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in the heart of Cheshire

Message sent by
Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)

 

Fraudsters have been phoning victims telling them that they have been placed in the wrong council tax bracket for a number of years and are entitled to a rebate. They normally say that this rebate should be worth about £7,000. Once the victim is convinced, the fraudster tells them that in order to receive the rebate they will need to pay an administration fee in advance. The payment they ask for varies between £60–£350. The victim provides the details and makes the payment, but then is no longer able to make contact with the person they spoke to on the phone. When they phone their council about the rebate and the fact that they are in the wrong tax bracket, the council will confirm that they know nothing about it and that they have been contacted by fraudsters.

The fraudsters have mainly been targeting both male and female victims who are aged 60 and over and live in the Sussex area, but it is likely that the fraudsters will also start to target victims in other areas. 
 
Protect Yourself:

  • Never respond to unsolicited phone calls.
  • Your local council won’t ever phone out-of-the-blue to discuss a council tax rebate. If you receive a call of this nature, put the phone down straight away.
  • No legitimate organisation will ask you to pay an advanced fee in order to receive money, so never give them your card details.
  • If you think you have been a victim of fraud, hang up the phone and wait five minutes to clear the line as fraudsters sometimes keep the line open. Then call your bank or card issuer to report the fraud. Where it is possible use a different phone line to make the phone call.

If you believe that you have been a victim of fraud you can report it onlinehttp://www.actionfraud.police.uk/report_fraud or by telephone 0300 123 2040.

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Message sent by Caroline Jones (Cheshire Fire, Administrator, Cheshire Fire)

Firefighters are at the scene of a road traffic collision involving a tanker which has overturned on the M56 near to Helsby.

Nobody is trapped in the vehicle.

A cordon has been set up while emergency crews deal with the incident.

Drivers are advised to avoid the area.

 The motorway has been fully closed between junction 11 (Daresbury) and junction 14 (Hapsford).

For more information about this incident, please visit the Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service website:

http://www.cheshirefire.gov.uk/news-events/incidents/ongoing-incident-overturned-tanker-on-m56-hapsford

Message sent by
Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)

 

People are being targeted to become “Parcel Mules” as part of a reshipping scam, which results in them handling stolen goods and losing out financially. 
 
Victims are predominantly recruited through job advertisements and dating websites. They are persuaded to have items delivered to their addresses, and to pay for postage before sending the items elsewhere. Victims are contacted through Freelancer websites and invited to become a “Freight Forwarder” as an employment opportunity. The work is advertised as processing packages and forwarding them to clients.
 

Message sent by
Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)

 

Fraudsters are targeting online advertising platforms where items are acquired for free. The fraudsters will list items on the website and advise any purchasers that they have recently moved from the area they were originally living in and can arrange a courier to dispatch the items for a fee. 
 
The payment requested for this service is usually via Money Transfer such as MoneyGram or Western Union, or an e-money voucher. The items they were promised are not received and any attempts to contact the individual to gain a refund are unsuccessful.
 
Protect Yourself:

  • Stay within the auction guidelines stipulated on the website.
  • Ask to view the item in person.
  • Be cautions of making advance payments to a stranger via Money Transfer or e-money products.
  • If the item advertised seems too good to be true, it probably is.

If you believe that you have been a victim of fraud you can report it onlinehttp://www.actionfraud.police.uk/report_fraud or by telephone 0300 123 2040.

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Message sent by Phil Brandreth (Police, PCSO, Western Rural NPU)

Good Morning,
I have been made aware that another push bike has been found in the Frodsham area.
The bike is a black Elite Viking Targa. It has front white suspension.  The bike looks like a youths bike as the seat is raised very high. If you have lost your bike or been victim of a bike theft of a similar model please contact me as soon as possible. If you need to see a picture of the bike please reply to this message.
Many thanks and hope everyone has a nice Bank Holiday weekend.
Regards
Phil Brandreth
PCSO21596
Chester LPU

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