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We Mean Business 2018

Did you know there may be a way of increasing your profits without selling more?  And without beating your suppliers down on price until they squeak?

Suffolkroadsafe, in partnership with the Driving for Better Business (DFBB) campaign, is hosting a morning seminar for ambitious local business owners and managers, whose businesses need company vehicles to operate.

Simply through better management of drivers and vehicles, companies like yours can save a fortune.  One of the DFBB Business Champions with 200 company cars now saves over £180,000 every year.  Another, with just 30 company vans, reduced their fleet insurance by over £25,000 in just 5 years.

Simon Turner, the Campaign Director for Driving for Better Business, will show you what these, and other companies, have achieved and how they did it.  We'll also be sharing free resources with delegates to help you copy the essential first steps they all took.

This will be followed by one of our Business Champions who will talk you through the details of how they did it, what challenges they had to overcome, and the benefits they achieved.

Both sessions will be followed by a Q&A session.

The seminar will be held on Monday 14th May at the Tithe Barn, Best Western Brome Grange Hotel, near Eye.  

Space is limited for what is expected to be a highly sought-after event.

Download the pdf here.

Please reserve your place now by emailing Jane Holland

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Action Fraud is warning people of a new trend that has hit the UK where fraudsters contact victims claiming to be from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) and trick them into paying bogus debts and taxes using iTunes gift cards. 

Victims are being contacted in a variety of methods by fraudsters claiming to be from HMRC and are told they owe an outstanding debt. In the hundreds of cases reported to Action Fraud in the past month, the fraudsters all ask for payment in iTunes gift card voucher codes. 

Fraudsters are now moving onto iTunes gift cards to collect money from victims because they can be easily redeemed and easily sold on. The scammers don’t need the physical card to redeem the value and instead get victims to read out the serial code on the back over the phone. 

Fraudsters are contacting victims in three ways:

  • Voicemails: Fraudsters are leaving victims automated voicemails saying that they owe HMRC unpaid taxes. When victims call back on the number provided, they are told that there is a warrant out in their name and if they don’t pay, the police will arrest them.
  • Spoofed calls: Fraudsters are cold calling victims using a spoofed 0300 200 3300 number and convincing them that they owe unpaid tax to HMRC. 
  • Text messages: Fraudsters are sending text messages that require victims to urgently call back on the number provided. When victims call back, they are told that there is a case being built against them for an outstanding debt and they must pay immediately.  

One victim had reported purchasing over 15 iTunes gift card vouchers from Argos at £100 pounds each and handing them over to fraudsters on the phone after receiving an automated voice message. Another victim handed gift card voucher codes worth £15,000 after receiving a cold call. 

This new trend that has only surfaced in the UK over the past month has been used by scammers in the USA who have been posing as police, attorneys, debt collectors and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) agents. 

How to protect yourself: 

  • HMRC will never use texts to tell you about a tax rebate or penalty or ever ask for payment in this way.
  • Telephone numbers and text messages can easily be spoofed. You should never trust the number you see on your telephones display. 
  • If you receive a suspicious cold call, end it immediately.

To report a fraud and receive a police crime reference number, call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or use our online fraud reporting tool.

Sign up for free to Action Fraud Alert to receive direct, verified, accurate information about scams and fraud in your area by email, recorded voice and text message.