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9466 no more a14 delays logoNo More A14 Delays in Suffolk

The No More A14 Delays in Suffolk team is looking to record your accounts of being delayed on the A14 in the county and the costs of those in terms of wasted time, missed appointments or even lost orders.

The best way to do this is via the No More A14 Delays Twitter account, which they monitor on a daily basis.

Help them to build the case to have the seven A14 pinch points in Suffolk included in the next Roads Investment Strategy (RIS2)! 

For an overview of the campaign please click here. To be redirected to the website for more information please click here.

 

hmrcBoth Suffolk Trading Standards and Suffolk Police are continuing to receive reports of residents receiving calls from individuals purporting to be from HM Revenue & Customs (the tax office).

 Fraudsters are typically contacting the elderly and vulnerable, warning victims of arrest warrants, outstanding debts or unpaid taxes in their name. 

 On occasions, victims have been told to purchase a quantity of music vouchers or told a sum of cash will be collected from their home address. 

We would like to remind residents that HMRC will never make phone calls, use text messages or email to tell you about a tax rebate or penalty and will never ask for payment in this way. 

 How to protect yourself: 

  • HMRC will never use 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 telephones display. 
  • If you receive a suspicious cold call, end it immediately.

Report fraud and cyber crime and receive a police crime reference number.


policeFake Police Officer Warning - Police are warning members of the public to be vigilant after an elderly couple in Suffolk were targeted a number of times by telephone scammers.

On Friday 6 October, a woman from the Windgap Lane area of Haughley, received a telephone call from a man, saying he was a police officer and that he was investigating a fraud and required assistance. The offender then instructed the woman to withdraw £7,800 from her bank account which was then collected by a man later that day at 4pm. The following day, the offender telephoned again and asked her to withdraw a further £13,200 which was collected by the same suspect later that day at around 2pm along with £200 cash that the woman already had in the house.

On Monday 9 October the offender telephoned again demanding that the victim transfer money between her bank accounts. The victim attended a bank to carry this out but bank staff intervened, stopping the transaction. The offender then asked the woman to purchase two Rolex watches worth £18,000 from a jewellers which the victim refused to do.

The man who collected the money is described as being mixed race, in his late twenties or early thirties, skinny, who was wearing smart black trousers and a white shirt.

It is believed that the man who collected the money travelled to the victim’s home by car and police are appealing for anybody who witnessed any suspicious vehicle or activity at the times above to contact Suffolk Police on 101 quoting reference 66261/17.

Residents should remember the following:

  • Your bank or the police will never ask you to withdraw money or purchase items
  • Your bank or the police will never ask for your PIN, bank card or bank account details over the phone – never give these details out
  • If you receive such a call leave the landline for at least five minutes to make an outside call. Fraudsters will keep the line open and have been known to play ring tones, hold music and a recorded message down the phone so the victim believes they are making a call to a legitimate number
  • Use a friend or neighbour’s telephone instead
  • Friends, family, carers and neighbours are asked to spread the word to ensure everyone is aware of this scam and what they should do

Report incidents of fraud to Action Fraud using their online reporting tool http://www.actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 1232040.