Online Fraud - be aware 

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The following warning has been issued by Neighbourhood Alert on 9th January 2019.

Fake Tv Licensing Emails

Action Fraud has received more than 5,000 reports about fake emails and texts purporting to be from TV Licensing. The messages contain links to genuine-looking websites that are designed to steal personal and financial information.

Always question unsolicited requests for your personal or financial information in case it's a scam. Never automatically click on a link in an unexpected email or text.

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The following warning has been issued by Neighbourhood Alert on 11th December 2018.

Beware Of Doorstep Pedlars

We are aware of a number of reports across the Stroud District relating to males going door-to-door offering household goods under the guise of an organisation called Helping Hands. These males purport to represent an organisation called 'Helping Hand' or similar, and say they are part of a prison rehabilitation scheme. There appears to be no such charity registered in England or Wales operating this kind of scheme and it is believed that the individuals taking part in these activities may be committing a number of different criminal offences.

Unsolicited doorstep selling can often be a tactic used by burglars and fraudsters who may try to identify vulnerable people or premises within our community. I would urge anyone who encounters these individuals to call 101 and report this to the police as soon as possible so that we can identify, locate and stop this behaviour.

For more information, please visit our website. Remember, we're unable to accept reports of crime through Your Neighbourhood Alerts. If you need to report something, please call 101 or report online. Always call 999 in an emergency.

The following recent notices have been published by Action Fraud the UK's national fraud and cyber crime reporting centre which provides a central point of contact for information about fraud and cyber crime.

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