Neighbourhood Watch

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

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

What did you get for Christmas?

A new bike? Tools? Something a thief would like to acquire?

Have you thought about the security of your garden shed?

Consider marking your property and secure the shed with a sturdy lock 🔐

SmartWater property marking kits can be obtained from FVCA – for residents of Fairfield, Wildmoor & Stoneybridge FREE OF CHARGE admin@fvca.org

ACTION FRAUD WARNING: HMRC SCAMS

Action Fraud has experienced an increase in the reporting of malicious calls, voicemails, text messages or emails to members of the public purporting to be from HMRC.

The fraudsters state that as a result of their non-payment of tax or other duty, the victim is liable to prosecution or other legal proceedings such as repossession of belongings to settle the balance but can avoid this by arranging for payment to be made immediately by method such as bank transfer or by iTunes gift cards.

If the victim is hesitant or refuses to comply, the suspect makes a threat such as immediate arrest, bailiffs or in cases where the victim appears to be of overseas origin; deportation.

Often, the period for which the tax is allegedly due is distant enough to guarantee the victim will have little, if any, paperwork or ability to verify the claims. Once the money is paid the suspects sever all contact.

It is vital that the public exercise caution when receiving messages or telephone calls of this nature.

What you need to do

Always question unsolicited requests for your personal or financial information. Just because someone knows your basic details (such as your name and contact details), it doesn’t mean they are genuine. Instead, contact the company directly using trusted methods such as a known email address or phone number.

Listen to your instincts. If something feels wrong then it is usually right to question it. No genuine organisation will ask you to pay taxes, bills or fees using iTunes Gift Cards, or any other type of voucher.

Don’t be rushed or pressured into making a decision. Under no circumstances would a genuine bank or some other trusted organisation force you to make a financial transaction on the spot.

Report Phishing attempts. If you receive a call, text or email of this nature and have not lost money, report this as a phishing attempt to Action Fraud.

Bromsgrove District Council SCAM Alert

Bromsgrove District Council have been made aware of a SCAM email being sent to some of their residents which appears to be from their Council Tax department regarding over payments.
 

The link in the email takes you to a very good copy of the gov.uk website or the Council’s website and asks for lots of details – including mother’s maiden name etc.
 

Please be aware that this is a SCAM and the Council does not operate in this way. The Council will NEVER ask you for details like this. If you have any concerns or suspicions about correspondence ‘from us’ then please get in touch with the District Council to query it.
 

Please make family, friends and neighbours aware of this SCAM.

Operation Lollipop

Members of the public in Bromsgrove, Rubery, Alvechurch, Wythall and Hagley are now able to send digital photographs of dangerous or inconsiderate parking outside schools directly to their Safer Neighbourhood Teams via a dedicated email address – OperationLollipop@westmercia.pnn.police.uk 

Officers will then investigate and make contact with the registered keeper to take appropriate action where possible.

Operation Snap

Members of the public can submit (via a secure online form – https://www.nextbase.com/en-gb/national-dash-cam-safety-portal/) digital footage showing potential traffic offences.

This can range from driving dangerously or carelessly to overtaking on solid white lines, using a mobile phone while driving, ignoring traffic lights or dangerous driving around other road users, such as horse riders and cyclists.

Your submission will be sent to West Mercia Police where the evidence will be reviewed by one of their road traffic officers, who will enforce against any offences committed.

Any footage submitted through the portal can also be used by the Police to help educate other road users and to advise on case results.

Home Security Scam Alert

If you get a telephone call from someone offering home security with an alarm that links you to the police, put the phone down, dial 1471 to get their number and report to the police, tel 101. 

A resident in the village has received one such call….it was a SCAM. 

Please warn your elderly & vulnerable neighbours.

West Mercia PCC and Worcestershire council come together to tackle road safety

Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion and Worcestershire County Council are giving members of the public the ownership to improve the safety of their roads as part of a joint campaign.

Last weekend, at Sander’s Park in Bromsgrove, both organisations asked the county’s residents to let them know where they want the focus to be as part of the ‘Roads Focus’ campaign. The Commissioner and council want to give the public ownership to highlight where their concerns are. Be it installing white gates at the entrance of a rural village, putting up more signs to highlight young or elderly people crossing, introducing speed enforcement in a village or asking for other measures to discourage speeding.

During a week of action, which will take place in November, the Commissioner and the council will start implementing some of the changes that have been suggested by the public.

Those wanting to highlight concerns in their area can share their suggestions via https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/4560444/Roads-Focus until the end of Sunday 7 October.

Over the course of the campaign, more work will be carried out to improve the safety of Worcestershire’s roads and general road safety advice will also be given to ensure people remain focused when using the road – be it as a driver or pedestrian.

PCC John Campion said: “I am committed to improving road safety, which is why I am pleased to be working with Worcestershire County Council on this very important issue. With this campaign, we want to start by asking people where they have concerns. We hope to resolve some of those and see more people feeling safer within the communities they live in and on the roads they use.”

Councillor Alan Amos, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Highways at Worcestershire County Council said: “The safety of Worcestershire roads is one of our top priorities as a council, and working together with the Police and Crime Commissioner, we’re looking forward to making our highways a better place for all road users. This campaign is an opportunity for us to get the views of local residents to identify potential hazards, enabling us to identify areas for improvement across the county, subject to funding and resources available.”