Weekly Fraud update from West Mercia Police -Economic Crime Unit – 21/06/2022

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What Is Friends Against Scams?

Friends Against Scams is a National Trading Standards Scams Team initiative which aims to protect and prevent people from becoming victims of scams by empowering people to take a stand against scams

Since launching Friends Against Scams in 2016 and setting the goal of one million Friends shortly after, the initiative has grown and expanded into so many different areas, all with the goal of spreading the scams awareness messaging.

The 1,000,000 Friends target has now been reached and surpassed.

Friends Against Scams is designed to inspire action, highlight the scale of the problem, change the perceptions of why people fall for scams and make scams  a community, regional and national topic.

By attending a Friends Against Scams awareness session or completing the online learning, anyone can learn about the different types of scams and how to spot and support a victim. With increased knowledge and awareness, people can make scams part of everyday conversation with their family, friends and neighbours, which will enable them to protect themselves and others.

Anyone can be a Friend Against Scams and make a difference in their own way.

                                              Become A Friend Against Scams

If you would like to be a Friend Against Scams you can attend a short awareness session in person or complete the online training.

After this session you will be asked to start taking action to take a stand against scams. This could be by talking to your neighbours, friends or family about scams or writing to your local MP asking them to promote scams awareness.

For further information follow this link:  https://www.friendsagainstscams.org.uk

                                                    NHS Covid 19 alert texts

Members of the public have currently being receiving scam texts notifying them that they have been in contact with a person testing positive.

The message then goes on to tell them to click a link to pay a nominal sum for postage to obtain a testing kit.

You are advised not to click on that link, and you should report the text by forwarding it to – 7726 – on your phone.

The messages look authentic with NHS headers and footers but the contact details for NHS are not authentic with a “.com” email address to obtain the alleged test kit.

                                             Take Five To Stop Fraud 

  • Stop: Taking a moment to stop and think before parting with your money or information could keep you safe.
  • Challenge: Could it be fake? It’s okay to reject, refuse or ignore any requests. Only criminals will try to rush or panic you.
  • Protect: If you think you’ve been a victim of fraud, contact your bank immediately and report it to Action Fraud online at actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040.

 

For further information visit:

https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/

https://takefive-stopfraud.org.uk/

Notice of Road Closure.

WORCESTERSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL
PUBLIC NOTICE
Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984
(C2263 Ab Lench Road, South Lenches) (Temporary Closure) Order 2022
Order made: to close that part of C2263 Ab Lench Road from its junction with U43605 Abbots
Lench Lane for a distance of 165 metres in a south easterly direction.
Reason: Drainage/flood alleviation by WCC.
Exemptions: to permit access to any land or premises fronting the highway affected where
there is no other form of access; and to allow the works to be undertaken.
Alternative route: C2022 The Green, C2011 Low Road, C2263 Main Street, C2263 Ab
Lench Road and vice versa.
Maximum duration: 18 months. Anticipated duration: 3 days Commencing: 20 June 2022

Neighbourhood Watch Newsletter.

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We are thrilled to share with you the June edition of OUR NEWS, a newsletter for Neighbourhood Watch supporters across England and Wales.

This edition covers topics from cybercrime to hate crime and heart-warming articles highlighting community connections and celebrations.

 

Neighbourhood Watch – Weekly Fraud update from West Mercia Police – Economic Crime Unit – 14/06/2022

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MOBILE PHONE FRAUD

Mobile phone fraud involves a variety of scams that either persuade you to buy phone-related products/services that turn out to be substandard or non-existent; or to make phone calls or texts to premium services by accident; or to unknowingly sign up to expensive subscription services.

There are a variety of frauds that target you on your mobile. Here are some of the most common:

Missed call scams 

    Your phone registers a missed call. You don’t recognise the number so you call it back. Most of the time the call will be perfectly above board, but you may be redirected to a premium rate service which can cost up to £15 per call.

Recorded message scams

The number you’re asked to call back may be a recorded message telling you that you’ve won a prize, and giving you another number to call to ‘claim’ it. But this second number may be a premium rate one and the “prize”” is worthless

Text message scams

You’re sent a text from a number you don’t recognise, but it’ll be worded as if it’s from a friend. You call it back but this is a premium rate call at high call charges

Ring tone scams

These scams might attract you with an offer of a ‘free’ or low cost ring tone. By accepting the offer, you’re actually subscribing to a service that will keep sending you ring tones – and charging you a premium rate for them.

Phone insurance scams

If you’ve bought a new mobile phone, a fraudster may call you to sell you phone insurance, making out that they are calling from the shop where you bought it from, or from your mobile phone network. At best, you end up with poor quality phone insurance or, at worst, none at all.

Personal Information and your mobile phone

Mobiles phones and smart devices like iPads are now capable of holding a lot of your personal information such as access to your emails and mobile banking apps, it’s more important than ever to know how to keep data on your mobile phone or device secure.

What should you do if you’ve been a victim of mobile phone fraud?

