TSB to help Tavistock residents be more fraud aware

On 19th May, TSB Partners in Tavistock will be hosting a fraud awareness workshop for local residents, in a bid to raise awareness of how fraudsters operate, including the latest tricks and scams and, more importantly, how to avoid them.

The initiative comes at a time when fraud is becoming more elaborate, more sophisticated and more plausible; the latest figures show that almost £1.2...

Do you know your vishing from your phishing and smishing?

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau have reported a 7 per cent increase in the number of fraud offences recorded in England and Wales, compared to the previous year.

That’s more than 660,000 reports made to the intelligence bureau. But experts estimate that only 5 to 15 percent of all scams are reported, so the true number of fraud offences is likely to be considerably higher....

Plymouth woman ordered to pay more than £700 for social housing fraud

A woman who lied about rent arrears of £1,700 has been prosecuted by Plymouth City Council for social housing fraud.

Katrina Sturtridge – aged 26, of Lower Polsham Road, Paignton, TQ3 2AU admitted to Plymouth Magistrates on Monday 20 February that she had lied to the Council on two occasions (on 10th September and 9 October 2014) in order to gain social housing, by falsely stating that...

Two prosecuted for disabled blue badge fraud

Two people have been prosecuted by Plymouth City Council’s Corporate Fraud Team for Disabled Blue Badge fraud.

Jocelyn Ruffle, of Chudleigh Road, Plymouth pleaded guilty at Plymouth Magistrates on Tuesday 22 November to using the Blue Badge that belonged to her deceased husband Peter Ruffle to park in Tavistock Place in October 2015. She was sentenced to a conditional discharge of 12...

Rogue traders plead guilty to fraud

Two rogue traders have pleaded guilty to fraud at Newton Abbot Magistrates Court following an investigation by Devon and Somerset Trading Standards.

Bryan Ferren, aged 38 and Kevin Hogg aged 41, both of Clifton Court, Clifton Road, Paignton, admitted to conning over £70,000 out of 17 elderly Devon residents over a 13 month period.

The court heard how, between November 2012 and...

Beware of Blue Badge websites

Plymouth City Council is warning Blue Badge applicants and holders to beware of websites charging for help with their application or renewal.

One resident paid £49 for help filling out a Blue Badge form – something that is available free through the Council.

Councillor Brian Vincent, Cabinet Member for Streetscene, said: “If you are renewing or applying for a Blue Badge you can...

Email scam warning

Detectives at Devon and Cornwall Police are warning people of two current email scams that are circulating the internet.

One is an Amazon scam, which claims Amazon accounts have been breached, this is incorrect, Amazon accounts have not been hacked into.

The fake email address from asks you to complete an ‘account verification’ process. Officers are warning...

Don't fall victim to fraudsters

Police are reminding the public to be vigilant about telephone scams and to follow some simple advice to prevent them from becoming a victim of this type of crime.

Devon and Cornwall Police have been working with partners and the community to raise the awareness of the sudden rise in elderly victims who are conned out of thousands of pounds by tricksters who convince them they are...

Zero tolerance on social housing fraud

An Exeter man has been sentenced at Plymouth magistrates after illegally subletting his Local authority council flat when he was living somewhere else.

David Mukanirwa, 31, of Darwin Court was prosecuted under S1(2) of the prevention of Social Housing Fraud Act 2013 for subletting his Exeter flat on two occasions whilst he lived in Swindon after advertising it for rent on Gumtree....

Do you know who’s on the end of the phone?

Phone scams have been doing the rounds for years but people are still being sucked in particularly when it comes to claims of ‘free’ money.

Plymouth trading standards officers are now regularly seeing people who have been conned by scammers claiming that they could be owed money for things like repayment of bank charges or payment protection insurance, but first they always ask for an...