Cybercrime survey

We want to invite you to take part in the latest survey about cybercrime.

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/R36YCDR

Your answers will be very helpful in enabling us to understand the impact of cybercrime on communities across England and Wales today. It will also help us with the ongoing development of the Cyberhood Watch initiative, and our general response to cybercrime prevention.

The survey should take less than 10 minutes to complete. Your time and support is greatly appreciated Some of you may recall that we ran this survey previously in November last year. We would like to get a sense of how things have changed since then, and how the impact of Covid-19 has had an effect on your online experiences.

There is an optional prize draw of a £50 M&S voucher you can enter at the end, as a thank you for your cooperation.

Real or scam?

Are you aware of the tactics used by criminals to trick you into parting with your money and information?

The creation of spoof websites that imitate those of trusted organisations by using their official branding and logos are used by criminals to obtain your personal and financial information.

These may also include small changes to the website’s URL which can be hard to spot at first. #Protect your money from falling into the hands of criminals by avoiding clicking on links in emails and texts. Instead login to your account directly using a secure webpage or app.

You can also contact an organisation directly using a known email or number for further support.

If you receive a scam email forward it to report@phishing.gov.uk and scam texts to 7726. If a scam text claims to be from your bank, then you should also report it to your bank.

PDS mail scam

** Be aware of this scam confirmed by Royal Mail.**

A card is posted through your door from a company called PDS (Parcel Delivery Service) suggesting that they were unable to deliver a parcel and that you need to contact them on 0906 6611911 (a Premium rate number).

DO NOT call this number, as this is a mail scam originating from Belize. If you call the number and you start to hear a recorded message you will already have been billed £315 for the phone call.If you do receive a card with these details, then please contact Royal Mail Fraud on 020 7239 6655.More information here: https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/…/hoax-email-from-pds…Please share with your friends, family and neighbours.

Black Friday

Black Friday is coming along and what you need to be aware of is:

  • Be selective where you shop
  • only provide necessary information
  • use secure, protected payment
  • keep your accounts secure
  • beware of unexpected communication

If things go wrong, contact your bank immediately and report the problem to Action Fraud https://www.actionfraud.police.ukor ring them on 0300 123 2040

Be black Friday savvy

argain or a scam? In the heat of the moment it can be hard to tell, especially in the run up to Black Friday!

Criminals may trick you into purchasing goods/services that don’t exist by advertising them at too good to be true prices.

Protect your money and information by only using retailers you trust, or authorised sellers named on official websites when shopping for deals online. #TakeFive to read online reviews from reputable sources to confirm websites are genuine.#StopChallengeProtect#ShopSavvy

Festival of Discovery

Running online 20-21 November 2020, The Festival of Discovery aims to help people connect through lively discussions, entertainment, things to make and do and real-life stories from communities across the UK.

Join Eddie Izzard, Jo Brand, Mr Motivator and many more special celebrity guests and contributors as they set out on an exciting journey to explore what a better future might look like for us all.

Book your place now, it’s completely FREE and with new acts still being confirmed, there is something for everyone at www.thefestivalofdiscovery.com! #FestivalOfDiscovery

Take five – stop fraud

Britain’s departure from the EU will provide criminals with an opportunity to target you with fraud and scams. These may include:

• Tricking you into purchasing European Health Insurance Cards from unofficial websites

• Fake HMRC websites urging businesses trading with the EU to register for a “UK trade number”

• Unsolicited calls/emails, using the current news around Brexit, to encourage you to make new investments.

Stay ahead of the criminals by always taking a moment to #Stop and #Challenge any requests for your personal/financial information or money. Remember they’re experts at tricking you into believing they’re from trusted organisations using urgent language and even easily obtainable personal information so ensure you #TakeFive

You can protect yourself by seeking advice directly from the gov.uk website below and contacting organisations directly using a known email or phone number. If you’re planning on making any investments, check the Financial Conduct Authority’s register for regulated firms, individuals and bodies. Additionally, HMRC will never ask you for your personal or payment information via emails or text messages. #StopChallengeProtecthttps://www.gov.uk/transition

Password confusion?

•Help us lock reduce cybercrime Introducing our new #ProtectyourPa$$W0rD campaign – it only takes 3 easy steps www.ourwatch.org.uk/passwords
•Neighbourhood Watch need your help to make sure whole communities #ProtectyourPa$$W0rD  Find free resources to use and share here www.ourwatch.org.uk/passwords
•1 in 5 of us will be victims of cybercrime. Don’t be the 1. #ProtectyourPa$$W0rD and take and share these 3 easy steps: www.ourwatch.org.uk/passwords
•If strengthening your passwords is something you keep putting off, we’ve got 3 easy steps to help #ProtectyourPa$$W0rDwww.ourwatch.org.uk/passwords

A gateway to engage with the community

Neighbourhood Watch is to become

  • the most popular gateway for people to engage with their local community
  • the authoritative voice on community-based crime prevention
  • a recognised contributor to community health and well-being.

The next national AGM of the Neighbourhood Watch Network will be addressed by Minister of State Kit Malthouse in November.

Tower Hamlets Neighbourhood Watch Association is represented, we are one of the country’s associations formed within borough boundaries.

We strongly recommend that local people register with Ourwatch whether you are part of

  • Residents Association
  • Neighbourhood Watch
  • Local group of helpers

who all have the well-being of the community at heart and feel that community safety, reduction of crime are part of their agenda.

Map your watch or contact us to help you set up a watch area on the site.

Scams awareness session

complete the friends for scams awareness session today

It’s been four years since Friends Against Scams launched with the aim of spreading awareness of scams! Time to make some noise about scams and equip as many people as possible with the knowledge to protect others. Every Friend Against Scams makes a difference –so what are you waiting for? Join in. Spread the word. Protect others. #ScamAware