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CLIFTON NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH

Despite there being no reported crimes in Clifton for two months there have now been several within a couple of weeks. There has been some criminal damage to the tennis courts in the playing field and there have been several cars in the village that have been broken into. These crimes have been reported to the police. If you have any information, no matter how small, that might help the police arrest these criminals please contact the police by calling 101.

You can receive details of crimes in Clifton by joining the police Community Messaging Service. You will receive eMails from the police from time to time to make you aware of crimes in Clifton, details of local scams and fraudulent activity, crime prevention advice etc. To join this service go to; https://www.warwickshire.police.uk/cms

Please remember the MOBILE POLICE STATION is available for you in Lilbourne Rd; next visits 23rd May and 27th June 2018 from 11.00am to 12.00 noon.

All households in the village are covered by Clifton NHW so there is no need to apply for membership. However, if you would like to know more or take an active part in Clifton NHW please contact Chairman David Glover on 01788 535574 djglover1951@gmail.com

 

 

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Clifton Neighbourhood Watch

CLIFTON NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH

There have been no reported crimes during the previous four weeks. The focus this month’s in on identity fraud. Here are some tips:

POST – Make sure your letter box is secure and no one can take your mail. When you throw away any letters, documents etc. shred them first if they have anything that is confidential e.g. date of birth, PIN, passwords, account details or any other personal information. Criminals can cause problems if they have your name, address and just one other item of personal information.

PHONE – Do not give anyone any personal information over the phone if they call you. To reduce scam calls etc. opt in to the Telephone Preference Service which should stop some calls. If you have a BT phone line opt in to BT Call Protect, BT will automatically block many known scam/nuisance calls and you can block any other calls you do not want. If you receive a call, and to reassure you they ask you to call them back do so from another phone e.g. your mobile. They can hold their call so irrespective of what number you dial they are still on the end of the line. Do not give any callers details of your PC, laptop, iPad etc. even if they say you have a fault on you broadband etc. and they are from BT, Microsoft, your broadband provider etc. If they gain remote access to your device they can steal all sorts of personal information.

COMPUTER/MOBILE – Do not give anyone any personal information, similar to POST and PHONE above. Be very wary of “phishing” eMails/texts, particularly if they ask you to click on a link or go to a website. These may be identified; if the senders address is not genuine e.g. santanderbank@gerrybrown.co.uk , they are addressed to dear sir/madam/customer rather than you by name, or bt.com@customerserviceajs.com saying your eMail service is about to lapse click here to continue using your eMail address.

SOCIAL MEDIA – This can tell criminals a good deal about you and your life even if you have not given them access. If they have obtained your name and address from social media or elsewhere and they note you have said you are having a great time on the beach they will call at your house with a good chance you will be away and they can rummage around at leisure.

There is far more than this, so for more information go to https://www.warwickshire.police.uk and select CRIME AND SAFETY.

Please remember the MOBILE POLICE STATION is available for you in Lilbourne Rd; next visits 23rd May and 27th June 2018 from 11.00am to 12.00pm.

All households in the village are covered by Clifton NHW so there is no need to apply for membership. However, if you would like to take an active part in Clifton NHW please contact chairman David Glover on 01788 535574 djglover1951@gmail.com

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Green Energy Scams

Many businesses are involved in the legitimate sale of green energy devices, for example solar panels.

Unfortunately Warwickshire Trading Standards has become aware of fraudsters targeting this business sector to sell green energy devices that don’t work together with expensive and unnecessary maintenance contracts. This has resulted in substantial financial losses to many consumers who have fallen victim to this fraud.

Residents who already have solar panels fitted to their homes are particularly at risk of being targeted.

Fraudsters, who make their approaches either on the doorstep or over the phone, often use the following tactics:

  • Informing the resident that their solar panel supplier has ceased trading and the panels installed may be dangerous.
  • Advising the resident that new legislation requires them to have a device installed, and failure to install it would mean the emergency services would not attend if the solar panels caused a fire.
  • Implying that they have taken over from the original supplier and are offering a ?free health check?.

A ‘sales’ visit is undertaken and the resident is sold a device and/or maintenance contract for their system. These devices may not be of any use and the maintenance contracts, which could last up to 20 years may not be insurance backed and therefore may be of little potential value and offer no protection if the company ceases trading. In some instances, fraudsters are taking payment up-front for these contracts (often by encouraging the householder to take out a loan), rather than regular payments and then disappearing, providing no service at all.

Prevention Advice

  • Don’t buy goods or services from unexpected doorstep sellers or telephone cold callers. You can’t tell a good trader from a bad one on the doorstep!
  • Be wary of special offers or warnings about your home.
  • Contact your original installer to confirm any information supplied about their current trading status.
  • Never pay up front, and don’t pay by cash. Pay with a cheque (which can be traced if necessary) or if the service or goods cost more than £100 then use a credit card as this offers extra protection.
  • Doorstep Selling Regulations give you 14 days to cancel the agreement. If you cancel, any monies that you have paid should be returned to you.
  • The trader must give you a written notice of your cancellation rights when you agree the contract. If the trader doesn’t provide you with this information, they commit a criminal offence.
  • The trader can only carry out work within this cancellation period if you have given your agreement in writing. Do not feel pressured into signing a document allowing the installation to be undertaken immediately.
  • If you have been contacted by a company that you have concerns about, contact Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 040506 or visit Warwickshire Trading Standards

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False claims of Telephone Preference Service

Fraudsters are cold-calling victims, falsely stating that they are calling from one of the well-known UK telecommunication service providers. They call victims claiming to provide a ‘Telephone Preference Service’ – an enhanced call-barring service, which includes barring international call centres.

