Category Archives: Safety

Watch out for mandate fraud

NY PoliceNorth Yorkshire Police have noticed an increase in the type of fraud whereby a resident or business will receive an email purporting to be  from a supplier, for example utility company, solicitor, builder etc informing the resident/business that the supplier’s account details have changed and all further payments need to be paid into the new account. For further details, please visit our ‘Alerts’ page.

10 useful things to have in the car

Speeding car driversSome 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.

What do you think of the Fire and Rescue Plan for North Yorkshire?

Consultation on the Draft Priorities for the North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Plan 2019/21 – Message from Julia Mulligan

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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.

Warning about Brexit scams ….. and there are many!

Please visit our ‘Alerts’ page for details of the latest scams relating to Brexit.

Investment

 

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

Pension scams advice

Pension scams 2The 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
https://www.thepensionsregulator.gov.uk/document-library?res=/-/media/thepensionsregulator/files/import/pdf/pension-scams-booklet-members.ashx

It is well worth a read    (Courtesy of NY Police)

An end to mobile phone scams?

Mobile phone scamsThis 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

1400 targeted by TV licensing scam e-mails

 

WarningBe 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