Cottesmore Parish Council

Serving the people of Cottesmore

Clerk: Kerry Nimmons
17 Crocket Lane, Empingham
Oakham LE15 8PW

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH

Information on this page has been supplied by Neighbourhood Watch for Rutland or from the Leicestershire/Rutland Police Force

RUTLAND NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH BRIEF 12/8

Local Crime Alert
Since the last Neighbourhood watch brief we have had one report of criminal damage in High St West, Uppingham. Known suspect seen spraying graffiti on local school buildings. This incident occurred between 06/08/2019 23:00 & 07/08/2019 01:00.
One report of theft in Chapel Close, Empingham. Unknown persons take taken property from local theatre hall. This incident occurred between 09/08/2019 14:00 & 10/08/2019 08:00.
One report of theft & criminal damage in Stamford Rd, Empingham. Unknown persons have taken property and damaged other property in the process. This incident occurred between 08/08/2019 16:00 & 10/08/2019 15:00.
One report of criminal damage in Stamford Rd, Oakham. Unknown persons have damaged vehicle paintwork. This incident occurred between 09/08/2019 23:15 & 10/08/2019 12:00.

Events
Beat Surgery at Barrowden Community Shop on 14th Aug between 14:00 & 15:00
Beat Surgery at the Bird Fair, Egleton on 16th Aug between 15:00 & 16:00
Beat Surgery at Café Nero, Market Place, Oakham on 18th Aug between 15:00 & 16:00
Beat Surgery at Uppingham Library on 30th Aug between 10:00 & 11:00

Latest News
How to avoid pension scams - 4 simple steps to protect yourself from pension scams
Step 1 - reject unexpected offers
If you're contacted out of the blue about a pension opportunity, chances are it's high risk or a scam.
If you get a cold call about your pension, the safest thing to do is to hang up - it's illegal and probably a scam. Report pension cold calls to the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO).
Be wary if you're contacted about any financial product or opportunity and they mention using your pension.
If you get unsolicited offers via email or text you should simply ignore them. Fortunately, most people do reject unsolicited offers – our research suggests that 95% of unexpected pension offers are rejected.
Be wary of offers of free pension reviews. Professional advice on pensions is not free – a free offer out of the blue (from a company you have not dealt with before) is probably a scam.
And don't be talked into something by someone you know. They could be getting scammed, so check everything yourself.
Step 2 - check who you're dealing with
Check our Financial Services Register to make sure that anyone offering you advice or other financial services is FCA authorised, and they are permitted to provide those services in relation to pensions.
If you need any help checking, call our Consumer Helpline on 0800 111 6768.
Check they are not a clone – a common scam is to pretend to be a genuine FCA-authorised firm (called a 'clone firm'). Always use the contact details on our Register, not the details the firm gives you.
Check the FCA Register
If you use an unauthorised firm, you won't have access to the Financial Ombudsman Service or Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) so you're unlikely to get your money back if things go wrong.
If you use an authorised firm, access to the Financial Ombudsman Service and FSCS protection will depend on the investment you are making and the service the firm is providing.
Check to see if they are registered with Companies House and for the names of the directors. Search the company name and the names of the directors online to see if others have posted any concerns.
Check the FCA Warning List – use our tool to check the risks of a potential pension or investment opportunity. You can also search to see if the firm is known to be operating without our authorisation.
Step 3 - don't be rushed or pressured
Take your time to make all the checks you need – even if this means turning down an 'amazing deal'. Be wary of promised returns that sound too good to be true and don't be rushed or pressured into making a decision.
Step 4 - get impartial information or advice
You should seriously consider seeking financial guidance or advice before changing your pension arrangements.
The Pensions Advisory Service provides free independent and impartial information and guidance.
If you're over 50 and have a defined contribution pension, Pension Wise offers pre-booked appointments to talk through your retirement options.
You can also use a financial adviser to help you make the best decision for your own personal circumstances. If you do opt for an adviser, make sure they are regulated by the FCA and never take investment advice from the company that contacted you, as this may be part of the scam. Find out more about getting financial advice.

