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In The Know – Action Fraud – Pet – Fraud Alert

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) and Action Fraud have recently noticed a rise in the reporting of pets, and in particular puppies and kittens, being advertised for sale via popular online auction websites. The fraudsters will place an advert of the pet for sale, often claiming that the pet is currently held somewhere less accessible or overseas. Upon agreement of a sale, the suspect will usually request an advance payment by money transfer or bank transfer. However, the pet does not materialise and the fraudster will subsequently ask for further advanced payments for courier charges, shipping fees and additional transportation costs. Even if further payments are made, the pet will still not materialise as it is likely to not exist.

Tips to staying safe when purchasing pets:

  • Stay within auction guidelines.
  • Be cautious if the seller initially requests payment via one method, but later claims that due to ‘issues with their account’ they will need to take the payment via an alternative method such as a bank transfer.
  • Consider conducting research on other information provided by the seller, for example a mobile phone number or email address used by the seller could alert you to any negative information associated with the number/email address online. 
  • Request details of the courier company being used and consider researching it.
  • Agree a suitable time to meet face-to-face to agree the purchase and to collect the pet. If the seller is reluctant to meet then it could be an indication that the pet does not exist.
  • A genuine seller should be keen to ensure that the pet is going to a caring and loving new home. If the seller does not express any interest in you and the pet’s new home, be wary.
  • If you think the purchase price is too good to be true then it probably is, especially if the pet is advertised as a pure-breed.
  • Do not be afraid to request copies of the pet’s inoculation history, breed paperwork and certification prior to agreeing a sale. If the seller is reluctant or unable to provide this information it could be an indication that either the pet does not exist or the pet has been illegally bred e.g. it originates from a ‘puppy farm’. A ‘puppy farm’ is a commercial dog breeding enterprise where the sole aim is to maximise profit for the least investment. Commercial dog breeders must be registered with their local authority and undergo regular inspections to ensure that the puppies are bred responsibly and are in turn fit and healthy. Illegally farmed puppies will often be kept in inadequate conditions and are more likely to suffer from ailments and illnesses associated with irresponsible breeding.
  • When thinking of buying a pet, consider buying them in person from rescue centres or from reputable breeders.
  • If you have been affected by this, or any other type of fraud, report it to Action Fraud by visiting or by calling 0300 123 2040.

Save Hornby Swimming Pool.

The campaign goes from strength to strength but there’s still long way to go.

We have submitted our bid to take the pool into community ownership but now must wait on Council deliberations -probably about 2 months.

The pool is currently closed but ‘mothballed’ and given the green light could be very quickly brought back into use.

We are promised that nothing will happen until our application has been processed and a decision reached.

We are of course chasing this but in the meantime we continue to seek share pledges to demonstrate strength of feeling and support throughout the valley.

That apart general fund arising activities continue –thank you all for your help to save this essential Lune Valley asset for all our families.

For further details- please contact ;   email  or Telephone  01524 805666

We look forward to seeing you all at the 1950s Party night fundraiser on Saturday 12th August in the Institute.(see below)

1950’s  Party Night at the Institute. Saturday 12th August.

 Please join us for a night of nostalgia and fun with vintage live rock & roll pop music by The Jetsons.

Their retro-repertoire celebrates the great classic British rock pioneers including Billy Fury, Cliff Richard, Johnny Kidd, Adam Faith, and Marty Wilde

along with popular hits by US rockers such as Chuck Berry, Eddie Cochran, Ricky Nelson and Elvis.   And so much more….

Enjoy the party: Dreamboats and Petticoats! . Sit back , sing along or let your hair down and dance to this lively music from the good old days at the institute

and help fund the campaign to save Hornby Pool.  All profits to the ‘Save the Pool’ fund.

Hornby Institute  Saturday August 12th  .

Bar opens 7.00.   Admission  £10.00  Tickets from the Institute – (015242 22227)

B4RN for Hornby, Claughton and Farleton – July Update

We have completed installation work at Hornby Hall Close East, the Old Police Houses and connected Strands Farm Court from the Station Court chamber. Duct has also been laid to the building containing the doctors’ surgery.

That means that all digging, road crossing, path cutting, chamber installation and duct laying in Hornby is now complete!  The team has hung up its spades & drills and are ready for a well-earned rest.

At the time of writing, to complete Hornby, there are 18 houses to blow fibre to, and 21 houses to fuse.  The Hornby team of volunteers will blow the fibre at the end of June leaving the remaining work of fusing to be completed by the B4RN organisation.

