The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) have noticed an increase in Action Fraud reports where fraudsters are offering a discount on Television service provider subscriptions. Fraudsters are cold-calling victims, purporting to be from a Television (TV) provider offering a discount on their monthly subscription. Victims have been told the following: their subscription needs to be renewed; that part or all, of the TV equipment has expired and they are due an upgrade on the equipment/subscription. In order to falsely process the discount, the fraudster asks victims to confirm or provide their bank account details. The scammers may also request the victim’s identification documents, such as scanned copies of passports.
The fraudsters are using the following telephone numbers: “08447111444”, “02035190197” and “08001514141”. The fraudster’s voices are reported to sound feminine and have an Asian accent.
Later victims make enquiries and then discover that their TV service provider did not call them and that the fraudster has made transactions using the victim’s bank account details.
This type of fraud is nationwide. Since the beginning of this year (2018), there have been 300 Action Fraud Reports relating to this fraud. From the reports received, victims aged over 66 seem to be the most targeted.
What you need to do:
• Don’t assume a phone call or email is authentic: Just because someone knows your basic details (such as your name and address or even your mother’s maiden name), it doesn’t mean they are genuine. Criminals can exploit the names of well-known companies in order to make their scams appear genuine.
• Don’t be rushed or pressured into making a decision: a genuine company won’t force you to make a financial decisions on the spot. Always be wary if you’re pressured to purchase a product or service quickly, and don’t hesitate to question uninvited approaches in case it’s a scam.
• Stay in control: Have the confidence to refuse unusual requests for personal or financial information. Always contact the company yourself using a known email or phone number, such as the one written on a bank statement or bill.
Visit Take Five (takefive-stopfraud.org.uk/advice/) and Cyber Aware (cyberaware.gov.uk) for more information about how to protect yourself online.
April 2018 Joint Police and Council surgeries are being held in the county this month. None of them are local to Collyweston but if you have an issue bothering you, this could be a great way to get answers face-to-face.
October 2017 Follow the link below for details of a survey that the Police & Crime Commissioner and Northants Police are currently running for people who live and work in the county (over 16 yrs). We kindly request that you take the time to complete this and forward to your colleagues, service users and neighbours where possible. It is important Northants residents get their say. www.northantscrimeconcerns.co.uk
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April 2017 Please find below a useful link that enables you to report information and contact Northamptonshire Police online. Examples are listed below and can be accessed using the following hyperlink.
There are separate forms and advice sections for each specific enquiry. You can find these by accessing the above hyperlink and then clicking on the relevant section.
Examples of online enquiries
Report a crime
Find your Local Police Station
Report Fraud & Internet Crime
Report Hate Crime
Report suspicious or terrorist activity
Online Terrorist Material
Terrorism and Espionage
Tell us about…
Child Sex Disclosure
Firearms Licensing Enquiries
Firearm and Shotgun Renewal Forms
Firearms Acquisition Form
Firearms Transfer/Disposal Notification
Firearms Change of Address Notification
Firearms – Club Notifications
Call Centre Feedback
Comment & Thanks
Complaint / Dissatisfaction
Lost Property Enquiries
Request or find information
Data Protection Subject Access
Freedom of Information
Services and courses
Report an Abandoned Vehicle
Driver Educational Courses
Track my Crime
Further information can be found by visiting www.northants.police.uk
October 2016 The Joint Action Group brings together the police, fire service, local authorities, housing associations, agencies and other organisations, as well as community representatives. It meets 4 times a year, to discuss problems and come up with solutions. It next meets on Monday 16th January 2017 and our representative is Fiona Cowan.
July 2016 The Joint Action Group is a police intitiative. Its members meet every few months, to bring together communities, local authorities, agencies and other organisations, to discuss problems and come up with solutions. It next meets on Thursday 29th September and our representative is Fiona Cowan. (Please note that the Fire Service is looking for paid duty firefighters, not volunteers as stated in the newsletter below. There are vacancies in both Oundle and Thrapston.)
For up to the minute information about the local area, either consider joining Neighbourhood Watch (for carefully screened email updates direct to your computer or online device) or applying to join the Facebook page Collyweston Neighbourhood Watch.
PCSO Nadia Norman is asking for your help. She said: “I wonder if you could help us get our contact information out to residents in the area, as we believe there may be crimes and incidents happening in Collyweston and Easton on the Hill that are going unreported to police.
“Reports of incidents and crimes, especially those such as theft and burglary, help the police to send resources and patrol the areas that need it most. Covering a large rural area including 43 villages is a huge task. If we don’t know what is happening then we can’t patrol these areas effectively.
“101 is the police non-emergency number which people can use to report non-urgent incidents that don’t require an emergency response. These could include anti-social behaviour, suspicious vehicles, historic reports of crime – but the list is not endless. And of course 999 should always be used in an emergency.”
You can speak to Nadia, or leave her a message, on 03000 111222 extension 345146.
We are looking to increase our members of Dog Watch and Neighbourhood Watch within the villages.
Dog Watch is exactly as it sounds: walking with your dogs where you would usually go, and reporting anything out of the ordinary either to police, council or environmental health. As a member (which is free to join) you receive a pack with all contact info inside and explanations on how to report.
It’s proved really successful in other areas, with King’s Cliffe recently joining up with 15 new members!
If anyone is interested please let me know!
Nadia Norman PCSO 7154
Telephone 101 / 03000 111222 Ext 345146
Mobile 07557 778421
Whilst any reported crime is always a matter for concern, it’s worth noting that Collyweston’s crime rate tends to be very low indeed. For more information please contact the parish clerk Mrs Jo Hemingway on 01780 444311.
To report an incident to the Police call 101.
In emergencies, always call 999.