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 Alerts

    The Link to the Rutland Neighbourhood Watch App. It is highly recommend you download the App. You will receive all the ALERTS issued by the Police and NHW for Rutland and sometimes beyond.

  • Rutland Neighbourhood Watch Website

    This is a fairly new website and is worth a regular visit to keep up to date with local Neighbourhood Watch matters.

Coronavirus Related Fraud Reports Increase By 400 Per Cent In March 20/3

Recently the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) reported a new trend in fraud related to Coronavirus, or COVID-19.

Updated figures show there have been 105 reports to Action Fraud since 1 February 2020, with total losses reaching nearly £970,000.

The first report relating to Coronavirus, or COVID-19, was received on 9 February. There were 20 more reports that month. Since then, there have been 46 reports between the 1 March and 13 March, and 38 reports in just four days (14 March – 18 March).

What scams are we seeing?
The majority of reports are related to online shopping scams where people have ordered protective face masks, hand sanitiser, and other products, which have never arrived.
Other frauds being reported include ticket fraud, romance fraud, charity fraud and lender loan fraud.

Phishing emails
We have also received over 200 reports of coronavirus-themed phishing emails. These attempt to trick people into opening malicious attachments which could lead to fraudsters stealing people's personal information, email logins and passwords, and banking details.

Some of the tactics being used in phishing emails include:

• Fraudsters purporting to be from a research group that mimic the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organisation (WHO). They claim to provide the victim with a list of active infections in their area but to access this information the victim needs to either: click on a link which redirects them to a credential-stealing page; or make a donation of support in the form of a payment into a Bitcoin account.

• Fraudsters providing articles about the virus outbreak with a link to a fake company website where victims are encouraged to click to subscribe to a daily newsletter for further updates.

• Fraudsters sending investment scheme and trading advice encouraging people to take advantage of the coronavirus downturn.

• Fraudsters purporting to be from HMRC offering a tax refund and directing victims to a fake website to harvest their personal and financial details. The emails often display the HMRC logo making it look reasonably genuine and convincing.

Superintendent Sanjay Andersen, Head of the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau, said:
"Fraudsters will use any opportunity they can to take money from innocent people. This includes exploiting tragedies and global emergencies.

"The majority of scams we are seeing relate to the online sale of protective items, and items that are in short supply across the country, due to the COVID-19 outbreak. We're advising people not to panic and to think about the purchase they are making. When you're online shopping it's important to do your research and look at reviews of the site you are buying from."

Graeme Biggar, Director General of the National Economic Crime Centre, said:
"We have already seen fraudsters using the COVID-19 pandemic to scam people looking to buy medical supplies online, sending emails offering fake medical support and targeting people who may be vulnerable or increasingly isolated at home.

"These frauds try to lure you in with offers that look too good to be true, such as high return investments and 'healthcare opportunities', or appeals for you to support those who are ill or bogus charities.

"The advice is simple, think very carefully before you hand over your money, and don't give out your personal details unless you are sure who you are dealing with.

"We are working together across law enforcement, government and the private sector to combat this criminal activity and protect the public. If you think you have been a victim please report to Action Fraud."

Protect yourself

1) Watch out for scam messages
Don't click on the links or attachments in suspicious emails, and never respond to unsolicited messages and calls that ask for your personal or financial details.

2) Shopping online:
If you're making a purchase from a company or person you don't know and trust, carry out some research first, and ask a friend or family member for advice before completing the purchase. If you decide to go ahead with the purchase, use a credit card if you have one, as most major credit card providers insure online purchases.

For more information on how to shop online safely, please visit: https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/shoponlinesafely

3) Protect your devices from the latest threats:
Always install the latest software and app updates to protect your devices from the latest threats.

For information on how to update your devices, please visit: https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/guidance/securing-your-devices
For the latest health information and advice about COVID-19 please visit the NHS website.

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Message Sent By
Sam Hancock (Police, Cyber Protect Officer, Leicestershire)

Message from Leicestershire Trading Standards

Dear Members 18/3

Leicestershire Trading Standards Service are advising during this period of uncertainty regarding Covid-19, it appears that there are some people who are taking advantage of the situation.

We have heard reports that people are offering to buy essentials on behalf of the elderly and vulnerable who are self isolating. Instead are taking the money and not bringing any goods to them; This is theft.

We don't want to discourage anyone from helping their neighbours or family members in this time of need, and we don't want to breed distrust in those genuine members of the community trying to assist others. We simply ask that you remain vigilant and take note of this basic advice, should someone call on your door:
- try to only liaise with someone you are familiar with,
- only buy the essentials in this manner, therefore the amount of money required is minimal,
- do not hand over a bank card - use cash only,
- if the person says they are from a community group/organisation, ask for some ID or to verify their identity by calling the organisation directly.

