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Fake letterboxes could ruin you financially

FAKE letter boxes are being placed on residential properties by fraudsters in an attempt to harvest the mail. The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau has noticed an increase in reports of scams of this nature. Residents are sometimes unaware of the fake letterbox as the fraudsters will periodically remove the item, which may leave notable markings.The mail is then used to open various lines of credit with financial providers in the name of the innocent resident.
Action Fraud issued the following advice:
1. Be vigilant and check for any suspicious activity, tampering of your post/letterbox or for suspicious glue markings on the wall.
2. Check all post received from financial institutions, even if it appears unsolicited.
3. Consider reporting theft of mail to your local police force and any cases of identity fraud to Action Fraud.
4. If you have been a victim of identity fraud consider Cifas Protection Registration
5. If you, or anyone you know, has been affected by this fraud or any other scam, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040.

Appeal to Gurkhas who may have lost 'investment' cash

AN APPEAL has been made to find Gurkhas across the country who
have been affected by an alleged fraud in which victims are said to
have lost millions of pounds they had invested.
Almost 300 throughout the UK, are feared to have been ploughed
£8.5m into a scheme with CWM Limited (Capital World Markets).
The fund, which offered a five per cent return to investors, is currently
under investigation by City of London of Police. Last year 13 people
were arrested and released on bail and the investigation is still ongoing.
Now law firm Fieldfisher said it is launching a class action on behalf
of some of the alleged victims. The firm said it appeared that very little
of the investors’ funds were actually traded by CWM. The leader of
hundreds of Gurkhas, who does not want to be named, said the Gurkha
community has been left shocked.
“This has been a really tough period for all the people who invested
in the scheme with CWM,” he said. “We all have extended families in
Nepal and a lot of those who have invested have grown up together in the UK. We have lost a lot of money and our pride too.”
He added: “Not all of the investors from the Gurkha community can speak good English. Sadly, though, I was one of the people to invest money in the scheme because I believed in it.
“I have served in the Army for many years and still do. I also have a wife and children and it has affected us greatly. “I just hope things will be put right now so we can get on with things as best we can. But we need as many people who invested with CWM to come forward.”
Last year City of London Police sent letters to 60 members of the UK Gurkha and Nepalese community urging them to get in contact as part of its investigation into the CWM scheme.
At the time the police said detectives uncovered the names while gathering evidence and believe they may have fallen victim to a major investment fraud.
Detectives held briefings at military bases to make a direct appeal to serving Gurkhas to come forward if they have invested money in the CWM five per cent scheme.


Gurkhas with Joanna Lumley In London

Beware when you hunt for an online bargain

BARGAIN hunters could be unwittingly handing over their personal details to criminal gangs if they sign up for online discount vouchers.
Police have warned shoppers about a spate of fraudulent vouchers which have been circulating on Facebook.
It comes after Aldi issued their own warning about vouchers offering 40% off at their stories, which turned out to be false.
Members of the public could be unknowingly giving their personal details to criminal gangs when they sign up to websites offering the bargains.
Now police have urged social media users to be vigilant at
all times when using devices that can store personal information.
A spokesman said: “The public needs to be on guard against vouchers appearing on their social media newsfeeds claiming to offer incredible savings.
“Criminals are constantly devising more complex and devious methods to unlawfully take your information and your savings – which is why fraudulent offers can often appear official, however if an offer looks too good to be true, it more than likely is.
“Be cautious when online, at a time when savings are so often stretched it is especially important that we don’t fall victim and instead take what measures we can to limit risk."