The Consumer Association (Which?) and Cleveland Police are warning of a new scam involving the International Postcode Lottery Association. For further details, please see our ‘Alerts’ page.
Some simple advice from petrolprices.com about what things to have in the car, in case they’re needed.
They also provide the results of a recent study which reports that 4 drivers a minute are caught exceeding the speed limit. In one county alone, there was a reported increase of 416% in a seven year period. Click here for more information, including how counties differ in their punishment of offenders.
Consultation on the Draft Priorities for the North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Plan 2019/21 – Message from Julia Mulligan
I would like as many people as possible to tell me their views on the draft priorities for the fire service. As Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner, it is my responsibility to produce a Fire and Rescue Plan setting out the strategic vision, priorities and objectives for North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service over the next two years. I will use this to hold your Fire and Rescue Service to account. Before I finalise the plan I want to hear from yourself, your community, businesses and others who work alongside the service. I want to make sure the priorities being proposed reflect what you expect from your fire and rescue service.
For details on how to take part in the survey, please go to our ‘Have Your Say’ page.
Please visit our ‘Alerts’ page for details of the latest scams relating to Brexit.
The current confusion about what is happening with the Brexit process is providing an ideal opportunity for fraudsters to try to steal individuals’ money. Make sure that you do not become a victim by reading about the latest scams:
Bogus Brexit investments
HMRC Brexit scam
European Health Insurance card (Ehic) scam
Financial services scams
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. https://www.tvlicensing.co.uk/faqs/FAQ288
Be aware! Consumer Association Which? is warning that more than 1,400 people have been targeted by the latest TV Licensing refund scam emails. The e-mails take various forms, but mainly involve the use of a convincing facsimie of the TV Licensing Authority logos etc. The e-mail offers a refund for over payment or a billing error. For further details on how to spot these e-mails and what to do if you have been scammed, go to https://bit.ly/2q2Jnaz
Thefts from keyless cars has increased by 30% in the past four years. Some insurance companies will not cover this type of theft, as there is no evidence of a break-in. Basically, thieves can hack the signal from your key and use it to open your car door and drive away.
So you need to take preventative measures to ensure the safety of your car. For further details, please see our ‘Alerts’ page.
Should you or your relative be on the Priority Services Register? This is a register of people who would be particularly at risk, if there were to be a power cut. To find out if you are eligible to register, please click here.
Note: This link also offers advice if you are struggling to pay your energy bills.