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Police Connect Message – Scam Alerts

Scam Alert – Fake BT bill containing banking malware – 22 June 2017

Norfolk Trading Standards are highlighting a warning from Action Fraud about emails circulating claiming to be from BT. The email, with the subject ‘New BT Bill’, includes a very high level of owing for your current bill and states that they will ‘take your payment from your account as usual by Direct Debit’. The email them provides a link to ‘see your bill here’.

 

The email is not from BT and by claiming a high amount that is owed is designed to panic the recipient into clicking on the link to see the ‘bill’. If the link is clicked a malicious file called ‘BT bill.zip’ will be downloaded which contains banking malware called Dridex. Unusually this is achieved without a website being opened. If downloaded Dridex will attempt to gather personal information like user names and passwords for accounts whilst hidden in the background.

If you receive this email delete it without clicking on any links.

Scam Alert – Telephone cold calls claiming to be from the Telephone Preference Service – 21 June 2017

Norfolk Trading Standards are again receiving reports about telephone cold calls claiming to be from the Telephone Preference Service (TPS).

During the calls the cold caller claims that they are ‘checking details and if you still wish to be registered with the TPS’. The cold caller then attempts to gather credit or debit card details from the call recipient.

These calls are not genuine and are not connected with the TPS in any way. The TPS will NEVER cold call requesting payment or card details.

It is FREE to sign up to the TPS register and once an individual’s telephone number is on the TPS, it will remain on it and there is no need to update the registration.

If you receive a cold call claiming to be from the TPS do not give or confirm any details, hang up and report it to us via our partners the Citizens Advice consumer helpline on 03454 04 05 06

To register with the TPS call 0345 070 0707 or visit www.tpsonline.org.uk

Scam Alert – People’s Postcode Lottery Letters – 21 June 2017

Norfolk Trading Standards are receiving reports about letters claiming to be from the People’s Postcode Lottery. Currently the reports are coming from the Great Yarmouth area but these letters may be being sent to residents in other parts of Norfolk as well.

The letters state that the recipient of the letter has won a prize in a recent draw, in this case £355,000, and details how the prize can be claimed by contacting their ‘Foreign Service Manager’.

The letter also states that ‘all winning must be claimed not later than 30th August 2017’ or ‘the entire fund will be returned to the UK Board of Internal Revenue’.

These letters are a scam and no prize is available. Anyone who makes contact via the details supplied will be persuaded to part with personal details and money as part of an ‘upfront processing fee’.

If you receive this type of letter dispose of it correctly without responding in any way.

Here are some simple steps you can take to avoid lottery scams:

  • If you haven’t entered a lottery then you can’t have won it. Never respond to unexpected communications
  • Official lotteries in other countries operate in much the same way as the UK’s National Lotto. No official lotteries that we know of contact people to tell them of their win
  • We don’t know of any official lottery operators who ask for fees to collect winnings. Any request for a fee payment is a good indication that someone is trying to scam you
  • NEVER disclose your bank details or pay fees in advance to claim a lottery win
  • If they’ve provided an email address to respond to, be very suspicious of addresses such as @hotmail.com or @yahoo.com or numbers beginning with 07 because these are free to get hold of
  • Genuine lotteries thrive on publicity. If they ask you to keep your win a secret it’s likely to be a scam
  • Many examples of lottery scam letters have bad spelling and grammar – see this as a warning that fraudsters are at work

Police Connect Message

The summer has certainly arrived with temperatures being high the last couple of days; however, don’t let this lovely weather cloud your judgement, Norfolk Police are asking you to consider the vulnerability of your vehicle if left for long periods of time at coastal car parks and beauty spots. Motorists are advised to remove all valuables from display and from the vehicle where possible.

Opportunist thieves will be on the look-out for personal property left on view.

Also with this weather please consider your dogs if taken them out with you, do not leave them in vehicles unattended, Pc Squires South Norfolk Engagement officer said: ”Temperatures in vehicles become hotter than the outside and can cause distress to your dogs, if you can’t take them out at your destination then consider leaving them at home.”

Finally, Norfolk is well known for its maze of open waterways and on a hot day the water may look an inviting place to cool down. Please remember the rivers around the broads are unsuitable for swimming in and have hidden dangers such as a sudden change in depth, decreases in temperatures and unseen objects and currents, which can cause even the strongest of swimmers to get into difficulty very quickly.

Fly Tipping


Report any activity anonymously if you wish through the below link

https://crimestoppers-uk.org/misc/media-centre/news-press-releases/give-anonymous-information-about-waste-crime-as-environment-agency-publish-annual-waste-crime-report/

South Norfolk on Show!

Police Connect Message – Broome Shed Break-Ins

May 2017

Shed break-ins warning:

Officers in South Norfolk are reminding residents to keep their sheds locked and secure.

