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Action Fraud HMRC Scam Alert


Dear Resident,

Action Fraud is warning people once again of scammers contacting victims claiming to be from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) that trick people into paying bogus debts and taxes using iTunes gift cards.

•Fraudsters are contacting the elderly and vulnerable claiming to be from HM Revenue & Customs.
•Victims are being told they have arrest warrants, outstanding debts or unpaid taxes in their name.
•The fraudsters are asking victims to purchase iTunes gift cards as payment.
•There are a variety of methods being used including calls, texts and voicemails.

Victims are being contacted in a variety of methods by fraudsters claiming to be from HMRC and are being told they owe an outstanding debt. They ask for payment in iTunes gift card voucher codes or request bank details.

Methods fraudsters use:

Spoofed calls: Fraudsters cold call victims using a spoofed number and convince them that they owe unpaid tax to HMRC.

Voicemails: Fraudsters leave victims automated voicemails saying that they owe HMRC unpaid taxes. When victims call back on the number provided, they are told that there is a warrant out in their name and if they don’t pay, the police will arrest them

Text messages: They may also use text messages that ask victims to urgently call back on the number provided. When victims call back, they are told that there is a case being built against them for an outstanding debt and they must pay immediately.

How to protect yourself:
•HMRC will never use texts to tell you about a tax rebate or penalty or ever ask for payment in this way.
•Telephone numbers and text messages can easily be spoofed. You should never trust the number you see on your telephones display.
•If you receive a suspicious cold call, end it immediately.

Report fraud and cyber crime and receive a police crime reference number - https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/

You can sign up for free to Action Fraud Alert to receive direct, verified, accurate information about scams and fraud in your area by email, recorded voice and text message.

We have seen an increase of reports in the Chester area so please share this advice with friends and family.

Kind regards,

PCSO Beth

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Beth George (Police, Great Boughton PCSO, Chester LPU)

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Neighbourhood Watch October Our News Newsletter Is Here


 
This month we are thrilled to launch, for the third year running, the Neighbour of the Year Award, in partnership with our friends at Co-op Insurance; and Neighbourhood Watch Network's first ever Community Grants Fund.  

We get to know our CEO, John Hayward-Cripps better in our Spotlight feature; and look at County Lines and what we can do about them. Furthermore we offer guidance and advice on supporting communities, and sustaining your Neighbourhood Watch group, as we face a rise in Covid-19 cases across England and Wales.

So grab your tea, put your feet up and enjoy our newsletter. Don't forget to share it with your community.

Keep safe,

Central Support Team
Neighbourhood Watch Network

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Deborah Waller (NWN, Senior Digital and Communications Manager, England and Wales)

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Warning Following Resurgence of Scam Phone Calls Purporting To Be from Microsoft


Detectives are urging people to stay vigilant following several reports of scam phone calls purporting to be from Microsoft.

In Cheshire there have been several reports of residents receiving phone calls from fraudsters posing as workers from Microsoft.

The scammers claim to be computer security engineers and tell victims that their computers are at a security risk.

They then say that a security check needs to be performed and if the victim agrees, the scammers can then gain remote access to the computer.

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New Approach To Community Policing - Kingsley and Gowy


Cheshire Police has today launched its new approach to community policing, which will see dedicated police officers assigned to each of the county’s 122 policing areas to tackle crime and support communities.

The initiative has been developed by Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) David Keane who is striving for Cheshire to be the leading police service for delivering community policing.

It builds on the already successfully delivered initiative to provide a dedicated PCSO and police community base for each area.

The new community police officers will work with their fellow PCSO, the wider policing team, and key partners to build relationships within the community, sharing the same mission to solve problems at their root-cause before they become more serious.

They will spend more time in the heart of their dedicated communities and be given time to deal with issues that matter most to local residents.

Another benefit of the changes is local residents will have more opportunities than ever before to directly contact their officers - either online, through social media, or face-to-face during police surgeries.
The work of the new community policing teams will be supported by a funding package for each community, made available from money seized from criminals under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.

This will consist of a £1,000 funding pot for all 122 communities and an additional £10,000 for all eight policing units that local people can bid for to deliver projects which work with the local policing team and key partners to address specific issues.

This now means that you have:

- A local community police base
- A dedicated PCSO
- A dedicated PC
- Regular community policing surgeries
- Funding for your local community

Details of your local police officer, PCSO and community base can be found below:

PC Dan Malone
PCSO Deborah Netherton

Norley Village Hall, High Street, Norley, WA6 8JS

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Peter Caldwell (Police, Digital Media Manager, Corporate Communications)

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Smishing Bank Account Fraud


Good Morning,

We have had several reports of bank account ‘smishing’ fraud attempts.

Victim has received a text message that appears to be from their own bank, asking to verify a transaction by texting back yes or no.

The victim then receives a telephone call and is told they must move money to a safe account.

This is a scam!

If you do receive a text or call from a person claiming to be from your bank then please do not give any personal information.

Hang up, leave the line for a few minutes or use a different phone and always use the telephone number from the back of your card or bank statement.

For more information visit- https://takefive-stopfraud.org.uk/

Please share this message with family and friends.

Kind regards,

PCSO Beth George



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Beth George (Police, Great Boughton PCSO, Chester LPU)

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