Cyber Safe Warwickshire – January Newsletter

The Cybersafe January newsletter is now available with advice about scam TV Licensing emails, a warning (plus some good news) to fraud victims who used Western Union, and a scam involving iTunes gift cards.
A PDF version of our update is also available from : https://www.cybersafewarwickshire.com/january-cyber-scam-up… to download.

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Survey To Hear Views of Victims Of Crime In Warwickshire

If you’ve been affected by crime in Warwickshire, have your say on support for victims and survivors.

Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner wants to hear YOUR views on support for victims & survivors.

Take the confidential survey bit.ly/support-warwickshire to be in with the chance of winning one of four £50 voucher prizes.
The deadline for taking part in the survey is 9am Monday 26th February 2018

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Free Prevent Online Grooming : Keeping Your Family Safe Training

For all parents and youth professionals in Warwickshire!

Sign up now to our free Prevent Online Grooming: Keeping Your Family Safe training sessions taking place across the county in February & March.

Email communitysafety@warwickshire.gov.uk to book your place now and avoid disappointment

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Warwickshire Police – Take Five Week

Take Five

Message from Warwickshire Police:

Next week is #TakeFive week. Officers from our Fraud Squad and our Serious Crime Unit will be sharing advice on how to protect yourself from preventable scams and frauds. Five tips coming your way soon!

In the meantime, visit https://takefive-stopfraud.org.uk/  for the latest advice.

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Alert From Action Fraud

Sainsburys

Fraudsters are sending out fake Sainsbury’s gift vouchers via email, with 15 reports received from members of the public.

The email claims that the intended victim was overcharged on a recent visit to the supermarket and offers the gift card as compensation. However, when users click the link to get to the promised gift vouchers, they are led to a website that could potentially defraud them.

Reports to Action Fraud have said the emails look genuine by using the victim’s first name. They’re signed by Mia Chadwick of Customer Services.
Fraudulent emails that pose as a high-street name usual have poor-quality spelling, grammar, graphic design or image quality. They may use odd ‘spe11lings’ or ‘cApiTals’ in the email subject to fool your spam filter.
When a fraudulent email such as this asks you to follow a link, the website or email address usually doesn’t look right. Authentic website addresses are usually short and don’t use irrelevant words or phrases.

https://twitter.com/actionfrauduk

If you receive an email offering Sainsbury’s gift vouchers
Be wary. Don’t assume anyone who has sent you an email is from the company who they say they are from.
Check the sender’s email address. They may use an address that looks like it could be from the brand they’re impersonating
Report fraud and cyber crime and receive a police crime reference number.

 

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Witness Appeal After Armed Robbery in Nuneaton

Witness Appeal

Officers are investigating an armed robbery in Nuneaton in which staff members were threatened at knife point.
The robbery happened just before 6am on Friday 19th January, when two men went into Tesco Express in Croft Road, threatened the staff and stole a large amount of cash.
The members of staff was not physically injured but was very shaken by the incident.
The two offenders are described as white men and were wearing hooded dark coloured clothing.
Both made off on foot towards fair Isle Drive.
Officers have making local enquiries and are studying CCTV footage.
Detective Inspector Teresa McKenna says: “The store staff did exactly the right thing by co-operating with the thieves, and fortunately none of them were injured. They were extremely distressed by the incident though, and we’re working closely with the individuals and their employer to ensure they receive the support they need.
“The incident took place quickly and the men are reported to have been wearing dark balaclavas. Therefore, we are appealing for anyone who may have been within the area and saw any suspicious activity, no matter how insignificant you think it might be, please do come forward to support our investigation.”
Officers would like to hear from anyone who saw any suspicious activity in the vicinity of Tesco Express this morning or has any information which would help them with their enquiries.
Anyone with information is asked to call Warwickshire Police on 101, or contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111 or through their website www.crimestopppers-uk.org quoting incident 30 of 19 January.

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Police Appeal For Witnesses Following Theft of BMW

Police are appealing for witnesses after a theft of a motor vehicle from Coleshill Parkway Train Station on Wednesday 10th January 2018.

Between 2.30pm and 5.50pm a Grey BMW 330D, registration DV59FSF, was stolen from the station without the keys. The owner who was from Leicestershire reported the incident just before 6.00pm. The offender(s), before stealing the BMW, threw the owners coffee cup out of the car before making good their escape. The vehicle was worth roughly £9,000.

