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Volunteers Needed

New Forest Voluntary Car Schemes.

Since Starting this recruitment drive only three volunteers have come forward. If you have some time on your hands, why not become a volunteer driver for the New Forest Voluntary Car Scheme. Read more.

Community SpeedWatch

Too many drivers are speeding through the village.

Join Community SpeedWatch and do something about it. Read more.

Village Hall News

The East Boldre Village Hall Committee needs more volunteers.

We also need help cataloguing our ever-growing historical collection.

Can you help us? Please use our Contact Page to get in touch.

Safer Neighbourhoods

Neighbourhood Watch coordinators are needed. Read more.

Make your street into a No Cold Calling Zone. Read more.

Safer Neighbourhoods - ScamBuster

What is a Scam?

O.F.T. Advice

A scam is the modern word for a confidence trick or ‘con’. Essentially, the scammers (con-men or women) try to take your money or possessions by tricking you into handing it over.

Fake lotteries and prize draws, bogus psychic predictions, get-rich-quick investments and ‘miracle’ health cures are just some of the many tricks that scammers try. The tactics that these con-men use are very believable and so powerful that it can be difficult to say no.

Every year, three million people fall victim, losing an average of £850 each, and sometimes a great deal more. And it's not just your money that's at risk. Being taken in by a scam can be very distressing.

The scammers are clever, and all kinds of people from all walks of life get duped. If you let down your guard, you too could become a victim.

Here is some advice from Consumer Direct.

Look out for the warning signs:

  • It sounds too good to be true: Beware of hype and extravagant promises. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
  • You are contacted out of the blue: You may get a phone call, e-mail or letter from someone you've never heard of.
  • You are pushed to make a quick decision: Scammers don't like to give you time to think. They will try to pressure you into making a decision by saying things like ‘If you don't act now, you'll miss out.’
  • You are asked to give away bank account details: Trustworthy firms will never contact you to ask for this information. If you see any of these signs in a letter, phone call, text message or e-mail, it could well be a scam.

First of all, don't reply. Then bin it, delete it or hang up. And if you're still unsure, you can call Consumer Direct for advice on 08454 04 05 06.

CrimeStoppers list of common scams

Advice From Trading Standards

Trading Standards would advise consumers never to agree to work that is instigated as a result of a cold call. Consumers should obtain at least three written quotes from reputable businesses or traders who belong to a recognised trade association, such as the Hampshire County Council Buy With Confidence Scheme. Details of this scheme can be obtained by telephoning 01962 833620, via email at or via the website

Traders who agree work at the home of an individual or at a place other than their usual business premises are required by law to provide consumers with a Notice of Right to Cancel, which gives consumers a 7 day cooling off period. Work should not commence until this period has ended, unless written agreement is first obtained from that consumer beforehand.

If anyone has any information about traders who are cold calling or requires any advice on doorstep crime they can contact Hampshire County Council's Quick Response Team on 01962 833666 (Monday - Friday 0900hrs to 1700hrs) where specially trained officers are on hand to provide assistance.

If urgent assistance is required outside of these hours please contact Hampshire Police on 101.

Hampshire County Council Trading Standards Service

Montgomery House

Monarch Way Winchester


SO22 5PW

Tel: 01962 833620

Fax: 01962 833698


Click Here to read more about protecting yourself from fraudsters this Christmas

Some Common Frauds:

Bank Account Fraud

Hampshire Trading Standards Service has received recent enquiries about a sophisticated bank account fraud.

The fraud is very convincing, and Hampshire residents are urged to keep alert should they receive a telephone call from someone alleging they work for a fraud or security department connected to their bank. The caller will cause alarm by warning the customer that their bank account has been compromised in some way and suspicious activity has occurred.

They will ask their intended victim to phone their bank’s fraud department without delay. However, unbeknown to the receiver of this call, the fraudster has kept the telephone line open. Therefore, when the victim phones what they believe to be an official number, they are reconnected to the fraudster.

