25/06/20 7164 Northeast Covid-19 Fraud Booklet
Please find attached a booklet giving details of some frauds and scams that have been attempted during the Covid-19 isolation period, along with other fraudulent activities.
16/06/20 7164 South Glos Suspicious Males
There have been numerous reports of suspicious males throughout the South Gloucestershire area recently. CCTV footage and witnesses have alerted us to people trying the door handles of vehicles in Yate and Emersons Green. A vehicle containing three males drove onto a farm property in Winterbourne, who claimed they were lost when challenged. Three males in a dark car were disturbed as they tried to break into a van in Huckford Road at approximately 11.30pm on Sunday 14 June.
Numerous insecure vehicles and homes have been entered in the area recently. Please ensure that all property is removed from your vehicle and it is kept secure whenever not in use. Close and lock all unattended doors and windows to your home and outbuildings. Please don’t make things easier for thieves and burglars. Remember, that failing to take adequate precautions may affect any insurance claim.
If you have any information regarding any incident contact the Police on 101, or report it online
How you can protect yourself from Coronavirus-related scams:
There are some simple steps you can take that will protect you from the most common Coronavirus-related scams. Here’s what need to do:
1 - Watch out for scam messages
Your bank, or other official organisations, won’t ask you to share personal information over email or text. If you receive an email you’re not quite sure about, forward it to the Suspicious Email Reporting Service (SERS): firstname.lastname@example.org
2 - Shopping online
If you're making a purchase from a company or person you don't know and trust, carry out some research first, for example, by checking to see if others have used the site and what their experience was. If you decide to go ahead with the purchase, use a credit card if you have one, other payment providers may not provide the same protection.
3 - Unsolicited calls and browser pop-ups offering tech support
Never install any software, or grant remote access to your computer, as a result of a cold call. Remember, legitimate organisations would never contact you out of the blue to ask for financial details such as your PIN or full banking password.
NHS Test and Trace scams:
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.
What you need to know:
Contact tracers will only call you from the number 0300 013 5000. 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.
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 https://contact-tracing.phe.gov.uk directly into their browser, followed by the unique reference number given to you, rather than clicking on any link provided in the message.
The NHS Test and Trace service will never:
ask you to dial a premium rate number to speak to them (for example, those starting 09 or 087)
ask you to make any form of payment or purchase a product or any kind
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 download any software to your PC or ask you to hand over control of your PC, smartphone or tablet to anyone else
ask you to access any website that does not belong to the government or NHS
04/06/20 7164 Northeast & Bristol NHS Track & Trace Scam - Do not make Payments
A phone call has recently been received by one of our members, who has reported this to their local coordinator.
The caller stated they were from the NHS Track and Trace service and that according to their system the member had come into close contact with someone who had tested positive for Covid-19, therefore they needed to self-isolate for 7 days and take a Covid-19 test. (First mistake: Isolation is 14 Days)
The member asked the caller’s name and was told that this was confidential, and that they must take the test within 72 hours. The caller asked for the member’s address, which was given, but was then asked for a one-off payment of £500, payable by debit card, and was told that there were penalties for not complying.
Fortunately the member spotted this was a scam and hung up the phone.
It is important to note that Contact Tracers will never:
• ask you to dial a premium rate number to speak to the NHS (for example, those starting 09 or 087)
• ask you to make any form of payment or purchase a product of any kind
• 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
• disclose any of your personal or medical information to your contacts
• provide medical advice on the treatment of any potential coronavirus symptoms
• ask you to download any software to your PC or ask you to hand over control of your PC, smartphone or tablet to anyone else
• ask you to access any website that does not belong to the government or NHS
29/05/20 7164 Northeast Loft Insulation Scam Warning
Numerous residents in the Somerset district of the Avon and Somerset policing area have reported that they have received telephone calls from individuals who claim to be from the government and that they needed to make an appointment so they could inspect their loft insulation.
A check online reveals that there have been reports from residents all over the country who have had similar calls, so it is highly likely that this is a scam and your area could be approached soon.
Always be wary of any cold callers, whether in person, by email or by phone. Never give out any personal details, especially financial information. If you have any concerns, hang up and contact the company or business the caller claims to represent using a telephone number from a phone book or old invoice or letter. You should always wait at least five minutes before making this call as the fraudster may still be on the line. If possible, use a different phone such as a mobile.
If you have any information regarding this incident contact the Police on 101. Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111
You were sent this message because you are in the following group(s): Dyrham Neighbourhood Watch (Dyrham, SN14 8ES).03/03/20 7164 South Glos Rogue Traders
We have received numerous reports of males calling at the homes of elderly residents asking for access to their garden to work on trees or claiming that they needed to have some work done. This has occurred in Clyde Road in Frampton Cotterell, Nympsfield in Kingswood and in Downend. Another incident occurred in Chipping Sodbury where a male has called at the door and claimed that he had replaced the fascia boards and needed paying.
We want to remind residents they are under no obligation to answer the door to anyone they don’t know or aren’t expecting. Always use a tradesperson who has been personally recommended by a trusted source, who will give you a written quote on headed paper before they start any work. Never pay in cash.
06/03/20 9788 COVID-19 Email Scam
PDF document can be downloaded Here
Please be aware of a new scam email advising that you are entitled to a tax refund (rebate) of £128.34. The email states that this is a precautionary measure in cooperation with National Insurance and National Health Services, It is NOT. It goes on to suggest the funds can help protect yourself against COVID-19 and to access the funds now by clicking on the blue hyperlink, Please DO NOT do this.
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