Scams exploiting peoples fear over the Corona virus

We have been made aware of a number of new scams exploiting peoples fear over the Corona virus.

The scams take several forms which include (so far):

  • Messages claiming to be from HMRC offering a tax refund due to changes in the law around Covid-19, recipients have to click a link which takes them to a fraudulent website
  • Messages claiming to be from the Center for Disease Control or from the World Health Organisation. These messages offer the recipient the chance to view a list of confirmed cases within their local area by clicking on a link and making a Bitcoin payment.
  • Emails claiming to be from a virologist sending an attached document with instructions on how to avoid the Coronavirus. The attachment is malicious.
  • Fraudulent online sales of masks and hand sanitiser which never materialise. If an online shopping offer looks too good to be true, then it probably is.

Please do not click on links or open attachments and take time to check that the email is from a legitimate source. Please be aware that fraudsters go to great lengths to make their communications with you look genuine.

As Covid-19 continues to spread, fraudsters are likely to continue using the anxiety it generates to trick people out of their personal data and hard -earned money. You can find more information about the scams listed above online. The BBC have summarised these scams in this article https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-51838468

More than ever, as a community you need to be aware of those in your locality who are elderly, live alone and who are vulnerable. Please look after and support each other

 

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: generalenquiries@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk

Keeping Safe from Fraud Event Mon 9th March 2020

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.

Each week I receive a list from Action Fraud detailing the reports made to Action Fraud by residents in North Yorkshire for that previous week.

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 can bring .

In order to provide an enhanced service to such residents we are looking at holding an information and support evening on Monday 9th March 2020 from 6:30-8:30pm at  North Yorkshire Police HQ, Alverton Court, Northallerton DL6 1BF. This will include presentations on how to spot a scam and will give you the chance to meet our Police Community Support Officers who are our trained ‘Fraud Ambassadors’ and our police volunteers who have a specialism in cyber-crime.  If you wish to ask me any information concerning the event, please email me at andy.fox@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk

If you wish to attend this event respond to this email (you are welcome to bring a guest to accompany you. Please give the name of your guest for security purposes)

The event will provide advice on:

  1. Email Security
  2. Computer security software
  3. Typical scams used by online fraudsters
  4. Phone scams
  5. Bogus Callers

The event will also give you time to meet with North Yorkshire Cyber & Fraud Ambassadors who are happy to answer any questions in regards to cyber and fraud security.

We look forward to seeing you there! Refreshments will be provided.

Andy Fox

Collar Number 5127

Financial Abuse Safeguarding Officer

Mobile: 07741 175609

North Yorkshire Police HQ, Alverton Court, Crosby Road, Northallerton, North Yorkshire, DL6 1BF

Ext 35127

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: generalenquiries@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk

Concerns over speeding traffic? 95 Alive

Speeding traffic through our village

The Parish Council can confirm that if you have concerns over speeding traffic then please use the “95 Alive” form to inform North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC) of your concerns.  This form can either be filled in online using the NYCC website or  you can download it from the link below:

Link To website: – https://www.northyorks.gov.uk/95-alive

Download Form Here: – SpeedConcernReport-BlankComplaint FormV6-95 Alive

Once you have completed your form you can either post it or email it at the addresses shown below…

Post to: North Yorkshire Police, Traffic Bureau, PO Box809 York YO31 6DG

or email to speedconcerns@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk

You will receive an acknowledgement.

Rubbish Bins

Please be aware that bagged dog waste can be disposed of in any type of rubbish bin around the village. It does not have to be a specific red dog bin.  If disposing of dog waste in a household waste bin, please use you own wherever possible.