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Fraud is happening everyday don’t be a victim Tell 2!

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DC Tony Murray of the Durham Fraud Team has been raising national awareness of fraudsters and how easy it is to prevent ourselves from becoming a victim of fraud.

With a wealth of operational experience, DC Murray offers practical advice on how to defeat phone fraudsters not just on a local level, but on a national scale. Leading the fight against fraudsters.

DC Murray shares daily experiences on Twitter using @DurhamFraud to help prevent us from becoming victims to real-life fraud that is happening around us every day. In the hope, you will Tell 2 people.

Tell 2 Campaign

DC Murray has now launched the innovative Tell 2 Campaign to prevent us all against fraud.

The aim of the Tell 2 campaign is to tell 2 people about a current fraud that is happening within the UK at this moment in time to ensure they won’t fall victim of the same fraud.

Is Fraud really happening!

Fraud is happening every day and it is important we ‘Tell 2’ people because these criminals who are targeting our banks and data are very organised and professional criminals. They are simply after your money and once they’ve got it you’ll never get it back.

Companies may seem genuine but we really should not be doing business on the telephone, especially sharing personal banking or payment details with companies who have called us out of the blue.

DC Murray say’s the message we are trying to get out is; ‘Hang up on fraud’

“Even though it may be the company you deal with and even if it genuine just says; ‘I’m sorry I don’t do business on the phone. We are in that situation now where we have to say that.”

5 key areas Fraudsters target. 

Fraudsters can only really gain access to your details and money with what DC Murray calls ‘5 key enablers’ of Fraud.

These areas are your Home Telephone, the Internet, Your Mobile Phone, Your Letterbox and your door step.

DC Murray also goes on to say that we should ‘never assume any email, text, phone call, knock at the door or letter is genuine’ Fraud hurts people and once they’ve managed to get hold of your money it’s going to be hard to get it back.

There are over 50 Different Fraud but only 5 key ways to get into our homes! 

DC Murray told Police Hour “I want to stop all fraud and there are over 50 different fraud but only 5 key ways they will get into our homes Telephone, Internet, Mobile phone, Doorstep and Letterbox.”

“If we protect and #takefive around these key enablers and then #tell2 we can stop fraud .
“The telephone enables a 1/3 of all reported frauds in the U.K. So it is so important to tell people in your family, tell work colleagues, friends.
“The tell2 campaign is a way of engaging everyone to do their bit to help stop fraud , I want people to tell2 others about fraud and how to protect  E.g don’t trust caller ID , it can be spoofed by criminals to look like a genuine number.

“Did you know that when you hang up a phone call , a fraudster can keep the home phone line open for up to 10 seconds and even sooof a dial tone.”
“It is so important to hang up , TakeFive ( make a brew) and then verify via a trusted method.”
Please go and start talking about fraud , we can make a difference and a conversation with a loved one or friend can protect – #tell2″
Never do business on the phone or on your doorstep if it’s ANY cold call.”
Tony Murray Top Tips to prevent telephone Fraud!

1) Am I at risk?

A, Yes. While a lot of older people have become victims of telephone scams PC Murray says fraud can affect anyone.

2) What should I do if I get a suspicious call?

Hang-up immediately. Police say it is no longer safe to conduct any business over the telephone.

3) What should I do after I put phone down?

Before making any other calls you must make sure your phone line is clear. You can do this by calling a friend or your own mobile.

4) Then what should I do?

Once you know your phone line is clear call the police immediately. The quicker you report fraud the more chance you have of getting any stolen money back.

5) What can I do to reduce the risk?

Police say it is essential to chance your passwords regularly in light of recent cyber-attacks.

Action Fraud are offering the following advice in order to protect yourself:

•HMRC will never use calls or texts to tell you about a tax rebate or penalty or ever ask for payment in this way.

•Telephone numbers and text messages can easily be spoofed. You should never trust the number you see on your telephone’s display.

•If you receive a suspicious cold call, end it immediately.

To report a fraud and receive a police crime reference number, call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or use the online fraud reporting tool on the Action Fraud website.

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Product recall over fears toy ball could pose choking hazard

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Toys R Us has urgently recalled a children’s ball after it was found to pose a choking hazard.

Parents have been urged to urgently stop their babies playing with ‘Bruin Wiggle Ball’ also known as the ‘Giggle Ball’ and return them to the store.

The toy was found to pose a safety risk to young babies, The rubber knobs and plastic back can detach to create a small part that could choke a child.

The bally has been recalled has been recalled at Toys R Us worldwide after safety concerns were raised in the US.

