Apr 14, 2017

Bottesford NHW Alert: Suspicious Cold Caller

Wednesday 12 April 12.30pm - reported to Harby NHW:

Suspicious white van with ladders on its roof in Watson's Lane, Harby . Male had black hair and a bit of a beard.

Told householder that he had called before and replaced some loose roof tiles for her. He said one on the back needed replacing. The householder said that as far as she was aware, he had not called before, and the property was council owned so they would contact the council. The caller said there was no need to call the council as he would contact them AFTER the  the work was done. He then asked if he could use the toilet. The householder said the bathroom was being used by a family member. The man also called at a second property but no report of what happened there.

Unfortunately no vehicle registration was obtained.


Please remain vigilant and do not encourage cold callers or let them in to your property.

 

 

John Shilton

Principal Co-ordinator

Bottesford Parish NHW

Email: JohnS@bottesfordparishNHW.org.uk

Mobile: 07725636626

 

Apr 4, 2017

Bottesford NHW Alert: TV Licence Refund Scam 31/03/2017 plus Tips to Avoid Scammers / Law Abiding Citizen Fraud Alert 03/04/2017

TV Licence Refund Scam 31/03/2017 plus Tips to Avoid Scammers

Notts Trading Standards have received reports that there is a scam email circulating stating that people are entitled to a refund of their TV Licence fee.
 
The aim of the emails is to steal bank details.  The link in the email sends people to a website that looks like the TV Licensing own website with a form to complete.

Always be suspicious of unsolicited emails that are supposedly from a trusted organisation because the address can easily be faked.  Never a click on any links before stopping to check that they are genuine.

Genuine emails from TV Licensing will never ask you to provide bank details or personal information. 

7 ways to spot an email you’ve been sent is a scam:

1.    The sender’s address doesn’t match the website address of the organisation it says it’s from. Roll your mouse pointer over the sender’s name to reveal its true address.

2.    The email doesn’t use your proper name – using something like “Dear customer” instead.

3.    There’s a sense of urgency, asking you to act immediately.

4.    There’s a prominent website link which may seem like the proper address, but with one character different.

5.    There’s a request for personal information.

6.    There are spelling and grammatical errors.

7.    The entire text of the email is within an image rather than the usual text format and the image contains an embedded hyperlink to a bogus site. Again roll your mouse pointer over the link to reveal its true destination.

For further details regarding TV Licences and how to obtain a refund please visit their official website at www.tvlicensing.co.uk

Law Abiding Citizen Fraud Alert 03/04/2017

Action Fraud report that fraudsters are sending out a high volume of phishing emails to personal and business email addresses, pretending to come from various email addresses, which have been compromised.
 
The subject line contains the recipient’s name, and the main body of text is as below:
 
“Hi, [name]!
 
I am disturbing you for a very serious reason. Although we are not familiar, but I have significant amount of individual info concerning you. The thing is that, most likely mistakenly, the data of your account has been emailed to me.
 
For instance, your address is:
 
[real home address]
 
I am a law-abiding citizen, so I decided to personal data may have been hacked. I attached the file – [surname].dot that I received, that you could explore what info has become obtainable for scammers. File password is – 2811
 
Best Wishes,”
 
The emails include an attachment – a ‘.dot’ file usually titled with the recipient’s name.
 

 

This attachment is thought to contain the Banking Trojan Ursniff/Gozi, hidden within an image in the document. The Ursniff Banking Trojan attempts to obtain sensitive data from victims, such as banking credentials and passwords. The data is subsequently used by criminals for monetary gain.

Protect Yourself:
 

Having up-to-date virus protection is essential; however it will not always prevent your device(s) from becoming infected.
 
Please consider the following actions:
 

  • Don’t click on links or open any attachments you receive in unsolicited emails or SMS messages: Remember that fraudsters can ‘spoof’ an email address to make it look like one used by someone you trust. If you are unsure, check the email header to identify the true source of communication (you can find out how by searching the internet for relevant advice for your email provider).
  • Do not enable macros in downloads; enabling macros will allow Trojan/malware to be installed onto your device.
  • Always install software updates as soon as they become available. Whether you are updating the operating system or an application, the update will often include fixes for critical security vulnerabilities.
  • Create regular backups of your important files to an external hard drive, memory stick or online storage provider. It is important that the device you back up to is not connected to your computer as any malware infection could spread to that as well.
  • If you think your bank details have been compromised, you should contact your bank immediately.

 

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

 

 

John Shilton

Principal Co-ordinator

Bottesford Parish NHW

Email: JohnS@bottesfordparishNHW.org.uk

Mobile: 07725636626

 

Mar 19, 2017

Bottesford NHW Alert: Break-in Granby

At approximately 1.30 on Friday afternoon there was a break in at a property in Granby Lane Plungar. Fortunately an alert resident spotted the perpetrators and called the police.

