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Scam Alert forwarded on from Cambridgeshire Police
Please be alert to the suspicious email (detailed below) that has been received today by a resident within Cambridgeshire, it exploits the briefing at the weekend by Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

In the suspicious email note the ‘From’ address.
The official domain name of the NHS is @nhs.uk NOT @pcr-nhs-test.co.uk
There is no such thing as an OMICRON PCR TEST.
Omicron is a variant of Covid, and a PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test, detects the presence of the COVID-19 virus in the human body.
The official sources make NO reference to an ‘Omicron PCR test kit’ because it does not exisit.

The wording in the suspicious email is not what I would expect from the NHS or gov.uk, it refers to NHS scientists, which I find VERY odd due to the private sector developing the vaccine.
It asks the question ‘What happen if you decline a COVID-19 Omicron test’? There is no ‘s’ after the word happen, poor grammar which I would expect from an official genuine sender.
You may also note in the body of text, that they also spell Omicron, OMICORN.
Spelling, grammar, all the red flags are in this phishing email.

If you wish to find out more about the variant Omicron or forms of testing, then visit the genuine websites www.gov.uk or www.nhs.uk

If you receive any suspicious email please forward to report@phishing.gov.uk
Avoid clicking on links instead, visit the genuine official website or genuine app of the alleged sender.

SUSPICIOUS EMAIL BELOW – ALL LINKS REMOVED

From: NHS (ontact@pcr-nhs-test.co.u)
Sent: 30 November 2021 08:43
To: Subject: Get Your Free Omicron PCR test – Apply now to avoid restrictions
Get Your Free Omicron PCR today to avoid restrictions

NHS scientists have warned that the new Covid variant Omicron spreads rapidly, can be transmitted between fully vaccinated people, and makes jabs less effective.However, as the new covid variant (Omicron)has quickly become apparent, we have had to make new test kits as the new variant appears dormant in the original test kits.
What happen if you decline a COVID-19 Omicron test?
In this situation, we warned that testing is in the best interests of themselves, friends, and family. People who do not consent or cannot agree to a COVID-19 test and refuse to undergo a swab must be isolated.

How to request a Free Omicron PCR test?
You can order your Omicorn pcr test via NHS portal by clicking the link below:

order-pcr/OVID-10-omicron-resarch/

What happen if you are positive?
If positive, they must isolate for 10 days and should be reported to Public Health England.


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Is your Shed Secure?

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Dear residents,

Over the weekend we’ve had a number of reports of shed, garage and outbuilding burglaries in Histon with tools and equipment being targeted.

Many of us have taken steps to improve the security of our home but we often forget about our sheds and outbuildings. Not only are the contents of interest to potential burglars, but garden tools also make for handy implements to assist them into your home or your neighbour’s property.

We’re increasing patrols around hotspot areas and invite you to take a few minutes to read our advice for keeping your sheds and outbuildings secure: Always ensure you lock your garage or shed and don’t store any valuable items in there, unless you use appropriate security measures
  Store gardening equipment and tools in your shed, garage, or other outbuilding, as burglars can use these to break into your home
  Windows to garages, sheds or outbuildings can be secured with internal diamond mesh grilles, which provide a good visual obstacle to burglars
  Side or rear garage doors can be secured with British Standard 5lever mortice locks and two internal mortice rack bolts placed towards the top and bottom to reduce the leverage points You can find further information including how to secure your property boundary on our website.

If you unfortunately fall victim to one of these crimes, you can report this to us via our website or by calling 101, in an emergency, please dial 999.

Kind regards,

South Cambs Neighbourhood Policing Team
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New Police and Crime Plan For Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

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Good afternoon,


Today sees the launch of a new Police and Crime Plan for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough which sets out my policing and crime priorities for the next three years.

The Plan has been put together following extensive consultation with local residents, businesses and other organisations working to support criminal justice and community safety. I would like to thank those who took the time to give me their views in my July 2021 public survey.

