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Local police alerts.

Are you signed up to receive alerts sent out by the various ward force PCSO’s and PC’s? If not, why not? Free information sent to your phone or computer for free and helping you to be free from theft or anti social behaviour in some cases – no brainer ! There has been a signaificant […]

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Community Crime Information Local News Prevention Scams

POLICE ALERT MESSAGE.

Received today – please note the circumstances and advice given. ——————————– Scam Calls   If you receive a call from your council office offering you a council tax refund do not give any details over the phone, but hang up and call your council tax office & clarify the call was genuine.   A resident in our force area recently […]

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Scam bulletin 16

Covid Fraud One of the disturbing developments over the past months has been the number of new scams emerging that specifically relate to Covid-19. This is why we are continually reminding people to keep on their guard against scams. But there is also an increase in fraud where people or businesses are making claims against […]

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Community Covid-19 Crime Information Local News Miscellaneous Prevention Scams

Autumn on the way – changes and new advice.

A bit of a mixed bag message today: DARK NIGHTS, COVID CHANGES, SCAMMER ALERTS Dark nights – as the clock changes soon, and dark nights really fall on us, have you looked through those amongst your neighbours and friends who will be battening down the hatches and curtains, and staying indoors for many more hours […]

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Scams bulletin 15

This week I’ve got a new and useful guide to share with you. If you or anyone you know is at risk of scams then this is well worth a read. It tells you practical ways to protect yourself (and others) and talks about sensible ways to keep track of your bank accounts. The guide […]

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Scams bulletin 14

The This is Money website is very sensationalist and full of annoying adverts, but if you can work past all that, they have some really useful warnings, news, information and tips around beating scams and fraud. In fact they have an entire section called Beat the Scammers full of news and advice articles. Head to […]

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Community Covid-19 Local News Scams

COVID – HIGHER LOCAL RATING AND RISE IN SCAMS

We are rising locally in the national ratings for declared Covid positive tests. There is also a rise in hearing about different types of scams that arise from the crisis. Karl will be updating the scams section every Friday as normal, but please, beware of anyone wanting to engage you in paying for tests, or […]

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Scams bulletin 13

A simple warning this week about the various telephone scams that are doing the rounds. Please be aware that there are some telephone scams in circulation which you may receive on your work or home telephone. Some of these scams may be an automated voice or an actual person. Examples of the types of scams […]

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Community Covid-19 Crime Information General Local News Prevention Safer and Stronger Scams

6 IS THE MAGIC NUMBER !

Another new set of meeting and gathering rules have emerged – are you keeping up with the latest changes, and more to the point, do you understand how they are working? I do not regard myself as stupid, but am finding that the constant changing rounds of “do this”, now “don’t do this !” within […]

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Scams Bulletin 12

Just a single focus for this bulletin. An excellent guide to avoiding scams by Age UK. Although of course it’s written for the older audience, it’s very clearly presented and is relevant to everyone. The 40 pages clearly explain the types of scam and fraud, how to avoid them and what to do if you […]

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Scams Bulletin 11

We took a short break last week from the bulletins. But we’re back and here are a few more useful bits of information for you. The first is a section on the NatWest website. They have lots of resources and information about steering clear of scams and fraud. Visit it here https://www.natwestinternational.com/global/fraud-and-security/spotting-scams.html The media are […]

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Scams Bulletin 10

This week a warning about a PayPal fraud where the scammers use Facebook Messenger to pretend to be a friend or relative asking with help to use a Paypal account after they’ve supposedly sold an item on ebay. If you’re on Social Media and have a Paypal account then this is one for you. All […]

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Scams Bulletin 9

This week’s very brief discussion is about your letter box and the scam letters that come through it. Although we focus a lot on email scams, postal scams have been around a lot longer and reach a lot of people who are not even connected to computers. Postal scams trick the reader into assuming they […]

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Scams bulletin 8

Just a few quick Scam related updates this week: This week in the news: Banks reveal the ten top scams that people need to currently be aware of. Some of these are financial and some are related to Covid-19. Read the article here. The other warning this week is about a current Phishing attack that […]

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Scams bulletin 7

Yet again this week I’m reading more news that scams and fraud are on the increase during these months of lockdown and ‘different normal’. People are doing unfamiliar things (such as shopping online or using Facebook to connect more with family), and the scammers (criminals) are exploiting this. As Neighbourhood Watch Group Coordinators or Members […]