Scambusters class comes to Holbeach

SCAMFINDER GENERAL: Retired detective Stuart Gibbon is hosting a Staying Safe day in Holbeach on December 4.
SCAMFINDER GENERAL: Retired detective Stuart Gibbon is hosting a Staying Safe day in Holbeach on December 4.

A retired Lincolnshire Police detective is coming to Holbeach next month with advice for people which will stop scammers in their tracks.

Stuart Gibbon, who also worked in the Metropolitan Police for more than 30 years, is presenting a free Staying Safe advice session at the new Holbeach Hub in Boston Road South, on Friday, December 4 at 2pm.

Mr Gibbon, who now runs his own crime prevention and security consultancy, has been invited by district councillor Tracey Carter to give a talk on issues such as bogus callers, rogue traders, home security and personal safety.

The seminar comes just a month after a Sutton Bridge woman was nearly conned out of £200 by a computer scam involving a bogus firm posing as software repair specialists.

The woman, who asked not to be named, said: “Thankfully, I switched off my computer and unplugged it at the mains which meant that they couldn’t get access to the information they would have needed about my bank account.

“If anyone gets a message saying ‘this copy of Windows 7 is not genuine’, it’s definitely a hoax and the people behind it are only trying to take money out of your bank account.

“My computer is my lifeline and people need to be made aware that this sort of scam is going on.”

Coun Carter said: “Scams are very prevalent at this time of year, so myself, Couns Francis Biggadike and Nick Worth have decided to put something together with retired police detective Stuart Gibbons who now runs a consultancy business.

“The advice session on December 4 is about an hour long and includes a couple of short films, along with a question and answer session.

“We want anyone who feels they’ll benefit from Stuart’s advice to attend, as well as community groups to whom Staying Safe may be of interest.

“In general, this area of the country is very safe but we are aware of a number of vulnerable residents who live here.

“That’s why there’s no charge to attend Staying Safe and we’ll even have tea and coffee as well.”

For more details, call Coun Carter on 07719 189528.