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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

12 February 2021 - Bitcoin-Related Scam Emails


We’re warning the public to be vigilant of unsolicited emails promoting cryptocurrency (Bitcoin) investment opportunities. We’ve received over 750 reports this week about Bitcoin-related phishing emails that use fake celebrity endorsements to try and lure victims into investment scams. The links in the emails lead to fraudulent websites that are designed to steal your money, as well as personal and financial information.

How you can protect yourself:

  • Investment opportunities: Don’t be rushed into making an investment. Remember, legitimate organisations will never pressure you into making a transaction on the spot.

 

  • Seek advice first: Speak with a trusted friend or family members, and seek independent professional advice before making significant financial decisions.

 

  • FCA register: Use the Financial Conduct Authority’s (FCA) register to check if the company is regulated by the FCA. If you deal with a firm (or individual) that isn’t regulated, you may not be covered by the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) if things go wrong and you lose your money.

 

 

  • Report suspicious emails: If you have received an email which you’re not quite sure about, you can report it to the Suspicious Email Reporting Service by forwarding the email to - report@phishing.gov.uk


To see examples of the Bitcoin-related phishing emails that have been reported to us, follow Action Fraud on Twitter or Facebook.

17 February 2021 - Doorstep Sellers


We have taken a report that there has been a male in the WEST COMMON GARDENS area, over the past few weeks, going door to door, trying to sell cleaning products to people on their doorsteps.


The male is not a genuine doorstep seller.  Please remain vigilant.


Before you answer the door, stop and think, are you expecting anyone? Make sure your rear and side doors leading outside are locked if you do answer the door.
Open the door and leave the chain on or talk through a window instead if you can.
Always check for ID. Genuine callers will always have identification and will not mind you asking to see it.
If you do not feel comfortable then do not answer the door!


If you are concerned then please contact the Police on 101 or 999 in an emergency.

25 February 2021 - Dog Theft - Take The 60-Second Survey


Demand for dogs as pets has increased during the coronavirus pandemic. The cost of some puppies, on the website Pets4Homes, is currently as high as £3,000, making them a valuable commodity to criminals.


According to the website Dog Lost, the UK's largest lost and found dog service, it is estimated that dog thefts have risen by 250 per cent, with criminal gangs involved.

Police & Crime Commissioner Keith Hunter wants local residents to take part in the first national consultation on this very topical issue. He said: "Around 2,000 dogs are reported stolen each year, but we know many more go unreported. Only around 1 in 5 are returned to their families. Currently, under British law, dogs are classed no differently than any other item of property under the Theft Act, meaning if criminals are caught, they are treated no differently than if they had stolen, for example, a mobile phone.


The theft of a much-loved pet, which can provide companionship to the vulnerable, can be extremely distressing and most dog owners consider their pets to be family members. Responding to this survey will help authorities to better judge the scale of the problem and inform how Government interprets or changes the law in the future."

The 60-second survey will be open until 17:00 on Friday 12th March.

Click here to take the survey

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