“Please be aware we have had reports of victims receiving phone calls from people claiming to be Police Officers who say they have arrested someone possessing a cloned bank card in the victim’s name. The caller will then ask the victim to withdraw cash, or ask the victim to move their money to a ‘safe account’. These calls are fraudulent. Neither the Police, nor your bank, will ever ask you to withdraw or move money, or to confirm your PIN number.”
Victoria Brinton, Cyber Protect Officer (Police, DII Engagement Officer, Gloucestershire) May 2019
Note: there has also been report from ‘Action Fraud’ of FAKE TalkTalk emails talking about a refund. The emails state that the recipient’s TalkTalk account is in credit and that they’re owed a refund. The links in the emails lead to malicious websites.
Always check the full ‘from’ address of any unsolicited emails, (which may not be displayed automatically by your email program) and delete if it does not look right – if it was important they will get in touch with you again! Do not click on any links or attachments in emails you are not absolutely sure of and never respond to email messages that ask for your personal or financial details.
Be aware – Stay safe
Neighbourhood Watch is another excellent way to help protect yourself and the village from criminal activities, and to liaise with the police. We do not seem to have any ‘official’ NBHD watch schemes active in Eastington at the moment (although the Love Eastington Facebook page does help!) But if anyone is interested in getting an organised group going, there is loads of help and information at www.ourwatch.org.uk. Anyone?
You can see their latest newsletter here.