Take Five To Stop Fraud Week is part of the national campaign from Financial Fraud Action UK and the Government, backed by the banking industry coming together to tackle fraud. The advice being issued this week is really simple but it can stop you becoming a victim of fraud.
A genuine bank or organisation will never contact you out of the blue to ask for your PIN, full password or to move money to another account. Only give out your personal or financial details to use a service that you have given your consent to, that you trust and that you are expecting to be contacted by.
Don’t be tricked into giving a fraudster access to your personal or financial details. Never automatically click on a link in an unexpected email or text.
Always question uninvited approaches in case it’s a scam. Instead, contact the company directly using a known email or phone number.
By taking simple preventative measures you can reduce the risk of becoming a victim of burglary:- ALARMS: One of the most effective deterrents is to install a burglar alarm. Ensure it is set every time you leave the house.
SECURE ENTRY POINTS: Don’t leave any windows or doors unlocked or ajar as these can be easy access points for a burglar.
IF YOU ARE GOING AWAY: make your home look lived in, ask your neighbours to keep an eye out and install timer lights. You are at much less risk of being the next victim if burglars think you are at home.
LOCK UP YOUR SHED: Burglars will often enter sheds to look for tools that can be used to break-in to your house.
STRONG COMMUNITIES: Our officers continue to conduct highly visible and plain clothed patrols in our communities but we are all safer when we work together – Make friends with neighbours or join your local Neighbourhood Watch Scheme. Look out for the elderly & vulnerable – houses where there are things like ramps, handles and key safe boxes are often seen by offenders as potential easy targets.
Often when we respond to reports of burglaries, victims will tell us that they feel like they have been followed to establish when they are most likely to be away from the home. This is very rarely the case, but Offenders will often visit an area in the days leading up to a burglary to scope out potential targets. If you believe someone knocking on your door could be a burglar then contact the police immediately on 999.
Keep a note of anything unusual:
- Take a description and registration of unknown vehicles parked in your area
- Note down as much information as possible about suspicious incidents, including dates and times, as well as descriptions of anyone you believe to be involved
- If you see a witness, who is intending to leave the scene before police arrive, ask for their contact details and pass these to our officers
How To Shop Online Safely Check the web address
Always check you’re on the correct website. Criminals can set up fake websites that have a similar design and web address to the genuine site.
Is it a secure connection?
Web pages you enter personal or financial details into should display a locked padlock sign and have a web address that starts with https. This means your connection to the website is secure.
Don’t click on links or attachments within unsolicited emails. The number of online shopping related phishing emails increases significantly during the holiday period.
Bank transfers 65% of Action Fraud reports during the 2016 Christmas period were linked to online auction sites. Don’t pay for goods or services by bank transfer unless you know and trust the person. Payments via bank transfer offer you no protection if you become a victim of fraud.