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Fraud Alert

“Thought you might like to know that when I arrived home last night I had a call from my 80 yr old in laws in Bishops Stortford who had had a 42inch flat screen TV and Surround Sound system worth over £600 delivered to their address.
They had made no such order through a catalogue company called ‘Isme.’ I contacted the company who informed me that fraudsters are using elderly peoples addresses to order items over the internet in order to gain good credit ratings. They are also likely to come knocking at the delivery address to collect the goods, I assume they would pretend to be a courier collecting the goods saying they were delivered there by mistake?
The company ‘Isme,’ and their courier ‘Yodel,’ are bona fide companies (I have checked them out) and have advised us that they will arrange collection of their goods as well as sending us details on how this scam appears to be operating and what we should do next. I have removed the goods to my house so I can scrutinise who is arriving to pick the items up. Luckily no money has exchanged hands and in this case the goods will get returned to the company…still leaves these fraudsters out there somewhere though.”

We all need to make sure that our elderly and vulnerable relatives, neighbours and friends do not have to endure the stress and unpleasantness, caused by these unscrupulous criminals, and to keep a lookout and report, any suspicious persons or activities. A reminder of the telephone numbers:-
Non-Emergency calls dial 101 – In an emergency dial 999
Kind regards,

Colin I. Freeman MInstF. MIDPE. MITOL. RPII
Essex Watch Liaison Officer – West LPA