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Re: North Wales Community Alert
« Reply #105 on: July 08, 2022, 10:11:48 am »
Have you heard of "Check a website"  ?

It's an easy to use tool from Get Safe Online and Cifas that you can use to check if a website is likely to be legitimate or a scam, before you visit it.

👉 https://check.getsafeonline.org             

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PS I was going to add this into the "Useful Links" page, but cannot get in, no "reply" link available ?

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Re: North Wales Community Alert
« Reply #106 on: July 08, 2022, 11:21:25 am »
I'll take a peek, Steve.
Nothing is so firmly believed as that which we least know.  ― Michel de Montaigne

Si hoc legere scis, nimis eruditionis habes.


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Re: North Wales Community Alert
« Reply #107 on: July 11, 2022, 09:59:43 am »
Do you sell items on Facebook Marketplace? If so, don?t fall for this scam!

After showing an interest in an item that you?re selling the scammer will claim that they are going to send a courier to your house with cash to collect the item. If you agree they will claim that the courier insist that you pay for insurance for the cash, but that the buyer will say that they'll send extra cash to cover that cost.

You will then be sent a fake link to make payment to the fake courier for the insurance, but in actual fact the scammer will steal your bank details and money and you?ll never hear from them again!!

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Re: North Wales Community Alert
« Reply #108 on: July 13, 2022, 10:13:35 am »
What is phishing and how does it work?
You wouldn?t let a thief enter your home, but what if the thief was masquerading as someone familiar, such as a postman, and tricked you into opening the door? Phishing works in a similar way - criminals impersonate trusted organisations by creating legitimate-looking messages and websites in order to trick people into opening the doors to their personal information. Once criminals have this information, it can be used to perpetrate fraud and cyber against you, or in your name.

How big is the problem?
Phishing attacks are a common problem faced by both individuals and businesses on a daily basis.

As of 31st May 2022, the National Cyber Security Centre?s Suspicious Email Reporting Service (SERS) has received over 12mn reports from the public, and has removed over 83,000 scams and 153,000 malicious websites. The most impersonated organisations in phishing emails reported last year were the NHS, HMRC and GOV.UK.

Most phone providers are part of a scheme that allows customers to report suspicious text messages for free by forwarding it to 7726. When a text is reported to 7726, the provider can investigate the origin of the text and arrange to block or ban the sender, if it?s found to be malicious. As of May 2022, 13,000 scams have been removed as a result of suspicious text messages reported using the 7726 service.

How can you protect yourself from phishing scams?
Most of the phishing scams reported to us have one thing in common, they started with an unexpected email or text message. Whether it?s an email asking you to ?verify? your bank account details, or a text message claiming you?ve been in close contact with someone that?s got COVID, the goal of a phishing attack is usually the same - to trick you into revealing personal and financial information.

Here?s some simple advice you can follow when it comes to dealing with phishing scams:
1 - If you have any doubts about a message, contact the organisation directly.

Don?t use the numbers or address in the message ? use the details from their official website. Remember, your bank (or any other official source) will never ask you to supply personal information via email.

2 - If you think an email could be a scam, you can report it by forwarding the email to: report@phishing.gov.uk. Send us emails that feel suspicious, even if you're not certain they're a scam - we can check.

3 - Most phone providers are part of a scheme that allows customers to report suspicious text messages for free by forwarding it to 7726. If you forward a text to 7726, your provider can investigate the origin of the text and arrange to block or ban the sender, if it?s found to be malicious.

4 - If you?ve lost money or provided personal information as a result of a phishing scam, notify your bank immediately and report it to Action Fraud: www.actionfraud.police.uk

For more advice on how to protect yourself online, visit: cyberaware.gov.uk

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Re: North Wales Community Alert
« Reply #109 on: July 18, 2022, 10:26:33 am »
I am the North Wales Police ASB Co-ordinator for Anglesey, Conwy, Denbighshire and Gwynedd.  This week is ASB Awareness Week so please read below to gain a better understanding of the ASB legislation available. Regards, Pete Gaffey

#ASBAwarenessWeek - What can be done to tackle ASB?

The Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 Act was introduced in 2014 to tackle anti-social behaviour and The Home Office published statutory guidance to enable the effective use of these new powers.

Part of the guidance focuses on the use of powers provided by the 2014 Act. These are designed to be flexible to ensure that local agencies have the tools they need to respond to different forms of anti-social behaviour. Many other agencies also exercise functions under the act to respond to incidents.

Civil injunctions ? to stop or prevent individuals engaging in ASB quickly, nipping problems in the bud before they escalate.
Criminal Behaviour Orders (CBO) ? issued by any criminal court against a person who has been convicted of a criminal offence to tackle the most persistently anti-social individuals who are engaged in criminal activity.
Dispersal power ? requires a person committing or likely to commit ASB, crime or disorder to leave an area for up to 48 hours.
Community Protection Notice (CPN) ? to stop a person aged 16 or over, business or organisation committing ASB which is persistent, unreasonable and is having a detrimental effect on a community?s quality of life.
Public Spaces Protection Order ? designed to stop individuals or groups committing ASB in a public place
Closure Power ? to allow the police or council to close premises quickly which are being used, or likely to be used, to commit nuisance or disorder.
Full details on attached document.

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Re: North Wales Community Alert
« Reply #110 on: July 19, 2022, 10:55:26 am »
The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) is warning the public about the continued increase in reports about scams where victims are targeted on WhatsApp by criminals pretending to be someone they know ? typically their children.

Between 3rd February 2022 and 21st June 2022, there have been a total of 1235 reports made to Action Fraud linked to this scam, with total reported losses exceeding ?1.5mn.

Criminals will usually begin the conversation with ?Hello Mum? or ?Hello Dad? and will say that they are texting from a new mobile number as their phone was lost or damaged. They will then ask for money to purchase a new one, or claim that they need money urgently to pay a bill

The criminal will provide bank details for the payment to be made to, with some coming back with further demands for money. 

Detective Chief Inspector Craig Mullish, from the City of London Police, said:

?If you receive a message like this from a friend or family member, don?t send any money until you?ve had a chance to call them and confirm their identity. Taking a moment to stop and think before parting with your money or information could keep you safe.?

How to protect yourself:
STOP. THINK. CALL. If a family member or friend makes an unusual request on WhatsApp, always call the person to confirm their identity.
 
You can report spam messages or block a sender within WhatsApp. Press and hold on the message bubble, select ?Report? and then follow the instructions.
 
Never share your account?s activation code (that?s the 6 digit code you receive via SMS)
 
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Re: North Wales Community Alert
« Reply #111 on: July 20, 2022, 10:33:24 am »
Dear Steve

I am writing as we enter the 12-month anniversary since the introduction of the Community Alert. It felt right to mark this anniversary by saying a big THANK YOU for your continued support because without you we will not be able to deliver an effective service to our communities.

Keeping you, your family and friends safe will continue to be our priority. We want to continue to work tirelessly with our partners to tackle issues that are having the greatest impact on you. I once overheard someone saying, "It's not that I haven't got the answer to problems, sometimes I need help to understand what questions I need to ask first".  I feel that they were right, we need your support to be able to ask you the right questions to hear what is going on to solve problems. This is why I am reaching out for your support so that you can help us to help you. I am seeking your support by asking if you would kindly encourage your neighbours, friends, and family to join us on Community Alert. Or if you have any opportunities to promote Community Alert with us to enable us to all work together to make some significant difference.

Every new member is a new voice, an extra set of eyes and ears within our communities that we can engage with, share localised alerts to keep you all up to date with what is going on. Keeping you informed about local trends, concerns and good news stories will go some way to put interventions in place and prevent things from happening. Likewise, we want to hear from you as well. So please take a moment to advise others about Community Alert, consider your friends, family, colleagues, customers throughout the day.

I will end as I started, by extending my gratitude towards your continued support, it is appreciated

Thank you - Diolch

Inspector Wesley Williams

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WELCOME TO NORTH WALES COMMUNITY ALERT
North Wales Community Alert is a community messaging service brought to you by North Wales Police and partners, to give you up to date information about crime, engagement events, appeals, prevention advice and general policing activity in your local area.

