Havering Council alerts residents to Council Tax scam

Havering Council is urging residents to be cautious when paying their council tax over the phone. Some residents have been receiving calls asking for their bank or credit card details so their Council Tax or Council Tax arrears can be paid.
Any residents, who receive such a call, should check that it is genuine:

• Explain to the caller you wish to check their identity, write down their name and department and hang up your telephone.

• Scammers will keep the telephone line open so when you make a call out straight away you are still talking to the scammer.

• To avoid this, wait at least 15 minutes or use another line to make the call, such as a mobile phone, call Havering Council on 01708 434343 and ask for the person and department.

Leader of the Council, Councillor Roger Ramsey, said:

“Scammers are using a number of methods to get account details from people. Anyone who receives a call asking for their bank details should check its authenticity, whether it is from the Council or not.

“Staff at the council are aware of this scam and will be happy to assist anyone who wants to check that the call is genuine. Anyone who receives a call that turns out to be fraudulent should report it to Action Fraud.”

Scam telephone calls should be reported to Action Fraud with as much detail as possible, on 0300 123 2040 or visit the Action Fraud website.

More details on their website click here.

London Borough of Havering · Town Hall, Main Road, Romford RM1 3BB
 Call 01708 434343

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Think our roads are crazy?

Recently YouTube featured the worlds craziest roads – it’s a short video showing some of the most dangerous and crazy roads around the world.

It’s an eye opener if you think that our local roads are bad.

Check out YouTube click here

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Hornchurch Country Park

Located on the former RAF Hornchurch Airfield still with Pill Boxes to be found this is a haven for wildlife and nature. Many paths and a fishing lake make this a lovely spot to get away fro the hustle and bustle of the daily routine – take a break and get some fresh air.

Being next to the Ingrebourne Valley Nature Reserve the park is established and maturing into a lovely open space for you to visit and enjoy.

More information click here

Hornchurch Country Park, Squadrons Approach, Hornchurch. RM12 6TS
 Call 01708 554451

History of the airfield click here
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Council Tax Scam

Currently there seems to be a new type of scam operating where a person claims to be from the Council Tax Office.

They tell you that you have missed a payment. They continue to tell you that you must keep your payments up to date in order to prevent a penalty or fine and that they can do this for you by taking a payment over the phone.

They will ask for you credit or debit card details and they will sound convincing.

Never divulge information to a caller who asks you for personal details – if in doubt call the Council Tax Department later in the day – do not call them immediately as the fraudster may not have hung up – ensure you have a real dial tone before making any call.

See also another scam click here

View the council tax website click here

Council Tax Team, Town Hall, Romford. RM1 3BD 
 Call 01708 433997 (9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday)

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MSN Images

Here are some unusual and interesting posts from MSN – some really amazing images and some stunning photography – worthy of a peek.

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Please report any non-working links – we hope you enjoy our sample pick from the wonderful MSN archives.

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Popular Scam

Beware of a scam which is currently widespread where fraudsters are trying to get details of your credit cards, debit cards and personal information.

They will call you and pretend to be someone of authority – they will attempt to get details from you and then will attempt to send someone who they say is an official to collect cards and details from you directly in person.

NEVER tell anyone your PIN number – not even your bank will ask you to tell them your PIN number – be very careful with anyone asking you for details of a personal nature.

More information from the MET Police click here

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So many ways to book

We have always tried to make it easy for you to book your minicab with Hornchurch MiniCabs – however did you know all the different ways that are available to you ..

We have our own iPhone and Android APP that is free to download and use. Use our online web booker located on this web site. Try our telephone automated booking system. On busy nights book with our door staff using an automated booker. Call us directly.

Or of course – we would love to see you – pop in and see us!

Details of all these methods are detailed on this web site. Did you also know that you can check the status of our automated services click here.

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Save a FIVER

It’s easy to save £5 on your booking – if your going to an airport, station or port just use our handy booking form which you can download from our airports web page or simply pop in to our office and collect one.

Book both ways and pay by cash – we will then give you a £5 discount on the journey – easy! Just look for the red pig discount logo on the form.

Hornchurch MiniCabs, 157 High Street, Hornchurch. RM11 3YD
 Call 01708 700000 (24hours)

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St Francis Hospice

We are really pleased to announce that we have raised £236 for St Francis Hospice through our booking form – thanks to our customers, drivers and staff for making this possible.

We hope to raise much more in the future for this great cause.

Visit St Francis Hospice click here

St Francis Hospice, Broxhill Road Havering-atte-Bower. RM4 1QH
 Call 01708 753319

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