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SALFORD COUNCIL £130,000 FRAUD STING
 

Star date: 3rd July 2012

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SALFORD COUNCIL TAKEN FOR £130,000 - "WE WERE FOOLED" SAYS ASSISTANT MAYOR

Salford Council has been defrauded of what the Salford Star believes to be around £130,000. Councillor Bill Hinds, Assistant Mayor for Finance at Salford City Council, told the Star that the Council was "absolutely devastated…We are also reviewing our processes to see what can be done to make sure this doesn't happen to us again."

The City of London Police is currently investigating the sting...

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Salford City Council has been stung for an amount that the Salford Star believes to be around £130,000. The Council and the Police are keeping the actual details of the fraud under wraps but we understand that the Council paid the cash to organised criminals who had managed to convince staff in its finance department to change the bank details on legitimate invoices.

Councillor Bill Hinds, Assistant Mayor for Finance at Salford City Council, told the Salford Star: "We are absolutely devastated that we have fallen victim to this organised crime group's scam. We understand that this has been running across the country targeting a wide range of organisations.

"These individuals are extremely convincing at what they do and unfortunately we were fooled by them" he added "What these people need to realise is that they are not stealing from a faceless organisation, this is money that is used to help and support the most vulnerable and needy in society

"We have reported this matter to the police and are helping their investigation in any way we can to try to prevent other organisations falling victim to this cruel scam. We are also reviewing our processes to see what can be done to make sure this doesn't happen to us again."

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau, which operates through the City of London Police, is currently investigating the sting but wouldn't comment as the case is still ongoing…

B. Smart wrote
at 09:24:14 on 11 July 2012
The Clown Hall Cretins have exceeded my expectations for ineptitude , once again . There really should be a large tent over the Clown Hall , because the place is run by Clowns , and a complete Circus . What a shower of shite .
 
Annoyed wrote
at 03:55:33 on 11 July 2012
Rubbish, were they heck frauded by £130,000. This is obviously a weak and pathetic excuse to balance their books before they get caught. They got away with it when they did it with the Great Biscuit Scam (making out they saved £30,000 on biscuits, not any biscuits but the cheapest, bourbons, custard creams etc which do NOT cost anywhere in the region of the amount claimed, for this amount, each staff member would have had to have a large BOX OF MCVITIES CHOCOLATE selection EACH!) so they are obviously doing it again but got even more greedier. Salford Council, at a time when you have cut essential services, you ought to be ashamed of yourself, you weren't scammed, the public were. Do you honestly believe that the public will fall for this lie again? Disgusting.
 
Dead City Inmate wrote
at 21:32:57 on 09 July 2012
Another fraud . What a useless shower of shite administer this dump city . Wonder how the fraud at licensing has been investigated , or not been . These inept cretins at the Madhouse can't be trusted to run a bath .
 
Clever clive wrote
at 16:49:53 on 09 July 2012
We all know that Salford council read the Salford star (it the only way they know what is happening in Salford) so someone please pass this on to Ian Stewart. We want to know. 1) Exactly how much has been defrauded? 2) How long this has been going on for undetected? 3) Who will be disiplined over this? 4) What council services will now have to be cut? (you claim your budget is balanced so missing over £100k is a problem) 5) What safeguards have been put in place to prvent a recurance? Please place this information on here and in the Advertiser, You claim you are open and honest so let's see it.
 
Irwell Running Through Me wrote
at 06:05:34 on 09 July 2012
"What these people need to realise is that they are not stealing from a faceless organisation, this is money that is used to help and support the most vulnerable and needy in society" - When he says the most vulnerable and needy, he must mean those council executives who need big bonuses and pay rises. What a complete tosser to even bother making such a bullshit statement. This statement proves, if we needed further proof, that not only are these bastards taking the utter piss, they also think we are so brain dead that we will read that statement and take it at face value. Every day more I wish we had a second amendment in the country. I can see why the Americans have it!
 
