Say No to 0870 Numbers

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When you call an 084 or 087 number you will charged extra and that extra goes to the telecoms provider and the owner of the number called.  This is expected for some services such as chat-lines, recorded information lines and entertainment services such as voting on a TV show, but it is abused by some organisations, customer service lines,  sales lines, government departments, health services and financial services who would not be expected to be making money from your calls.

This website (www.saynoto0870.com) helps you find alternative inclusive or geographic rate 01, 02 or 03 numbers or free 080 numbers to call those businesses and organisations.

Calls to 084 and 087 numbers incur both an Access Charge of up to 15p per minute from landlines or up to 45p per minute from mobiles and a Service Charge of up to 7p per minute for 084 numbers or up to 13p per minute for 087 numbers. However, callls to 01, 02 and 03 numbers are usually inclusive within a call plan or else charged at “geographic rate”. Calls to 080 numbers are free from landlines and (from 1 July 2015) free from mobiles.

Since 2009, BT and some other phone providers have included calls to 0845 and 0870 numbers in their call plans, but this only applies to certain packages or at certain times of the day. Calls to other 084 and 087 numbers are excluded.

Many companies also advertise a separate number that can be used when calling them from abroad. This usually begins in the format +44 1 or +44 2. There is usually nothing to stop you using this number from the UK (as it is a normal rate telephone call), and will be included in any inclusive minutes provided by your landline or mobile phone provider. In some cases, however, you may need to withhold your caller number  in order to make the connection.

This site is all about listing the inclusive, geographic rate and free numbers, thereby saving you money. To get started and find a particular number, please click on the ‘Search to find an alternative number’ link at the top of the page. You can search by telephone number or by company name.

A lot of companies and organisations such as Virgin Trains and National express  use these chargeable phone numbers to make money from you and that’s wrong unless they are providing a service you are expecting to pay for.

Say NO to 0870

Stupidest Scam or Spam of the Week

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So, what’s the dumbest scam or spam on the Internet this week?

An email from alex  sent to a non existent address (omen@…) at the radio station.

The email was titled ‘Omen’ with an attached file called omen.zip

No one with an IQ above 20 would open such an attachment – sent to a non-existent email address and with the ridiculous and unpleasant name of Omen and no content in the message.

Perhaps the author was trying to see if there is anyone with such a low IQ receiving email or perhaps he is just the dumbest of the dumb.

Google Safe Search

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Google Safe Search is a feature in the Google Chrome browser designed to keep adult Internet content out of search results for children. It also provides some protection against malicious websites.  Google maintain a list of websites that have been hacked and hence are dangerous to visit and warns you if you try to go to one.

To activate Safe Search:-

  1. First of all, login to Google if you have a Gmail or other Google account.
  2. Go to page https://www.google.com/preferences
  3. Tick the box to turn on Safesearch
  4. If you want to lock the PC so no-one else can change those settings or bypass Safesearch then click on Lock SafeSearch

If you have more than one browser available on the computer then you’ll need to repeat this process for each browser.

Then you’re protected by Google Safesearch.

The Danger of Online Pharmacies

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Medical professionals receive extensive training and understand the effects of drugs in single use or in combinations.

It is dangerous for anyone to self-diagnose, look up drugs on the Internet then buy from unregulated online Pharmacies. DO NOT put your health at risk in this manner.

The Pharmacies that sell prescription drugs without a prescription are acting illegally.
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If you have a valid prescription, it may be tempting to save money by buying from an online pharmacy, but  medicines should not be seen as regular consumer products and fake medicines can cause real harm to your health.

It can be difficult to distinguish between registered online pharmacies and other commercial websites. The General Pharmaceutical Council operates an internet pharmacy logo scheme to identify legitimate online pharmacies so that you can be sure you are purchasing safe and genuine medicines online.

Check for the internet pharmacy logo when buying medicine online.

You can also check the registration status of the pharmacist by looking for the name and address of the pharmacy operating the website, as it should be connected to a “bricks and mortar” pharmacy.

Medicine sold from disreputable websites can be poor quality at best and dangerous at worst. What you receive in the post could be counterfeit, substandard or unapproved new drugs, which can put your safety at risk.

And never reply to spam emails offering cheap drugs. These are mostly scams.

Drugs from an unregistered website could also be dangerous to your health because they may be out-of-date, diluted or fake.

Always get your medicine from a pharmacy or a reputable outlet.

Refer to the NHS Choices website for further information

http://www.nhs.uk/NHSEngland/AboutNHSservices/pharmacists/Pages/internet-drugs.aspx

The Official Crime Survey 2015

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The Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW),is considered to be the best measure of crime trends in the UK. It is created by interviewing sample members of the public about their experiences regarding crime in the past 12 months.

As of 2015, this includes fraud and computer misuse, listed below.

  • Bank and credit fraud – 2.47 million incidents
  • Non investment fraud – 1.0 million
  • Advance fee fraud – 108 thousand
  • Other fraud – 138 thousand
  • Computer virus – 1.36 million
  • Unauthorised access to personal information – 649 thousand

That makes a total of 5.76 million incidents

Analysis of the Crime Survey shows the following:-

  1. Almost two-thirds of fraud incidents involved initial loss of money or goods to the victim (62%). This equates to an estimated 2.3 million offences, compared with 1.4 million incidents of fraud involving no loss of money or goods.
  2. Victims received a full reimbursement in 43% of fraud incidents (1.6 million), typically from their financial provider.
  3. In 49% of non-investment frauds (such as fraud related to online shopping scams or fraudulent computer service calls) and 76% of all other frauds (for example, lottery scams, pyramid or Ponzi schemes or charity fraud) there was no financial loss to the victim. This compares to 30% of incidents of bank and credit account fraud where no financial loss was suffered.
  4. For computer misuse, 22% of incidents involved loss of money or goods, all relating to computer viruses (442,000 incidents).

For further information, go to

http://fightbackonline.org/index.php/guidance/12-explanations/29-the-official-crime-survey-2015