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Criminals and fraudsters are operating all around us. Here are some articles on how to protect yourself.

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Bank website cloning scams – how to spot the signs

Over the course of lockdown, there has been a significant uplift in banking scams. As well as an increase in volume, we’re seeing a wider range of sophisticated scams emerge, as criminals find new innovative ways to trick unsuspecting victims into sharing private information. One type of scam the financial industry has seen increase over …

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Blocking nuisance telephone calls

Currently available for call blocking are Truecall units which can be bought from any online retailer. However, there are a number of other options that you can use: How to block nuisance calls Blocking calls using your home phone provider. Most of the major landline phone providers now offer a free service to reduce the …

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Fake ‘NHS’ COVID-19 Vaccine message

COVID Vaccine Scam

Do not respond to a call from 03333329358! Calls are now being received from this number. You will receive a recorded message stating that someone in your household is eligible for a vaccine. You are asked to press a number and if you do so you will be charged a fee. It is a scam. …

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Government Public Policy Exchange discussion on knife crime

In 2019, there were 43,516 knife crime offences in England and Wales. This was an 80% increase from the low-point in the year ending March 2014, when there were 23,945 offences, and is the highest number since comparable data was compiled. A similar pattern can also be detected in the number of knife-related homicides, with …

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Have you been a target of fraud?

Every day thousands of people are targeted by fraudsters. There are a few simple steps that you can take to help protect yourself. Action Fraud have shared the following advice: Be wary of clicking on unsolicited messages on social media, email, texts or WhatsApp – even if they appear to come from a trusted contact. …

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Financial scams – knowing what to look out for

During lockdown, there has been a surge in financial scams as criminals seek to exploit the current situation to their advantage. We sadly know that it’s far from unusual for scammers to use traumatic events, such as a global pandemic, as a way-in when it comes to exploiting people at a time when many will …

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What to do when someone gets hold of your bank details

If a company you use has their site hacked, your personal details may fall into the wrong hands. They could then be used to try and get into your bank account or defraud you later. What you can do: Check your bank account– To look for any odd transactions or other changes you did not …

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Romance fraud with a twist

A new form of romance fraud has surfaced and criminals are convincing vulnerable people to purchase mobile phones on their behalf so they can rack up enormous charges. Most of us have heard the horror stories of how romance fraud starts. The fraudster contacts an unsuspecting person and constructs an elaborate online romance with them. …

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What you can do to stay safe when banking online

Always log off after you use Internet Banking to stop anyone else getting into your account.If you are not using your device, you should lock your device with a PIN or password so others cannot use it.Always make sure you update your device’s operating system, internet browser and software as often as you can to …

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Criminal activity at school and campus premises

Schools and higher education campuses have found new challenges with the event of Covid 19.  The absence of people on school and campus premises leave a vulnerability the worse one being of course is the danger of arson and other serious criminal offences.  It is not so long ago that a school in my locality …

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SIA Issues update for Private Security Response during the COVID-19 crisis

It’s good news that the Security Industry Authority (SIA) regulator has now taken some positive action by issuing an update on how the private security industry is able to respond to the COVID-19 crisis. The virus pandemic is having a serious effect on the work of security companies and their workers, impacting on them in various …

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