Evidence of more scammers taking advantage of the current situation regarding Covid-19 and who are offering door to door tests. These are not legitimate and are worthless!

Whilst it seems this has not hit Leicestershire yet, we thought it best to keep you informed.
Please look out for your neighbours and family members who may not have access to Social Media and therefore will not be receiving this information.

https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/local-news/con-artists-visiting-homes-offer-3959395

Stay Safe and Stay Well – "If you see something….Say Something and Report it!"

PCSO Ali Haq
Wigston Police Station.

Did you know you can report crime and incidents using our online portal. Please visit https://www.leics.police.uk/ Click on "REPORT".
In an emergency dial 999

Please do not report crime or Incidents via 'Neighbourhood Link' as the messages are not always monitored.

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Message Sent By
Ali Haq (Leicestershire Police, PCSO 6167, South Leicester)

CORONAVIRUS SCAM WARNING : 10/3
So far, victims of Coronavirus related scams have lost over £800k to fake online sales and websites wanting your personal details!

** Protect yourself **
Watch out for scam messages:
Don't click on the links or attachments in emails, and never respond to unsolicited messages or calls that ask for your personal or financial details.

Shopping online:
If you're making a purchase from a company or person you don't know and trust, carry out some research first, and ask a friend or family member for advice before completing the purchase. If you decide to go ahead with the purchase, use a credit card if you have one, as most major credit card providers insure online purchases.

More information here :
https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/alert/coronavirus-scam-costs-victims-over-800k-in-one-month

Only use legitimate websites for information, such as NHS, World Health Organisation & Foreign Office

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response

#DontBeDuped

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Message Sent By
Sam Hancock (Police, Cyber Protect Officer, Leicestershire)

: RUTLAND NORTH BEAT REPORT 4/3

Dear All,

The following crime has been reported in the month of February for Rutland North beat:

Burglaries - 2 x Clipsham, Ryhall, Greetham, Cottesmore, Exton

Theft - Market Overton, Langham

Theft from vehicle - Whissendine, Greetham, A1

Theft - Burley, 2 x Barnsdale, Whissendine

Theft of vehicle - Teigh

Criminal Damage - Burley, Egleton

Assault - Cottesmore, Whissendine, Exton

This month the Rutland Community Speed Watch scheme has been launched and this year 5 villages have been selected of which three villages are on Rutland North including Ryhall, Greetham and Stretton. Ryhall have agreed to work with their neighbouring village Essendine which allows further checks to be completed. I have been working for some time as part of the current Problem Management Plan set by our consultation with local residents over concerns of speeding and will be working with these villages when they are participating in the scheme to offer further support.

We are also re-launching Neighbourhood Link to allow local residents to sign up and receive updates from the police in relation to issues they are interested in. I would ask any resident to look at the website and sign up.

PCSO Di Freeman will be holding a beat surgery between 10am – 11am on 26th March at The Lodge, Market Overton if any local residents would lke to speak to Di about any issues or concerns please come down and join her.

If you have any issues or concerns and would like to contact me directly please email me laurie.appleton@leicestershire.pnn.police.uk

Many thanks

Laurie

PC 1742 Appleton

Amazon Prime Scam Alert 2/3

Criminals are targeting unsuspecting members of the public using Amazon Prime scam calls.

The scam involves victims receiving an automated call, informing them that they have been charged for an Amazon Prime subscription.

They are subsequently instructed to 'press 1' to cancel the transaction.

When they do this, they are directed to a fraudster posing as an Amazon customer service representative.

The fraudster advises the victim that the subscription was purchased fraudulently and that remote access to their computer is required in order to fix a security flaw that will prevent it from reoccurring.

The victim is asked to download a remote access application, often the 'Team Viewer' app, which grants the fraudster access to the victim's computer.

The Team Viewer software is then misused by the criminal to capture sensitive personal and financial information from the victim's computer.

Other variants of the crime involve fraudsters stating that the recipient is eligible for a refund for an unauthorised transaction on their Amazon account.

Please be aware that Amazon will not contact you and ask you to do this. This is a scam and allows fraudsters access to your personal information. Unfortunately people have fallen victim to this and have lost a lot of money.

What you need to do

Personal information:
Always question uninvited approaches in case it's a scam. Instead, contact the company directly using a known email or phone number.

Stay in control:
Have the confidence to refuse unusual requests for personal or financial information. It's easy to feel embarrassed when faced with unexpected or complex conversations. But it's okay to stop the discussion if you do not feel in control of it.

Remote access:
Never install any software or visit a website as a result of a cold call. Unsolicited requests for remote access to your computer should always raise a red flag.

Did you know you can report crime and incidents using our online portal. Please visit https://www.leics.police.uk/ Click on "REPORT".
In an emergency dial 999

Please do not report crime or Incidents via 'Neighbourhood Link' as the messages are not always monitored

Rebecca Spilane,
Fraud Vulnerability Officer
Economic Crime Unit
Leicestershire Police.

