Recent Scams LPC General

GP Scam

Police forces have become aware of a fraud circulating targeting elderly and vulnerable members of the community.

Some older people have received telephone calls from a caller who purports to be from the GP surgery and is asking for an appointment to discuss the person’s mobility needs. During the appointment, the resident is persuaded to buy mobility aids which are either unnecessary or inappropriate and always expensive.

If you receive a call like this, please check with your GP surgery first before agreeing to a visit.

 

Fraudsters pretend to work for BT

We have received reports of scam phone calls and letters from people claiming to work for the telecommunication service, BT.

The caller asks for an upfront fee of £300 to opt-out of scam telephone calls and tries to gain the resident’s confidence by quoting the last four digits of their credit card. The caller then asks for the beginning of their credit card number to complete the transaction. They may also send a letter as shown here.

We believe this person may be using the identity of an existing company to scam residents.

The Telephone Preference Service is a free service that helps to reduce unsolicited sales and marketing telephone calls.

 

Blue Badge scam

We have received reports of bogus Blue Badge websites charging £49 for a badge. The websites will ask for your personal information and will not have the authority to issue you a Blue Badge.

The official Blue Badge costs £10, you can find more information and apply or renew your Blue Badge by visiting the Kent County Council website.

You can contact Kent County Council’s Blue Badge Team on 03000 416262 or bluebadgeteam@kent.gov.uk

Useful Information

Non-urgent Police calls                  Dial 101

Maidstone Borough Council         01622 602 000

Consumer Advice Line                   0345 04 05 06

 

Kent County Council

General enquiries

Call: 03000 41 41 41

Text relay: 18001 03000 41 41 41

Hours Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm

or visit www.kent.gov.uk

or write to County Hall, Maidstone, ME14 1XQ

Blue Badge Team

Call on 03000 416262

Or email bluebadgeteam@kent.gov.uk.

Or write to      The Blue Badge Service,

Kent County Council Contact Centre,

Invicta House, County Hall,

Maidstone, Kent, ME14 1XX

 

 

Telephone Preference Service

Registration line on 0845 070 0707

or by visiting www.tpsonline.org.uk

or by writing to          Telephone Preference Service,

DMA House, 70 Margaret Street,

London, W1W 8SS

Recent Scams
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