Nigerian Cleaning Essentials wrote
at 09:12:17 on 05 July 2012
Good Day , Sirs and Sirees at salfford council . Dis am your bank calling . We need to take the moneys from your bank account for cleaning maintennance essentials . When clean ing essentials is completed will put back in your moneys. Please suply your bank account details for the okay . Thank you sirs and sirees
 
Nigerian NotAScam wrote
at 07:12:36 on 05 July 2012
GREETINGS SALFORD COUNCIL, Permit me to inform you of my desire of going into business relationship with you. I got your contact from the International web site directory. I prayed over it and selected your name among other names due to it's esteeming nature and the recommendations given to me as a reputable and trust worthy person I can do business with and by the recommendations I must not hesitate to confide in you for this simple and sincere business. I am Wumi Abdul; the only Daughter of late Mr and Mrs George Abdul. My father was a very wealthy cocoa merchant in Abidjan,the economic capital of Ivory Coast before he was poisoned to death by his business associates on one of their outing to discus on a business deal. When my mother died on the 21st October 1984, my father took me and my younger brother HASSAN special because we are motherless. Before the death of my father on 30th June 2002 in a private hospital here in Abidjan. He secretly called me on his bedside and told me that he has a sum of $12.500.000 (Twelve Million, five hundred thousand dollars) left in a suspense account in a local Bank here in Abidjan, that he used my name as his first Daughter for the next of kin in deposit of the fund. He also explained to me that it was because of this wealth and some huge amount of money his business associates supposed to balance his from the deal they had that he was poisoned by his business associates, that I should seek for a God fearing foreign partner in a country of my choice where I will transfer this money and use it for investment purpose, (such as real estate management). Sir, we are honourably seeking your assistance in the following ways. 1) To provide a Bank account where this money would be transferred to. 2) To serve as the guardian of this since I am a girl of 26 years. Moreover Sir, we are willing to offer you 15% of the sum as compensation for effort input after the successful transfer of this fund to your designate account overseas. please feel free to contact ,me via this email address wumi1000abdul@yahoo.com Anticipating to hear from you soon. Thanks and God Bless. Best regards. Miss Wumi Abdul
 
mary ferrer wrote
at 06:59:17 on 05 July 2012
You read about the little old lady or gentleman falling for a scam,but not a Council that is in charge of millions. I hope there will be a very public investergation has to how this was allowed to happen.Do we know when it happened.
 
Michael Moulding wrote
at 06:57:30 on 05 July 2012
Salford City Council is conned out of £130,000 which our political elite through local taxation had responsibility for ? The Finance Chief Bill Hinds really needs to go. His finacial mismanagement of the city is becoming a laughing stock. Michael Moulding, Deputy Leader, Community Action Party
 
Sick of Them All wrote
at 06:57:25 on 05 July 2012
Another disgrace from the Clown Hall Cretins . Stewart and Spicer ,both grossly overpaid wasters , must resign , as they are ultimately responsible for this Mess . Overpaidineptnessity , nice new word for Mayor Useless to bandy about in his famous 'open' bullshit meetings . Get OUR money back , you Professional Morons .
 
Winston Smith wrote
at 12:54:24 on 04 July 2012
I'd love to hear what word the Mayor makes up for this one...Cashflanagement? In the Criminancial Department? Better call the Stupidcouncilcantdoanythingrightstabulary
 
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at 12:54:09 on 04 July 2012
Its funny howe they never use their own propaganda rag "whats (going)on in Salford" to keep the public informed when there is a problem, why do we have to hear about SCC cock-ups from other agents? I begrudge my council tax being spent on a magazine that is basically used as a political tool. I thought the govt were looking into abolishing the town hall Pravdas?
 
Looty Loot wrote
at 12:53:51 on 04 July 2012
Not good enough. Hinds must crawl into an emergency financial crisis meeting with Mayor Greedy , dragging Spicer along . All of them must stay awake , no snoozing on this one . Stay in there until this matter is resolved , with safeguards in place to ensure this NEVER happens again , and with a full investigation into why inept and useless staff allowed this fraud to happen . Ensure a stragegy is immediately implemented to recover OUR money , otherwise the useless lot get no salaries , expenses , or any public money , until the funds are replaced . Finally , the entire lot of them must resign , they are all truly inept . This city deserves so much better . Note new word : Fraudsterisationickery , for Stewart to use .
 
Peter Tully wrote
at 06:02:45 on 04 July 2012
Well it just shows what a load of utter Prats are running Salford Council!
 
joe oneill wrote
at 06:02:39 on 04 July 2012
Lets hope it's not Ians wage packet! is it me or are Labour and Ian Stewart looking more inept by the day?
 
caroline wrote
at 06:02:01 on 04 July 2012
What ever .. new word which means not much hope we shall see...do not belive..oops Tell them to cheak out Bindloss..So lets have some fun reguarding truth an lie..oops...Sorry..we were made a fool of by your so call law that trash my home an ..no words seeing ..personal things trashed.
 
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