RUTLAND NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH BRIEF
Local Crime Alert
No Neighbourhood issues of note.
Beat Surgery at the Barrowden shop on 6th January between 09:00 & 10:00
Beat Surgery at Costa Coffee, Oakham on 17th January between 14:00 & 15:00
Beat Surgery at Cottesmore Church Café on 18th January between 12:00 & 13:00
Beat Surgery at Uppingham Methodist Church on 26th January between 10:00 & 11:00
Support for Older Persons & Loneliness - For those that are not already aware, Silverline offers support for the elderly and particularly those struggling with loneliness.
Web : http://www.thesilverline.org.uk
Phone : 24hr/365 FREE helpline 0800 4 70 80 90
Always a friendly voice to speak to at the end of the line, just to chat, or to help and advice with any worries.
Please do consider raising awareness of this great organisation. Christmas can be a particularly difficult time for those who are older and alone - for those with Social Media accounts, please help raise awareness.
Stay safe this Christmas against the scam involving iTunes gift cards.
HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is today warning the public about a high profile phone scam that is conning vulnerable and elderly people out of thousands of pounds.
The scammers are preying on victims by cold calling them and impersonating an HMRC member of staff. They tell them that they owe large amounts of tax which they can only pay off through digital vouchers and gift cards, including those used for Apple’s iTunes Store.
Victims are told to go to a local shop, buy these vouchers and then read out the redemption code to the scammer who has kept them on the phone the whole time. The conmen then sell on the codes or purchase high-value products, all at the victim’s expense.
The scammers frequently use intimidation to get what they want, threatening to seize the victim’s property or involve the police. The use of vouchers is an attractive scam as they are easy to sell on and hard to trace once used.
Check GOV.UK for information on how to avoid and report scams and recognise genuine HMRC contact.
Front Enquiry Office Closure – The Front Enquiry Office will be closed for the festive period between 23/12/2017 & 01/01/2018 inclusive. The next Neighbourhood Watch Brief will be week ending 06/12/2018 and will be posted on 08/12/2017.
All Rutland Officers and Staff wish all members a Safe & Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Anyone with information about a crime in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland can call Leicestershire Police by dialing 101 (calls cost 15p) or call Crimestoppers free and anonymously on 0800 555 111.