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In The Know – Action Fraud – Lonely Hearts Romance Fraudster Alert

The NFIB have become aware of techniques used by romance fraudsters against people using dating sites. Not only will they steal your heart they will steal your money and your identification.

When you think you’ve met the perfect partner through an online dating website or app, but the other person is using a fake profile to form a relationship with you. They’re using the site to gain your trust and ask you for money or enough personal information to steal your identity.

A dating fraudster, previously involved in deceiving people that wanted a friendship explained how they would create fake accounts with social media platforms so that their details matched and could be searched. By appearing to be a real person their fake persona could be corroborated by prospective partners searching their background and believe them to be genuine. The fraudster said:

“People like to live in fairy tales to say it won’t happen to me. I make sure all my conversations are bespoke. I will show insecurity myself about trusting people and this helps allude to them that I’m genuine.”

The fraudster will also utilise as many accessible online research tools to explore people’s information for their own personal gain or sell onwards. The fraudster elaborated and explained:

“I use various online directories to find out about the person. Once I have enough, I use it to milk everything I can using their details or sell them on to other fraudsters via the dark web”

When asked how people could check if a person is real. The romance fraudster offered advice for others searching for a relationship. They told us that after you see a picture of them:

“Ask for them to send you another photo of themselves posing with their thumbs up or waving. It’s like a form of 2 factor authentication and makes it hard to do if it’s not an original picture”

What you need to do

· Avoid sharing too many personal details when on online dating profiles. Revealing your full name, date of birth, or full home address may lead to your identity being stolen.

· Never respond to any requests to send money, or have money transferred into your account by someone you don’t know and trust. These types of requests should always raise a red flag. If something feels wrong then it is usually right to question it.

· Pick a reputable dating website or app, and use the built-in messaging service. Fraudsters want to quickly switch to social media or texting so there’s no evidence of them asking you for money.

Countryside Society

The Countryside Society is open to anyone interested in Natural History. We have talks in the Hornby Institute by invited speakers on the evenings of the 3rd Friday of October, November, January, February, March, April. The charge for attending all six of these is £10 per annum. The charge for attending any one of them is £4. A programme card for the current winter season, giving the titles of talks and the speakers, is available from the secretary David Newton. Notices of the next talk appear in most of the village monthly magazines in the Lune Valley.

In The Know – Action Fraud – Fake TV Licensing Emails

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Neighbourhood Watch E-Newsletter December 18

United Utilities – Priority Services Register

As you know, United Utilities is the water and wastewater company that serves over 7 million customers in over 3 million homes right across the North West, and we have been doing a lot over the past couple of years to improve our services in giving more support to those who need it most.

We all need a little bit of extra help at some stage in our lives.  This could be due to age, ill health, a disability, mental health problems, financial worries or even language barriers.  By registering for our free Priority Services scheme, customers could benefit from additional free services from us, to support their particular needs, including:

  • free phone number connecting them to a dedicated, externally trained team, to listen, help and support
  • Nominate a carer, family member or even a friend to speak to us on their behalf
  • knock and wait service, so if they have mobility needs we’ll always wait, allowing them enough time to answer the door
  • We’ll notify them of any planned interruptions to their water supply
  • Bills and letters could be printed in braille, large print or even on coloured paper
  • Add a password to their account as added protection from bogus callers
  • Translation services if English isn’t their first language
  • Help and advice if they’re struggling to pay their water bill

For customers with internet access, there’s even an online accessibility tool, changing the look of our website to suit their needs. All they have to do is click on the ‘Accessibility Help’ button on the bottom right of each page of our website.

You don’t even have to be the account holder to join and registration really couldn’t be easier.  You can either:

  • Visit our website unitedutilities.com/priorityservices and complete a simple online form
  • Call our friendly Priority Services team direct on 0345 072 6093
  • Also, when someone registers with us, with their consent, we could also add their details to a similar free scheme with Electricity North West (who manage the electricity network in our region).  If eligible, this would provide additional support if there was ever a loss of power too – so two for the price of one!