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

Crime Stoppers - Give Information Anonymously

Humberside Police is proud to work closely with Crimestoppers.

Crimestoppers are not the police - they are an independent charity working to help communities, giving people the power to speak up to stop crime 100% anonymously. 

Your anonymity is 100% guaranteed. Crimestoppers are not interested in who you are, only what you know so the more detail you can give, the better. Any information you can provide will be really appreciated. 

Everyone has the right to feel safe from crime - whoever you are, wherever you live, from communities to companies.

You can provide information anonymously either online through the below link or by calling 0800 555 111.

6 June 2019 - Courier Fraud, Bogus Police and Bank Officials Alert

What you need to know

Individuals have been receiving phone calls from people claiming to be a police officer or banking official

The suspect will say either:

  • There has been fraudulent activity at the victim’s bank and the staff at the bank are involved, the victim is then asked to withdraw money to either keep it safe or assist the police with their investigation
  • A business such as a jewellers or currency exchange is fraudulent and they require the victim's assistance to help secure evidence by purchasing jewellery or exchange a large amount of currency to hand over to the police
  • The victim's card has been compromised and used to purchase goods by a suspect, the victim is requested to withdraw their money to keep it safe or hand over their bank card to the police
  • Occasionally the victim will be told to dial a non-emergency extension of ‘161’ to receive confirmation of the individual’s bogus identity, the bogus official will advise the victim to lie about the reason for the withdrawal or purchase if challenged by staff, as the staff member is involved in the fraud
  • A courier attends the victim’s home address to collect the goods the same day, often the victim is given a code word for the courier as a way of authentication

What you need to do

Your bank or the police will never:

  • Phone and ask you for your PIN or full banking password
  • Ask you to withdraw money to hand over to them for safe-keeping
  • Ask you to transfer money out of your account
  • Send someone to your home to collect cash, PINs, cards to cheque books

8 June 2019 - HMRC Alert

What you need to know

  • Action Fraud has experienced an increase in the reporting of malicious calls and voicemails, to members of the public purporting to be from Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (HMRC).
  • Fraudsters are spoofing genuine HMRC telephone numbers to deceive their victims over the phone. The fraudsters state that as a result of the victim’s non-payment of tax or other duty, the victim is liable for prosecution or other legal proceedings in order to settle the balance. The fraudsters suggest victims can avoid this, by arranging payment to be made immediately by methods such as bank transfer or by purchasing iTunes gift cards.
  • If the victim is hesitant or refuses to comply, the suspect makes a threat such as immediate arrest, sending bailiffs to the victim’s address or, in some cases, deportation.
  • Often, the period for which the tax is allegedly due is distant enough to guarantee the victim will have little, if any, paperwork or ability to verify the claims. Once the money is paid the suspects sever all contact with the victim.
  • In genuine cases, HMRC will initially make direct contact with you via post/letter and potentially follow up that letter with a phone call at a later date.
  • If HMRC contact you via telephone they will quote the reference number on the initial letter you should have received. HMRC will not discuss something you are not already aware of, like a tax investigation, and will NOT demand immediate payment.

It is vital that the public exercise caution when receiving messages or telephone calls of this nature.

What you need to do

  • Always question unsolicited requests for your personal or financial information. Just because someone knows your basic details (such as your name and contact details), it doesn’t mean they are genuine. Instead, contact the company directly using trusted methods such as a known email address or phone number.
  • Legitimate organisations wouldn’t ask you to pay taxes, bills or fees using an iTunes gift card, or any other type of voucher. If you’re contacted by anyone that asks you to do this, you’re likely the target of a scam
  • Don’t be rushed or pressured into making a decision. Under no circumstances would a genuine bank or some other trusted organisation force you to make a financial transaction on the spot.
  • Report Phishing attempts. If you receive a call, text or email of this nature and have not lost money, you can report this as phishing to Action Fraud

15 June 2019 - Tumble Dryer Fire Safety

Tumble dryers have been in the news again this week as Whirlpool is likely to be served with a recall notice by the government for unmodified tumble dryers.

It comes four years after Whirlpool issued a warning after it found its Hotpoint, Creda and Indesit dryers had a fault which needed fixing. The fault was blamed for at least 750 fires over an 11-year period, according to the government.

From the millions of products sold, it is estimated that 500,000 unmodified tumble dryers still pose a potential fire risk.

The brands affected are:  Hotpoint, Indesit, Creda, Swan, Proline

Whirlpool has urged anyone with an unmodified machine to contact them immediately on 0800 151 0905.

The full story can be read here on the BBC website

Registering all your white goods on is recommended to ensure that you are made aware of this or any other safety issues or recalls.

Members of the public are urged to check their own tumble dryers at home and check those of family members who may be unaware of this fire risk.

This area has seen numerous tumble dryer fires and there have been some famous brands in the national spotlight for the wrong reasons. Ensure you act if you have any of the makes listed.

We also have tumble dyer safety tips on our website. Click here

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