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Be Aware Of Cyber-Fraudsters Spoiling Your Christmas

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LANCASHIRE Constabulary is running ‘The 12 online frauds of Christmas’ campaign to protect thousands of people across the county from falling victim to cyber-fraudsters.

Kicking-off on ‘Black Friday’ (28 November 2014), which marks the start of the busiest four days of internet shopping of the year, the force will be doing all it can to raise awareness of a dozen online frauds that have the potential to ruin people’s festive fun.

Working in partnership with the City of London Police, which is the National Policing Lead for Fraud, Lancashire Constabulary will be looking at the ‘do’s’ and ‘don’ts’ of online shopping.

So far in 2014, 74% of all adults nationwide have bought goods or services online, and this December around 50% of UK citizens are expected to use the internet to buy more than half of their Christmas presents.

The majority of people will still have presents delivered to their doorstep or into their email account without a hitch.

However, the reality is there will also be tens of thousands of people across the UK whose Christmas will be damaged, and in some cases destroyed, after finding out they have fallen foul of heartless criminals who specialize in tricking internet users with the promise of great online deals and big cash savings.

Following ‘Black Friday’, the focus will be on ‘Cyber Monday’ (1 December 2014) and the hazards of opening Christmas e-Cards sent via email which, unknown to the recipient, may be carrying a virus (malware) that can embed itself and then corrupt their smart phone, tablet or laptop.

Over the following two weeks, Lancashire Constabulary, along with other forces and organistaions, will look at the threat of ten more online festive frauds, identified by the City of London Police’s National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB).

Throughout ‘The 12 online frauds of Christmas’ campaign officers will be talking to local people and sharing top safety tips via traditional and social media. More internet safety advice can also be found at http://www.getsafeonline.org/ and http://www.cyberstreetwise.com

Lancashire Constabulary Detective Superintendent Lee Halstead, head of cyber crime, said: “So many people will be doing their shopping online this Christmas and we want to make sure they don’t fall victim to cyber-fraudsters and their scams. People need to understand the threat of cyber-crime and what they can do to stop themselves becoming a victim.

“Over the next few weeks we’ll be posting loads of tips on our social media channels on how to stay safe and we would urge people to follow us and take the advice on board.

“If anyone falls victim to one of the dozen festive frauds, or any other type of cyber-fraud, they are encouraged to report it to Action Fraud – the City of London Police-based national reporting centre – on 0300 123 040 or at http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/.

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Verne Troyer has tragically died aged just 49

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Verne Troyer who was know for his role in Mini-Me within the Austin Powers films has tragically died today.

Verne had made it public that he was struggling with alcoholism & depression leading up to his death.

On April 3rd Verne was rushed to hospital following suspected alcohol poisoning. A friend contacted police after a call from Verne who appeared to be very upset, drunk and feeling suicidal.

His agent has released a statement requesting thoughts and prayers for Verne at a difficult time.

“Asking you to keep Verne in your thoughts and prayers. He’s getting the best care possible and is resting comfortably.

“Appreciate the support from family, friends, and fans around the world. We will keep you updated here.”

Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Verne.

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Cops catch gang of criminals leaving Hartlepool in stolen cars

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Recently in Hartlepool there has been an increase in criminals targeting Ford Fiesta cars, because criminals have a device that gets them into the car without the need for a key.

Over recent months up to Three Fiesta at a time have been going missing.

This morning the gang was at it again but this tome they didn’t count on the CDSOU A Relief who this morning recovered not 1; not 2 but 3 Stolen Ford Fiesta motor cars all attempting to leave Hartlepool containing suspected travelling criminals.

Police said “One of the vehicles unfortunately lost control and crashed while the other 2 vehicles had their front tyres stung and limped to a stop with one of the vehicle’s going the wrong way onto the A19 which was stopped by an unmarked vehicle. The driver was detained after a short foot chase and with the assistance of dog section 2 more males were also detained from another vehicle.

“Offences these males were arrested on suspicion of were theft of motor vehicle; drink driving; drug driving; dangerous driving; fail to stop for Police; no insurance and no licence.”

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TV Presenter Dale Winton Dies Aged 62

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Dale Winton who was best known for his game show Supermarket Sweep and In It To Win it has tragically died aged 62z

His agent has this evening confirmed the very sad news that Winton has lost his life.

No further details around Winton’s death have been released and it is requested that his family are offered privacy at this very tragic time.

His long-term agent Jan Kennedy said:

It is with great sadness that we can confirm the passing of Dale Winton who died at home earlier today.

While we know many will share this terrible loss, we ask that you respect the family’s privacy at this time of grief.

A number of tributes have been left on Twitter

Winton started his career as a DJ in London and he was soon hosting his own show on local radio.

This lead Winton to joining the BBC Bristol to present Pet Watch for BBC One.

Over the years he also worked for Channel 4 ITV and on BBC One’s national lottery show.

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