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Dear Resident,
A couple of scams for you to be aware of.
Please see below for more info:


Trevor Lewing

on behalf of Fairlight Residents Association.
The Knoll
Rockmead Road
01424 812340

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As reported in the National press, It's an old one referring to a Tax rebate, this time related to Council Tax.....very pertinent as this time, as we will all be getting our new C/Tax Bills dropping through the letterbox soon.
This has been going on in "Sussex". As usual be aware, and "never ever" give out any personal details, particularly financial ones (passwords etc) to anyone over the the phone.

Quote (source Daily Express)...........
The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau’s (NFIB) intelligence officers have released information over the phishing scam which is currently circulating. 
People are being told to remain vigilant after it emerged fraudsters were using a council tax rebate as a new way to con homeowners out of money. 
Victims of the scam are phoned and told they have been placed in the wrong tax bracket for a number of years. 
They trick the unsuspecting person into thinking they are due a rebate, which they usually claim is worth £7,000. 
This is a clip out of the Hastings observer to be aware of, and the latest police updates.   
   Can you hear me?’ – Residents warned to hang up on new phone scam

 People in Sussex are being warned of a new telephone scam which is currently sweeping the United States and is set to hit the UK... CPR Call Blocker, makers of a major selling call blocking device in the US and UK, is urging the public in Sussex to hang up if their phone rings and someone asks “Can you hear me?” as their answer to this simple question from an unknown caller could make them a victim of a scam. It works by the scammer recording you saying “yes” which is then edited to make it sound like you authorised a major purchase. It’s effectively a verbal contract, just like clicking ‘I agree’ on a computer.

 It’s called a voice signature and is used legitimately by companies to show that you’ve agreed to some sort of a change, usually an upgrade in some sort of plan. CPR Call Blocker has seen this scam rise in frequency in the United States and say it’s just a matter of time before fraudsters start using it in the UK. In one variation of the scam documented in the US, the criminals may pretend to be from a holiday or home security company and will later bill you for products or services you never asked for. If you try to deny the charges, the scammers will play back your verbal confirmation “yes” and threaten to take legal action if you don’t pay.

In another variation, scammers may use the recording to authorise charges on a stolen credit card or with a utility company by tricking an automated system. The con artists may have already stolen other personal information through a data breach that would allow them to pass the security checks. Kris Hicks, of CPR Call Blocker, is urging the public in Sussex to simply put the phone down to unsolicited callers who pose that question: “Victims in the US have received a phone call from a familiar local area code and the other person on the other end of the line introduces themselves and their business. After the introduction, the person asks ‘Can you hear me?’ if the victim replies with ‘yes’, their response will be recorded for criminals to use. “I know that people think it’s impolite to hang up, but it’s a good strategy. If you don’t recognise the number, don’t answer. And if you do pick up, and they instantly start asking ‘Can you hear me? Are you there?’ as if they are trying to get you to say ‘yes’ to something, don’t say anything and hang up. It’s fishy, don’t fall into the trap.

 “In our experience of working across the US and UK, scams spread quickly across the pond so it is sensible for people in Sussex to be on their guard as we have no doubt that fraudsters operating in the UK will soon start using these tactics.” Mr Hicks continued: “If you suspect you may have compromised your account, contact your bank or card provider as soon as possible. It also advisable to check your bank and card statements regularly for unauthorised charged as a matter of course.”

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