Every property in Hornby has duct provisoned for it.  Where a property has not requested a connection, then in the vast majority of cases, the duct has been capped at the boundary of the land.  We believe that all properties that have requested connection will have been connected by the end of June.  If this is not the case, please email or contact one of the team as soon as possible.  The Hornby team will disband at the end of July.  After this time, any further requests for connnections will depend on the B4RN core team.  B4RN are very busy supporting the rapidly expanding network and it may take some time for them to address individual requests for service.

By the time the work is completed, around half of the properties in Hornby will have a B4RN connection installed, with around two thirds of those taking service as well.  Whilst this is lower than the average across other B4RN villages, it is not wholly unexpected because Hornby does have an existing broadband service that is considered by many to be adequate for their current needs.

Before signing off, the team would like to thank all of the property and land owners who have permitted us to cross their land.  Without you we couldn’t have completed this project.  Thank you to B4RN who came up with this whole idea and have provided help and support throughout.  Thank you to all of the volunteers who have helped over the last 3 years.  Many have been involved at some point, but Dave Collins, Dave Conner, Tom Hartley, Dave Lee, Ces Lloyd, Rachel Murton and Brian Wilkinson deserve particular mention.  They have done the lion’s share of the digging and duct laying in Hornby – thank you for all of your blood, sweat and tears!  Thank you to Dave Collins, John Hopkinson and Norman Silcock for the many house installations they have completed.  And finally, a massive thank you must go to Dave Collins.  As well as making a big contribution with digging and installations, Dave has done most of the planning, agreeing wayleaves, drawing maps, organising digs, liaising with B4RN and general project management that was required.  The project simply would never have been completed without Dave, so thank you!

In The Know – Action Fraud – Vehicle Online Shopping Fraud

Fraudsters have been advertising vehicles and machinery for sale on various selling platforms online. The victims, after communicating via email with the fraudster, will receive a bogus email which purports to be from an established escrow provider (a third party who will keep the payment until the buying and selling parties are both happy with the deal).

These emails are designed to persuade victims to pay upfront, via bank transfer, before visiting the seller to collect the goods. The emails also claim that the buyer (victim) has a cooling off period to reclaim the payment if they change their mind. This gives victims the false sense of security that their money is being looked after by this trustworthy third party, when in fact it is not and the money has gone straight to the fraudster.

Protect yourself:

  • When making a large purchase such as a new car or machinery, always meet the seller face to face first and ask to see the goods before transferring any money.
  • If you receive a suspicious email asking for payment, check for spelling, grammar, or any other errors, and check who sent the email. If in doubt, check feedback online by searching the associated phone numbers or email addresses of the seller.
  • Contact the third party the fraudsters are purporting to be using to make the transaction. They should be able to confirm whether the email you have received is legitimate or not.
  • False adverts often offer vehicles or machinery for sale well below market value to entice potential victims; always be cautious. If it looks too good to be true then it probably is.

If you have been affected by this, or any other type of fraud, report it to Action Fraud by, or by calling 0300 123 2040.

In The Know – Action Fraud – Wedding Services Fraud

With the upcoming “Wedding Season”, and for those individuals who are considering making plans for next year and beyond, you should be aware of the potential risks of fraud involved.

According to ‘’, in 2017 the average wedding cost spend is approximately £30,111. This will be paid out to multiple vendors, including; photographers, caterers, reception venues and travel companies, to name a few. Many of these services will require booking at least several months in advance and you may be obliged to pay a deposit or even the full balance at the time.

Being aware of the potential risks and following the below prevention advice could minimise the likelihood of fraud:

Paying by Credit Card will provide you with protection under Section 75 of the Consumer Credit Act, for purchases above £100 and below £30,000. This means that even if a Company goes into liquidation before your big day, you could claim a refund through your Credit Card Company.

Social Media – Some Companies run their businesses entirely via social media sites, offering low cost services. Whilst many are genuine, some may not be insured or may even be fraudulent. There are a few things you can do to protect yourself;
Ensure you obtain a physical address and contact details for the vendor and verify this information. Should you experience any problems, you will then be able to make a complaint to Trading Standards or consider pursuing via the Small Claims Court.
Ensure you obtain a contract before paying money for services. Make certain you fully read and understand what you are signing and note the terms of cancellation.

Consider purchasing Wedding Insurance – Policies vary in cover and can be purchased up to two years in advance. They can protect you from events that would not be covered under the Consumer Credit Act.

Complete research on each vendor, ensuring you are dealing with a bona fide person or company. Explore the internet for reviews and ratings and ask the vendor to provide details of past clients you can speak to. You should do this even if using companies recommended by a trustworthy friend or source.

For services such as wedding photographers, beware of websites using fake images. Look for inconsistencies in style; Meet the photographer in person and ask to view sample albums. If you like an image from a wedding, ask to view the photographs taken of the whole event so you can see the overall quality.

Remember, if something appears too good to be true, it probably is!