The warning comes following a number of recent shed break-ins in the Broome area where garden equipment has been stolen.

Officers are advising homeowners of simple crime prevention measures as sheds and insecure outdoor buildings are often targets to opportunistic thieves. 

Externally:

  • Fit good quality locks 1/3 up and 1/3 down on the door, alternatively use a shed bar to increase security
  • Do not neglect the hinge either side and use security screws or bolts through their fixings
  • Secure the windows with a weld mesh or a crime shield product secured from the inside
  • If your storage area is under your surveillance or within earshot, fit a security light to deter the thief and alert you to activity near your shed or use a shed alarm, which sounds if the shed door is forced open.

Internally:

  • Store high value items in the home
  • Use padlock & chain to secure item such as lawn mowers to a heavy anchor point, and cable alarms can be used to link several items together
  • Fit curtains or blinds to windows to obscure contents
  • Keep a list of everything of value with make and model details & serial numbers with photographs if possible.

Pc Jim Squires from Norfolk Constabulary has also issued further advice: “I would strongly urge anyone leaving any items of value in sheds or garages to get their property marked, whether it’s electronically or through DNA technology, which involves microdots with unique reference numbers which link to your house and can be detected using a UV light.

“Most shed breaks are carried out by opportunist thieves, therefore please ensure that you lock and secure your shed and garage. In the meantime, I would urge residents to be vigilant and report any suspicious behaviour to police on 101 or call 999 if you believe a crime is in progress.”

For further crime prevention advice, and for more information about local security marking events, visit www.norfolk.police.uk.

Should there be changes made to Ditchingham Parish Council’s set up?

DITCHINGHAM PARISH COUNCIL

WHAT DO YOU THINK?
Should there be changes made to Ditchingham Parish Council’s set up?

Under the South Norfolk Community Governance Review 2017 – 2018 all of the parishes in the South Norfolk district are being reviewed to consider:

  • Parish areas – creating, merging, altering or abolishing parishes
  • The naming of parishes and the style of new parishes
  • The electoral arrangements for parishes (the ordinary year of elections; council size, the number of councillors to be elected to the council, and parish warding)
  • Grouping parishes under a common parish council or de-grouping parishes
  • Consequential matters – e.g. the effect on existing parishes; dealing with parish assets; resolving issues relating to employees of existing parishes; setting a precept for a new Council; setting a date for the next elections and subsequent electoral cycles.

Find out more by:

Please let us know your views by:

  • attending the Annual Parish Council Meeting at the Village Hall on Monday 15th May
  • Writing to Keith Weston, 10 Hollow Hill Road or Email keithweston@talk21.com
  • Emailing the parish clerk clerkdpc@aol.co.uk

The SNC consultation closes on 12th June 2017.
Please tell us if you think things are fine as they are, or about changes you would like to see.

THANK YOU

Police Connect Message – 11th April 2017

The following is a Police Connect message.

Telephone cold calls & online adverts claiming to be offering ‘Government backed voucher’ schemes for replacement windows.

Norfolk Trading Standards are warning residents about recorded message telephone cold calls and online adverts on social media sites claiming to be offering ‘Government backed vouchers’ and ‘Green schemes’ for replacement windows.

The recorded message calls includes the opportunity for the recipient to ‘press 5 to speak to an agent’, the online adverts include a ‘contact me’ form.

Trading Standards are concerned that both approaches do not clearly identify the businesses you are giving your details to or which business may receive them.

Trading Standards advises always be very wary of any approach made in a telephone cold call and NEVER give or confirm any personal details or agree to someone visiting your home if approached in this manner.

We also advise consumers to think carefully before putting personal details onto an online ‘contact me’ form unless you are completely sure who you are providing them too.

Impartial advice on energy saving and accessing genuine grants is available for the Energy Saving Trust.

If you have received one of these calls, or responded to an online advert and have agreed to a salesperson visiting you at home contact the Citizens Advice consumer helpline via their online reporting form or telephone 03454 04 05 06.

Ditchingham Hall Open Gardens

Metfield Funding Fair

Reuse and Recycle Event

South Norfolk District Council’s award winning reuse and recycle events give you the opportunity to:

  • Recycle your unwanted household items
  • Pick up fantastic reused goods for an optional donation to charity
  • Prevent more items from going to landfill.

Our next event

Date: Wednesday 5 April 2017

Location: Ditchingham Village Hall, Loddon Road, Ditchingham, NR35 2QN

  • Items can be dropped off between 09:00 and 15:00
  • Items can be taken away between 11:00 and 15:00
  • We will be accepting furniture, electrical items, clothes, books and bicycles/bike parts to be reconditioned by HMP Wayland.
  • You can also bring household paint to recycle. This is limited to two cans per customer and must be water based emulsion, no more than two years old and have a minimum of half a tin left.