of phone numbers and will help to distinguish between genuine and fraudulent text messages.
In the meantime, you can report scam and spam texts directly to your mobile phone provider by forwarding it to 7726, which is free of charge. To find out more, please see our ‘Alerts’ page
Thousands of people have notified the TV Licensing Authority about a new phishing scam. Follow their advice. Be on the alert. Don’t get caught.
Concerned about the loss of Harrogate’s Crown Post Office? Don’t forget to have your say before December 19th. There will be a drop-in public forum December 3rd 3.30-7.00pm in the Majestic Hotel. For further details about this consultation, please see our ‘Alerts’ page.
The current free TV licence for those over 75yr is due to end shortly.The BBC is seeking your views on what happens next. Will it be abolished? Have your say https://bbcconsultation.traverse.org.uk or tel: 0800 232 1382 for a paper version.
Here is some timely advice from Citizens’ Advice about your rights if something you order doesn’t arrive.
Harrogate Main Post Office set for closure
Help save Harrogate’s main Post Office
As WH Smith continues its programme to amalgamate post offices within its branches, it has been confirmed that the town centre post office in Harrogate is marked for closure. The plan is to relocate the post office within the WH Smith store in Cambridge Street. This move comes at a time when the future of the post office in Cold Bath Road is also in doubt. To read more about this, please see our ‘Have Your Say’ page, which includes an article from the Harrogate Advertiser. Make sure you participate in the consultation.
Many people have been taking part in, or attending, commemorative events for the centenary of World War 1. For those of you who have not yet had the opportunity to visit this sculpture in Ripon Cathedral, it is open until November 14th. For further details go to: riponcathedral.info/events/