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North Yorkshire Police have issued a warning to residents following two reports of telephone fraud in the Ripon area.
Elderly victims have received unsolicited phone calls from a person purporting to be a police officer from another police force.
They have falsely informed the victims that their bank accounts have been compromised and there have been fraudulent transactions on their accounts.
The victims have been told to attend their banks and transfer money to a “secure bank account” to keep it safe.
On one occasion a taxi is believed to have been ordered to pick the victim up and take her to the bank to withdraw her funds.
Fortunately, the police were alerted to the incidents before any money was transferred and are investigating both crimes.
Police officers will never, ever ask members of the public to transfer their money to another account, nor will anyone else from a legitimate organisation.
“These fraudsters often target elderly or vulnerable people in the community so it is also important that people remain vigilant of them targeting elderly members of their own family or their neighbours.
“If anyone does receive calls of a similar nature purporting to be from the police or any other agency asking them to transfer their money to another bank account they should finish the call immediately and contact the police.”
"Anyone who has been targeted in a similar manner, or has any information about these frauds, is asked to call North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 1 and pass information to the Force Control Room. "
North Yorkshire Police has issued the following advice if anyone is contacted:
· Do not transfer money to an unknown bank account either online or in person.
· Do not pass any personal information over the phone or in person to any cold callers.
· Always check with your bank if you are called by anyone claiming to be from a bank fraud investigation team.
· When you make the phone call, ensure that you have a dialing tone before making the call, or use a different phone line to the one the fraudsters have called on.
· Protect your identity and always ensure you destroy or shred any documents containing personal information before disposing of them.
· Don't use makeshift post boxes at the end of your drive where identity thieves can pick up your post
· If you believe you have been a victim of bank fraud please contact your bank in the first instance and report it to your local police on 101.
Visit the Action Fraud website for more information about fraud, how to avoid it and what to do if you are a victimwww.actionfraud.police.uk
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One of the oldest working cinemas in the country there will be a special centenary screening this evening of films, and newsreels from 1914 with staff dressed in formal attire from the time .
Former England and Lincoln City manager Graham Taylor will officially launch the new-look Lincoln 10k this afternoon
Thousands of people are expected to take part in the new-look Asda Foundation City of Lincoln 10K which takes place on Sunday 22nd March.
The event is being staged by Jane Tomlinson's Run For All for the first time, in partnership with the City of Lincoln Council.
The event is set to raise tens of thousands of pounds for good causes. The event weekend will also include the new Arena Group Mini and Junior Runs which take place in the city on Saturday 21st March.
Council officials will be in Boston Market Place between 10am and 2pm today to get the public's view on plans to ban boozing in the ttown centre streets.
Earlier this year 97 per cent of all residents who responded to an earlier consultation said they would support tougher controls on street drinking in a designated area in Boston town centre.
Now new legislation permits the council to introduce a Public Space Prohibition Order, prohibiting consumption of alcohol in a designated area.
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Under the new rules any person failing to stop drinking when requested will be committing an offence and can be arrested and fined - £100 for a first offence and up to £500 for a second offence committed within six months of the first.
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The firm added that the permanent roles will start on an average of £7.39 per hour and earn up to £8.90 per hour after two years.
The US-based firm said it had invested over £1 billion at its UK operations and has created over 2,000 jobs in the last two years.
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