Whittlesey and District Neighbourhood Watch

Whittlesey and District Neighbourhood Watch

Creating safer, stronger and active communities

Fake Police Message

In the past few days, criminals have been using an automated telephone messaging service within the UK, claiming they are from the South West Regional Cyber Crime Unit. The person listening to the message is told that their internet connection had been compromised and that it would be shut down within 24 hours. The message then invites the person listening to press 1 on their keypad to speak with the technical department. (DO NOT DO THIS)

Although the UK is covered by both regional and local cyber crime units, this is the first time we have known the criminal purport to be from a legitimate UK Police department. This is a total fraud and no one should react to the message by pressing a key other than to disconnect the call.

If you experience this kind of call please contact Action Fraud

To report fraud online click this link:  REPORT FRAUD 
  or telephone 0300 123 2040
 

NHS Test and Trace Scam

Based on local information, (not verified by myself) it would appear that an elderly person has received a telephone call purporting to represent NHS test and trace service.

The suspect told the person answering the phone, that they had been in contact with someone who had tested positive for COVID-19 and that they now needed to be tested within 72 hours.

The caller then said there was a charge of £50 for the test and took bank card details over the phone. (The long card number, expiry date, name on the card and CVC code giving the criminal all the detail they need to fraudulently use the card)

Any test under the NHS Test and Trace service is free.

Read more: NHS Test and Trace Scam

Ten Covid-19 and Lockdown Scams

UK Finance unveils ten Covid-19 and lockdown scams the public should be on high alert for and how to spot them
Criminals are preying on a worried public by tapping into their financial concerns due to coronavirus, asking for personal and financial information
New animation video from Take Five to Stop Fraud campaign warns people to remember criminals are sophisticated at impersonating other organisations
Using the coronavirus pandemic as an opportunity, fraudsters are using sophisticated methods to callously exploit people, with many concerned about their financial situation and the state of the economy. To coincide with the launch of its new animation urging people to follow the advice of the Take Five to Stop Fraud campaign, UK Finance today reveals ten Covid-19 and lockdown scams which criminals are using to target people to get them to part with their money.

Read more: Ten Covid-19 and Lockdown Scams

New Telephone Scam

telephoneA Cambridgeshire resident received  a call on their landline yesterday from 01438042813.

It was a recorded message stating that their internet was going to be turned off within the next  four hours and it wanted me to press 1 to connect to my internet provider.

The resident thought this was suspicious and disconnected the call. .

They contacted their Internet provider and they confirmed that this was not something that they would do.

Remember:

STOP - Taking a moment to stop and think before parting with your money or information could keep you safe.

CHALLENGE - Could it be fake? It’s ok to reject, refuse or ignore any requests. Only criminals will try to rush or panic you.

PROTECT - Contact your bank immediately if you think you’ve fallen for a scam and report it to Action Fraud.

Subcategories

Fraud, often called Scams, is the fastest growing area of crime and is often not reported.

ActionFraud is the UK’s national fraud and internet crime reporting centre.

They provide a central point of contact for information about fraud and financially motivated internet crime.

Click here to download a leaflet about Action Fraud.