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Warning after COVID vaccine scam texts received
 

Dear Watch Member,

Scammers have been contacting elderly people claiming they can arrange COVID vaccines for a fee.

Three people in Hertfordshire were contacted during December via text messages, which included a link that went through to a webpage that asked them for personal and banking details. All the victims realised it was a scam and did not handover any details.  

The NHS is the only organisation that has access to the vaccine and will never ask for payment.

If you are contacted, please do not engage with the fraudsters, the NHS is currently contacting eligible people but if you are asked for money it is not a genuine call or text.

If you believe you have been a victim of fraud please report to 0300 123 2040 or online at www.actionfraud.police.uk.

Scams can come in many forms and is an incredibly sophisticated crime, making it more difficult to distinguish genuine messages from the fake.

 

 

    • Do not open attachments or click on links in emails or texts from senders you don’t know.

 

    • Never give out personal information, financial details or passwords in response to an email, text or phone call without verifying that the person is who they claim to be.

 

    • Block any numbers that arouse suspicion.

 

    • Set up spam filters on all of your accounts.

 

    • Always go to a website directly, by typing out the address yourself, when logging into an account.

 

    • Keep an eye out for numerous spelling mistakes in messages, these are normally linked to phishing emails and texts.  

 

We all make mistakes and these days the scams can be incredibly convincing. If you think you, or someone you know has been a victim of online fraud:

 

 

    • Let your bank know what’s happened immediately.

 

 

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Regards,
Terry Morris

Watch Liaison Officer

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    • Telephone 999 in an emergency where there is a danger to life or a crime is in progress.

 

    • Telephone 101 for non-emergencies where police attendance is required, to report a crime or to report any other incidents.

 

    • Alternatively, visit www.herts.police.uk/contact to report a non-emergency crime online or chat to a police operator live via our web chat service.

 

    • If you are calling about the above message, please tell us that you are responding to a message from OWL.

 

Please do NOT press the reply button because this address is not monitored. If you wish to contact the person named above please email them directly at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (click the link). This email was sent using OWL. It is used by Hertfordshire Constabulary to meet the modern requirements of community schemes such as Neighbourhood Watch. The content of t

 
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10.08.20

Scam Alert

 

The NPC are sharing just some of the latest scams with regards to TV Licensing, Test & Trace and COVID-19. Please be ever vigilant and see the below information.

 

    1. As of this week TV Licensing have started sending letters to anyone aged over 75 asking them to either pay for their TV licence or apply for a free one. The letter TV Licensing sends will include your licence number, your title and your last name and they will only ask you to pay using the following options:
    • By post using the address TV Licensing, PO Box 578, Darlington DL98 1AN
    • Over the phone on 0300 790 6151

If you are contacted and asked to pay for your TV licence using a different phone number, a different website or by posting your details to a different address, this is a scam. 

TV Licensing will not come to your doorstep to collect the licence fee if you are over 75, so anyone who claims to do so is also a scammer.

If you’re unsure about anything, you can call TV Licensing on 0300 303 9695 to speak with someone who can help.

 

    1. Some people are receiving texts offering a free TV licence for a year.  They ask you to text your bank details back to them in order to get the free licence.  Please don’t respond to this text, it is a scam and you have the potential to lose your money and your identity.

 

    1. Emails claiming you owe money to the TVLA and to go online to pay it.  Some emails also state you could go to court if you don’t pay.

 

    1. Letters supposedly from Television Licensing Authority (TVLA) saying your details need updating because there is something wrong. They ask you to go online and put your personal details in.  Again this is a scam.

 

    1. COVID-19: anyone offering cheap sanitiser, masks or purporting to have test equipment is likely to be a scam. In some cases, the sanitiser has been known to cause damage to the skin. Do not pay for test equipment.  The NHS or your GP will offer it free.

 

    1. NHS Test & Trace – the original scam on this was shut down by the Fraud Action Line. However, it is operating from another phone number and will text you asking for payment, The NHS will never ask you to pay.  Report to Fraud Action Line on 0300 123 2040

 
As time passes, we are likely to see more scams around the TV licence issue, so please make sure by just making a phone call that whatever you have received is legitimate.

TVLA will always use the last part of your post code along with your TV licence number in any communication they have with you.

 

For more information on scams see the below links

https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/


https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/consumer/scams/check-if-something-might-be-a-scam/

https://www.which.co.uk/consumer-rights/scams

https://www.fca.org.uk/scamsmart
 

 

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10.08.20

Scam Alert

 

The NPC are sharing just some of the latest scams with regards to TV Licensing, Test & Trace and COVID-19. Please be ever vigilant and see the below information.

 

    1. As of this week TV Licensing have started sending letters to anyone aged over 75 asking them to either pay for their TV licence or apply for a free one. The letter TV Licensing sends will include your licence number, your title and your last name and they will only ask you to pay using the following options:
    • By post using the address TV Licensing, PO Box 578, Darlington DL98 1AN
    • Over the phone on 0300 790 6151

If you are contacted and asked to pay for your TV licence using a different phone number, a different website or by posting your details to a different address, this is a scam. 

TV Licensing will not come to your doorstep to collect the licence fee if you are over 75, so anyone who claims to do so is also a scammer.

If you’re unsure about anything, you can call TV Licensing on 0300 303 9695 to speak with someone who can help.

 

    1. Some people are receiving texts offering a free TV licence for a year.  They ask you to text your bank details back to them in order to get the free licence.  Please don’t respond to this text, it is a scam and you have the potential to lose your money and your identity.

 

    1. Emails claiming you owe money to the TVLA and to go online to pay it.  Some emails also state you could go to court if you don’t pay.

 

    1. Letters supposedly from Television Licensing Authority (TVLA) saying your details need updating because there is something wrong. They ask you to go online and put your personal details in.  Again this is a scam.

 

    1. COVID-19: anyone offering cheap sanitiser, masks or purporting to have test equipment is likely to be a scam. In some cases, the sanitiser has been known to cause damage to the skin. Do not pay for test equipment.  The NHS or your GP will offer it free.

 

    1. NHS Test & Trace – the original scam on this was shut down by the Fraud Action Line. However, it is operating from another phone number and will text you asking for payment, The NHS will never ask you to pay.  Report to Fraud Action Line on 0300 123 2040

 
As time passes, we are likely to see more scams around the TV licence issue, so please make sure by just making a phone call that whatever you have received is legitimate.

TVLA will always use the last part of your post code along with your TV licence number in any communication they have with you.

 

For more information on scams see the below links

https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/


https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/consumer/scams/check-if-something-might-be-a-scam/

https://www.which.co.uk/consumer-rights/scams

https://www.fca.org.uk/scamsmart
 

 

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