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Holidaymakers ripped off in Sherwood Forest

Lodges at Sherwood Forest

POLICE have issued a warning to holidaymakers after victims were conned into booking breaks that didn't exist.
Officers are currently investigating 18 incidents where victims across the country lost their money after being conned into booking breaks in a luxury lodge in Sherwood Forest that didn't exist.
Humberside Police said the victims paid between £30 and £170 to secure the use of the lodge, which had been advertised for rent via social media.
However, on pressing the suspect for confirmation of their booking – or on asking for a refund after being made aware of others who had been taken in – they found all contact was blocked.
The incidents were reported to Action Fraud and are currently being investigated. More than £64,000 was lost by would-be holidaymakers from the Humberside force area last year, who were conned out of their hard-earned cash by online criminals.
And police say this is not a problem unique to this area, with UK travellers losing a total of £11.5 million in 2015, according to a report by the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau.

THE Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency is asking people with diabetes not to use certain lots of a specific type of blood glucose test strip because a fault in some of the strips may mean that people could overestimate the amount of insulin they need to take.
The test strips affected by the manufacturing fault are called the GlucoMen LX Sensor blood glucose test strips. They are used with the GlucoMen LX and GlucoMen LX PLUS blood glucose meter and they are manufactured by Menarini in Italy.
Just over 1.7 million test strips in the affected lots were sold to pharmacies in the UK between October and November 2012.
The fault means that some of the test strips may give inaccurate readings and therefore people could potentially overestimate the amount of insulin they need.
Affected lot numbers
Lot 3212219249, expiry date 31-08-2014
Lot 3212214249, expiry date 31-08-2014
If people have the faulty test strips at home they can telephone the manufacturer's Menarini on 0800 243667 who will provide free replacements.

Charity says pensioners should be protected by cameras

SECURITY cameras should be installed in the homes of pensioners after

complaints of theft and fraud against elderly victims doubled in a year, according
to a leading charity.
Action on Elder Abuse estimated that money and goods worth £18 million was
stolen from elderly victims, many of whom were targeted by friends, family or carers.
Calls from pensioners who believed they were suffering financial abuse rose from
3,500 to 7,529 in 2015.
Separate figures showed adult social services were alerted to 21,935 cases of
alleged theft and fraud against elderly victims in the 12 months to March last year.
Of those 4,168 complaints related to carers. Two-thirds of cases registered by the
Health and Social Care Information Centre involved allegations of financial abuse of
the elderly by friends and family.
The figures have been linked in part to elderly people being cash-rich, thanks to generous pensions and benefits such as the winter fuel allowance, in combination with a rise in people coming and going from their homes to provide care. It has led AEA to advise concerned relatives or friends of vulnerable elderly people to consider using surveillance systems, including hidden spy-style cameras, to catch thieves red-handed.

Be safer while you shop

AN interactive 'Safer Home' store complete with modern technology to help you prevent and report crime has opened its doors at Bluewater.
Located on Upper Thames Walk, the store recreates a home living environment and will allow you to experience first-hand how you can protect yourself and your families from becoming a victim of crime.
Officers are on hand to provide individual support and a private space at the back of the store gives you the opportunity to discuss sensitive issues including domestic abuse. A touch-screen kiosk gives you access to interactive crime maps and safety advice.
A games station has been set up to show how social networking functions in video games work as well as how to spot the signs of grooming. The games station can also be used for enterainment while parents and guardians speak to officers.
Kent's Police and Crime Commissioner, Matthew Scott, said: "Crime prevention is so important, that's why I'm committed to supporting innovation like this which lets peope know some of the easy things they can do around the home to protect themselves."

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.