You will see that ‘Putting communities first’ is at the heart of my plan. While people understand that the police have to respond to high harm issues such as child abuse, domestic and serious violence, communities also want to see local issues such as anti-social behaviour, speeding and drug dealing dealt with. We currently have the highest number of police officers we have ever had in our county however the police cannot tackle these issues alone.

To download a copy of the Plan, please click here.

I will work hard with Cambridgeshire Constabulary and other partners to make sure the issues residents and businesses are worried about are dealt with and the above priorities are delivered. My commitment to you – the residents of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough – remains the same as the day I was appointed your Commissioner – to cut crime, help victims and keep people safe.



Darryl Preston

Police and Crime Commissioner
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15M Lost To Online Shopping Scams Last Christmas

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Online shopping scams cost shoppers £15.4 million over the Christmas period last year.


New data from Action Fraud, the national reporting centre for fraud and cyber crime, reveals that 28,049 shoppers were conned out of their money when shopping online over the Christmas period last year – an increase of almost two thirds (61 per cent) when compared to the same period in the previous year.

Ahead of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Action Fraud is warning the public to take extra care when shopping online as reports of online shopping fraud have continued to surge. Here are some simple tips to help you and your family enjoy a secure online shopping experience this festive season.

Where to shop
Buying from an online store you haven’t used before? Carry out some research first, or ask a friend or family member if they’ve used the site and about their experiences before completing the purchase.


Your information
Only create an account if necessary or to save you effort if you’re going to use that site a lot in the future. Be cautious if the website asks you for details that are not required for your purchase, such as your mother’s maiden name or the name of your primary school.


Payment method
When it’s time to pay for your items, check there’s a ‘closed padlock’ icon in the browser’s address bar. Use a credit card when shopping online, if you have one. Most major credit card providers protect online purchases.

Phishing
Some of the messages you receive about amazing offers may contain links to fake websites. If you’re unsure about a link, don’t use the it – go separately to the website. Report suspicious emails you receive by forwarding them to: report@phishing.gov.uk. Report suspicious text messages by forwarding them to: 7726.


Email accounts:
Make sure that your really important accounts (such as your email account or online shopping accounts) are protected by strong passwords that you don’t use anywhere else.

Need help changing your email account password? You can use these links to find step by step instructions: Gmail, Yahoo! Mail, Outlook, BT, AOL Mail


If things go wrong
If you’ve lost money to an online shopping scam, tell your bank and report it as a crime to Action Fraud (for England, Wales and Northern Ireland) or Police Scotland (for Scotland). By doing this, you’ll be helping to prevent others becoming victims of cyber crime.

For more of the government’s latest advice on how to stay secure online, visit the Cyber Aware website: https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/cyberaware


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Cambridgeshire Police Fraud & Cyber Alert – Amazon UK to stop accepting Visa credit cards

Sent on behalf of Cambridgeshire Police Fraud & Cyber Team

For those of you that use Amazon.co.uk you may already have been informed that as of January 19th 2022, Amazon will not accept Visa credit cards for payment.
I note with interest, that they advise you to replace the card with either a Debit Card or another credit card issuer.

Please remember, that using a credit card to online shop provides you with more consumer protection than using your debit card.
Using a credit card, you are spending someone else’s money until you pay it back.
Using a debit card, you are spending your own money.

I like to try and predict how the criminals will react to the Amazon announcement, so I would not be surprised and I urge you to be alert to the fact, that criminals will exploit this situation to send phishing communications that appear to come from Amazon, inviting you to click on a link so you can change the card details on your account.

May I suggest, that you access your Amazon account (or any online account) via the genuine website or genuine app, not via a link in a text, email or social media message.

Regards

Mr Nigel Sutton 8517
Fraud and Cyber Security Advisor

Warning after spate of burglaries

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Dear Subscribers,

We’re urging residents to be vigilant, review their home security and look out for any suspicious activity following a string of burglaries across the south of Cambridgeshire.

Since the weekend the force has received reports of burglaries spiking in Cambourne, Sawston and Trumpington as well as nearby villages.

