Fraud Alert From Kent Police

False claims of Telephone Preference Service:

Fraudsters are cold-calling victims, falsely stating that they are calling from one of the well-known UK telecommunication service providers. They call victims claiming to provide a ‘Telephone Preference Service’ – an enhanced call-barring service, which includes barring international call centres.

The fraudsters ask victims to confirm/provide their bank account details, informing them that there is a one-off charge for the service. Victims instead see monthly debits deducted from their accounts, which they have not authorised. The fraudsters often target elderly victims.

In all instances, direct debits are set up without following proper procedure. The victim is not sent written confirmation of the direct debit instruction, which is supposed to be sent within three days.

On occasions when victims attempted to call back, the telephone number provided by the fraudster was either unable to be reached or the victim’s direct debit cancellation request was refused.

During 2017, there were 493 Action Fraud Reports relating to this fraud.

Protect yourself:

There is only one Telephone Preference Service (TPS). The TPS is the only official UK ‘do-not-call’ register for opting out of live telesales calls. It is FREE to sign-up to the register. TPS never charge for registration. You can register for this service athttp://www.tpsonline.org.uk.

You will receive postal confirmation of genuine direct debits. If you notice unauthorised payments leaving your account, you should contact your bank promptly.

Always be wary of providing personal information or confirming that personal information the caller already claims to hold is correct. Always be certain that you know who you talking to. If in doubt hang up immediately.

If you have been affected by this, or any other type of fraud, report it to Action Fraud by visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040.

“The Beast” Is Back At Betteshanger!

The world’s largest inflatable obstacle course, known at The Beast, will be returning to Betteshanger Park, near Deal, for the second year this May.

The formidable inflatable obstacle course will be at the popular park from Saturday, May 26 to Monday, May 28. And it will be a world-first, 384m long course – making it over 100 metres longer and a length that has never before been attempted.

The ultimate bouncy castle experience for adults first visited Betteshanger in 2017 as one of its first UK outings. Belgian owner, HOLD MY SHOES, has since taken The Beast on a European tour, stopping at venues such as Alexandra Palace, London, National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham and National Basket Ball Arena, Dublin.

The planned 384m course will be a world-first. It will be the first time Hold My Shoes has constructed The Beast course beyond the standard 272m length.

Keith Lee, Head of Programme, Betteshanger Park said: “The Beast was one of Betteshanger’s most popular events for 2017 so knew we had to bring it back for a second year. We’ve been working with HOLD MY SHOES over the last couple of months to create a bigger, more elaborate course and we are thrilled that, at 384m, it will be the longest Beast ever constructed. We hope that our visitors are as excited as we are to welcome The Beast back to Betteshanger this May.”

He continued: “We urge people to book tickets sooner rather than later as we anticipate a high demand for tickets.”

Johan Bommerez, Project Manager, HOLD MY SHOES, said: “We’re excited to be working with Betteshanger again after the enormous success of The Beast last year. We’re also proud to be presenting this setup to the public, offering an even bigger and more awesome challenge to all visitors. HOLD MY SHOES promotes an active and healthy lifestyle, and what better way of doing this than by providing endless fun on World’s Biggest Inflatable in such a beautiful surrounding?”

Tickets will be on general sale from 9am on Friday, March 23. Betteshanger Members and newsletter subscribers will benefit from a special 24-hour pre-sale.

To gain access to priority tickets, sign up to the newsletter athttp://www.betteshanger-park.co.uk/the-beast

The Beast will be suitable for everyone aged 10 and over.

For further media information on Betteshanger Sustainable Parks, please contact Lynnette Crisp at Lynnette.Crisp@betteshangerparks.co.uk or call 01304 619227