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Message Sent By
Rebecca Spilane (Leicestershire Police, Economic Crime Unit,Fraud Vulnerability Officer,Leicestershire)

Leicestershire Police Online Reporting

Reporting Non Emergency Crime Online 28/2

Leicestershire Police is encouraging people to report non-emergency crime online as part of a new drive to make access for the public even easier.

Currently the vast majority of non-emergency crime reports come into the force via the 101 telephone line.

Leicestershire Police moved to the Single Online Home platform in April last year – part of a national project to standardise police websites across the country. It allows users to interact directly with forces, providing people with the ability to report crime in a convenient and accessible way.

The public can also:
Report details of road traffic collisions
Report fraud
Report a lost or stolen vehicle
Log Anti-Social Behaviour details
Report details of missing people
Report lost or found property
Provide feedback to the force including thanks or dissatisfaction

People can simply go to www.leics.police.uk and click on report and choose the appropriate section.

If they are reporting a crime they will be directed through a series of short questions to establish some basic details of what has happened and where and when it took place, is there any potential evidence and whether anything was stolen or damaged.

That information goes straight to the force's Crime Bureau, which will make an assessment of the information, decide whether more details are needed, allocate an officer or file it for information.

Users will receive a reference number and will be contacted back either by email or text of the next steps within 24 hours.

Assistant Chief Constable Julia Debenham said: "It is vital that the public have confidence in the police and are able to report any non-emergency incidents in as convenient and accessible way as possible.

"Single Online Home allows people to report crimes or incidents that don't require an immediate police response in their own time and at their own pace.

"An increasing amount of people prefer to do their business online and expect the police to be able to offer the same type of interaction they get with other service providers.

"It offers people exactly the same provision as calling 101 and can take less time. The average 101 call to report a crime or incident takes eight-and-a-half minutes. Reporting crime online not only gives the public greater choice in how they want to interact with us, it also frees up more of our resources.

"So the message is always call 999 in an emergency but if it's not then report your crime online via our website."

There are no plans to change the availability of the national 101 Non Emergency Number should you wish to use this service to contact us.

Message Sent By
Andy Wylie (Police, PCSO, Rutland)

Courier Fraud

We need your help to prevent "Courier Fraud"! 27/2

Please be aware of fraudsters targeting elderly and vulnerable victims.

What is it?
Courier Fraud occurs when a fraudster contacts victims by telephone claiming to be a police officer, bank official or work for the government including HMRC. The caller sounds plausible and may confirm the victim's name and address, basic information which can be obtained easily.

There are a couple of different ways in which people are then defrauded.

In some instances, after trust has been gained, the fraudster will claim money has been withdrawn from the victim's account by staff within the bank. They persuade them to go to their local branch to take out a large sum of money from their account. The fraudsters then send someone to collect the money from the victim's home address "as evidence".

In other cases, we are aware that the victim is encouraged to "transfer money to a 'Safe Account' " – Banks nor Police will EVER ask you to do this and the phrase SAFE ACCOUNT is a sure fire confirmation this is a fraud!
And finally, sometimes the victim will be allegedly contacted by a Police Officer regarding suspicious transactions on their account and advised that we need to send an unmarked car to collect their banks cards personal information to help the investigation.

Police nor banks will ever contact people in this way. If you get a call like this HANG UP. If you need to contact your bank to check, wait a couple of minutes before dialling out, or use a different line altogether.

We are asking people to remain vigilant. Please would you pledge to #Tell2 elderly neighbours or relatives who may not have access our community alerts and advise them of this advice – please don't assume everyone knows, we sadly are dealing with a number of victims who have lost thousands. Help us to protect others.

Further advice about the scam can be found on the Action Fraud website - https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/a-z-of-fraud/courier-fraud

Did you know you can report crime and incidents using our online portal. Please visit https://www.leics.police.uk/ Click on "REPORT".
In an emergency dial 999

Please do not report crime or Incidents via 'Neighbourhood Link' as the messages are not always monitored.

Rebecca Spilane, Fraud Vulnerability Officer
Economic Crime Unit
Leicestershire Police

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Message Sent By
Rebecca Spilane (Leicestershire Police, Economic Crime Unit,Fraud Vulnerability Officer,Leicestershire)

Hare In Coursing Greetham

02/02/2020

We have recieved reports of a suspicious vehicle in the Greetham area, possibly connected with Hare Coursing. The vehicle has been described as a silver 4 x 4, no registration number given.

We do have officers in the area, if you see anything suspicious please contact Leicestershire Police on 101 or 999 if the crime is in progress.

Kind Regards

Darren

Sgt 1847 Darren Richardson

Message Sent By
Darren Richardson (Police,Sergeant,Eastern Counties,Rutland)