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Bogus Overseas Officers

Fraudsters are contacting overseas students and visitors who are in the UK via their mobile phone or social network account and purporting to represent UK or foreign law enforcement.

After fraudsters have claimed to work with their respective embassy or government, they tell the victim that there is evidence in the form of forged documentation or parcels which implicate them in a crime such as money laundering, fraud or immigration offences.

After demanding further personal details from the victim such as their name, current address and copies of personal documentation, they threaten the victim by suggesting a warrant exists for their arrest which will result in their deportation and imprisonment unless they transfer a payment to them in order to cancel the arrest or pay a fine. Once the money is transferred, all contact between the victim and the fraudster is severed.

What You Need To Do:

  • Police will never ask you to withdraw to transfer money so “it can be checked”, neither would they demand money to in order to cancel an arrest.
  • Do not be tricked into giving a fraudster access to your personal or financial details no matter who they say they are; protect your information and have the confidence to question and refuse unusual requests.
  • If you have made a payment to someone claiming to be the police or government department, and you think you might be a victim of fraud, you can report it to Action Fraud any time of the day or night using our online fraud reporting tool. You can also get advice about fraud or cyber-crime by calling 0300 123 2040.
  • If you are a student you can ask your Student Union or University for advice, help and support.

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The Will Green Column

For September’s issue I thought I’d tell you all about my Gold Duke of Edinburgh expedition. 

My team and I set off on Saturday 21st July for our acclimatisation night in the Yorkshire Dales. Our assessor joined us at our campsite to ensure that we had all the relevant equipment, food and to weigh our rucksacks as the rucksack is only allowed to be 25% of your overall body weight. 

At 9am on Sunday 22nd July our official expedition began. We set off from Gordale Bridge and started our 4 day expedition. We headed to our first checkpoint which is where, within the first 5 minutes, we went in completely the wrong direction. We soon realised we’d made a mistake and had to start again. After the initial hiccup, we gained time and arrived at our first campsite ahead of schedule. 

The first campsite wasn’t what you would describe as five star! We were lucky if we had running water. We pitched our tents, warmed through our very tasteless dehydrated food and settled down for the night. 

Day 2, we started off far more successfully. We headed towards Arncliffe and walked approximately 21 kilometres, which doesn’t seem too far but with a huge rucksack, in the July heatwave, was pretty exhausting. We arrived at our second campsite, which was even worse than the first as we were surrounded by sheep and cows. Our only water source was a shared hose with the horses in the neighbouring stable! Another night of bland dehydrated food followed.

Day 3, we set off on time and made our way through our checkpoints. Our route took us up the 400ft Fountains Fell, which we did in record time as the thought of the campsite being only half an hour away was very tempting after a hard day. We arrived at our final campsite in Kettlewell, which we were really pleased to see had not only running water but showers and toilets as well! A much better night all round as it was to be our last night under canvas.

Day 4, within the first hour we were stood at the bottom of Great Whernside (the biggest fell in the area) we were dreading the 700 ft climb but the views were fantastic when we reached the top and the feeling of accomplishment was priceless. After this initial climb it was all a nice slow descent back across the Malham Moor down into our end point in a small village called Grassington.

At the end point we were joined by our assessors, leaders and trainers, we had de-brief and they asked us several questions about how we felt the expedition went. They then gave us the best news…that we had passed the expedition part of our Gold Duke of Edinburgh!! 

Thank you for reading this month’s article and make sure you come back next month for the October edition.

Will Green