Registration is completely free, quick and simple. North Wales Community Alert also gives you an opportunity to provide feedback to your local neighbourhood police team on the issues that matter most to you, helping us to work together to make North Wales the safest place in the UK.
For more information check out............. https://www.northwalescommunityalert.co.uk/

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Re: North Wales Community Alert
« Reply #112 on: August 05, 2022, 10:04:21 am »
⚠️Watch out for these fake UPS emails⚠️

Action Fraud have received almost 1,700 reports about them. They link to genuine-looking websites designed to steal your personal and financial details.

Please don't click on the link!

✅ Forward suspicious emails to: report@phishing.gov.uk

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⚠️ Gwyliwch allan am e-byst ffug sy?n honni i fod gan UPS⚠️

Mae Action Fraud wedi derbyn bron i 1,700 o adroddiadau amdanynt. Maent yn arwain at wefannau ffug sydd wedi'u creu i ddwyn eich manylion personol ac ariannol.

Peidiwch ? chlicio ar y ddolen!

✅ Anfonwch e-byst amheus at: report@phishing.gov.uk

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Re: North Wales Community Alert...Llandudno/Conwy
« Reply #113 on: August 10, 2022, 10:09:22 am »
Repeat Burglaries - Llandudno/Craig Y Don
Between 5th - 7th August 2022 North Wales Police have received reports of burglary whereby offenders have broken into an insecure garage and tampered with others.  During one incident an electric bike has been stolen.  If you have noticed anything unusual around these dates please contact North Wales Police on 101 quoting reference B118160.

Please ensure to keep any garages/sheds securely locked.

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ALSO
QUAD bike owners are being urged to be on their guard as North Wales Police prepares for a rise in thefts.

The force issued the warning to the public on Monday evening.

PCSO Iwan Owen of the Rural Crime Team said: "Quad Bikes thefts are rearing their ugly heads again - two have been stolen in the past few days.

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Re: North Wales Community Alert
« Reply #114 on: August 16, 2022, 10:05:50 am »
Due to recent burglaries in the area, we urge residents and business owners to be extra vigilant.

Here?s what we recommend you do to secure your home and belongings:

Close and lock all your doors and windows, even if you?re only going out for a few minutes.
Double-lock any door.
Make sure that any valuables are out of sight.
Keep handbags away from the letterbox or cat flap and hide all keys including car keys, as a thief could hook keys or valuables through even a small opening.
Never leave car documents or ID in obvious places such as kitchens or hallways.
In the evening, shut the curtains and leave lights on.
If you?re out all day, then it?s advisable to use a timer device to automatically turn lights and a radio on at night.
Set your burglar alarm.
Make sure the side gate is locked.
Lock your shed or garage.
Lock your bike inside a secure shed or garage, to a robust fitting bolted to the ground or wall, like a ground anchor.
Please check that all CCTV is in working order
 
Visit our website for more information on how to keep your home secure : Protecting your home from crime | Crime prevention | North Wales Police......... https://www.northwales.police.uk/cp/crime-prevention/protect-home-crime/

If you think you have been a victim of burglary/theft or seen anything suspicious, please call 101 or use our live chat facility on the website. In an emergency, always dial 999
 
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PS ...Police probe 'attempted burglary' at Llandudno's Poundbakery store

Crime scene investigators were spotted at the scene on Monday morning

cont https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/police-probe-attempted-burglary-llandudnos-24763199?IYA-reg=49560bcd-5a9c-47f0-8fc5-ba2e71710589

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Re: North Wales Community Alert
« Reply #115 on: August 17, 2022, 09:53:32 am »
⚠️SCAM EMAIL ALERT⚠️

Watch out for FAKE Royal Mail emails about a missed delivery.

Although this is quite a common type of scam message, Action Fraud have seen a spike in these e-mails recently.

✅If you receive an email that you think is suspicious, forward it to: report@phishing.gov.uk

Your reports help to remove scams and malicious websites to protect others.

