Online Fraud - be aware 


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The following warning has been issued by Neighbourhood Alert on 30th January 2020.

Courier Fraud - Stroud Area 30th January 2020

We are aware that a number of people in the Stroud area have received phone calls from fraudsters claiming to be Police Officers who have said they are conducting undercover investigations into 'fraud rings' and have asked victims to withdraw large amounts of cash before handing it over to a courier.

Neither the Police, nor your bank, will ever ask you to withdraw or move your money as part of an investigation.

If you receive a call like this, please hang up and report it to us via 101 - preferably by using another phone to ensure the fraudsters are not still on the line.

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

Scam Warning - Amazon Prime

Criminals are targeting members of the public with automated calls stating that the recipient has been charged for an Amazon Prime subscription. The callers use this lure as a way to gain access to the recipient's online banking account.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

  1. The victim receives an automated call stating that they've been charged for an Amazon Prime subscription. They're asked to press 1 to cancel the charge, this connects them directly to the fraudster.
  2. A fraudster, posing as an Amazon customer service representative, then tells the victim that the Prime subscription was purchased fraudulently and that they need remote access to the victim's computer in order to fix a security flaw that will prevent it from happening again.
  3. The victim is asked to download an application called Team Viewer, which grants the fraudster remote access to the victim's computer.
  4. The victim is then asked to log onto their online banking account whilst the criminals are able to monitor everything via Team Viewer.

Other variants of the crime involve fraudsters stating the recipient is due a refund for an unauthorised transition on their Amazon account.

WHAT YOU NEED TO DO:
Personal information: Always question uninvited approaches in case it's a scam. Instead, contact the company directly using a known email or phone number.
Stay in control: Have the confidence to refuse unusual requests for personal or financial information. It's easy to feel embarrassed when faced with unexpected or complex conversations. But it's okay to stop the discussion if you do not feel in control of it.
Remote access: Never install any software or visit a website as a result of a cold call. Unsolicited requests for remote access to your computer should always raise a red flag.

Please report any scam to Action Fraud: National Fraud & Cyber Crime Reporting Centre or call 0300 123 2040

The following warning has been issued by Neighbourhood Alert on 28th May 2019.

Watch out for these FAKE TalkTalk emails about a refund

Action Fraud has received over 100 reports this week about fake emails purporting to be from TalkTalk. 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.

Don't click on the links or attachments in suspicious emails, and never respond to messages that ask for your personal or financial details.

The following warning has been issued by Neighbourhood Alert on 29th March 2019.

Fraudsters send fake Virgin Media emails threatening 'automatic disconnection'

Action Fraud has received over 100 reports about fake emails that purport to be from Virgin Media. The emails threaten the recipient with "automatic disconnection" due to "invalid billing information". The links in the emails lead to genuine-looking phishing websites that are designed to steal your Virgin Media account login details.

Don't click on the links or attachments in suspicious emails, and never respond to messages that ask for your personal or financial details.

For more information about how to stay safe online, visit cyberaware.gov.uk

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.

For more information about how to stay safe online, visit cyberaware.gov.uk

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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