Anyone with information about a crime in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland can:
Email contactus@leicesteshire.pnn.police.uk
Visit our website and report online
Call 101 (always call 999 in an emergency)
Call Crimestoppers free and anonymously on 0800 555 111

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Will Ryan (Police, Enquiry Officer, Rutland)

RUTLAND NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH BRIEF 5/8

Local Crime Alert
Since the last Neighbourhood watch brief we have had one report of criminal damage in High St East, Uppingham. Unknown persons slash 4 x tyres on Police vehicle. This incident occurred between 31/07/2019 03:15 & 31/07/2019 03:18.
One report of criminal damage in Johnson Rd, Uppingham. Unknown persons slash 4 x tyres on vehicle. This incident occurred between 30/07/2019 17:30 & 31/07/2019 05:50.
One report of criminal damage in North St East, Uppingham. Known suspect seen writing graffiti on bus shelter. This incident occurred between 03/08/2019 09:30 & 03/08/2019 09:50.

Events
Beat Surgery at Barrowden Community Shop on 14th Aug between 14:00 & 15:00
Beat Surgery at the Bird Fair, Egleton on 16th Aug between 15:00 & 16:00
Beat Surgery at Café Nero, Market Place, Oakham on 18th Aug between 15:00 & 16:00
Beat Surgery at Uppingham Library on 30th Aug between 10:00 & 11:00

Latest News
How to avoid pension scams - Don't let a scammer enjoy your retirement – find out how pension scams work, how to avoid them and what to do if you suspect a scam. Pension scams can be hard to spot. Scammers can be articulate and financially knowledgeable, with credible-looking websites, testimonials and materials that are hard to distinguish from the real thing.
How pension scams work
Scammers usually contact people out of the blue via phone, email or text, or even advertise online. Or they may be introduced to you by a friend or family member who is also unknowingly being scammed.
Scammers will make false claims to gain your trust. For example:
Claiming they are authorised by the FCA or that they don't have to be FCA authorised because they aren't providing the advice themselves.
Claiming to be acting on the behalf of the FCA or the government service Pension Wise.
Scammers design attractive offers to persuade you to transfer your pension pot to them (or to release funds from it). It is then often:
Invested in unusual and high-risk investments like overseas property, renewable energy bonds, forestry, storage units.
Invested in more conventional products but within an unnecessarily complex structure which hides multiple fees and high charges.
Stolen outright.
If you suspect a scam, report it
Report to the FCA – you can report an unauthorised firm or scam to us by contacting our Consumer Helpline on 0800 111 6768 or using our reporting form.
Report to Action Fraud online or by calling 0300 123 2040.
If you've agreed to transfer your pension and now suspect a scam, contact your pension provider straight away. They may be able to stop a transfer that hasn't taken place yet. If you are unsure of what to do contact the Pensions Advisory Service for help.
If you have already invested in a scam, fraudsters are likely to target you again or sell your details to other criminals. The follow-up scam may be completely separate or related to the previous fraud, such as an offer to get your money back or to buy back the investment after you pay a fee.
More on how to avoid pension scams next week

Anyone with information about a crime in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland can:
Email contactus@leicesteshire.pnn.police.uk
Visit our website and report online
Call 101 (always call 999 in an emergency)
Call Crimestoppers free and anonymously on 0800 555 111

Message Sent By
Will Ryan (Police, Enquiry Officer, Rutland)

Fraudsters Targeting Social Media Influencers 4/8

Be Aware

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

  • If you are purchasing goods from a company you don't know and trust, carry out some research first, or ask friends or family for advice before completing a purchase.
  • Professional-looking websites, adverts or social media posts do not guarantee that an investment opportunity or product is genuine. Criminals can exploit the names of well-known brands or individuals to make them appear legitimate.
  • Avoid paying for goods or services by bank transfer unless you know and trust the person or company. Payments via bank transfer offer you no protection if you become a victim of fraud. Instead, use your credit card or payment services such as PayPal as they offer you greater protection if you become a victim of fraud.