  • Tell your mobile phone provider.
  • Inform PhonepayPlus (www.phonepayplus.org.uk), which regulates premium numbers and has statutory powers to stop mobile phone frauds and fine the offenders.
  • If you text the word STOP to the subscription number, the sender is legally obliged to stop sending text messages immediately. If they don’t, contact PhonepayPlus (www.phonepayplus.org.uk), which investigates complaints about phone-paid services.

SOURC: ACTION FRAUD

 Take Five To Stop Fraud 

  • Stop: Taking a moment to stop and think before parting with your money or information could keep you safe.
  • Challenge: Could it be fake? It’s okay to reject, refuse or ignore any requests. Only criminals will try to rush or panic you.
  • Protect: If you think you’ve been a victim of fraud, contact your bank immediately and report it to Action Fraud online at actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040.

For further information visit:

https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/

https://takefive-stopfraud.org.uk/

 

NOTICE OF PUBLIC RIGHTS AND PUBLICATION OF UNAUDITED ANNUAL GOVERNANCE & ACCOUNTABILITY RETURN ACCOUNTS FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31 MARCH 2022

Any person interested has the right to inspect and make copies of theaccounting records for the financial year to which the audit relates and all books, deeds, contracts, bills, vouchers, receipts and other documents relating to those records must be made available for inspection by any person interested. For the year ended 31 March 2022.

See attached notice for details.

Appeal for Information – Alcester Road, Radford

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We are appealing to Radford area for information following an attempted burglary at a barn on Alcester Road.

The burglary happened between 00:01 on the 17th May and 07:25am on the 18th May

The offender or offenders forced entry to the barn.

It is believed that nothing has been stolen on this occasion, suggesting that the offenders may have been disturbed.

Anyone with any information about the incident is asked to contact us online, quoting incident number 00085_I_18052022.

If you aren’t comfortable contacting us directly, you can pass on information anonymously to the independent charity, Crimestoppers, by calling 0800 555 111 or by visiting their website: www.crimestoppers-uk.org

There are some simple, inexpensive and effective things you can do to help secure your home and property. Security tips and advice can be found on our website: www.westmercia.police.uk

Thank you for your help. It is only by the police and the public working together that we can prevent and detect crime.

Neighbourhood Matters – Action Fraud Bulletin.

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Action Fraud has received 752 reports in four days relating to fake emails purporting to be from Ofgem. The emails state that the recipient is eligible for a rebate as a result of a newly announced government scheme. The links in the emails lead to genuine-looking websites that are designed to steal your personal and financial information.

Please view our tweet to see a screenshot of the fake emails reported to Action Fraud: https://twitter.com/CyberProtectUK/status/1527657160586444800?s=20&t=RdAiopW83gUlsAymvjnu5g

 

For more information on how to stay secure online, please visit: www.cyberaware.gov.uk

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(Action Fraud, Administrator, National)

Proposed Closure part of C2263 Main Street from its junction with C2011 Low Road to its junction with C2022 Broad Lane to Rous Lench.

WORCESTERSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL

PUBLIC NOTICE

Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984

(C2263 Main Street, South Lenches) (Temporary Closure) Order 2022

Proposed Order: to close that part of C2263 Main Street from its junction with C2011 Low Road to its junction with C2022 Broad Lane to Rous Lench.

Reason: Carriageway resurfacing by WCC.

Exemptions: to permit access to any land or premises fronting the highway affected where there is no other form of access; and to allow the works to be undertaken.

Alternative route: U43605 Abbots Lench Lane, C2022 Broad Lane to Rous Lench, C2022 The Green, C2011 Rous Lench Green to Low Road, C2011 Low Road and vice versa.

Maximum duration: 18 monthsAnticipated duration: 2 days Commencing: 14 June 2022

Thomas Pollock Head of Commercial Law (Legal & Governance) County Hall Spetchley Road Worcester

19 May 2022

Neighbourhood Alert

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More than £50 million was lost last year to scams where victims are tricked into handing over control of their computer or smartphone to criminals.New data from Action Fraud, the national reporting centre for fraud and cybercrime, reveals that 20,144 people fell victim to scams where they were persuaded to grant criminals remote access to their device. Victims reported losing a total of £57,790,384 – an average loss of £2,868 per victim.

What are remote access scams

Remote Access scams will often begin with a browser pop-up saying that your computer is infected with a virus, or maybe a call from someone claiming to be from your bank saying that they need to connect to your computer in order to cancel a fraudulent transaction on your account. Regardless of the narrative the fraudster’s use, their goal is to steal your money or access your financial information by tricking you into allowing them to remotely connect to your computer.

How to protect yourself

  • Only install software or grant remote access to your computer if you’re asked by someone you know and trust, such as a friend or family member, and never as a result of an unsolicited call, browser pop up, or text message.
  • Remember, a bank or service provider will never contact you out of the blue requesting remote access to your device.
  • If you believe your laptop, PC, tablet or phone has been infected with a virus or some other type of malware, follow the NCSC’s guidance on recovering an infected device.
  • Protect your money by contacting your bank immediately on a different device from the one the scammer contacted you on.
  • Report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or via actionfraud.police.uk. If you are in Scotland, please report to Police Scotland directly by calling 101.

 

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