The public are being warned to stay alert to a new wave of scam text messages claiming to be from Royal Mail.
Criminals are taking advantage of the new reliance on online shopping and deliveries to obtain personal and banking details. This follows on from a similar scam where people would receive an email telling them that their parcel could not be delivered and they would have to pay a fee for it to be released.
The text messages come from a variety of different numbers but all will ask for a small payment which is accessed by clicking on a link in the message. Royal Mail have stated that this is not a text that they would send out, they will only send text messages to those who have opted in to their SMS service.
• Unexpected messages should be treated with caution
• Phone numbers can be easily spoofed by criminals—don’t trust a number just because it appears to come from a genuine organisation.
• Never click on links sent via email or SMS text message.
This information was provided via Essex Police’s Frauds Alert Service newsletter no. 31.
Unfortunately email, text, phone and social media scams are on the rise. People are falling victim every day with scammers stealing billions of pounds. Which? is aiming to arm the public with the knowledge of how to spot and avoid scams.
Which?’s free scam alerts are regular email updates on the latest scams. They also include practical advice and next steps for victims.
The latest alert included information about a fake Covid-19 vaccine text that’s been circulating. It unpicks the scam, what to look out for and how to protect yourself if you’ve been targeted.
In response to the increased fear of pet theft, Neighbourhood Watch has launched the PROTECT YOUR POOCH campaign.
The campaign will run on social media from 17th – 30th May but those who do not use social media can support the campaign by displaying this poster in their community, or attending our online Dog Theft webinar on the 27th May at 5pm. The webinar will be led by Neighbourhood Watch Network with speakers from the Met Police and Crimestoppers, as well as special guest speaker Katy Bourne, PCC for Sussex. To book your place, click here.
The PROTECT YOUR POOCH campaign encourages people to keep their pets SECURE, IN SIGHT and SEARCHABLE, and to HELP MAKE PET THEFT A SPECIFIC CRIMINAL OFFENCE. The Met Police and Crimestoppers are backing our SECURE, IN SIGHT and SEARCHABLE message. More information on the campaign can be found on www.ourwatch.org.uk/protectyourpooch.
You can support the campaign by acting on our advice and sharing our messages in the following ways:
Attend the online Dog Theft webinar on 27th May, 5pm. Book your place here.
About guest speaker Katy Bourne, PCC for Sussex Katy Bourne is in her third term as Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Sussex. She was first elected in 2012, re-elected in 2016 and again in 2021. The PCC’s role is to hold the Chief Constable to account for the performance of the Force; effectively making the police answerable to the communities they serve.
Katy is responsible for setting the strategic direction and priorities for Sussex Police through the Police & Crime Plan. This includes setting the police budget and local police precept – the amount residents pay for policing in their council tax. She also has a statutory duty to deliver community safety initiatives including Restorative Justice and crime reduction grants, along with commissioning support services for victims of crime.
Her genuine passion and commitment to making a difference has won her praise from successive Home Secretaries and Prime Ministers and in June 2019 she was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.
Report Harmful Content (RHC) is a UK wide reporting centre provided by the UK Safer Internet Centre. It is operated by South West Grid for Learning (SWGfL). It was designed to help people report harmful online content. RHC does this by giving up to date information on social media community standards. It also gives direct links to the correct reporting facilities across different platforms.
This information was provided via the UK Safer Internet Centre’s e-bulletin. You can also find online safety tips, advice and resources to help children and young people stay safe online on the UKSIC website.