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Watch out for fake B&Q product giveaways

Fraudsters are impersonating B&Q in dodgy emails which promise free products in exchange for filling out a survey.

If you click on these emails, you’ll be taken to a recently created website where you’re asked to complete a short survey. You’ll then be asked to fill out a form and pay £2 for postage. At this point, scammers will steal your personal information and bank details.

It’s important to be aware of phishing emails and fraudulent websites designed to trick people into giving away personal and financial details. Learn more about how this scam works and what to do if you encounter a fake email or website.



Soaring TV Licence scams

TV Licence scams are again on the rise, with Action Fraud warning people about emails that lead to dodgy websites asking for your details. Action Fraud says it has received over 3,400 reports about TV Licence scams in the past two weeks.

These emails typically state that a recipient’s licence is about to expire or that there has been an issue with their most recent payment.

Find out how to spot the difference between a genuine TV Licensing email and a phishing scam.


Government launches fraud crackdown – what you need to know

The Government is taking steps to tackle fraud and protect consumers from scams. This includes a ban on cold calls selling financial products in an attempt to stop scammers from tricking people into buying fake investments over the phone. The government hopes that by banning these cold calls, consumers will feel more confident to hang up and report scammers.

Find out how the government plans to tackle fraud and how it may affect you.

Author: Paul Middleton

Paul is a Ward Councillor for St. Andrews & Hornchurch Resident's Association Executive member.

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