Croydon Neighbourhood Watch update – 12 May 2015

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Here is the weekly update from Croydon Borough Neighbourhood Watch Association (CBNWA)

Why not sign up to get these weekly updates direct, via email?

Just email your request to be added to CBNWA.  All contact details are listed at the foot of the post.

The update reads:

CBNWA weekly update for 12 May 2015

Please note: The next update will be in a fortnight – 26 May

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CRIME PREVENTION ADVICE

A reminder of the dangers of talking to people/strangers on Facebook.

This social media forum is a good tool if used properly and safely, but it is not exclusive to good law abiding people, criminals use it and can use it to their advantage.

So, be careful who you talk to, what you say, and avoid giving out personal information that could give a criminal information that they could use.

You can get more information on this and other crime prevention links www.getsafeonline.org www.securedbydesign www.actionfraud.police.uk

SCAM ALERT NUMBER SPOOFING ON THE RISE

Consumers are being warned of a telephone scam that sees fraudsters trick people into thinking they are talking to their bank. ‘Number spoofing’ is when criminals clone a telephone number of the organisation they want to impersonate and then make it appear on a person’s phone ID display. The fraudster will then draw attention to the number in order to gain the potential victim’s trust, before asking them for their financial and personal details.

Financial Fraud Action UK (FFA UK) said that while the technology to clone a telephone number has existed for years, criminals have only recently begun to use it to defraud people, with some victims losing hundreds of pounds. Financial Fraud Action is warning consumers to never assume that someone is who they say they are just because the number matches that of an organisation you know. If someone tries to draw your attention to the number they are calling from you should immediately become suspicious, as you should if they ask you for online passwords, to transfer money or any account details.

PLEASE NOTE

Our website www.CBNWA.com is undergoing maintenance and an update and is temporally off line at present.

INFORMATION FROM OUR MEMBERS

Reports of another scam email claiming to be from PayPal. There various misspellings in the message. It claims to be from intl_e@papyal.com and warns that some information on your account is missing. It asks you to open the attached file Doc-PayPal.html, beware this may contain a virus so delete the entire message.

FAMILY JUSTICE CENTRE: PLEASE HELP US TO IMPROVE OUR ENGAGEMENT

The Family Justice Centre team would like to seek the support of Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinators to help them find the best way to better engage with a broader range of residents, with a particular focus on mature residents. The aim is to help us understand how we can reach this community about the issue of domestic abuse most effectively.

The team currently use bulletins, posters and press releases to reach this audience, but would welcome advice and input on any other ways that it can engage.

We are holding two consultation sessions on Wednesday 10 June and would welcome the chance to meet with co-ordinators and to seek their views.

The first will be held in the afternoon, starting at 2pm with tea and coffee, 2.30pm- 3.30pm for the consultation.

The second will be in the evening, 6.30pm for tea and coffee, with the one-hour consultation starting at 7pm.

Both meetings would be held at Bernard Weatherill House.

If you are interested in either session or have any questions please contact Irene Kafeero, Irene can be emailed on Irene.kafeero@croydon.gov.uk or Call 020 8726 7370.

MET POLICE CRIME MAPPING

The Met Crime Mapping site has been created to help show you what crime has been committed in neighbourhoods across the capital. The previous link given does not appear to work on some computers so to view go to: www.met.police.uk. On the first page under ‘How do I’ click on ‘view crime maps for local crime statistics’ on the map page in the search box (top left) enter Croydon. At the top right of the page click on the INFO tab to refine the map area and select crime types.

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Details for CROYDON NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH

Please contact our Neighbourhood Watch Manager (Katie Moore) for any general queries, co-ordinator updates or if your contact details change.

CBNWA office details

Telephone: 020 8555 1200 ext. 37637 (there is an answer phone for when the office is unmanned).

Email: nhw@cbnwa.com

Postal:   CBNWA c/o Croydon Fire Station. 90 Old Town, Croydon, Surrey, CR0 1AR.

If you have any Neighbourhood Watch/scam information for the weekly update messages please send them to John Skinner at cbnwa@croydonwatch.org.uk

You can follow on Twitter at @CBNWA

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