Tag: Fraud

Chandler’s Ford driver in blue badge fraud

A former Hampshire County Council worker from Chandler’s Ford has been fined for illegally using her husband’s ‘blue badge’ parking permit while on HCC business following a clamp down on Blue Badge fraud by Portsmouth City Council. Natasha Smallwood 45, illegally parked her Mercedes SLK outside Portsmouth Family Courts, while she was attending  hearings on…

Chandler’s Ford man ‘ripped-off’ workers

A Chandler’s Ford man has become the first employer in Hampshire to be prosecuted for National Minimum Wage offences, after an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). Kreshnik Dida, 29, of Southdene Road was trading as Dida Hand Car Wash at Bitterne Road West, Southampton and is believed to have “ripped-off” workers by £21,000…

Police warn on bogus gardener in Hedge End

Police are warning residents in Hedge End after an elderly man paid for gardening work that wasn’t carried out. At around 2pm on yesterday,(Tuesday June 21) a man knocked on the door of a house on Mallard Gardens and claimed to be from the council. The man said there’d been a complaint about an overgrown…

Don’t be another victim of ‘Vishing’

A 30yr old local woman has advised Eastleigh News that she has fallen victim to a telephone/banking scam, known as ‘Vishing’.  She has asked us not to publicise her identity, but is keen to share her experience and bring this story to the attention of other people.  She wants to raise awareness of this problem…

Scammers target OAP in Waitrose Car Park

A 73 year–old-woman from Chandler’s Ford has become the victim of distraction thieves while shopping at Waitrose. On Wednesday, March 27 the OAP went shopping at Waitrose in Chandlers Ford and paid for items using her bank card. After she put her shopping bags in her car and just before she got in her vehicle…

Trading standards issue scam warnings

  Hampshire County Council’s Trading Standards Service has issued a warning to county householders to be on the lookout for some of the latest scams that they have seen doing the rounds. These included fraudulent traders offering carpet cleaning services. The trader will normally make initial contact by posting an advertising card through the front door. …

Bogus loft laggers in scam warning

Police and local housing association First Wessex have issued a warning to householders in Eastleigh to beware of cold callers posing as Insulation salesmen. In the past 24 hours First Wessex have received three calls from residents that there are two men cold calling in the Eastleigh area (Monks Way and Derby Road have already…

Council issue tax scam warning

  Eastleigh Borough Council have issued a warning to householders to beware of a Council tax scam that is currently doing the rounds: “The Council have received an increasing number of enquiries from residents regarding agents that offer to appeal against the banding of your property in order to obtain a reduction in your Council…

Bogus coppers rob OAP

An elderly woman on the Aviary estate was robbed by two con men posing as police officers. The same men are believed to be behind a similar incident in Southampton. In the first incident on Monday, March 19 at about 7.45pm two men knocked at the door of an 82-year-old in Falcon Square, Eastleigh. They…

Con man threatens old folk with the Police!!!

An aggressive con man has been ringing up local old folk and demanding immediate payment of up to £6k or else face being arrested and dragged off to jail. Hampshire Trading standards warn that the con man is telephone cold calling vulnerable residents and telling them that they had subscribed to some phoney-baloney telephone monitoring service…

Thief uses PIN to withdraw £600

A member of staff at the Nuffield hospital in Chandlers Ford had £600 withdrawn from her bank account after her bank card was stolen and she divulged her PIN number to the thief. Two members of the office staff at the Winchester Road hospital had their purses taken from their handbags by a sneak thief…

Doorstep Con men warning

Con men are targeting the elderly and infirm people locally warn Hampshire Trading standards. They have reported that Rogue Traders are cold calling on the telephone and at the doorstep in the Andover, Havant and surrounding areas of Hampshire offering to supply unsuitable mobility goods, stair lifts, adapted showers and beds at vastly inflated prices.…

Purse thief con-man hits Health Centre

A thieving con-man stole a woman’s purse from Eastleigh Health Centre then later telephoned the victim to ask for her cash card pin number. Police are releasing an e-fit image of a man they would like to speak to following the theft at the Newtown Road surgery in Eastleigh sometime between 10.45am and 11.15am.on Friday,…

Hedge End Con Men warning

Blue Police Lamp

Police in Hedge End are urging homeowners to double check the credentials of tradesmen offering gardening services. It follows reports of rogue traders operating in the area. It appears older residents are being targeted in particular. Sergeant Barbara Hardcastle of the Safer Streets team based in Eastleigh said: “We would advise homeowners not to accept…

Election expense complaint rejected

A complaint made by Eastleigh’s Independent group of councillors alleging that Chris Huhne’s election expenses had been underreported has been kicked out by elections watch dog the Electoral Commission. The Independents had supplied a transcript of a secret audio recording of a Lib Dem party meeting in which Anne Winstanley, the party treasurer and Mr…