Tuesday 4 January 2022

Humberside Police are warning residents in East Yorkshire that members of the public have yet again been receiving fraudulent phone calls from people claiming to be from their bank. The scam is where a fraudster says that there has been ‘fraudulent activity’ detected on their account. They may then ask for money to be transferred over the phone directly to them to ‘protect your account and money’ and ask people to give their bank details and a PIN.

Officers are reminding the public to NEVER give any personal information or banking details or PIN numbers to anyone, and hang up the phone. Only a fraudulent caller will ask you to move money into another account or withdraw and await collection from a courier. If you think you have been a victim of fraud you should report to the police on the non-emergency number 101

Every winter Humberside Fire and Rescue Service (HFRS) promotes its ‘Check on your Neighbours’ campaign. The campaign asks residents to take ten minutes out of their day to check on an elderly or vulnerable neighbour or relative and carry out a few simple checks to help reduce risks of fire in their home, particularly in the winter when the risk of fire can increase.

Steve Duffield, Group Manager Public Safety, HFRS told Beverley FM “Winter can be a difficult time for elderly residents as the cold weather sets in and keeping warm becomes a priority. Fire risk in the home can increase due to people smoking indoors to stay out of the cold and using open fires and electric or gas heaters more frequently. “There are quick checks people could carry out when visiting an elderly neighbour or relative that really could make a difference to someone’s safety this winter and I urge people to help those less mobile if possible.”

Steve added: “If you have concerns about a neighbour or relative and to find out if they are eligible for a free home safety visit, please call 0300 303 8242.”