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Update 7. August 2019 (note that on Police advice, articles more than one month old are generally deleted)

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Your Neighbourhood Police Stations are:

Northwich Local Policing Unit, Chesterway, CW9 5EP - 0845-458-6378.
NPT Frodsham - Voicemail. 0845-458-6393 (Frodsham, Helsby, Milton Weaver, Cuddington & Sandiway, Kingsley, Forest)
NPT Dragon Hall - Voicemail. 0845-458-6377 (Tarporley & Oulton)
NPT Mickle Trafford - Voicemail. 0845-458-6394 (Mara)

All Incidents (And Important Information) Should Be Reported To The Main Call Centre : 0845 458 0000 open 24 hours, 7 days a week ; or you can call the new National non-emergency number on 101 which will put you through to Cheshire Police at Winsford [we are advised that calls cost a fixed 15p from a land-line or mobile phone].

If You Wish To Pass Information Via An Independent Anonymous Source You Can Call Crime Stoppers On 0800 555 111, OR E MAIL www.crimestoppers-uk.org

PCSO Nichola Devey
Image from Weaver and Cuddington Police

Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) - details of Surgeries are now published here.

Dates for Acton Bridge (updated 06/08/2019 from the AB Newsletter) are advised as 17. August, 14. September, 19. October, 16. November, 7. December 2019. All are on Saturday afternoons from 2pm to 3pm (14:00 to 15:00) at the Parish Rooms, Hill Top Road, CW8 3RA.

Residents with any issues or topics on Police matters are invited to raise them with the PCSO - no appointment is necessary.
Weaver and Cuddington Police now have a Facebook page.

These are the most communications from Action Fraud, HomeWatch / neighbourhoodalert.co.uk and related sources, which the Police recommend be held no longer than 30 days, so we are deleting posts more than about a month old. This page also carries occasional warnings from Trading Standards. You can see previous Alerts on the Action Fraud Website
Landmark Neighbourhood Watch Cybercrime Survey Launched 07/08/2019 13:11:14 [281192]

Help us understand the impact of cybercrime and be in with a chance to win £50 worth of M&S vouchers
Neighbourhood Watch has today launched a landmark new survey to understand the impact of cybercrime on communities across England and Wales. Traditionally Neighbourhood Watch has been focused on keeping people safe in the places they live but with the advent of new technology, it's clear people can be at their most vulnerable when they occupy online spaces.
Action Fraud, the national fraud and cybercrime reporting centre run by the City of London Police, revealed that last year cybercrime victims lost £28m to online criminals. It reports more than 12,000 cases of cybercrime every six months. With the threat from online criminals only ever increasing, it is essential we understand the impact this type of crime has on members as well as their understanding and perception of cybercrime.

The survey, designed in conjunction with cybersecurity company Avast, takes just 10 minutes to complete and one lucky responder will be in with a chance to win £50 worth of Marks and Spencer vouchers.
The survey can be completed via the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/nw_cybercrime
It would be great if you could share the survey with other Neighbourhood Watch members particularly those who have been victims of cybercrime.

This news story on our website can be shared with friends, family and neighbours or on your social media profiles: https://www.ourwatch.org.uk/landmark-cybercrime-survey-launched/
Kindest regards, Central Support Team, Neighbourhood Watch Network
Message Sent By William Murphy (NHWN, Administrator, England and Wales)

Our News - The Neighbourhood Watch E-Newsletter 08/07/2019 19:51:37 [277324]

The latest edition of Our News - the Neighbourhood Watch e-newsletter - is out now. In this issue, we round up events from Neighbourhood Watch week and hear about the launch a new good practice database entitled Neighbourhood Watch Inspiration. We also hear about a short film featuring a Neighbourhood Watch group for the newly launched Co-operate 2022 campaign which aims to save, improve and protect 2,000 public spaces over the next three years. All this and more in the latest edition of Our News.
The newsletter is attached to this email or alternatively download it from our website at: www.ourwatch.org.uk/knowledge/news-read-latest-e-newsletter/.
Yours sincerely, Neighbourhood Watch Network.

Fraudsters Targeting Social Media Influencers 02/08/2019 15:52:26 [280558]

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau has received intelligence to suggest that fraudsters are contacting social media influencers, based in the UK and abroad, offering them the opportunity to market a bogus product, service or investment opportunity. Fraudsters will present professional and credible pitches to the social media influencers and try to convince them to feature the opportunity for a fee on their social media profiles in order to entice unsuspecting followers of the influencer to sign up or make a purchase.

Additionally, fraudsters are using the names of well-known public figures, implying that their opportunity or product is endorsed by the figure when it is not.

The public should be aware that any apparent endorsement by celebrities, influencers or personalities does not necessarily mean that an investment, product or service is genuine. The public is urged to exercise a cautious approach to any such offer of investment, product or service with the same caution they would at any other time.

What You Need To Do

Message Sent By Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)

Scam Alert 02/08/2019 13:26:23 [280587]

Good Afternoon,
Recently there has been an increase in scams being reported . The scams vary between Romance Scams, Lottery Scams, Banking Scams, Door to Door Scams, Telephone scams etc. Here are some golden rules to follow to help protect you from becoming a victim of a scam.
1- Be suspicious of all 'too good to be true' offers and deals.
2- Do not agree to offers and deals immediately. Insist on time to obtain independent /legal advice before making a decision.
3- Do not hand over money or sign anything until you have checked the credentials of the company.
4- Never send money to anyone you do not know or trust.
5- Never give banking or personal details to anyone you do not know or trust.
6- Always log on to a website directly rather than clicking on a link provided in an email.
7- Do not rely soley on glowing testimonials find solid independent evidence.
8- Always get independent /legal advice if an offer involves money,time or commitment.
9- If you spot a scam REPORT it! Contact Action Fraud on 0300 1232040 or online Actionfraud.police.uk
10- DO NOT be embarrassed to report a scam. Scammers of cunning and clever. There is no shame in being deceived. By reporting a scam you will make it more difficult for them to deceive others.

Please share this with friends and family. For Anymore advice please check the Cheshire police website as we have a section on there relating to scams.

Message Sent By Diana Wiggins (Police, PCSO, Northwich)

Vehicle Crime 01/08/2019 08:04:31 [280389]

Over night 2 x works vans were broken into in Tarporley. One off the vehicles had tools stolen and the other had damage to the door.
If you can, please remove works tools from your van over night and make sure that it is secure.

Message Sent By Kenneth Williamson (Police, PCSO, Northwich LPU Winsford PCSO)

Criminals Targeting People With Universal Credit Scam 31/07/2019 16:27:47 [280315]

Dear subscriber,
Action Fraud has received 63 reports about a scam in which fraudsters target people with offers of "low cost" loans or "free" government grants. What the victims aren't told is that the money they'll receive is actually an advance payment for Universal Credit. The criminals use the personal information they've obtain under false pretences to make an application in the victim's name. After the fraudsters have taken their "fee" from the advance payment, the victim is then left to pay back the total amount once their repayments begin.

How you can protect yourself:

Message Sent By Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)

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