|Local Crime Alert
Since the last Neighbourhood watch brief we have had one report of criminal damage in High St East, Uppingham. Unknown persons slash 4 x tyres on Police vehicle. This incident occurred between 31/07/2019 03:15 & 31/07/2019 03:18.
One report of criminal damage in Johnson Rd, Uppingham. Unknown persons slash 4 x tyres on vehicle. This incident occurred between 30/07/2019 17:30 & 31/07/2019 05:50.
One report of criminal damage in North St East, Uppingham. Known suspect seen writing graffiti on bus shelter. This incident occurred between 03/08/2019 09:30 & 03/08/2019 09:50.
Beat Surgery at Barrowden Community Shop on 14th Aug between 14:00 & 15:00
Beat Surgery at the Bird Fair, Egleton on 16th Aug between 15:00 & 16:00
Beat Surgery at Café Nero, Market Place, Oakham on 18th Aug between 15:00 & 16:00
Beat Surgery at Uppingham Library on 30th Aug between 10:00 & 11:00
How to avoid pension scams – Don’t let a scammer enjoy your retirement – find out how pension scams work, how to avoid them and what to do if you suspect a scam. Pension scams can be hard to spot. Scammers can be articulate and financially knowledgeable, with credible-looking websites, testimonials and materials that are hard to distinguish from the real thing.
How pension scams work
Scammers usually contact people out of the blue via phone, email or text, or even advertise online. Or they may be introduced to you by a friend or family member who is also unknowingly being scammed.
Scammers will make false claims to gain your trust. For example:
Claiming they are authorised by the FCA or that they don’t have to be FCA authorised because they aren’t providing the advice themselves.
Claiming to be acting on the behalf of the FCA or the government service Pension Wise.
Scammers design attractive offers to persuade you to transfer your pension pot to them (or to release funds from it). It is then often:
Invested in unusual and high-risk investments like overseas property, renewable energy bonds, forestry, storage units.
Invested in more conventional products but within an unnecessarily complex structure which hides multiple fees and high charges.
If you suspect a scam, report it
Report to the FCA – you can report an unauthorised firm or scam to us by contacting our Consumer Helpline on 0800 111 6768 or using our reporting form.
Report to Action Fraud online or by calling 0300 123 2040.
If you’ve agreed to transfer your pension and now suspect a scam, contact your pension provider straight away. They may be able to stop a transfer that hasn’t taken place yet. If you are unsure of what to do contact the Pensions Advisory Service for help.
If you have already invested in a scam, fraudsters are likely to target you again or sell your details to other criminals. The follow-up scam may be completely separate or related to the previous fraud, such as an offer to get your money back or to buy back the investment after you pay a fee. More on how to avoid pension scams next week
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Visit our website and report online
Call 101 (always call 999 in an emergency)
Call Crimestoppers free and anonymously on 0800 555 111