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Hound Parish Council, 29c Station Road, Netley Abbey, SO31 5AE
The Parish Office opening hours are:
Monday - Thursday 09:30 - 13:00
Friday - 09:30 - 12:00
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Volunteer Driver Recruitment
Hampshire County Council is currently recruiting Volunteer Drivers to undertake various social care journeys within Hampshire. Volunteers use their own vehicles to transport adults and children who are under the care of the County Council. The scheme provides an essential transport link to facilities and activities for Hampshire residents, some of whom have physical or learning disabilities.
I would be grateful if you could display the enclosed poster in a prominent place; this scheme could be of interest to many people utilising your services.
If you have any questions about this scheme or require further information please do not hesitate to contact our Adult Services Transport Team at firstname.lastname@example.org
Phantom Debt Fraud
Action Fraud has recently experienced an increase in the number of calls to members of the public by fraudsters requesting payments for a “phantom” debt. The fraud involves being cold-called by someone purporting to be a debt collector, bailiff or other type of enforcement agent. The fraudster may claim to be working under instruction of a court, business or other body and suggest they are recovering funds for a non-existent debt.
The fraudsters are requesting payment, sometimes by bank transfer and if refused, they threaten to visit homes or workplaces in order to recover the supposed debt that is owed. In some cases, the victim is also threatened with arrest. From the reports Action Fraud has received, this type of fraud is presently occurring throughout the UK.
It is important to recognise that there are key differences between the various entities who seek to settle debts or outstanding fees in England and Wales. These differences range from the type of debt they will enforce to the legal powers they possess. To learn more, please take a look at some of the helpful information and links on the Step Change Debt Charity website; https://www.stepchange.org/debt-info/debt-collection/bailiffs-and-debt-collectors-differences.aspx
- Make vigorous checks if you ever get a cold call. Bailiffs for example, should always be able to provide you with a case number and warrant number, along with their name and the court they are calling from; make a note of all details provided to you.
- If you receive a visit from a bailiff, they must always identify themselves as a Court Bailiff at the earliest possible opportunity. Ask to see their identity card which they must carry to prove who they are, this card shows their photograph and identity number. They will also carry the physical warrant showing the debt and endorsed with a court seal.
- If you work for a business and receive a call or visit, be sure to speak with your manager or business owner first. Never pay the debts yourself on behalf of the business you work for; some fraudsters have suggested employees make payment suggesting they can then be reimbursed by their employer when in reality the debt is non-existent.
- Exercise caution believing someone is genuine because you’ve found something on the internet; fraudsters could easily create fake online profiles to make you believe them.
- Double check with the court, company or public body they claim to work for to confirm whether the call is legitimate; if you use a landline make sure you hear the dialling tone prior to dialling as the caller could still be on the line and you could potentially speak to the fraudster(s) to confirm the non-existent debt. Also be sure to independently search for a telephone number to call; never use a number provided by the caller without carrying out your own research.
- Do not feel rushed or intimidated to make a decision based on a phone call. Take five and listen to your instincts.
- If you know you have a debt, keep in regular contact with your creditor and be sure to establish the debt type at the earliest opportunity if you are not aware. This will help you to understand who might be in contact with you regarding any repayments or arrears.
You can report suspicious calls like these to Action Fraud by visiting www.actionfaud.police.uk
or by calling 0300 123 2040.
TAKE FIVE TO STOP FRAUD WEEK
22-26 JANUARY 2018
Neighbourhood Watch is proud to be supporting Take Five To Stop Fraud Week.
Take Five To Stop Fraud Week is part of the national campaign from Financial Fraud Action UK and the Government, backed by the banking industry coming together to tackle fraud.
The advice being issued this week is really simple but it can stop you becoming a victim of fraud.
1. A genuine bank or organisation will never contact you out of the blue to ask for your PIN, full password or to move money to another account. Only give out your personal or financial details to use a service that you have given your consent to, that you trust and that you are expecting to be contacted by.
2. Don’t be tricked into giving a fraudster access to your personal or financial details. Never automatically click on a link in an unexpected email or text.
3. Always question uninvited approaches in case it’s a scam. Instead, contact the company directly using a known email or phone number.
Please share the attached leaflet with friends and family and together we can help stop fraud.
To read more about the campaign and to access all the resources go to
or download a leaflet here
Jobcentre Near Me
We’ve made it easier to find local Jobcentre Plus offices, benefits and employment information. Click on this link
http://www.jobcentrenearme.com/ to find your nearest Job Centre.
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Notice of Conclusion of Audit March 2017
2016/17 Annual Report