Friday, 11 October 2013

@NAT - National Personal Safety Day 14th October 2013

Subject: National Personal Safety Day 14th October 2013

This is a message sent via The Neighbourhood & Home Watch Network (England & Wales). This information has been sent on behalf of Neighbourhood and Home Watch Network

Message sent by
Catherine Dunn (NHWN, Administrator, England & Wales)

Dear members & coordinators,

Monday 14th October will be National Personal Safety Day, run by Suzy Lamplugh Trust and supported by a variety of organisations including the Police, councils, schools, workplaces, charities and of course Neighbourhood & Home Watch schemes.

You can read about who is supporting the Day and what they are doing here:

There are a number of NHW schemes involved and Suzy Lamplugh Trust are very grateful to all who are supporting them in their endeavour to keep people safe on our streets and in our neighbourhoods.

Don't forget that you can download or order National Personal Safety Day leaflets and posters from here:

If you want to publicise the Day and/or your own activities in the local media, you can download a customisable press release template from here:

And finally, if you use Twitter and/or Facebook, hashtags for the Day are #NPSD and #StreetsAhead.

Many thanks on behalf of Suzy Lamplugh Trust for your support of National Personal Safety Day.

Best wishes,

Catherine Dunn, NHWN

@WAR - Recent scams reported to Warwickshire Trading Standards Service

Recent scam reported to Warwickshire Trading Standards Service

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11/10/2013 ‘Ministry of Justice’ Scam 
A consumer reported to Warwickshire Trading Standards receiving up to six aggressive phone calls from someone falsely claiming to be calling from the Ministry of Justice. The caller had told the consumer that they were due a £4500 Government payment but had to pay £199 in ‘solicitors fees’ first which he offered to come and collect from the consumers home! More on scams:

11/10/2013 Pension Transfer Warning!
A consumer reported receiving a text message from a company that was offering to transfer his pension in order to put him at a ‘financial advantage’. Consumers are warned to beware of these offers. Many people have lost their pensions as a result of transferring them because they were then charged huge fees. Take independent financial advice before making any pension decision!

11/10/2013 Cold Callers
Several consumer have reported receiving unexpected phone calls from people claiming to be able to stop cold calls for a fee. One caller claimed the cost would be £1.90 and asked for the consumer’s bank details. Another said the payment would be a one off £79.99 charge that would block calls for ‘life’. Many of these callers simply take payment either for doing nothing or for registering the consumer with the Telephone Preference Service, something a consumer can do free of charge by visiting

11/10/2013 Personal Injury Scam
A Warwickshire resident reported receiving a phone call from someone offering to represent the consumer if she made a personal injury claim for a car accident she had had two years previously. The consumer made the caller aware that no one had been injured in the accident but the caller claimed this did not matter as long as she was willing to claim she had suffered back pain for at least six weeks.

11/10/2013 Loan Con
A consumer reported receiving a phone call from someone who claimed the resident was owed a refund on a home improvement loan. The caller said he did not want any personal details but later asked for bank account information so the ‘refund’ could be sent. Never give out financial information to unexpected callers. They may try to access your account and steal your money!

11/10/2013 Home Improvement Con
A consumer had a call from a trader who claimed the Government were giving away £20,000 to each UK home to upgrade windows and boilers. The trader asked the consumer if he had money in the bank and then requested bank details and credit card numbers. He became aggressive when he was refused.
There are a number of genuine schemes that offer grants or loans to individuals (depending upon status) for environmental home improvements. Visit:

Please feel free to cascade this information to whomever you feel appropriate (including using the information in your newsletters/websites etc.). If you have any information you wish to provide to Warwickshire Trading Standards Service, either for our information, or to appear in future email alerts, please email me.

For more information on scams, visit:

Simon Cripwell
Trading Standards Officer
Warwickshire Trading Standards Service
Warwickshire County Council
Old Budbrooke Road Warwick CV35 7DP
Tel: 01926 414039
Mob: 07771 975570
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