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Oxfordshire Neighbourhood Watch and Community Newsletter 4-7-21

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Oxford Neighbourhood and Community Newsletter 27-6-21
This weekly newsletter is compiled by Maggie Lewis, Area Representative and Administrator for Oxford Neighbourhood Watch. These are taken from websites, social media, articles, emails and conversations. Any contributions, including from policing teams will be gratefully received.  Please feel free to share.If you have any comments/information to post or wish to unsubscribe please use reply icon at bottom of Alert. 
1) Neighbourhood Watch
Ring Doorbell Discount and Crime Prevention
2) TVP Oxford
Blackbird Leys Neighbourhood Team
3) Live Q&A from Which?
4) Popular scams
Parish Council
5) Action Fraud

1) Oxford Neighbourhood Watch
Ring Doorbell Offer
Doorbells are used to alert an occupant of a home, office or commercial building of a visitor and are typically installed on or close to the entrance to a property. Ring Doorbells are a well known brand and have an offer ending on August 31st 2021. This is not an endorsement and no monies are being given to Neighbourhood Watch.
The attachment gives a 20% discount off normal retail price

General crime prevention at home
Become a creature of habit
Try to get into the habit of following your own course of action when you lock up your home. This will ensure that you don’t forget anything.

Close and lock all your doors and windows, even if you’re only going out for a few minutes
double-lock any door
Make sure that any valuables are out of sight
Keep handbags away from the letterbox or cat flap and hide all keys including car keys, as a Thief could hook keys or valuables through even a small opening
Never leave car documents or ID in obvious places such as kitchens or hallways
in the evening, shut the curtains and leave lights on
If you’re out all day, then it’s advisable to use a timer device to automatically turn lights and a Radio on at night
Set your burglar alarm
Make sure the side gate is locked
Lock your shed or garage
Lock your bike inside a secure shed or garage, to a robust fitting bolted to the ground or wall, like a ground anchor

2) TVP Oxford
Blackbird Leys Neighbourhood Policing Team
A positive stop search from the Blackbird Leys Neighbourhood Team has secured over 30 wraps of suspected crack and heroin, a "burner" style mobile phone used to facilitate drug deals and a small amount of cannabis. One suspect is currently being investigated.
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We were called to a potential heroin overdose this morning. Armed with Naloxone we reached him but his condition had already improved. Paramedics arrived just as he went back under and administered two doses ultimately bringing him round. Inspiring to see it in action

3) Join a live Q&A
Join  live Q&A on scams from Which
Thursday 8 July at 2pm as Which host a live Q&A on scams with our Which? Experts. 
Scams is a broad area, so now’s the time to get your questions in early. 
Let us know in the comments what you’d like to ask in advance of the event – you can also ask your questions live at the event itself. We’re looking forward to chatting with you next Thursday.
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4) Examples of Popular Scams
Parish Council scam 
FW: Website Suggestion from Parish Councils UK
Does the above email heading look familiar to you?
Have you been bothered by ‘Mary Williams’ persistently asking you to put a link on your council website with a message like this:
Due to the impact of Coronavirus over 5.5 million people are claiming Universal Credit. Many of them are new to claiming Universal Credit having been negatively impacted by Coronavirus.
We’re encouraging Parish Councils to share the following guide on their website and/or social media to help local people navigate claiming Universal Credit.
Here’s the Universal Credit guide
Best Regards,
Mary Williams
You can ignore it, it's a scam.

Sainsburys' scam
Sainsbury’s has confirmed that an email promising £90 for taking part in a ‘marketing survey’ has nothing to do with it. The survey and its offers of free ‘rewards’ are fake, and eventually encourage you to part with sensitive personal information.
Phishing emails can  be reported to the National Cyber Security Centre on

Yahoo scam that was emailed to me
Please check sender details and grammar is usually poor. Reported email and blocked sender.
----- Forwarded message -----
From: yahoo <>
Sent: Tuesday, 29 June 2021, 18:45:20 BST
Subject: software update required now

Attn: With courtesy to you. We noticed that you have been ignoring our messages to upgrade your email. We are about to stop incoming emails to your email if you don't upgrade to our latest version within 48 hours from receiving this message.
You need to upgrade your email address immediately. Please re-login from.............
and your email will be upgraded automatically.
Do not discard, this notice is not an invoice, it's courtesy reminder to upgrade.
We are sorry for the inconvenience.
Yahoo Team 2021.

5) Action Fraud
From Action Fraud
Just 15% of people have heard of a ‘ghost broker’.* Do you know what one is?
Have you ever heard of a ‘ghost broker’? No, we are not talking about things that go bump in the night – this is a lot scarier. ‘Ghost brokers’ are fraudsters who sell fake or invalid car insurance policies. Victims are sold fake insurance documents for a policy that does not exist, or for a genuine policy that has been set up using false details to lower the price of the premium.

How do ‘ghost brokers’ operate?
Fraudsters lure victims in with the offer of cheaper insurance premiums, usually via social media or by word-of-mouth. These individuals or groups pose as middlemen for well-known insurance companies, claiming they can offer you legitimate car insurance at a significantly cheaper price.

This type of fraud is typically carried out either by forging insurance documents, falsifying your details to bring the price down, or by taking out a genuine policy for you but cancelling it soon after.

Often, the victim is not aware that they have been scammed until they are involved in an accident and try to claim on the policy.

Who do ‘ghost brokers’ target?
‘Ghost brokers’ tend to target vulnerable communities, including members of non-English speaking communities who may not have full knowledge of UK insurance and laws, as well as young people looking for cheaper insurance deals.

Last year, Action Fraud received 694 reports of ‘ghost broking’, with almost a third (29%) coming from victims aged 17-29. The reported losses for these victims alone totalled £113,500, with each individual losing an average of £559.

Figures also indicate that over half (58%) of all reports in 2020 were submitted by men.

What could happen if I drive without valid insurance?
As policies sold by ‘ghost brokers’ are either invalid, non-existent or fraudulent, this means that the driver is technically uninsured, meaning that you could face:
£300 fixed penalty notice
Six points on driving licence
Vehicle being seized and crushed
How can I protect myself from ‘ghost brokers’?
There are simple steps that you can take to spot the signs of these scams and avoid being taking for a ride by ‘ghost brokers’:
‘Ghost brokers’ often advertise and communicate via social media, online forums and messaging apps. If a broker is only using a mobile phone or email as a way of contact, this can be a sign of this type of crime. Fraudsters do not want to be traced after they have taken money from their victims.
They may also try to sell insurance policies through print adverts in pubs, clubs or bars, newsagents
If a deal seems too good to be true, then it probably is. If you are not sure about the broker, check on the Financial Conduct Authority or the British Insurance Brokers’ Association website for a list of all authorised insurance brokers. You can also contact the insurance company directly to verify the broker’s details. You can also check to see if a car appears to be insured on the Motor Insurance Database website.
If you think that you have been a victim of a ghost broker, you can report your concerns to Action Fraud at or on 0300 123 2040.
You can also contact the Insurance Fraud Bureau via its confidential Cheatline on 0800 422 0421 or on the IFB website.
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Maggie Lewis (NWN, Multi Scheme Administrator, Thames Valley, Oxford LPA)
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