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Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)

Criminals Targeting People With Universal Credit Scam

SCAM WARNING1/8


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:

  • Never share your personal or financial information with someone you don't know and trust, especially if it's in response to an offer of "free money" or a "free grant".
  • Department for Work & Pensions (DWP) staff will never approach you in the street or ask for your personal/financial details over social media.
  • If you have concerns about your benefits, you should visit www.gov.uk/contact-jobcentre-plus
  • If you suspect your identity may have been stolen, you can check your credit rating quickly and easily online. You should do this every few months anyway, using a reputable service provider and following up on any unexpected or suspicious results.

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Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)

Rutland Police Monthly Newsletter and Local Scams

Please see attached for the Rutland Police Monthly Newsletter. 1/8

Also be aware scammers are out and about again. The old council tax rebate scam has been phoned in to several residents again.
Another one re solar panels has also been received. With this one caller says they urgently need to get into the house and that the company had gone bust. Caller said he was from BJB Engineering who have nothing to do with solar panels.

Attachments

Rutland Police Monthly Newsletter Aug 2019.pdf - 1,086.8 KB

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Will Ryan (Police, Enquiry Officer, Rutland)

RUTLAND NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH BRIEF 25/7
Local Crime Alert
Since the last Neighbourhood watch brief we have had one report of theft from a vehicle in The Vale, Oakham. Unknown person(s) have gained entry by unknown means and taken property. This incident occurred between 02/07/2019 21:00 & 04/07/2019 11:00.
One report of theft from an insecure vehicle in Main St, Teigh. Unknown person(s) have gained entry and taken property. This incident occurred between 12/07/2019 12:30 & 12/07/2019 16:00.
One report of a burglary residential to an insecure outbuilding in Main St, Little Casterton. Unknown person(s) have gained entry and attempted to take property. This incident occurred between 16/07/2019 19:00 & 17/07/2019 09:00.
One report of theft in Mill Lane, Caldecott. Unknown person(s) have taken farm equipment from a field. This incident occurred between 16/07/2019 23:00 & 17/07/2019 07:00.
One report of theft from a vehicle in Foxfield Way, Oakham. Unknown person(s) have removed vehicle parts. This incident occurred between 17/07/2019 18:00 & 18/07/2019 15:30.
One report of criminal damage in Stockerston Rd, Uppingham. Unknown person(s) have damaged vehicle paintwork. This incident occurred between 10/07/2019 14:00 & 19/07/2019 18:00.
Events
Beat Surgery at Uppingham Methodist Church on 26th July between 10:00 & 11:00
Beat Surgery at Barrowden Community Shop on 14th Aug between 14:00 & 15:00
Beat Surgery at Café Nero, Market Place, Oakham on 18th Aug between 15:00 & 16:00
Latest News
Get safe online – For our children and young people, the internet is a wonderful place where they can explore, learn new things, communicate, be entertained and much more, with their curiosity and appetite for new content evolving and growing as they do.
At Get Safe Online, we embrace these benefits, but equally, we know that it can be a challenging and potentially hazardous experience.
Do you know what your children are doing whilst online and who they are friends with on social media or gaming sites?
Do you know what signs to look out for and how to protect your children from online grooming?
How long is your child spending online? What content are they looking at? Who are they talking to? It's just as vital to make sure children are safe online as in the street or the park.
www.getsafeonline.org/safekidsonline
Anyone with information about a crime in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland can:
Email contactus@leicesteshire.pnn.police.uk
Visit our website and report online
Call 101 (always call 999 in an emergency)
Call Crimestoppers free and anonymously on 0800 555 111

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Will Ryan (Police, Enquiry Officer, Rutland)