Whittlesey and District Neighbourhood Watch

Whittlesey and District Neighbourhood Watch

Creating safer, stronger and active communities

Flu Jab Scam

According to NHS England, an elderly lady has lost £5000 in a recent scam. The lady was called by a person purporting to be a GP at her local practice. The fraudster informed the victim that for a £1.50 fee the GP could attend their home to administer the flu jab and requested bank details in order to confirm the appointment.

A spokesperson from NHS England and NHS Improvement, said: "If someone claiming to be from the NHS contacts you by phone and asks for payment, please be aware they could be a criminal trying to trick you."

Read more: Flu Jab Scam

HMRC Scam Calls

We have received a recent report from a CAPASP supporter and Good Neighbour that there is a very persistent new version of the HMRC and Mastercard telephone scams been mentioned before. The new version is an automated call stating that the resident’s internet provider is going to terminate their services and that you must press 1 to be connected to an ‘executive advisor’. Our informant tells us that they received this call 8 times in one morning alone.

As before, please pass on this message far and wide to alert others within your community. The simple advice is to not press 1, or any other key that is instructed, but to simply hang up as I suspect there would be a hefty connection charge or a very threatening or persuasive person awaiting your attention.

Low Cost Loans Scam

Action Fraud has received 63 reports about a scam in which fraudsters target people with offers of “low cost” loans or “free” government grants. What the victims aren’t told is that the money they’ll receive is actually an advance payment for Universal Credit. The criminals use the personal information they’ve obtain under false pretences to make an application in the victim’s name. After the fraudsters have taken their “fee” from the advance payment, the victim is then left to pay back the total amount once their repayments begin.


How you can protect yourself:

  • Never share your personal or financial information with someone you don’t know and trust, especially if it’s in response to an offer of “free money” or a “free grant”.
  • Department for Work & Pensions (DWP) staff will never approach you in the street or ask for your personal/financial details over social media.
  • If you have concerns about your benefits, you should visit www.gov.uk/contact-jobcentre-plus
  • If you suspect your identity may have been stolen, you can check your credit rating quickly and easily online. You should do this every few months anyway, using a reputable service provider and following up on any unexpected or suspicious results.




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Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)

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Fraud, often called Scams, is the fastest growing area of crime and is often not reported.

ActionFraud is the UK’s national fraud and internet crime reporting centre.

They provide a central point of contact for information about fraud and financially motivated internet crime.

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