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The Neighbourhood Watch has received the following notices from the Safer Neighbourhoods Team:

NHS TEST AND TRACE SERVICE


This is an important message about the NHS Test and Trace Service


The NHS Test and Trace service plays an important role in the fight against coronavirus and it’s vital the public have confidence and trust in the service. However, we understand the concerns people have about the opportunity for criminals to commit scams.

All text or emails sent by NHS Test and Trace will ask people to sign into the contact tracing website and will provide you with a unique reference number. We would advise people to type the web address directly into their browser, followed by the unique reference number given to you, rather than clicking on any link provided in the message.


If NHS Test and Trace calls you by phone, the service will be using a single phone number 0300 0135 000. The only website the service will ask you to visit is https://contact-tracing.phe.gov.uk.  Anyone who does not wish to talk over the phone can request the NHS Test and Trace service to send an email or text instead, inviting them to log into the web-based service.

Contact tracers will never:

• Ask you to dial a premium rate number to speak to us (for example, those starting 09 or 087)
• Ask you to make any form of payment
• Ask for any details about your bank account
• Ask for your social media identities or login details, or those of your contacts
• Ask you for any passwords or PINs, or ask you to set up any passwords or PINs over the phone
• Ask you to purchase a product
• Ask you to download any software to your device or ask you to hand over control of your PC, smartphone or tablet
• Ask you to access any website that does not belong to the Government or NHS

For more information about how to protect yourself from fraud and cyber crime, please visit www.actionfraud.police.uk/cybercrime

23 March 2021 - Suspicious Telephone Calls


A friend received a telephone call a short time ago from the Police informing him of suspicious activity on his bank account and suspected him of setting up fake accounts.

He was told to transfer his money into a police account otherwise he would be arrested.

PLEASE BE AWARE

The Police would never ask for money to be transferred.

Call ACTION FRAUD 0300 123 2040 If you are unsure a call is genuine.

23 March 2021 - Worried About Getting Hacked?


Over 15,000 hacked email and social media accounts reported in one year.

If a hacker got into your email or social media account, what would they find? Health and banking information? Names and contact details for your friends and family? Private photos and messages? For most people, it’s at least one of those.

Your email and social media accounts contain a wealth of personal information about you, which makes them a lucrative target for cyber criminals. Between February 2020 and February 2021, Action Fraud received 15,214 reports about email and social media account hacking. The majority of reports (88%) were made by individuals, with 12% of reports being made by businesses. Analysis of the crime reports revealed that Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat were the most affected social media accounts, with phishing messages being the most common tactic used by cyber criminals to lure unsuspecting victims.

The motivation behind the hacks are varied and can range from financial gain, to revenge or personal amusement. Some victims are extorted for money, whilst others have their accounts used to send malicious links to their contacts. One victim who had multiple email and social media accounts hacked paid over £2,000 to regain access to them. Another victim reported that her hacked Facebook account was used to trick her friends into sending money into a PayPal account they thought belonged to her.


Secure your email and social media accounts in just a few minutes. Here's what you need to do:

1: Use a strong and separate password for your email, as well as other important accounts, such as  your banking or social media accounts.

2: Enable two-factor authentication (2FA). It will help to stop hackers from getting into your online accounts, even if they have your password.

3: If you can't access your account, search the company's online support or help pages. You'll find information about how to recover your account.

For detailed instructions on how to reset your password or enable 2FA on your accounts, visit: https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/secureyouraccounts

Winteringham Neighbourhood Watch

 

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4 March 2021 - Statement from The Police and Crime Commissioner


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3 March 2021 - Warning Following National Insurance Scam Calls


Action Fraud have received over 1,000 extra calls from members of the public this week reporting National Insurance scams.

Callers have reported receiving an automated telephone call telling them their National Insurance number has been compromised and in order to fix this and get a new number, the victim needs to press 1 on their handset to be connected to the caller. This is a scam.

If you receive an unexpected phone call, text message or email that asks for your personal or financial details, remember to:


  • Take a moment to think
  • Challenge. It’s ok to reject or ignore requests
  • Protect. If you think you’ve scammed report it to Action Fraud
  • Tell your bank straight away.

Visit our website for crime prevention advice