The aim of the service is to keep residents of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland informed and up to date with news on appeals, events and crime prevention advice as well as information on policing matters that affect you.
Scams being highlighted at the moment include :
- Paying for items such as face masks which don’t exist or are faulty.
They recommend not responding to unsolicited emails or texts offering items for sale. You have no way of verifying if the seller (or goods) are legitimate or not.
If you are wishing to source items, do your own research. Where possible, buy from trusted, known and reputable suppliers – either online, or on the high street where stores are open.
- Online purchases – there are options such as eBay and Amazon where you do have comeback should there be a problem with the seller. Pay by PayPal (ensuring you select “Pay for Goods and Services” so that you are covered by PayPal Buyer Protection! If you are asked to change to “Friends and Family”, be aware that you are NOT covered by PayPal Buyer Protection.
- Being encouraged to click on fake Gov.UK websites
Fraudsters set up FAKE webpages that are almost identical to the real ones – because they copy the coding (programming).
Quite simply, the easiest way to AVOID fake pages, is to make it an absolute rule to NEVER click on a link/shortcut in an email or a text. Look for the page you want by searching a web browser.
- “Texts and emails asking people to donate to charities which are fake”
If they are asking for BitCoin or for money to be sent directly to a bank account, you should be very wary!
If you wish to support good causes, do some online research, look for supporting media coverage etc. Googling or searching social media is a good start to see if legitimate as people will “call out” known scams.
What to do:
If you think you have been scammed, contact your bank immediately and report it to Action Fraud.
Reporting cybercrime and fraud is important – the police don’t know about the issue unless you report it. You can report online at www.actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040
If you receive scam text messages on your mobile, you can forward these to 7726 which spells SPAM on your mobile keypad.
If you receive scam or phishing emails, you can forward these to firstname.lastname@example.org
Further details can be found here:www.neighbourhoodlink.co.uk/
If you have any questions regarding the above or wish to carry out further work on these topics, please do not hesitate to contact Wendy Arrowsmith, Police Support Volunteer 5622,
Digital Hub – Force Headquarters, Leicestershire Police on her email: Wendy.Arrowsmith5622@leicestershire.pnn.police.uk