North Yorkshire Community Messaging – Fake Police Officers

Once again, here in North Yorkshire we’ve had a surge in reports of a phone scam where an individual receives a call purporting to be from a police officer who has their son/daughter/nephew/niece/grandchild in custody in possession of their bank card.

The caller tells the individual to attend the bank and draw out a significant amount of cash which will be picked up by a ‘courier’ and held in a safe place.

Of course the cash won’t be safe and will be going straight into the scammers’ pockets.

Let’s stop these scammers in their tracks and make sure no one falls for their manipulative tactics. Please share this message with your friends, family and networks to help them all stay vigilant for these scam calls.

Remember, the police or your bank will never call and ask you to move, pay or transfer money.

If you receive a call like this, hang up immediately.

If you’re worried you might have fallen victim to this scam or any other scam, call 101 to report it to North Yorkshire Police. Web Bug from


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Carys Samuel (Police,Corp Comms Manager,North Yorkshire)

North Yorkshire Community Messaging – Warning

Please be on your guard against callers asking where delivery drivers leave parcels when you’re not at home. We’ve had reports of van driver claiming to be from Amazon & asking residents where their parcels are left. Please don’t pass any info to cold callers.

North Yorkshire Community Messaging – Dog Thefts

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Due to the vigilance of our rural communities, x2 people were arrested today on suspicion of attempt theft.

This is following a crackdown on recent trends of dog thefts across the country. We want to send a clear message to these people that we are aware and that we are on the lookout and those responsible will be dealt with robustly.

We would like to remind residents to remain vigilant and report and suspicious vehicles. Perpetrators are tending to use vehicles that are made to look like legitimate business vehicles before going door to door where they would look to distract the occupant while the other(s) look to remove the dog from the property.

Please be aware of this kind of distraction technique.

Coronavirus Vaccine Text Messages

NHS text alerts for life-saving Covid jab

The NHS will begin texting people today inviting them to book their life saving Covid jab, making it quicker and more convenient to get an appointment.

Almost 400,000 people aged 55 and over and 40,000 unpaid carers will be the first to get a text alert inviting them to book a slot as part of the latest development in the NHS vaccination programme, the biggest in NHS history.

The messages will include a web link for those eligible to click and reserve an appointment at one of more than 300 large-scale vaccination centres or pharmacies across England.

Reminders will be sent 2-3 weeks after the original alert to encourage people to get their vaccine if they have not taken up the offer.

Texts will arrive in advance of the standard letter, meaning if the trial is successful the solution could enable the NHS to react faster to changing vaccine supplies and fill appointments quickly.

Some GP-led and hospital vaccination services, which operate their own booking systems, are already using texts for invites.

Introducing them to the national booking service for vaccine centres and pharmacy-led services will help increase uptake of the life-saving jab, particularly as the NHS moves on to younger groups.

Over the weekend and yesterday more than 1.7 million people aged 56 and over were invited to book their vaccine, as the biggest programme in health service history, continues to gather pace. Saturday was the busiest day for the booking service with more than half a million appointments confirmed. Almost nine out of 10 people aged 65 and over already taking up the offer of their first dose.

People will continue to receive letters inviting them to book an appointment as well as a text alert, to ensure that people who don’t have a number registered or need information in different languages or formats don’t miss out.

People should not receive a text message or a letter from the NHS if they have already been vaccinated and this has been recorded. If people cannot or would prefer not to travel to a Vaccination Centre or pharmacy-led site, they can choose to wait to be invited by a local GP-led service.

In some cases text messages have been used by scammers to try to collect personal details from people, get them to ring premium rate numbers or enter their banking details.

The text message will be sent using the Government’s secure Notify service and will show as being sent from ‘NHSvaccine’.

The NHS will never ask for payment or banking details.