Where thieves have been successful in breaking into properties, jewellery and cash have been taken along with electrical items.

Please take simple measures to keep your home safe. Lock doors, keep keys and valuables out of reach and ensure outbuildings and rear entrances to properties are also secure.

Consider installing good interior and exterior lighting, used together with time switches or motion sensors.

Keep an eye on your neighbours’ property and report anything that doesn’t feel right to police.

If a crime is in progress, call police on 999. Otherwise, please call 101 or report it online.

Further burglary prevention advice is available here.

Detective Sergeant James Rabbett
Southern Burglary Team
 
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Neighbourhood Watch Serious Crime Webinars 9th November 5pm

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Dear Mandy

We are delighted to be able to invite you to our FREE online webinar regarding Preventing and disrupting county lines exploitation.  This will be held on Tuesday 9th November from 5pm-6pm.

The webinar will focus on providing an in depth view on County Lines exploitation, based on the key principals; exploitation, prevention, protection, and reporting

What is County Lines?
County lines is a form of criminal exploitation where urban gangs persuade, coerce or force children and young people to store drugs and money and/or transport them to suburban areas, market towns and coastal towns (Home Office, 2018). It can happen in any part of the UK and is against the law and a form of child abuse.

We are delighted to welcome expert guest speakers from The Children’s Society, County Lines leads and organised crime county lines coordinators to be part of our panel of presenters.

Event Details Tuesday 9th November 2021 5.00pm – 6.00pm Online via Zoom Register for your FREE place How to register for the event Simply register for your FREE space https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/preventing-and-disrupting-county-lines-exploitation-tickets-195017421357 You will receive your link to the event once you have registered. We look forward to welcoming you to the event as part of our serious crime webinars in November.  Look for more details in our November newsletter.

Best wishes
NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH  Central Support Team
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Staying Safe this Halloween

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Dear subscriber,

With Halloween just a few days away we’re urging trick-or-treaters to respect their neighbours.

October 31 is traditionally a night of fun and frolics with children dressed up as ghosts, witches and assorted monsters knocking on doors saying ‘Trick or Treat’.

While many householders are happy to hand over sweets or other presents to ward off the evil spirits it’s important to remember that not everybody wants strangers knocking on their doors.

For vulnerable or older members of the community Halloween can be a frightening and intimidating experience.

We have created a poster people can download and display in their homes asking trick-or-treaters not to call as well as some tips for trick-or-treaters to ensure everyone has a pleasant evening.

Other tips for an enjoyable Halloween include: Ensure children are accompanied by a responsible adult Explain how vulnerable people can be frightened by an unexpected group calling at their door on a dark evening Only knock at houses where you know you will be welcome Respect any ‘no trick-or-treating’ notices displayed If you do have any concerns, please call 999 in an emergency or 101/online if you want to report a concern.

You can download a copy of the poster to display here.

Chief Inspector Paul Rogerson
Neighbourhood Policing Team
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Neighbourhood Alert – Cold Caller Warning

We’re warning people to be vigilant after cold callers targeted an elderly and vulnerable woman who then paid more than £1000 for unnecessary work.

The woman was called by a ‘home savings’ company offering boiler services, citing better energy efficiency and a £500 saving.

She was then quoted a price of £1,200 for a boiler flush, and was visited at her home in Peterborough by men who hit her radiators with hammers and showed her bottles supposedly containing dirty remnants/water from the radiators.

The woman was then presented with a card machine and paid the money.

As the colder part of the year approaches, please remain wary of similar calls and remember if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

If you aren’t expecting to hear from a salesperson or business, be cautious of your dealings with them. Do not feel pressured into handing over money or bank account details to pay for a product or service that you weren’t planning to buy before they called or arrived at your door.

For more advice and information on fraud and cold callers, visit the force’s dedicated web pages by clicking here.

