RUTLAND NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH BRIEF
Local Crime Alert
Since the last Neighbourhood watch brief we have had one report of an attempted burglary to a secured dwelling in Great Lane, Greetham. Unknown person(s) have attempted entry via a rear door but were unsuccessful. This incident occurred between 30/09/2018 08:00 & 01/11/2018 10:25.
Two reports of criminal damage to property in High St East Uppingham. Unknown person(s) have painted graffiti on a wall and a bin. These incident occurred between 02/11/2018 17:00 & 03/11/2018 08:45
One report of an attempted burglary to a secured dwelling in Bramble Close, Uppingham. Unknown person(s) have attempted entry via a front door but were unsuccessful. This incident occurred between 02/11/2018 19:30 & 03/11/2018 12:30.
In the last week we have had 5 reports of vehicles broken into and in the majority of cases property taken. Locations were Lyddington, Glaston & Market Overton x 3. Entry in all cases was gained by smashing vehicle windows.
Beat Surgery on the Hopper Bus on 10th November between 11:00 & 12:00.
Beat Surgery at The Potting Shed Café, Ashwell, on 16th November between 10:00 & 11:00
Beat Surgery at Barrowden Community Shop on 16th November between 11:00 & 12:00
Beat Surgery at Uppingham Methodist Church on 16th November between 10:00 & 11:00
Extortion Scam - Cyber criminals send victims their own passwords in extortion scam. Cyber criminals are attempting to blackmail unsuspecting victims by claiming to have used the victims' password to install spying malware on the victims' computer. The criminals claim they’ve recorded videos of the victim watching adult material by activating their webcam when they visit these websites. What makes this scam so convincing is that the email usually includes a genuine password the victim has used for one of their online accounts. We believe criminals obtain the passwords from data breaches.
What to do if you get one of these emails? Don’t reply to the email, or be pressured into paying. The police advise that you do not pay criminals. Try flagging the email as spam/junk if you receive it multiple times. Perform a password reset as soon as possible on any accounts where you’ve used the password mentioned in the email. Always use a strong, separate password for important accounts, such as your email. Where available, enable two-factor authentication (2FA). Always install the latest software and app updates. Install, or enable anti-virus software on your laptops and computers and keep it updated.
If you receive one of these emails, report it to Action Fraud’s phishing reporting tool. If you have received one of these emails and paid the ransom, report it to your local police force.
What will you be buying online this Christmas? -The lead-up to Christmas is a time when, for many of us, our spending soars. This year, even more of us will be taking advantage of the choice, convenience and best prices that we can only get online … whether it’s those special presents, a festive break or that outfit that’s sold out on the high street. Unfortunately, however, November and December are also the busiest time for fraudsters – who exploit the fact that you’re distracted and will do anything to find a bargain.
We’ve come up with these expert, easy-to-follow safety tips to help protect you from falling victim to seasonal scams such as fraudulent shopping websites, fake goods, convincing phishing emails and ads for offers that are too good to be true.
- Don’t pay for anything by transferring money directly to people or companies you don’t know, however desperate you are to buy. If it’s a fraud, it’s doubtful the bank will be able to recover or refund your money. The safest way to pay for anything is by credit card.
- Make sure shopping websites are authentic by carefully checking the address is spelled correctly. Fraudsters can set up convincing websites with very similar spelling to the authentic one.
- Ensure that payment pages are secure, by checking that addresses begin with ‘https’ (‘s’ is for secure) and there’s a closed padlock in the address bar.
- When you’ve finished paying, log out of your account. Simply closing the page may not do this automatically.
- If you think you’ve been a victim of fraud, report it to @actionfrauduk at www.actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040.
#safechristmas http://www.getsafeonline.org/christmas More next week.
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.