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Create a Winning Video for the TSI and Receive £1,000.

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  • camera imageThe Trading Standards Institute (TSI) is calling all amateur videographers, media students, filmmakers and directors to create a 90-second ‘Good Neighbours Stop Rogue Traders’ informational video. The video should be designed to encourage friends, family, neighbours and carers to help protect vulnerable citizens against doorstep crime. Creators of the winning video will receive a £1,000 prize.

    The competition, sponsored by the Institute of Professional Willwriters (IPW) and the Institute of Scottish Professional Willwriters (ISPW), was launched today by broadcaster and journalist Lynn Faulds Wood at TSI’s annual Conference. Winners will be announced during this year’s TSI National Consumer Week (NCW) campaign to raise awareness in communities of rogue traders and encourage them to look out for each other.

    “I have seen first-hand the distress that rogue traders cause their victims and the devastating impact that it can have on their lives,” said Consumer Minister Jenny Willott. “Video is a brilliant way to raise awareness of this important issue and is another weapon in the war on dodgy traders who prey on the most vulnerable people in our communities. I urge amateur videographers, media students and others to take up the challenge and help stop people from falling foul of this type of crime.”

    As part of the ‘Good Neighbours Stop Rogue Traders’ campaign, competition participants will create a video encouraging people to prevent elderly and vulnerable neighbours, family and friends from falling victim to exploitive doorstep traders.

    “This is a great opportunity for creative minds to join trading standards in promoting our key messages and protecting the most vulnerable members of our communities,” said Leon Livermore, TSI chief executive. “Every year there are as many as 170,000 incidents in the UK where rogue traders try to illicitly solicit money from consumers in their home. Not only does this impact an individual’s financial wellbeing, it affects their mental and physical health. The ‘Good Neighbours Stop Rogue Traders’ video competition is a great opportunity to use the creative capital in this country to help protect some of our most vulnerable citizens.”

    The deadline for entries is midnight Wednesday 1 October. All videos will be considered for a place in the semi-final. Semi-finalists will be announced on 20 October. The videos will then be judged by a panel of industry and media experts including Faulds Wood and National Consumer Federation (NCF) President Mary McAnally.

    “The IPW and ISPW are delighted to be sponsoring something as important as National Consumer Week,” said IPW CEO Sally L Brown. “All of our members are trained to be aware of the importance of identifying and helping the vulnerable and in particular the elderly when attending on them to write their wills. I am particularly pleased that we can help get the message out to the general public about the importance of being a good neighbour.”

    The winner will be announced at the beginning of NCW on 3 November, will receive £1,000 and will have their video played by trading standards officers and community partners across the country as part of an educational campaign.

    To enter, visit the TSI ‘Good Neighbours Stop Rogue Traders’ page……. (links removed as out of date)

    For further information, to arrange an interview or to obtain photographs please contact the Trading Standards Institute on 0845 6089439 or [email protected] or follow the TSI Conference via our Twitter feed at @tsi_UK #TSICONF

    For rules and more information on the competition, please visit http://www.tradingstandards.gov.uk/events/2014.cfm

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Woking Detectives Investigate Latest Scam after Woman Hands over Hundreds of Pounds

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  • Detectives in Woking are investigating the latest scam which has come to light involving victims being asked to hand over money in order to claim Payment Protection Insurance (PPI) payments.

    A woman in her 70s who lives in Woking was targeted last month by a caller claiming to be from a PPI company and telling her she was entitled to a PPI payment. However, to receive the payment, the caller told the vulnerable victim that she would need to pay 10% of the amount in fees first. The victim ended up handing over more than £500.

    It is believed the caller is only targeting people who use vouchers issued by Ukash, the online cash payment provider, and officers are working with Ukash as part of their investigation.

    PC Carina Jewell said: “I am concerned that there may be more victims out there who don’t know they are victims or victims who are too embarrassed to come forward.

    “If you are contacted by cold calls, please be wary and be aware if you due some monies back from any company or organisation there should never be a charge involved to process the refund.”

    PC Jewell added: “I would like to reassure local residents that I am working alongside Ukash as part of my continued investigation into this incident and urge any victims who believe they may have fallen for this scam to come forward.”

    Please note that UKASH is a genuine company which is unfortunately being used to commit crime.  Further information is available at http://www.ukash.com/

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Beware of Doorstep Sellers after Storms

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  • The Police have recorded an increase in doorstep crime over the last week. There have been incidents of residents in Bromley being approached by cold callers offering to clean out guttering, repair/maintain roofing etc. resulting in inflated prices being charged, and occasionally the resident has felt intimidated into agreeing further work.

    With the bad weather over the last couple of days, there may be opportunist cold callers offering to sweep up leaves, take away trees, etc. and the message is not to accept offers of help from callers, unless they are known to you. A reminder that councils will always have ID, and drive liveried vehicles.

    We have also had victims of telephone fraud, where the resident has been pursuaded to give over their pin numbers, and handed their credit/debit cards to persons impersonating Police officers.

    The Police will NEVER ask for your credit/card details, either on the ‘phone or in person.

    If you are unsure who the caller is, engage your security door chain before you open the door. If you see anyone suspicious, and it is happening now, please ring 999, if you have recently had suspicious activity in your road, then please report it to ring 101.

     

     

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Beware of Doorstep Sellers after the Stormy Weather

  • 9:02 am
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  • The Police have recorded an increase in doorstep crime over the last week. There have been incidents of residents in Bromley being approached by cold callers offering to clean out guttering, repair/maintain roofing etc. resulting in inflated prices being charged, and occasionally the resident has felt intimidated into agreeing further work.

    With the bad weather over the last couple of days, there may be opportunist cold callers offering to sweep up leaves, take away trees, etc. and the message is not to accept offers of help from callers, unless they are known to you. A reminder that councils will always have ID, and drive liveried vehicles.

    We have also had victims of telephone fraud, where the resident has been pursuaded to give over their pin numbers, and handed their credit/debit cards to persons impersonating Police officers.

    The Police will NEVER ask for your credit/card details, either on the ‘phone or in person.

    If you are unsure who the caller is, engage your security door chain before you open the door. If you see anyone suspicious, and it is happening now, please ring 999, if you have recently had suspicious activity in your road, then please report it to ring 101.

     

     

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    by Ron