Thank you,
Tara Cox, Corporate Communications

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Against Scams Partnership

Beware BT Phishing E-mails One of our wonderful supporters has been in touch to let us know about a fake BT e-mail that they have received, trying to ‘phish’ for personal and account information. This may be doing the rounds so, as with all our scam warnings, please share this message onwards to your e-mail contacts, on social media and community webpages to help people to be aware and stay safe.  Of course if you’re not a customer of BT then you’re likely to suspect that this is a scam but in many cases of phishing e-mails, the fraudster has obtained the e-mail addresses of people who are customers of a company to target them with fake e-mails from the company in question. 

Please see the image of the bogus e-mail shared by our supporter below.  Fake BT e-mail image

Tell-tale signs that this e-mail is not genuine are:
The sender’s address is not a BT e-mail address (in this case the sender was 72227283@clouddata(dot)com ). Tip: you can check a senders address by hovering over or clicking on their name.
The customer not being addressed by name. Usually your bank or a company that you have an account with will know your name and use it to greet you.
The ‘T’ in BT being used in lower case in the body of the message.
Spelling errors e.g. buttton. 
The pressure or urgency to act i.e. within 2 days. Scammers like to apply pressure so someone might not take the time to think or seek advice.
The request for the recipient to click a link and give personal/account/banking information. This is the ultimate aim of a phishing e-mail – to obtain your information by deception, in order that it can be used to steal your money or trick you again in the future.

Phishing e-mails like this can be reported by forwarding to report@phishing.gov.uk .

For advice about scams contact Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 0808 223 1133. If you lose money to a fraudster report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or on their website www.actionfraud.police.uk . Please share and beware! Thank you. Follow us on Twitter| Facebook|Cambridgeshire.gov.uk/against-scams CCC PCC

Action Fraud Alert – Vaccine Passport Scams


Action Fraud has received over 700 reports from members of the public about fake emails purporting to be from the NHS. The emails claim to be able to provide people with a “digital passport” that “proves you have been vaccinated against COVID-19”. These emails are fake, and the links within them lead to genuine-looking websites that steal your personal and financial information.

How to protect yourself:

In the UK, coronavirus vaccines will only be available via the National Health Services of England, Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland. You can be contacted by the NHS, your employer, a GP surgery or pharmacy local to you, to receive your vaccine. Remember, the vaccine is free of charge. At no point will you be asked to pay. The NHS will never ask you for your bank account or card details. The NHS will never ask you for your PIN or banking passwords. The NHS will never arrive unannounced at your home to administer the vaccine. The NHS will never ask you to prove your identity by sending copies of personal documents such as your passport, driving licence, bills or pay slips.   Your vaccination status can be obtained for free through the official NHS app, NHS website, or by calling the NHS on 119.

How to report scams:

If you receive a call you believe to be fraudulent, hang up. If you are suspicious about an email you have received, you can report it by forwarding the email to: report@phishing.gov.uk. Suspicious text messages can also be reported by forwarding them to the number: 7726 (it’s free of charge).

If you believe you are the victim of a fraud, please report this to Action Fraud as soon as possible by calling 0300 123 2040 or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk.


 