The fraudsters ask victims to confirm/provide their bank account details, informing them that there is a one-off charge for the service. Victims instead see monthly debits deducted from their accounts, which they have not authorised. The fraudsters often target elderly victims.

In all instances, direct debits are set up without following proper procedure. The victim is not sent written confirmation of the direct debit instruction, which is supposed to be sent within three days.

On occasions when victims attempted to call back, the telephone number provided by the fraudster was either unable to be reached or the victim’s direct debit cancellation request was refused.
During 2017, there were 493 Action Fraud Reports relating to this fraud. 

Protect yourself:

  • There is only one Telephone Preference Service (TPS). The TPS is the only official UK ‘do-not-call’ register for opting out of live telesales calls. It is FREE to sign-up to the register. TPS never charge for registration. You can register for this service at http://www.tpsonline.org.uk.
  • You will receive postal confirmation of genuine direct debits. If you notice unauthorised payments leaving your account, you should contact your bank promptly.
  • Always be wary of providing personal information, or confirming that personal information the caller already claims to hold is correct. Always be certain that you know who you talking to. If in doubt hang up immediately.

If you have been affected by this, or any other type of fraud, report it to Action Fraud by visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040.

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Santander Fraud Awareness Workshop

Santander is organising a workshop to raise fraud awareness in the local area as part of Santander’s UK-wide initiative to help elderly customers combat fraud – It is known as the Scam Avoidance School (SAS). Santander is planning a 45 minute workshop at 11.00 am on Thursday 22nd March 2018 inviting people to attend at the Santander Bank in Market Place, Rugby.

Although the SAS workshop is geared to the over sixties, anyone who has an interest in learning more about Scams and how to deal with them is welcome to attend.

If you would like to attend please contact Sharan Dhillon at Santander’s Rugby branch on 05511 430 456 or eMail her harshran.dhillon@santander.co.uk preferably by Friday 16th March.

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Clifton Neighbourhood Watch

Clifton Neighbourhood Watch has been running for over thirty years and has been very successful in promoting a safer neighbourhood and helping the police to solve local crimes. Sadly, in recent times, and perhaps due to the relatively low crime rate in Clifton, it has become rather passive. However, there have been changes at national level and there is a re-launch of Neighbourhood Watch (NHW) within Rugby. Clifton NHW is following this lead and is being revitalised under the current chairmanship of David Glover.

There will be regular updates on specific crimes, trends, and initiatives being taken by Clifton NHW in conjunction with the police. Local events will be held for property marking and residents will be given the opportunity to record the speed of vehicles driving through the village using the police speed gun and reporting them to the police for further action.

There were zero crimes reported in Clifton during the previous four week period. Speeding traffic in Clifton is currently a priority for the police.

If you would like further information please contact David Glover on 01788 535574 djglover1951@gmail.com

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Community Priorities for the Fosse division

The Rugby Rural North Policing Team are asking residents to start to think of the next round of Community Priorities for the Fosse division.

They have been listening to suggestions from the community about current issues and these are included in the latest online poll. Please take the opportunity to participate in this poll (accessed through the link below) and share far and wide.

The two most popular issues (by votes cast) will be adopted by the team as of 1st March.

Voting closes on 27th Feb, just prior to the next Community Forum.

https://www.warwickshire.police.uk/article/43935/Forthcoming-Community-Priorities-vote

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Police Warn of Ongoing Phone Scam

small-warwickshire (1)The police take phone scams very seriously. Criminals will often use scam phone calls as a way of defrauding people out of their money. On most occasions, people realise that the call is a scam, but we are encouraging people to continue be vigilant.

What to look out for:

Typically scammers will pretend to be from the police, and tell callers that their bank cards have been used fraudulently. Often the callers have stated that they are from the MET police, but they have been known to claim that they are from West Mercia Police, MI6 or the fraud squad. They will often say that they have the offenders in custody.

Usually they will then ask the victim to contact their bank to cancel their cards. In doing so, they will ‘hold the line’, so the victim believes that they are calling their bank, when in fact they are still on the line to the offenders.

They will then encourage the victims to hand over their bank details, including their PIN which they will often ask them to enter into the keypad of the phone.

Following this they will say that the cards are needed and send a courier to collect them. Sometimes they will ask the victims to give a password which the courier will use to make it appear more genuine. Consequently the offenders have been able to withdraw money from victim’s accounts.

On other occasions, rather than sending a courier, they have asked the victims to transfer money to a secure police account, asking them to call back to verify that they are genuine, whilst holding the line.

Sometimes the scammers have told the victims to attend the bank to transfer money but told them that bank employees are involved in the scam, so not to mention it to them.

More recently callers have told victims that they are from Customs and Excise and that they have paid too much tax. In order to get this back they must pay an amount of money via a courier.

These scammers will often target those who are elderly or vulnerable. People with common surnames such as Jones or Smith tend to be targeted more often.

What to do:

We offer the following advice to protect you from these scams:

  • Remember police officers, and banks will never ask for account details or PINs over the phone.
  • Police officers and banks would never come to your house to collect your cards or property.
  • They would also never ask you to transfer money to a secure account.
  • If you receive a call like this, hang up immediately and call 101 using another phone. In an emergency or if a crime is in progress call 999.
  • If you have elderly friends or relatives who may be vulnerable to this scam, please talk to them and make them aware.