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More Scams - NHS Distraction Burglary Dog Alert

Alert message sent 09/02/2021 17:11:00

Information sent on behalf of Neighbourhood Watch

This is a message from Val McPherson Vice Chair Princes Risborough & District NW Association
Amazon Scam again

I have received the following information from one of my Co-ordinator's that in the last two days she has received 3 phone calls. When answering the phone the recipient receives  a recorded message informing her that they she has taken out a Amazon Prime subscription and that she will be paying £79.00 for it. It then informs you that if you want to cancel the subscription you must press 1. on the key pad. Obviously the Co-ordinator had not taken out an Amazon Prime subscription and  did not press 1. The Co-ordinator put the phone down straight away, then checked her bank Account. Everything was fine. The telephone number was 0016477496008.
I know we have had many of these calls and they seem to be circulating again. 

Dog Walkers Alert.

It has been reported that some dogs in the Ilmer area have suffered from ‘Alabama Rot’ disease. This can be picked up most easily in wet muddy conditions (like now). Please let other dog owners know and Google the details if you are a dog owner.

Royal Mail has warned people to watch out for various scams doing the rounds.

The latest scam involves a fake test message asking customers to settle a fee and provide their personal details. One recipient posted the phishing message n Twitter, which stated " Your Parcel is waiting for delivery, please confirm the settlement of 2.99(GBP) on the following link.
" The link leads to a web page which references a package number and asks for a full name and date of birth." Ignore this is a scam.

Fraudsters are at it again regarding Supermarket Giveaways

This time they are sending fake Sainsbury's emails ex " Claim your special prize" Action reported that they had over 500 of theses scams reported last week. If you receive a
suspicious email you can report it by forwarding it to:

Warning about a new scam purporting to be from the NHS    The message is from another Co-ordinator.

I just received a scam e-mail this morning claiming to be from NHS contacting me to get vaccination.    Immediately an alarm bell rang as I am not expecting this anytime soon as I am not in the priority age group.   Upon looking at the e-mail then a number of things stood out as wrong and sharing this as this will be doing rounds to others and requesting that you look at the content before hitting the click and if unsure maybe ring your GP surgery or contact NHS through their valid channels to confirm.

1. From e-mail - although the email description that appears on the e-mail shows to be from a valid looking nhs e-mail, the actual e-mail address is something else when you see the details (see second picture)

2. To e-mail - this actually says some other e-mail address and not addressed to me

3. Hi <e-mail> - e-mails from valid places normally say your name and not your e-mail address

4. Font of the e-mail body - dodgy font with typos, not really professional as you would expect.

5. Signoff of e-mail - again not really a valid looking signoff

Please do be vigilant and if you are expecting vaccination soon don’t be quick to click the link and do some sense checks to ensure it’s not a scam and check via the valid channels.

Stay safe all 🙏

What is Distraction Burglary ?

Distraction burglary is where criminals call at your house posing as officials or asking for your help with something.
They make up a story to get in to your home. Generally targeting older people, they have just one intention :  to steal !

A few tips to keep you safe :
● If you’re not sure who is at your door, don’t open it !
Check the identity of the caller by calling the company they are purporting to be from ie. Gas, Electricity, Water or Police.

Use the telephone numbers listed in your local directory or provided independently by your service provider.
Do not use any telephone numbers provided by the caller, they may be bogus.

● Telephone a neighbour or friend nearby to come along and check out the caller before you open the door to them.

● Many utility service providers like Gas Electricity and Water, provide password schemes or hotline numbers for customers to call, to check the identity of callers before opening the door.   Speak to your utility provider.

● Don’t keep large quantities of cash at home ;  put it in the bank or post office where it is safe.

● Keep doors locked and windows secure at all times.   Only put the door chain on to answer the door.

● If somebody asks for your help, needs to make a telephone call, has lost a ball in your garden, needs a drink or request a pen and paper for example, refer them to a younger neighbour or assist them through a closed door.   Or call a friend or neighbour to come and assist.

Distraction Burglary isn’t common but we must all remain vigilant !
If you suspect a bogus caller is at your door call – T : 999.
Keep Safe
Message sent by
Val McPherson BEM (NWN, Multi Scheme Administrator, Thames Valley)

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