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Residents warned don't get stung by pension scammers

PENSIONERS are being warned to take care when
responding to online requests to carry out a review
of your pension because it could be a scam.
Chancellor George Osborne gave everyone over 55
the right to cash in their retirement pot this year despite
fears that it would lead to criminals dreaming up
schemes to cheat you out of your money.
But since Osborne launched those reforms pension
scam losses TREBLED in just one month after he
announced the new deal.
The City of London police has revealed losses from pension liberation fraud jumped 235 per cent to £4.7m in May — up from £1.4m in April when savers were given greater flexibility to spend pension cash as they wished. Full story


Time to cash in if your flight was delayed

AS we are building up for one of the busiest times for holiday travel, it is worth remembering that if you are on a flight that arrives at least three hours late there could be money waiting for you to claim.
Not only that but if you have been delayed any time in the last six years there’s money to be collected.
I know from personal experience that this works because I have recently received £1,120 fromThomas Cook Airlines for a delayed trip to Tunisia three years ago.
You may be able to claim compensation of between £200 and £480 for each person affected thanks to a European Directive and two recent High Court judgements.
Compensation for delayed flights can be on a sliding scale, depending on distance and length of delay. Find out more inside

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Alzheimers sufferer gave away £750,000 fraudsters

THIS story is a warning to every person out there - especially the old and vulnerable. It concerns the worst case ever in this country of a 77-year-old Alzheimer’s sufferer being fleeced out of a staggering £750,000.
Yes, that’s right, three quarters of a million pound taken from her bank account over two decades.
The woman was a victim of the scam mail epidemic that has seen elderly people right across the country losing life savings to asutute conmen.
This elderly widow is thought to have paid out up to £200 a week over a 20 year period without anyone knowing. See inside

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Schools lose thousands in invoicing rip-off

Muslims warned about Hajj bogus travel

BRITISH Muslims booking trips to Mecca this
September to celebrate Hajj are being warned
about the threat of fraudsters trying to con them
with bogus travel packages.
The City of London Police launched a national
campaign targeted at keeping people out of the
clutches of fraudsters as they search for the
best deals to take them to Saudi Arabia for what
for many will be a once in a life-time trip.
The national campaign aims to raise
awareness of the threat posed to Muslims by
Hajj fraud and to encourage victims to report to
Action Fraud.
The campaign is being supported by the Council
of British Hajjis, Get Safe Online, ABTA, ATOL and
Trading Standards who will all be raising awareness via social media. Each year up to 25,000 British Muslims travel for Hajj spending around £125 million on their pilgrimages.
Unfortunately a significant number who have paid for tour packages for themselves and their family have arrived in Saudi Arabia to discover their accommodation is either very low quality or does not even exist, while others have found their whole trip is a scam set up by illegal travel operators that have disappeared with their money.
Last year 87 people reported to Action Fraud that they had fallen victim to Hajj fraud, with the total losses running to £237,995. But the Council of British Hajjis and the City of London Police believe the true scale of this criminality is much greater, with many people feeling too ashamed to report to authorities what has happened to them.

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2000 sites selling fake goods closed down by police

TWO thousand websites selling fake luxury goods have been removed by police since the start of the year. They include Burberry, Longchamp, Abercrombie and Oakley, and jewellery designers Tiffany & Co and Thomas Sabo, just some of the brands offered for sale on the sites taken offline by the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU), part of City of London Police's economic crime directorate.
The goods people were receiving were "cheap and inferior counterfeits" of items including clothes, handbags, sunglasses, shoes and jewellery, detectives found. The raids were the result of a collaboration between brand-protection groups and internet registries.