PC Scot Ramsell from the local policing team said “Vehicle thefts are nationally on the increase and this is being compounded by new technology becoming available to the would be thief. Thefts without keys are now commonplace and as motorists we cannot be complacent and cannot solely rely on the vehicle security devices and we must take extra precautions to secure our vehicles. Stop Locks, Steering Wheel Locks and After Market Trackers are great inexpensive ways of securing your assets. Tracker devices using GPS technology can now be bought for under £50 and using pay as you go sim cards can cost as little as £5 to run their reliability and accuracy is superb and is a brilliant way of getting back your pride and joy and catching those who are responsible”

WK201801100306 is the incident number

This case is being investigated by, Bedworth Crime Desk.

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Police Appeal After Burglary in Water Orton

Police are appealing for information after a Burglary on Minworth Road, Water Orton on Saturday 13th January 2018 at 5.00pm.

Fiesta

The burglary happened as the occupants to the property returned, as the male occupant entered the property the male inside the house left by forcing open the rear patio doors and making good their escape. The second male, who was in a car, got away in a vehicle believed to me a silver Ford Fiesta, 2003 model. It is believed that the registration could be similar to “CF03″ and possibly with “RYV” or “VVY” in the plate too. Despite searching for the plate using local ANPR cameras and CCTV it has so far been negative but officers are working on this.

The offenders escaped empty handed.

Can you help? – Did you see a silver ford fiesta do a ‘U’ turn in the middle of the road on Minworth Road at about 5.00pm? Did you see the vehicle driving through the village either before or after? We do have CCTV from a property nearby but this doesnt show registrations, however as the vehicle does a U turn it does show a 4×4 style vehicle possibly a Nissan Qashqai or similar travelling from the Minworth direction which had to brake hard to avoid the vehicle. Was this you? – Please call 101.

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Police Investigating Robbery in New Arley

Police are appealing for information after a woman was robbed while she was getting out of her car on Hill Top, New Arley.

The incident occurred at around 8.40pm last night (Monday 15 January).

The woman, who is in her 50s, was approached by a man while she was getting out of her car. The man dragged her from the car and took her handbag.

The woman hit her head on the ground in the incident but did not require medical attention.

The man was wearing a grey hoody.

Detective Inspector Neil Reader said: “Fortunately the victim was not seriously hurt but was left extremely shaken by this incident.

“Police were quickly on the scene conducting a thorough search of the area with dogs and carrying out house-to-house enquiries. Unfortunately the man had got away and we are appealing to the public for help to catch him.”

Anyone who witnessed the incident, saw anyone acting suspiciously in the area at the time or has any other information that could help police with their investigation can call 101 and quote incident 407 of 15 January 2018. Alternatively, information can be provided anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org

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Police Warn of Scam Telephone Calls

Officers from Warwickshire Police are warning residents to remain vigilant after receiving reports of two suspected telephone scams last week.

The first incident happened in Collingwood Avenue, Rugby on Thursday morning (11 January), when a man in his 80s was phoned by a man claiming to be from the police.

The caller asked the man to withdraw a substantial amount of money and asked him to read the serial numbers of the bank notes to them. The caller then claimed these notes were forgeries and arranged for them to be collected later that day.

The second incident is reported to have happened at a property in Morton Gardens on Friday 12 January, when a woman in her 90s was also phoned by a man claiming to be from the police.

The caller told the member of public they needed her help to convict three people suspected of committing fraud at a Santander bank, asking her to withdraw a substantial amount of money that was later collected by an unknown woman, around 7pm that night.

In both incidents, the victims were told that they should not contact their local police and that bank staff were in on the fraud.

Designing Out Crime Officer Ian King of Warwickshire Police said: “Officers are currently investigating both of these incidents, which have clearly targeted older members of our community.

“One of the victims was told that if bank staff asked them what the money was for they should say it was for the installation of a stair lift, and the other victim was told to say it was for work on a loft extension. If you are called by someone who tells you to say similar, this should immediately raise your suspicions and you should end the call and contact police straight away.

“I would like to remind everyone that police and banks will never contact you asking for money or personal details such as PINs, and they will never send couriers or arrange for people to come and collect money from you.

“We are continuing to work with banks in the area to ensure that elderly and vulnerable people are not withdrawing their money and handing it over to fraudsters, but I urge everyone to share the following advice with neighbours, friends and relatives:

• Never transfer money to an account of someone you don’t know and don’t be pressured into withdrawing money, or leaving it unattended.

• If you get a suspicious call, hang up and phone the police using a different phone if possible.

• Never give out details of bank accounts to anyone you don’t know.

• Report any suspicious activity to police on 101, or 999 if a crime is in action.

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