 

The culprits were disturbed before the police arrived and sped off in a white van bearing false number plates in the direction of Granby.

 

Please stay alert and ensure your property is protected by alarms and security devices etc. Do not leave house, garage and shed doors open  even for a “ few minutes” that is all the criminal needs. Most break ins are over in less than two minutes.

 

Please stay alert and do not hesitate to call 999 if you see a crime in progress or 101 if you see anything you consider suspicious.

 

John Shilton

Principal Co-ordinator

Bottesford Parish NHW

Email: JohnS@bottesfordparishNHW.org.uk

Mobile: 07725636626

 

Mar 11, 2017

Bottesford NHW Alert: Theft of High Performance Cars / Battery and Generator Theft

Theft of High Performance Cars

The following information has been issued to Orston NHW by the police as villages are being targeted by organised gangs looking to steal high performance cars.

 

 

 

Battery and Generator Theft

The following advice has been issued by Leics Police:

Around this time of year we tend to see an increase around battery and generator theft. To prevent yourself from becoming a victim of this crime, please consider the following steps:

  • Visibly mark your equipment where possible. Doing so will act as a deterrent as it will reduce its value if the thief attempt to sell it. This will also make it easier to identify your property when recovered.
  •  Photograph your property in order to keep a record of it. This will aid the police to be able to identify your property if recovered.
  •  Attach your battery and generator to a fixed location so that is difficult to then steal without causing damage.
  • Try to camouflage where the equipment is kept so that it isn’t visible to possible criminals. If there is a light on it to show that it is in working condition, try to cover this so it isn’t easily spotted in the night.
  •  Trackers can be attached to batteries and generators which will make it easier to trace if stolen.


As usual if you see anything unusual please report in to the police by calling 101 or 999 in an emergency or if a crime is in progress.

John Shilton

Principal Co-ordinator

Bottesford Parish NHW

Email: JohnS@bottesfordparishNHW.org.uk

Mobile: 07725636626

 

Mar 6, 2017

Bottesford NHW Alert: Suspicious Vehicle / Cold Call Sales - Home Alarms / Vandalism / Theft of Diesel

Cold Call Sales - Home Alarms

Please beware of cold call salespersons offering allegedly monitored home alarm systems. One such caller recently offered an elderly couple such a system priced at £3,000 - and this was supposed to be a 50% reduction on the full cost! The system was subsequently valued independently at £300. As always NHW advises everyone to refrain from buying form cold callers – it only encourages them. If you need a product or service approach  reputable firms and get three quotes before committing to purchase.

 

Suspicious Vehicle

A White Transit type van reg WK03 YYB has recently been reported acting suspiciously in the area. Please be on the alert for this vehicle & report anything suspicious to the police.

 

Vandalism

A post with two rubbish bins attached located on the Normanton straight between Bottesford and Normanton was vandalised possibly overnight last Sat/Sun. We should all be angry about such mindless vandalism - we all pay for it through our council tax, so it’s our money that is being wasted. If anyone has information about this incident please report it to the police on the 101 non-emergency number and/or share it with us at NHW.

 

Theft of Diesel

The police are reporting thefts of diesel from building sites recently. If you keep diesel on your site/premises, consider fencing, CCTV, and a good lock to help keep your supplies safe.

If you spot anything suspicious or are a victim of crime please call 101 or 999 in an emergency or if a crime is in progress.

 

 

John Shilton

Principal Co-ordinator

Bottesford Parish NHW

Email: JohnS@bottesfordparishNHW.org.uk

Mobile: 07725636626

 

Mar 1, 2017

Bottesford NHW Alert: Another Theft From St Mary's Church

Sometime between 19th and 24th February a Yamaha Audio Mixing Console has been stolen from the church. If anyone has been approached to buy such an item or knows anything about the incident please contact the police on the non-emergency 101 number. Alternatively information can be given anonymously via Crimestoppers by phone on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.

 

John Shilton

Principal Co-ordinator

Bottesford Parish NHW

Email: JohnS@bottesfordparishNHW.org.uk

Mobile: 07725636626

Feb 25, 2017

Bottesford NHW Alert: More Mindless Vandalism

Over the last week we have had two vehicles in the centre of the village, one High Street and one Queen Street that have been walked over causing damage to the bodywork. It is believed that this has happened overnight. If anyone has seen or heard this behaviour, please can they report it to the police.

The most recent incident was reported to them yesterday, and it is believed that it occurred Wednesday night on Queen Street. The vehicle in question was a red Mini.

 

John Shilton

Principal Co-ordinator

Bottesford Parish NHW

Email: JohnS@bottesfordparishNHW.org.uk

Mobile: 07725636626