TIM DREW: Time to work together to beat the cold callers

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SCAMS have been proliferating of late, and one of which you may not yet have heard involves fraudsters purporting to be from PayPal.

It consists of them sending an email stating that they have taken money from your account to pay for your Skype account.

At the bottom of the message is a section marked ‘click on to dispute’.

If you do this, it will take you to a page where you are asked to key in your password and email address.

Don’t do this, as it allows the fraudster to obtain control of your account.

Meanwhile, police and the Trading Standards team are warning residents about cold callers who are offering cheap burglar alarms and security services. The callers offer the free installation of an alarm box, often claiming that the resident has been selected at random for a free box normally costing thousands of pounds.

They sometimes claim some kind of affiliation to the police and that they are working with police as a result of issues with police response times.

The ‘sales staff’ callers are generally quite pushy and will state that they have a member of staff in the area who will attend shortly and fit the box. Once the ‘free’ box is fitted, residents may then find themselves paying high monthly rates for remote monitoring of the equipment. These callers have no affiliation to the police, whose advice is to refuse the services of any cold callers, via the telephone or in person.

Any such approaches should be reported to Sussex Police – by calling 101 or by sending an email to 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk – or to the Trading Standards team.

• The Goring Neighbourhood Panel will meet tomorrow, Friday, February 14, between 7pm and 8pm, at Worthing Leisure Centre, in Shaftesbury Avenue, Durrington.

On Saturday, February 22, the Worthing Neighbourhood Watch will be represented at the Worthing Rotary Clubs’ hobbies and leisure exhibition, which will be held at the Assembly Hall in Stoke Abbott Road, Worthing from 10am to 4pm. We look forward to welcoming you there.