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TV Providers Discount Fraud

9 May
The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) have noticed an increase in Action Fraud reports where fraudsters are offering a discount on Television service provider subscriptions. Fraudsters are cold-calling victims, purporting to be from a Television (TV) provider offering a discount on their monthly subscription. Victims have been told the following: their subscription needs to be renewed; that part or all, of the TV equipment has expired and they are due an upgrade on the equipment/subscription. In order to falsely process the discount, the fraudster asks victims to confirm or provide their bank account details. The scammers may also request the victim’s identification documents, such as scanned copies of passports.

The fraudsters are using the following telephone numbers: “08447111444”, “02035190197” and “08001514141”.

Later victims make enquiries and then discover that their TV service provider did not call them and that the fraudster has made transactions using the victim’s bank account details.

This type of fraud is nationwide. Since the beginning of this year (2018), there have been 300 Action Fraud Reports relating to this fraud. From the reports received, victims aged over 66 seem to be the most targeted.

What you need to do

• Don’t assume a phone call or email is authentic: Just because someone knows your basic details (such as your name and address or even your mother’s maiden name), it doesn’t mean they are genuine. Criminals can exploit the names of well-known companies in order to make their scams appear genuine.

• Don’t be rushed or pressured into making a decision: a genuine company won’t force you to make a financial decisions on the spot. Always be wary if you’re pressured to purchase a product or service quickly, and don’t hesitate to question uninvited approaches in case it’s a scam.

• Stay in control: Have the confidence to refuse unusual requests for personal or financial information. Always contact the company yourself using a known email or phone number, such as the one written on a bank statement or bill.

Visit Take Five (takefive-stopfraud.org.uk/advice/) and Cyber Aware (cyberaware.gov.uk) for more information about how to protect yourself online.

TV Providers Discount Fraud

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Say no to rogue traders

8 May

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Important changes to how you report antisocial behaviour

26 Jan

On Thursday 1 February, there will be important changes to the way Sheffield residents report antisocial behaviour issues.

From this date, you will need to report certain antisocial behaviour issues, such as noise nuisance, non-hate crime related graffiti and lost, stray or barking dogs, to Sheffield City Council, not to South Yorkshire Police. You can do this by calling 0114 2734567 or visiting sheffield.gov.uk/asb

A full breakdown of antisocial behaviour issues and whose responsibility these are can be found below:

South Yorkshire Police Sheffield City Council
Begging Abandoned vehicles / parking issues
Dealing/taking drugs and drinking alcohol in the street Dead animals
Gangs and youths drinking in parks Dog fouling
Harassment or intimidation Fly posting
Fly-tipping (happening now) Dumped, fly-tipped waste (nobody present)
Hate Crime related graffiti (motivated by prejudice or intolerance towards an individual’s nationality, ethnicity, religion, gender, identity, sexual orientation or disability) Graffiti (Non Hate Crime related)
Misuse of fireworks Syringes or needles
Dangerous, out of control dogs Lost, stray or barking dogs
Threatening / violent neighbour disputes Noise disputes, nuisance or DIY related noise
Prostitution and indecent behaviour Syringes or needles
Vandalism Littering
Suspicious vehicles  
Hoax calls to emergency services  

As well as these changes, from 1 February, if you call 0114 2734567 out of standard office hours to report concerns for vulnerable adults and children, and matters relating to homeless people, you will be dealt with by a Sheffield City Council call handler, not a police call handler.

For more information on reporting antisocial behaviour issues, and the responsibility of Sheffield City Council and South Yorkshire Police from 1 February, please visit sheffield.gov.uk/asb or southyorks.police.uk/101

 

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PCSO – Drop In Sessions

26 Jun

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“Broomhall Together” event 1st June 2017

24 May

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“Not Born Yesterday” Campaign Protecting vulnerable people from scams and rogue traders

17 Jan

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Pensioner backs “Not Born Yesterday” campaign after being scammed out of thousands of pounds: http://www.sheffieldnewsroom.co.uk/not-born-yesterday-campaign-launched-to-help-protect-vulnerable-people-from-scams-and-rogue-traders/ 

Launch of the 101 online reporting tool

4 Dec

The online reporting tool has been launched by 101 and is found here http://www.southyorks.police.uk/node/20251 non-emergency issues can be reported using this tool and will help to reduce the number of calls to 101.