Tuesday, December 03, 2013

The 12 Scams of Christmas

I have no desire to unduly worry you readers but there are some very nasty and unscrupulous people out there who want your money and I’m not talking here about the taxman or the Chancellor of the Exchequer, who will be expecting bumper VAT receipts during the coming Festival of Consumerism (formerly Christmas) which he can then use to further reduce the heavy burden of tax on millionaires in his March budget.

Here’s a message from the Metropolitan Police:

Shopping online this Christmas? 
Don’t let fraudsters ruin your festive fun
Every year more and more of us are searching and buying our gifts over the internet, rather than battling the crowds in the high street, and every year fraudsters are finding new ways to move our money into their pockets.
Christmas is a time for celebration, a time to be with friends and family. Unfortunately it is also a time when fraudsters cash in, using cons old and new to exploit people’s good will and ruin their festive period. During the Christmas period last year, consumers lost over £12.4m to fraudsters through online shopping and auction scams and over 8,000 were defrauded by bogus websites.
We have teamed up with the City of London Police, Action Fraud and Get Safe Online to provide consumers with information and advice to help them avoid becoming a victim of fraud. The Twelve Online Frauds of Christmas (PDF 1.2MB) is a compilation of typical online-related frauds that we suspect criminals may use over the festive period. Coupled with advice aimed at keeping the criminals at bay, the Twelve Online Frauds of Christmas is designed to help prevent people from becoming a victim of this type of crime.
By being aware of these cons and scams, you can avoid your savings ending up in the pockets of fraudsters rather than being spent on presents.
To keep up with what we are doing and to help us spread the word, follow us on twitter #noteveryoneisasniceasyou. For all the latest advice about online shopping fraud, you can also see Get Safe Online at www.getsafeonline.org.
If you feel you have been a victim of these frauds, or any other, you should report to Action Fraud at www.actionfraud.police.uk or 0300 123 2040.
McAfee Warns Consumers of the Twelve Scams of Christmas
And here is our Borough Commander with her top 12 tips for a crime free Christmas

Of course the easiest way to avoid these scams is not to spend any money at all but that will make Christmas a real bummer for the chancellor because he won’t be able to bribe his millionaire mates into contributing to his re-election war chest. So, the best thing we can advise is to use reputable local independent stores in a High Street near you.

20 comments:

  1. One has to wonder if two of the scams are the proposed swimming pools, and the feasibility studies will prove to be unfeasible next June?

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    1. Oh, yea of little faith! My thoughts entirely - yet another one of Prince's cheap pre-election stunts.

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  2. Don't forget, Save King George A & E Meeting tonight 7 pm at Redbridge College Barley Lane, plenty of parking,come and quiz BHRUT Chief Executive Averil Dongworth, with Mike Gapes MP Lee Scott MP Dr Heath Springer, clinical director at Redbridge (CCG), Conor Burke, chief officer for CCGs in BHRUT and Councillor Vanessa Cole.

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    1. No Councillors Prince or Bond then? So much for civic "leaders".

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  3. on Xmas Eve I confirmed what I had thought was the 13th Scam perpetrated on the visitors to Central Ilford by the Liberals, I parked my car at 8.30am in the small car park near Kenneth More theatre, I walked to M & S food store, collected a bottle of wine, started to queue, then had to replace the wine and run back to my car before the FREE 20minutes expired, so the 20Minutes in central Ilford achieved absolutely nil, zilch nothing, and what a lot of fuss we had about giving it away, and it is NOT included as the first 20 minutes of additional parking time, so if you think you are going to be more than 20mins, (which as the above example shows you will be), you still have to pay the full parking fee, a lot of Liberal fuss about the 13th scam of this Christmas.

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    1. Why didn't you avoid this LibDem scam and take the 247 Bus or cycle to M&S at Romford?

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  4. As my opinion of cyclists is that they should all be humanely put down, (although I am changing my opinion - their death should not be in the least humane). That was never an option. But I had to drop a close relative of at work in Ilford, of course had I gone to Romford, I would have had free parking, which is exactly what I did in the end. The busses going through Ilford, with advert on the back about free parking inBeckton, are about right.

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  5. like all cycling and the supposed "green-ness" and "unpolluting-ness"
    the cycles roads in the sky are just simply- Pie In The Sky ( Pork Pies with pink wings).for 95%of cycles we never recover the initial production energy and pollution cost, so that cycling actually produces a negative effect on the world in UK.Even places like India and China are abandoning cycles in favour of battery powered scooters.

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    1. But bicycles outsold cars in 26 of the European Union's 28 states in 2012.
      http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-25209551

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    2. That may be because a family of 4 has up to 4 cycles, but possibly only 1 car.

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    3. Have you never heard of a tandem or a bicycle child seat?

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    4. I can't find any data for the EU so let's look at the UK.
      The UK population is 63.7 million. If we deduct those under 17 we reduce that figure to 48.5 million. Then deduct those over 70 and we get to 41 million. I know that some over 70s still drive but there are no figures for those of any age who are unable to drive, or ride a bicycle due to physical disability. The number of private cars registered in the UK is 28.7 million. This gives a potential driver to car ratio of 1.4

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    5. Yes B21, I have not only heard of those things I have also seen them. But if you read my words carefully through the smoky haze you will see that I said UP TO 4 cycles.

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  6. As I specifically referred to UK some of the reasons bikes outsold cars in UK is that cars did not have a Carsure scheme, and had the tax been removed from cars as it had on bikes then undoubtedly cars would have outsold bikes. and it will be interesting to see the 2013 figures rather nearly 2 year old figures.

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    1. But didn't you tell me that you pay no tax on your car?

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  7. Not that kind of tax, http://www.cyclescheme.co.uk/calculator, but income tax and NI, if you could get 32% off a car, bicycle sales would plummet to nothing, but also remember, that the man or woman riding along on a bike will almost certainly have at least one car,probably two cars in the driveway.

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    1. And some of whom have their cycles strapped to a rack at the rear of the car to demonstrate just how environmentally friendly they are.

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    2. Wow! I must publicise this, thank you dopeyf.

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