A notice posted by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission said Toys R Us had received six reports of the knobs breaking off, including four reports of pieces of the product found in children’s mouths.

The US regulator said consumers should immediately stop using the recalled balls, take them away from babies and return them to Babies R Us or Toys R Us for a full refund.

A spokeswoman for Toys R Us in the UK said: “This item is now off sale and we ask customers who have bought this item to return it to a Babies R Us or Toys R Us for a full refund.”

The blue plastic toy has distinctive green, yellow and orange knobs and carries the item number 067369 and the model number 5F6342E.

The ball wiggles, vibrates and plays three different musical tunes. It has an on/off switch and requires 3 AA batteries to operate.

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Big changes to the Driving test here is everything you need to know

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If you are a learner driver you might want to think about passing your driving test before December, Before they make some big changes to the driving test.

The Major changes will see a focus on drivers becoming more safe and independent on the roads which is not a bad thing.

Those who hate reversing round the corner will no longer be asked to do it during the test, so if you struggle December could be a good month for you. After all how many of you have actually reversed round corners since passing your test?

No more asking your dad to jump out and reverse the car out of the bay so you can get back home anymore as drivers will be required to do this before they can pass the test.

Those on the test will be required to park in a bay within a supermarket or shopping centre and then be required to reverse out of the bay.

To be honest it is something you’re going to need almost daily once you’ve passed your test.

Sat-navs are going to be another focus within the driving test and no longer looking at road signs for directions.

What are the four big changes?

1. More independent driving

Independent driving with a Sat-Nav will increase to 20 minutes from the current 10, you’ll be allowed to use a satnav or traffic signs.

However, you don’t get to decide the examiner will decide if he or she wants you to use road signs or the satnav.

2. Using a satnav

Standardised TomTom Start 52 model Satnavs will be used within the examinations, these will be introduced into the driving tests.

The examiner will provide the equipment and will set it up for the direction of travel.

Four out of Five people will be required to use the Satnav within the test.

3. Changes to manoeuvre

They’ve decided to bin the ‘reverse around the corner’ and the dreaded ‘turn-in-the-road’ these will no longer be tested however they will still be taught by your instructor as standard.

Instead, you’ll be tested on one of the three manoeuvres: Parrellel park at the side of the road, Parking in a bar and either driving in and reversing out or reversing in and driving out and finally pull up on the right-hand side of the road, reverse for 2 car lenghts and rejoin the traffic.

That means you’ll be tested on one of the following three manoeuvres: parallel park at the side of the road; park in a bay – either driving in and reversing out, or reversing in and driving out; pull up on the right-hand side of the road, reverse for 2 car lengths and rejoin the traffic.

4. ‘Show me, tell me’ questions

The show me, tell me questions are changing and these will have more focus on car safety.

The ‘Tell Me’ questions will be asked at the start of the test, But the new ‘Show Me’ questions will be asked during the test.

Which means you could be driving along and the examiner will ask you to show me how to use the windscreen wipers.

So what isn’t changing?

They are keeping the pass mark exactly the same you won’t be allowed more than 15 faults and no serious or dangerous faults. If you manage that you’ll pass.

The test will still last 40 minutes and they’ve also decided to keep the cost the same.

The changes come into play for anyone taking their test from December 4th, 2017.

If you cancel or move your test or it is rescheduled after this date you’ll take it under the new changes.

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Cleveland Cops investigate grim discovery of severed hand, all is not as it seems

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Cleveland Police have closed one lane of the A19 to deal with what they called a police incident.

Things took a turn when a member of the public believed they had spotted a hand. Cops immediately responded.

Cops from the road policing unit were on ‘hand’ to let members of the public know that officers would be in the carriageway carrying out an investigation.

Mystery surrounded the nature of the incident which occurred on the A19 Northbound between Portrack and Norton Slip Roads.

The flow of traffic was slowed while police investigated what they believed to be a ‘realistic looking severed hand’ and immediately put a crime scene in place.

Thankfully to the officers relief this wasn’t a real hand, after many jokes I’d image between themselves they re-opened the A19 and welcomed the jokes.

Cleveland Police Road Policing Unit said “The A19 is now clear. In a nutshell, an eagle eyed diligent member of the motoring public spotted a suspicious looking item… see picture, in the central reservation. Officers have attended and it has been found to be a realistic looking ‘severed hand’. No doubt comments will be forthcoming- please!………..”

We really think that the police are going to need a hand finding out who left the hand there.

Hopefully whoever wasted so much Police time will feel the long arm of the law.

Sorry that’s the best we can do with the jokes.

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