Sunday, 28 February 2010

Visa & MasterCard Telephone Credit Card Scam

An Email has been circulating with a warning that scammers are attempting to obtain CVV2/CVC2 security numbers by phoning credit card holders and posing as Security and Fraud Department staff from Visa or MasterCard.

CVV2/CVC2 security numbers are the three-digit security codes included on the back of credit/debit cards.

We all receive scam warnings most of which are just scare mongering and a nuisance. Athough the specific CVV2/CVC2 scam described may not occur as often as implied, the advice in the message is nevertheless worth heeding.

For your own security you should never provide account information to anyone claiming to be from a credit card provider, the financial institution that issued the card or any other company, without first effectively verifying the identity of the caller. Credit card companies or banks are unlikely to request sensitive financial information over the phone unless you were the one who initiated the call.

If you do receive such an unsolicited call, the safest course of action is to:

  1. Ask for the caller's name and department details and then terminate the call.
  2. Find a legitimate contact number for the company either in a bill or other official documentation or a telephone directory. (Don't use a contact number provided by the caller).
  3. Call the company and ask to speak to the original caller by name.
This strategy should effectively derail any scam attempts and also allow you to deal with the issue in the event that the call was actually legitimate.

A key factor regarding this scheme is that it can only work if the scammer already has your credit card number and contact details. In other words, regardless of the success or failure of the scheme, your financial security has already been compromised. Thus, if you do receive a security code scam call like the one described, recognizing it as a scam and terminating the call is only part of the solution. Naturally, you should also immediately inform your credit card issuer that the security of your card may have been compromised and take any other steps necessary to protect yourself from credit card fraud and identity theft.


Thanks to Andrea for forwarding the scam email.

Stay safe everybody.

Friday, 26 February 2010

Have You Seen Beth Delbridge?

Beth has been missing since around 6.30am on Monday 22nd February. She is described as around 5ft 6ins tall, of slim build with shoulder length dark brown/black hair, aged 31 from Ashton near Helston.

She was in her green Volkswagen Golf (Registration N678 HCV) and is believed to be missing in the Helston/Falmouth area - although she could be elsewhere in the county/region by now.

If you see or have seen Beth call police on 08452 777444 quoting log ref. 88 22nd Feb 2010.
In an emergency dial 999.

There is a Facebook Group deicated to finding her:

There is also a poster which you can download and distribute:

Thank you for your help

Wednesday, 24 February 2010

Helping To Keep Perranuthnoe safe

New Perranuthnoe
Neighbourhood Watch Group

Residents of Perranuthnoe are looking to re-establish their own neighbourhood watch group with the aim of keeping the village as safe as it always has been.

Neighbourhood Watch is about looking out for each other, acting together as the eyes and ears of the neighbourhood and picking up on anything that could cause concern or worry.

Similarly, the police have a role in sharing information about recent crimes in the neighbourhood so that members can stay vigilant, and have the opportunity to take appropriate precautions to avoid becoming victims themselves.

If you are a resident of Perranuthnoe and would like to become a member or find out more please contact;

  • Kevin Sansom (Village Crafts) – 711808

  • Stewart Eddy (Victoria Inn) - 710309

  • Kay Bowman (The Old Chapel) - 710565

  • Email - perranweb[at]hotmail[dot]

Neighbourhood Watch is one of the biggest and most successful crime prevention initiatives ever.

Free To Join

Monday, 8 February 2010

'Sea' Knits Group

Val is starting a 'drop in' knitting group in the shop on Wednesday afternoons 2pm to 4.30pm.

Chris Boulton a knitter with many years experience will be there to offer advice to those who want it, but most of all its a social group for people to pass on their experiences, tips or just chat whilst knitting.
Cost is £3.50 and includes a cup of tea or coffee and a biscuit.

First group this Wednesday at Village Crafts

Thursday, 4 February 2010

New Planning Application - The Cabin

The Cabin Cafe, Towan, Perranuthnoe - Demolition of cafe, construction of replacement & associated works - Mrs L Bizley - 10-0023-P

Members of the public may inspect copies of the application; the plans and other documents submitted with it at the address given below during normal office hours. Anyone wishing to comment or make representation on the above applications should write to Planning & Regeneration, Cornwall Council, St. Clare, Penzance, TR18 3QW or email to within 21 days of this publication quoting the relevant application number given above. Please note that all comments made either in writing or by email will be acknowledged but it is only those comments relevant to material planning considerations that will be taken into account as part of an application's determination. Any representations received will be open to inspection by the applicant, interested parties and the general public. (MNR) Minor Application, (MJR) Major Application