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 https://assets.neighbourhoodalert.co.uk/467094962/email.gif

 

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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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ARRESTED

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.

Neighbourhood Watch Update March 2021

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Several villagers have raised questions about the possibility of re-forming a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme following various reports of suspicious late night activity around Flaxton and neighbouring villages.

At the last council meeting it was felt that Neighbourhood Watch (NW) should be a community-lead initiative as a successful NW scheme requires active involvement of all the community that it serves.

Re-establishment of a Flaxton Neighbourhood Watch Scheme is likely to be a topic for consultation in the development of the Parish Plan, which will also be a community-lead initiative.

In the meantime, a council member has subscribed to receive general updates from the National Scheme and will start to publish them on here and also (in time) on a dedicated web-page on the site.

Attached you will find the March 2021 Newsletter which provides some interesting information about how to spot a growing number range of cyber and telephone scams, news about the March 2021 National Census, and details of a successful NW Scheme in Derbyshire.

https://www.ourwatch.org.uk/sites/default/files/documents/2021-03/Mar%202021%20OUR%20NEWS.pdf

 

 

 

 

Royal Mail Email Scam

A member of our village has made us aware of the following email scam which is doing the rounds. Please be cautious when opening emails or clicking on links within emails.

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North Yorkshire Community Messaging – COVID vaccination scam

Flaxton Parish Council would like to draw your attention to the below message which has been received from North Yorkshire Community Messaging

 

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On 27th January 2021 I advised of an email ‘doing the rounds’ which appeared to be from the NHS inviting the recipient to register for a Covid vaccination. This was a ‘phishing’ email which asked you to input your personal details, security information and more importantly your bank and card details. The emailed claimed that your bank details were necessary to verify your identity. North Yorkshire Police have been notified  of a similar email which I have replicated below.

Whereas this is different to the email circulated last week, the intention of the fraudsters is the same; to obtain your personal and bank details.

Please remember the Covid 19 vaccination is free and you will not be asked for payment. The NHS will never ask for your bank details.

If you receive such emails you can forward them to  and then delete from your inbox.

Please pass this message on to friends/family etc

 

                    NHS is performing selections for coronavirus vaccination on the basis of family genetics and medical history.

                    You have been selected to receive a coronavirus vaccination

                    Use this service to confirm/reject your (COVID-19) Vaccination:

                    >> NHS – Accept invitation

                    >>NHS – Decline invitation

 

North Yorkshire Community Messaging (NYCM) is managed by North Yorkshire Police.  The official website is www.nycm.co.uk which will allow you to sign into your account to change your delivery method preference or locations of interest. It also contains a FAQs section, which may assist with any queries you have.

Links and attachments:  North Yorkshire Police will only ever link you to secure web-sites we trust, we will only send you attachments where we believe it is absolutely necessary.

If you need to contact North Yorkshire Police please call 101 or in an emergency dial 999.  Alternatively please email any non urgent enquiries to:

Neighbourhood Watch – Could you become a Community Champion?

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As you will no doubt be aware, Flaxton does not currently have an active Neighbourhood Watch Scheme however some residents have expressed an interest in setting one up.

It is a community led function and not a Parish Council one therefore if you feel you have some time to spare and could give something back to the community you are encouraged to follow the link below to see how you could become a Community Champion and what the role involves.

https://www.ourwatch.org.uk/get-involved

The role of Community Champions is so important because it harnesses the skills and motivation of locally connected people, like you, within the community for the sole purpose of raising awareness of crime prevention and improving community wellbeing, which go hand in hand. By taking positive action to reduce the fear of, and the opportunities for, crime to occur, you can play a key part in improving the wellbeing of your community.

Other villages nearby have set these up and a key part of the role will involve networking with them.  You can see these local communities by following the link.

https://www.ourwatch.org.uk/get-involved/find-my-local-neighbourhood-watch/find-my-local-scheme?address=yo60%207rs

 

If you think this could be you, contact our Parish Clerk who can forward you the relevant information and put you in touch with the co-ordinator.

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North Yorkshire Community Messaging – COVID 19 Vaccine Scam

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Sent on behalf of Neighbourhood Watch.

we have been alerted to a highly believable scam which starts with a text and advises the user that they are eligible to apply for the vaccine and to click on the link in the text message.  The user is then led to a webpage, which looks very convincing and asks them to complete some details, in order for them to be able to apply for the vaccine.

Follow this ink for more information.

https://www.ourwatch.org.uk/news/scam-text-about-covid-19-vaccine

North Yorkshire Community Messaging (NYCM) is managed by North Yorkshire Police.  The official website is www.nycm.co.uk which will allow you to sign into your account to change your delivery method preference or locations of interest. It also contains a FAQs section, which may assist with any queries you have.

Links and attachments:  North Yorkshire Police will only ever link you to secure web-sites we trust, we will only send you attachments where we believe it is absolutely necessary.

If you need to contact North Yorkshire Police please call 101 or in an emergency dial 999.  Alternatively please email any non urgent enquiries to:

North Yorkshire Community Messaging- Scam Callers COVID 19

PLEASE BE AWARE OF SCAM CALLERS STATING ‘YOU HAVE BEEN NEAR A COVID POSITIVE CASE, AND ASKING YOU TO PURCHASE A COVID TEST OVER THE TELEPHONE’. DO NOT PASS THEM ANY BANKING DETAILS OVER THE PHONE, DO NOT PURCHASE A TEST. PLEASE CONTACT NHS 111 FOR COVID INFORMATION.

North Yorkshire Community Messaging (NYCM) is managed by North Yorkshire Police.  The official website is www.nycm.co.uk which will allow you to sign into your account to change your delivery method preference or locations of interest. It also contains a FAQs section, which may assist with any queries you have.

Links and attachments:  North Yorkshire Police will only ever link you to secure web-sites we trust, we will only send you attachments where we believe it is absolutely necessary.

If you need to contact North Yorkshire Police please call 101 or in an emergency dial 999.  Alternatively please email any non urgent enquiries to: