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Posted on: October 4th 2021   •    Posted in: Community, General News, Tenants

Scams to be aware of October 2021

Don't be fooled by scammers

We are aware of scams that are currently happening in the local area and more broadly in the UK. We want to protect our tenants, families in the local area and the wider community.

Our aim is to update this page when we are made aware of other possible scams.

In the meantime, if you would like to report a scam to us please drop us an email communications@havebury.com. We can then communicate this on our website and social channels – You can help protect others.


Companies claiming to be Havebury

We have been made aware of companies calling our tenants claiming to be from Havebury, asking whether or not they would like to be reimbursed for any repairs/issues they have experienced in their home during lockdown.

We would advise you not to partake in conversation with anyone who:

  • calls you unexpectedly, asking you questions about your tenancy
  • calls from a number you do not recognise. All Havebury calls will come from our 0300 3300 900 or a number starting in 01284. If you are unsure, hang up and call us back on 0300 3300 900 to double-check
  • asks for your bank details
  • makes you feel uncomfortable

If in doubt, hang up!


Companies claiming to be our contractors

We have been made aware of individuals knocking at our tenant’s properties claiming to be one of our contractors. They are engaging in conversation with the tenant and telling them they need repairs done to the outside of their property specifically chimneys.

We would advise you not to partake in conversation with anyone who knocks at your property unexpectedly, asking you about property repairs. We will always inform you if you are due a visit from a member of our team or our contractors.

If you are concerned please do report it to us and the police.


‘No win, no fee’ lawyers targeting tenants

Inside Housing (a magazine specialising in social housing news and features) recently reported that some social housing tenants are being targeted by dishonest lawyers. They are seeking to profit from new legislation intended to raise standards in rented homes.

Reports state that these solicitors are knocking on front doors across social housing estates telling tenants not to allow their landlords to carry out repairs. They then encourage the tenant to pursue a claim under the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 on a “no win, no fee” basis.  In some cases, these end up in court hearings and the tenant being liable for legal fees worth several thousand pounds for their landlord’s legal fees if they are unsuccessful.

If you have repairs to report, please do contact us via myHavebury or call 0300 3300 900, selecting options 2, 1 and 1. For updates on changes we have made due to COVID, please click here.

Representatives from Havebury will always have their identification on display when we visit you in your home, so if you are in doubt do not let someone in.


Phishing email saying that your National Insurance number has been disabled

There is an email circulating that says  “GOV. UK has disabled a number of National Insurance Number due to numerous fraudulent activity reports in the era of BREXIT.”

The fraudsters have tried to name every UK government department they can think of here (from “hmrc.co. uk” to “Jobcentre GOV. UK Plus”), and have even included the GOV.UK logo for good measure.

They then go on to say “a large number of National Insurance Numbers has been a target of identity theft in this period” and “you are now required to reactivate your NIN” (by clicking on the link (in bright red just in case you miss it)). Pretending they are acting in your interests is a common tactic of scammers.

Besides the grammar being incorrect in this email, to our knowledge, it isn’t usual to shorten National Insurance number to NIN. Also, emails from government organisations tend to end in gov.uk, definitely not hamanasu.jp, as in this case.

Remember, you will never be required to “reactivate” your National Insurance number. You can forward phishing emails to report@phishing.gov.uk.


Scams

  1. Breached Stay at home regulations scam
    Where it appears that messages have come from .GOV.uk saying you have a fine for leaving your home.
  2. Free school meals scam
    Asking the recipient for their bank details to ensure they still get their child’s free school meals.
  3. Ordering products
    Where people have ordered protective face masks, hand sanitiser, and other products. These have never arrived.
  4. Failed Payments
    If you get an email or text message telling you that your payment has failed, please be very wary. Independently check this by going to the company’s official website or using their app. Do not click on any links provided. Alternatively, you can check your bank account using online banking or telephone banking. 
  5. Covid vaccination invites from the NHS
    The NHS has warned people to be vigilant about fake invitations to have the coronavirus vaccination, sent by scammers. The scam email includes a link to “register” for the vaccine, but no registration for the real vaccination is required. The fake site also asks for bank details either to verify identification or to make a payment. The NHS says it would never ask for bank details, and the vaccine is free.

Companies that you may need to be aware of-

  • Paypal
  • HMRC
  • .GOV.uk
  • Amazon
  • TV Licencing
  • o2

Advice from Action Fraud

  • Stop: Taking a moment to stop and think before parting with your money or information could keep you safe.
  • Challenge: Could it be fake? It’s ok to reject, refuse or ignore any requests. Only criminals will try to rush or panic you.
  • Protect: Contact your bank immediately if you think you’ve fallen for a scam and report it to Action Fraud*.

Your bank or the police will NEVER ask you to transfer money or move it to a safe account.


The DWP takes security very seriously but you need to be alert.

Organised fraudsters will pretend to be Government Departments often to try and trick you into calling a number, send an email or click on a link. These sites look like a DWP site but is a fraudulent site.

Never pass your personal information if you have any queries over the nature of the contact.

*You should report the fraud to Action Fraud using the following link http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/report_fraud. Or you can call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2050 (charged at the normal network rate). They are open Monday to Friday, 09:00 – 18:00


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