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Help the Police to Tackle Domestic Abuse

This article is to alert you to a very serious type of crime that is very likely happening in our own community, right now. You may not be aware that it is happening, but the police tell us that it takes place EVERYWHERE – cities, towns, villages, rural areas – so our neighbourhood is definitely not immune.

The crime is domestic abuse, and it is ruining the lives of hundreds of thousands of people and their families. As many as two million people are believed to be victims of domestic abuse. The local police and Neighbourhood Watch are keen to raise public awareness of it so that it comes more out into the open and victims can get the help they need. If we can identify more victims and provide them with the support they need to leave an abusive relationship, we can save more lives and send a stronger signal to perpetrators that such behaviour will not be tolerated in our community.

Once you know what to look for, it is relatively easy to spot the signs that a person may be a victim of domestic abuse. Armed with the right knowledge, you can play an important part in tackling this terrible crime.

Neighbourhood Watch has created an online information pack about domestic abuse – what it is, how it happens, who is most at risk, what the signs are, and what to do if you suspect someone you know is a victim. You can find this pack here: https://www.ourwatch.org.uk/crimes-archive/domestic-abuse/ and if you go to the Toolkit section here: https://www.ourwatch.org.uk/crimes-archive/toolkit-2/ you can find several more websites and resources that will help you understand and identify this awful crime and learn what you can do about it.

If you suspect that someone you know is being abused, you can call the National Domestic Violence Helpline run in partnership between Women’s Aid and Refuge, for help and advice on what to do. The number is 0808 2000 247.

domestic abuse leaflet

Fake Banking Apps

Fake banking apps are available to download from both the Apple Store and Google Play, apps that fraudsters could use to scam people.

The link below relates to a Wiltshire media article and provides more detail of the scam in action, but I will provide a summary.

Fraudsters download a fake banking app and search local online marketplaces.

If you are selling something locally and you invite the buyer to visit your home, or an agreed meeting place, be alert if you agree to the sale when the buyer produces their mobile phone and asks for your bank account and sort code. You will be able to watch them enter the details into their fake banking app and then they will show you the screen of their phone which will display a message that the agreed amount has successfully been paid into your bank.

Please do not hand over the goods until you have checked and confirmed that the payment has been received into your own bank account, but this is where the criminal may try and distract you.

This type of scam could impact on any one of us potentially, but I am concerned for those who are vulnerable and feel intimidated, so they don’t check their bank account before handing over the goods.

Please take the time to read the media article and mention to family and friends.

Watch out for fake bank app used by crooks in attempted £600 iPhone scam | This Is Wiltshire

Any questions on this alert or for fraud and cyber advice then please contact me.

Mr Nigel Sutton 8517

Fraud and Cyber Security Advisor