Neighbourhood / Rural Watch

Neighbourhood / Rural Watch Team Report 62: 14.07.16

Wellesbourne Safer Neighbourhood Team Report 62 – 14.07.16

This report from the Wellesbourne Safer Neighbourhood Team covers the wards of Snitterfield, Wellesbourne, Kineton and Burton Dassett.

The following incidents, for the period between 01.07.16 and 14.07.16 have been reported at the times indicated. If you have any information, please call 101.

Charlecote – Farm location

Burglary – 12/07/16

Container broken into. Stihl chainsaw and mill; 2 further Stihl chainsaws and tools stolen.

Wellesbourne – Sainsbury’s

Alarm activated – 04/07/17

Front window smashed and cigarettes stolen

JULY – Scam Awareness Month.

Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police are raising awareness of identity crime. Our key message is –

‘There’s only one you; keep it that way’.

Obtaining a person’s identity, in the form of their personal details, gives criminals the opportunity to commit identity crime, such as fraud. Fraudsters may be able to take over someone’s existing bank accounts, open new ones, obtain credit cards, loans and mobile phone contracts, order goods and get genuine documents in that person’s name.  Identity fraud was the largest fraud carried out against individuals, nationally, according to the Annual Fraud Indicator 2016, estimated at £5.4bn a year.  The alliance is urging people to be aware of the risk of this type of crime and to make sure they follow some simple steps to reduce the chances of falling victim.

There are some simple and yet effective steps that people can take to protect themselves against falling victim. Here are some key messages about some of the key threats and how to counteract them:

Phishing

This is a scam where fraudsters send an email, instant message or text message prompting you to provide your personal details, such as passwords and user names. The fraudsters often try to make their messages look like they are from legitimate companies. Sometimes they direct you to a website which looks legitimate but is actually bogus to prompt you to input your details. The captured information is then used for crimes, such as identity theft and bank fraud. The message can also contain links or attachments which will infect your computer, or other device, with a virus.

Advice

  • If you receive an email from an unknown source asking for personal details do not give them out.
  • If the email looks like it is from a legitimate company do not disclose anything without checking that the request is genuinely from the company it purports to be. Check via another means, such as by phoning the company with a number you have sourced yourself and know is correct.
  • Mark suspicious emails as spam and delete them.
  • Think before clicking on links.
  • Take care on public wi-fi – fraudsters hack them or mimic them. If you’re using one avoid accessing sensitive apps such as mobile banking, alternatively use a Virtual Private Network (VPN).
  • Visit Action Fraud and Get Safe Online for further information and advice.MalwareMalicious software, known as malware, disrupts the performance of your computer or other devices.It can be used to:
  • Prompt you to click on a link to a website which installs a virus or other malicious programming.
  • Track what you are typing on your keyboard, usually to try to commit bank fraud or to get hold of your personal login details.
  • Imitate valid software, like antivirus packages, to convince you that you need a bogus paid-for upgrade.
  • Copy personal files or images. The victim can then be told that these will be published online, or given to another person, unless they pay up.Advice
  • Use legitimate antivirus software and make sure you keep it up to date.
  • A firewall will help you avoid accessing websites which might steal your information
  • Think before clicking on a link or opening an attachment.
  • Make sure you understand what you are installing on a personal device.
  • Keep your firewall switched on.
  • Keep up to speed with the constantly-evolving online world and try to be aware of the risks.
  • Get information about scams and fraud in your area by signing up to Action Fraud alerts here http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/support-and-prevention/sign-up-to-action-fraud-alert
  • Visit Action Fraud and Get Safe Online for further information and advice. PasswordsStrong passwords are vital in protecting your personal details and identity.Advice
  • Make sure your password is not easy to crack
  • Make sure your password is as long as possible. Write it down and keep it in a safe place.
  • Make sure it contains numbers and symbols, not just letters
  • Use upper and lower case letters
  • Avoid obvious passwords, such as the name of your child or pet
  • Visit Cyber Streetwise and Get Safe Online for more top tips
  • Your social media profiles can be a goldmine of personal information for a fraudster – if you let them see it. One piece of personal information, such as your date of birth, can be used to commit fraud in your name. What are your privacy and security settings? Who can see what you share? How often do you change your password? Don’t rely on default settings; set them yourself.
  • http://www.cifas.org.uk/secure/contentPORT/uploads/documents/External-Student%20social%20media%20danger%20-%20soft%20copy.pdfRead it? Shred it
  • Identity fraudsters will use whatever information they can get hold of to clone your identity.
  • Before throwing something away, think about the personal details it contains and how they could be used by a fraudster.
  • Shred receipts containing card details on and post showing your name and address. S  – Shred documents containing personal details before throwing them away.A  – Always use legitimate and up-to-date antivirus software.T  – Think Phishing. Could that email be from a fraudster trying to get hold of your personal details?For further information on staying safe online go to Get Safe Online (www.getsafeonline.org ) and Cyber Streetwise (www.cyberstreetwise.com.)
  • R  Remain vigilant. Think before you input or email your personal details.
  • M  Make sure passwords are nonsensical. Use letters, numbers and symbols.
  • A quick way of remembering some top tips:

Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police are working together to deliver high-quality, value for money, policing services as efficiently and effectively as possible for local communities.