Smishing – the term used for SMS phishing – is an activity which enables criminals to steal victims’ money or identity, or both, as a result of a response to a text message. Smishing uses your mobile phone (either a smartphone or traditional non-internet connected handset) to manipulate innocent people into taking various actions which can lead to being defrauded.
The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau has received information that fraudsters are targeting victims via text message, purporting to be from their credit card provider, stating a transaction has been approved on their credit card.
The text message further states to confirm if the transaction is genuine by replying ‘Y’ for Yes or ‘N’ for No.
Through this method the fraudster would receive confirmation of the victim’s active telephone number and would be able to engage further by asking for the victim’s credit card details, CVV number (the three digits on the back of your bank card) and/or other personal information.
- Always check the validity of the text message by contacting your credit card provider through the number provided at the back of the card or on the credit card/bank statement.
- Beware of cold calls purporting to be from banks and/or credit card providers.
- If the phone call from the bank seems suspicious, hang up the phone and wait for 10 minutes before calling the bank back. Again, refer to the number at the back of the card or on the bank statement in order to contact your bank.
- If you have been a victim of fraud or cyber crime, please report it to Action Fraud athttp://www.actionfraud.police.uk/ or alternatively by calling 0300 123 2040
Just a reminder about being very careful about buying things off the back of a van… there were men in Acle on Thursday trying to sell tools and a generator out of their white van..
The new Acle Cardiac Rehab Support Group has a free event on Tuesday, 23rd May in the Bure Room, at Acle Recreation Centre, from 10.00am to 1.30pm.
This is an informal get-together for people who have a diagnosis of a heart problem, and their carers. Refreshments available.
Rogue Trader Alert – Sales of Power Tools from vans in the Norwich & Cromer areas – 05 May 2017
Norfolk Trading Standards and Norfolk Police are warning residents to be on their guard after receiving reports of sellers offering Power Tools in the Norwich and Cromer area.
In the first incident information was received about males approaching allotment holders in the North Norwich area offering to sell power tools including generators and chain saws. The seller claimed the items were ‘left over from a show’ which he stated had taken place at a local large chain hotel. The males were seen to leave the site driving a dark grey Ford Transit van. The same vehicle was also reported in Cromer going door to door offering generators, pressure washers and kitchen knives.
Two males were stopped by police and one has now been reported for failing to have a pedalar’s certificate and items have been seized.
In the second incident a male was reported going door to door in Cromer offering to sell generators. The male was seen to return to a Vauxhall Insignia car.
Trading Standards advises NEVER to deal with anyone who approaches you at your home, or any location, offering to sell you items regardless of the claims made.
Previously power tools sold in this manner have been found to be poor quality counterfeit copies of well-known brands that potentially could have serious safety issues for the user.
It is possible these sellers may continue to move to other locations in the Norfolk area.
Anyone sighting these sellers in Norfolk or concerned about rogue trader activity can contact Trading Standards through our partners the Citizens Advice consumer helpline on 03454 04 05 06 or to PC Alexandra Barnes at Cromer Police Station on 101 if you have been approached by door to door sellers.