The fraudster this time, posing as the bank, will then ask the customer to transfer their funds into a separate holding account. Once this is done, the call is terminated and the money is lost.

Should you receive a similar telephone call DO NOT engage in conversation and hang up as soon as possible. Check the validity of the call with your local bank branch, but DO NOT make a phone call from your land line as this may reconnect you to the fraudster. Use a mobile phone if you have one, or ask a neighbour/friend to check for you. Best of all, visit your bank branch in person.

Most banks have security systems in place to deal with fraudulent attempts on an account. Normal practice is to place a block to prevent money from being taken. They will not ask a customer to transfer funds over the phone in these circumstances.

Copycat Government Websites

Hampshire residents are warned to look out for numerous copycat websites that they may find using a search engine or receive a link to in an email.

Copycat websites charge a fee to process or renew documents, such as passports or visas, which can be done for free or much cheaper through the official organisation. Although it is not against the law for a private company to offer a similar service, their website should carry a clear disclaimer explaining it is not affiliated with the official body in any way.

Current Copycat Government Websites to look out for include:

  • Passport Renewal or Checking Service
  • EHIC Card
  • Congestion Tax
  • Car Tax
  • Driving License Renewal
  • Tax Refunds

There are a number of ways to spot a copycat website:

  • Read the homepage of the website carefully as it may even state it is not affiliated with the official body.
  • Don’t be mislead by a ‘.org’ address. This does not guarantee it is the official site.
  • Look out for ‘paid for’ search engine results. These are boxed adverts displayed at the top of search engine results pages. Quite often the official site is not the top result.
  • Check to see if the web address begins with ‘https’ as this acts as an encryption to protect personal details.
  • Do not open any links contained in an email if you are not sure of its source.
  • DO NOT open an email or any attachments if you have any concerns about its source or content.

Computer Telephone Scams

Hampshire County Council Trading Standards Service continues to receive enquiries from concerned consumers and businesses who receive a telephone call from someone claiming to be from their computer support service.

Once the caller has got the consumers attention they may try to:

  • Sell and install software that may damage the computer
  • Request payment details to pay for non existent services
  • Take control of the computer remotely
  • Direct you to fraudulent websites that will ask you for personal and financial information

Should you receive a similar unsolicited phone call, remember:

DO NOT purchase any software or services

NEVER give control of your computer to a third party

NEVER Provide your credit card or financial information

HANG UP as soon as possible

For a list of the latest scams to watch out for and to download the Trading Standards Scam Bulletins go to Trading Standards Scams Page.

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This booklet, published by the Office of Fair Trading, is being distributed to some of the households in East Boldre.

If you did not get one, you can download a copy here or get a free copy by, telephoning:

0800 389 3158

Scam Warning

Warning over bogus phone call scam

The Safer New Forest Partnership is warning local householders to be on their guard if they receive "threatening" calls from a bogus phone company.

An anonymous male has been calling vulnerable residents across Hampshire to inform them that they have subscribed to a telephone monitoring service and run up bills of between £3,500 and £6,000.

He tells them they have defaulted on the payment and asks for immediate payment over the phone by card. Residents who have questioned this are told that unless they pay up they will be arrested within hours by the Metropolitan Police and transported to the Queen's Court in London.

Hampshire Trading Standards advises anybody who receives these calls to hang up immediately. Residents can also register for anonymous call barring with their telephone provider. Read more.

Cut the Junk. Stay Safe Online.

Stay safe online and cut the amount of junk mail, unsolicited phone calls, e-mail spam and unwanted text messages.

Junk Mail:

Register with the Mail Preference Service at or by phoning 0845 703 4599.

Unsolicited Phone Calls and Texts:

Register with the Telephone Preference Service at or by phoning 0845 070 0707.

There's Lots of advice on how to stay safe online at

Make sure you have a firewall and anti-virus software installed on your computer. You can find more advice at

Keep kids safe online:

Find out how at

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