Scam Warning

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Undelivered Parcel Scams Continue Whilst we have warned about undelivered parcel scams several times in the past few months and there have been a number of recent arrests for these crimes (see our July newsletter), these scams continue to be commonplace and take many different guises which could easily dupe someone who isn’t in the know. So please be on your guard and warn others to be so too.  These scams involve a (smishing) text message or (phishing) e-mail claiming to be from a parcel delivery company such as Royal Mail, DPD, Hermes, Post Office, Parcel Force or others. (Please note that this list is not exhaustive and that fraudsters assume many different identities in an attempt to trick someone out of their money). The message will state that a parcel delivery was unsuccessful or that the postage paid was insufficient and therefore you must pay a redelivery fee or the original shipping fee in order to receive the package. In each case there is a link provided to input payment details – and that link is designed to steal your bank or card information. We can share lots of examples of different version of these messages below to give you an idea of the sort of thing that you might receive. But remember, these are just examples and that these scams constantly emerge and evolve with slightly different wording. Fake Hermes text message       Fake Royal Mail text   Fake Post Office text message       Fake Royal Mail text 2   Fake Hermes text 2       Fake Royal Mail text 3   Fake Royal Mail text 4   In some cases the scam involves an exorbitant fee being taken at the point someone provides their payment details (and not just the small fee claimed in the original message). In other cases a phone call will follow, purporting to be the victim’s bank (after all, in the case of a fake text, the scammer already has their victim’s number and, if they input payment details in the hyperlink, the scammer gains their banking details too). The caller will sound very official, explaining that they can see payment details were provided to a fraudulent web link and therefore the person needs to transfer their money to a ‘safe’ account. Some victims have lost all their savings by being conned into making a bank transfer (push payment) this way. These scams have been particularly prevalent due to the increase in online shopping in recent times – a perfect illustration of how fraudsters take advantage of any situation or trend to exploit people for their money. In most cases these scam texts come from a mobile number which should be a red flag that it might not be genuine – but don’t forget that scammers can ‘spoof’ numbers to appear the same as the number of the organisation they are copying. So if you have a genuine message from Hermes in your phone messages and a new message comes in and appears in the same conversation ‘thread’ on your phone, this doesn’t mean it’s a genuine Hermes message as the scammer could have spoofed Hermes’s number. Our simple message is a parcel delivery company would not ask you to pay a redelivery or unpaid shipping fee online so do not click on any links inviting or instructing you to do so. In the case of e-mails it is often helpful to hover over or click on the sender’s name to see their true e-mail address which usually shows that they are nothing to do with the courier they are mimicking. But in any case, the same simple message applies as above – a parcel delivery company would not ask you to pay a redelivery or unpaid shipping fee online so do not click on any links inviting or instructing you to do so. Forward scam texts to 7726 and phishing e-mails to report@phishing.gov.uk . Report scams to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or via their website www.actionfraud.police.uk . Please take care and warn others – many people are still confused by different versions of this same basic scam. Thank you.   Smishing equipment Equipment used to send smishing texts on a large scale. Follow us on Twitter| Facebook|Cambridgeshire.gov.uk/against-scams CCC PCC

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Warning After Attempted Dog Thefts In Cambridgeshire
Dear subscriber,

We are sending out an important message following a national rise in dog thefts and a number of attempted burglaries across the north of Cambridgeshire.

Between 16 and 23 February, there were several reports of attempted burglaries and concerns around these being a precursor to dog thefts.

Nationally there has been an increase in reports of dog thefts, however we have been made aware of incidents and concerns regarding potential attempted dog thefts across north Cambridgeshire, in particular the Thorney and Whittlesey areas.

We are urging residents across the whole county to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity to us. Social media can be a great platform for providing information but it is extremely important this information is passed to us and not just shared on the internet.

At least five reports have included seeing a blue Audi A3 in the area of the attempted burglaries and suspicious activity, therefore we are asking members of the public to be on the lookout and report any concerns to us.

Advice on how to best protect your pet from thieves: Keep an ID tag on your dog at all times Lock gates using bolts at the top and bottom, along with a heavy-duty padlock Ensure there are no places where dogs or other animals can escape or be pulled through, if they are left in a back garden Never leave your pet in the garden unattended Fit a bell or gate alarm so it makes a sound when someone opens it Purchase a driveway alarm so you are alerted to any visitors, these can also be used in rear gardens Make sure your dog is microchipped and their details are updated so that they can be returned if they are stolen and subsequently found Avoid leaving a dog tied up outside a shop or left alone in a car, even for a few minutes Take lots of photographs of your dog to prove ownership if it’s stolen and then found Report dog theft to police straight away
If you have information about a stolen dog or suspicious behaviour, you can report it via our webchat service or by calling 101 if you do not have internet access.

For more advice, visit our dedicated dog theft information page.

Kind regards,
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Lauren Alexander (Police, Senior Communications Officer, Cambridgeshire Constabulary)