Neighbourhood Watch – Preventing On-line Fraud Event 23rd November 2021

Note from Andy Fox – Financial Abuse Safeguarding Officer for North Yorkshire

Dear All,

My name is Andy Fox and I am the Financial Abuse Safeguarding Officer attached to the Economic Crime Unit at North Yorkshire Police.

Last year (November 2020) with the country in lockdown, I organised an online event using Microsoft Teams in partnership with North Yorkshire Trading Standards and experts from the cyber world advising people on fraud, in particular online shopping fraud. I know many of you will be increasing your online shopping in the run up to Christmas. With many retailers already stating they may suffer supply issues, demand for goods online is likely to be extremely high. Fraudsters are aware of this and I do expect to see a rise in online fraud over the next couple of months. Black Friday and Cyber Monday are now established retail events which will see North Yorkshire residents spend millions of pounds online.

This event was extremely popular and has been one of a number of online events we have hosted. In order to further advise residents on fraud, North Yorkshire Police are hosting another online event in partnership with North Yorkshire Trading Standards and cyber experts which will be your opportunity to learn about the types of online shopping fraud currently operating, how to spot them and how to stay safe.

There will be an opportunity to ask questions to a panel of experts from North Yorkshire Police and North Yorkshire Trading Standards

My primary role in the unit is to visit victims of fraud and offer safeguarding advice in order to reduce the likelihood of that person becoming a repeat victim. I often see first-hand the misery that being such a victim of fraud can bring.

I am keen for these events to continue and I have organised this online event.  This will be conducted over Microsoft Teams. Do not worry if you do not have Teams installed on your computer. All you require to join the meeting is a decent internet connection. All attendees will be sent a link and you will join the meeting through your web browser. Full details will be circulated to all those attending prior to the event.

This is the second of these types of events I have organised. The first one back in September was well attended and the feedback was very positive.

This online event will take place on Tuesday 23rd November 2021 from 7pm and will finish approx 9pm.

If you wish to attend please click on the link below. This will register your interest on a platform called Eventbrite. Once you have registered you will be sent a link to the event a few days prior to the event taking place.

Registration Link


Andy Fox (Police, Financial Abuse Safeguarding Officer, North Yorkshire)