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27/08/20 9788 Somerset: Rogue Traders / Gardeners (Tree Specialists)

Dear Members,

We have been made aware that there has been a sharp increase in calls relating to bogus “Tree Specialists” who have been preying on the older population within our communities, offering to carry out gardening work. Several residents are reported to have paid vast sums of money for poor quality work to the so called “Specialists” who have also taken the money and never returned to complete the work.

There are a few things that you should be wary of before allowing anyone into your home or garden.

1. Did they put a leaflet through your door claiming to offer discounts for OAPs?

2. Do they offer 20 / 30 / 40 % off for calling within a particular time scale of receiving your leaflet?

3. Do they offer Tree work and then claim to offer a host of other services seemingly unrelated?

4. Does it look like a professionally printed leaflet?

5. If you speak to an operator, do not be bullied into committing to their services or an appointment.

6. If they are in your home, phone a friend and ask them to come round.

7. You can ask them to leave at any point during their sales pitch.

These are just a few points to look out for, but the best rule to go by is that if you require any work you should find the person yourself or go by the recommendation of others that you trust.

There are plenty of websites that can steer you in the right direction to find the right company.

And of course there are some genuine, honest companies so make an informed decision, but remember:

“If you’re not sure, don’t open the door”

You were sent this message because you are in the following group(s): North Cheriton (North Cheriton, BA80AQ).

NHW – Amazon related scam alert

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21/08/20 9788 Somerset: Important Scam Update

Dear Members,

This morning one of our Coordinators has kindly advised us that another of their members received an automated telephone call claiming to be from Amazon stating that they had opened an Amazon Prime Account.

They are then told if they wish to cancel they should press 1 on their keypad.

The call is then transferred to a fraudster posing as an Amazon operative who will then advise them the purchase went through as a result of a “Security Flaw” on their computer.

They will then ask for remote access to your computer to “rectify this problem”, this is to steal your personal information.

NEVER ALLOW ANYONE TO REMOTELY ACCESS YOUR PERSONAL COMPUTER IF THEY HAVE CONTACTED YOU.

The helpful guidance attached has been sourced from the Genuine Amazon Website:

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20/08/20 9788 AE029 Theft from a Garden Shed.

A garden shed has been broken into at some point between the 18th and 19th in Pen Selwood, Wincanton. The offender has gained access to the shed by forcing the padlock and once inside has stolen a Makita Drill set and a Husquvana Leaf Blower.

To contact the Police about this incident, please call 101 quoting Reference number: 5220187531 Neighbourhood Watch / Crimestoppers on 0800 555111, thank you.

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