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⚠️ RHYBUDD e-byst SCAM ⚠️

Gwyliwch allan am e-byst FFUG sy?n honni i fod gan y Post Brenhinol ynghylch parsel neu lythyr.

Er fod y math yma o neges sgam yn eithaf cyffredin, mae Action Fraud wedi gweld cynnydd mawr yn yr e-byst yma?n ddiweddar.

✅ Os ydych yn derbyn e-bost sy?n debygol o fod yn sgam, anfonwch ef ymlaen at: report@phishing.gov.uk

Mae eich adroddiadau yn helpu i gael gwared o sgamiau a gwefannau maleisus er mwyn amddiffyn eraill.

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Re: North Wales Community Alert
« Reply #116 on: August 24, 2022, 09:53:07 am »
Do you keep your expensive mountain bike, lawn mower, power tools or other valuable items in your garden shed or garage.

If so here are a few things you can do to optimise the safety and security of them.

Make a note of any serial numbers.
Ensure (Where possible) items are locked away properly.
Ensure good quality padlocks are used.
Ensure expensive items are chained to a fixing for extra security.
Consider investing in a good CCTV system which covers the area in which valuables are kept.
Consider investing in security lights covering the area in which valuables are kept.
Engrave personal details onto the valuables (Name/Address)
Consider investing in GPS/Live trackers on valuable items.
Consider buying "CCTV in operation" signs.
All these steps/pointers can help with protecting your valuables.
 
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Re: North Wales Community Alert
« Reply #117 on: September 04, 2022, 10:08:33 am »
Scammers and Cybercriminals are attempting to capitalise on the cost of living crisis. One of the latest scam e-mails pretends to be from British Gas and offers a non-existent refund of ?315.

Don?t click on the link in the email as it will lead to a malicious website that is designed to steal your financial and/or personal information.

If you think that an email you received from British Gas could be genuine, you should contact British Gas using their official contact number from their website to verify the authenticity of the email.

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Re: North Wales Community Alert
« Reply #118 on: September 08, 2022, 10:04:12 am »
Action Fraud is warning the public about a sharp rise in reports relating to fake emails purporting to be from Ofgem, the independent energy regulator for Great Britain. The emails claim that the recipient is due a rebate payment as part of a government scheme and provides links for the recipient to follow in order to apply for the rebate. The links in the emails lead to malicious websites designed to steal personal and financial information.

Between Monday 22nd August 2022 and Monday 5th September 2022, a total of 1,567 phishing emails related to this scam have been reported via the Suspicious Email Reporting Service (SERS). All the emails display the email subject header ?Claim your bill rebate now?. Offenders are using the Ofgem brand logo and colours to make the emails look as authentic as possible. However, the emails ask recipients to ?apply for an energy bill rebate before September 2020?, which is what prompted many recipients to realise the emails weren?t genuine.

You can view examples of the fake emails in our social media posts on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

How you can protect yourself and others
 
If you have any doubts about a message, contact the organisation directly. Don?t use the numbers or address in the message ? use the details from their official website. Remember, your bank (or any other official source) will never ask you to supply personal information via email.
 
If you have received an email which you?re not quite sure about, forward it to report@phishing.gov.uk. Send us emails that feel suspicious, even if you're not certain they're a scam - we can check.
 
For advice on how to stay secure online, please visit: www.cyberaware.gov.uk
 
(If you found this information useful, please share it with your friends, family and colleagues)
 
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Re: North Wales Community Alert
« Reply #119 on: September 25, 2022, 10:13:17 am »
?? SCAM WARNING / RHYBUDD SCAM ??
Criminals are impersonating Ofgem and UK Government to target the public with energy rebate scams.

In reality the there's no need to claim as it will be paid automatically via energy suppliers to every UK household.

Read the full alert here: https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/alert/energyrebatescam

Warning as criminals exploit cost of living crisis to target the public with energy rebate scams | Action Fraud

✅Help to remove scams like these by forwarding suspicious emails to: report@phishing.gov.uk

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