Croydon Neighbourhood Watch update – 26 May 2015

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

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The update reads:

CBNWA weekly update for 26 May 2015

FAMILY JUSTICE CENTRE

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 2 pm 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.

GROUP SESSIONS OPEN WORLD WIDE WEB FOR SENIORS

A Norbury community group is helping senior citizens overcome their fear of technology and learn the advantages of getting online. Read more.

WATCH OUT FOR THE COMPUTER SERVER INVESTMENT SCAM

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau’s (NFIB) proactive intelligence team is warning people of a new investment scam whereby fraudsters are offering leases on computer servers. For more information see: http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/news/alert-watch-out-for-the-computer-server-investment-scam-may15 

SPOOFED PAYPAL EMAILS
Fraudsters often target ‘goods for sale’ adverts on popular online auctions sites, so watch out whenever you’re selling anything online.

How does the fraudster operate?

The fraudster will contact the seller to say that they want to buy the advertised item.
The seller then receives what looks like a genuine PayPal email, to confirm that the money has been paid by the buyer into their account.

With confirmation of payment, the seller will then send the item to the buyer’s address. The seller will later find that the PayPal email is fake and that the money has not been paid. The seller ends up losing out twice as not only do they not have the money, but they no longer have the item to sell.

Protect yourself:

• Check your PayPal account to ensure that the money has been paid in and has cleared into your bank account before you send the item to the buyer.
• Do not be bullied or rushed into sending items before you know that the payment has cleared – a genuine purchaser will not mind waiting a day or two for you to send them their item.
• If you are selling a vehicle, think carefully when selling to overseas purchasers – especially if they tell you they will send an extra payment for shipping – check that the funds have cleared before arranging this.

CRIME PREVENTION ADVICE

Unfortunately a number of people in the Croydon area have been affected by deliveries of mobile phones which they have not ordered.

This fraud is simple but sometimes extremely expensive if you do not follow some simple guidelines.

If you are not expecting a delivery make sure the name on the parcel and the address is correct. Anything you sign for makes you liable for the expense. Doing a neighbour a good turn could end up being expensive!

If you sign for a phone you have the initial cost of the product and the contract, which is usually for a fixed period.

Simply if it doesn’t have your name on it don’t sign for it.

It’s the courier’s job to deliver it and he or she will have to take it back to their depot.

The scam takes place when you sign for something and then usually someone comes back and says,” I’m sorry the parcel was delivered to you in error” if you hand it back to the Courier you need to know the company name, the name of individual the index of the vehicle, have they ID are they in uniform?? if not don’t.

Contact your bank to check you have not had some compromise of your details and that a debit has been set up on your account, phone 101 and report it and obtain a crime reference number, report it to the telephone provider for the phone delivered to you quoting the crime reference number i.e. Vodaphone, EE, O2 etc, check with other members of your household that they have not ordered something on your behalf.

Mobile Phone security: See this link for information on the Immobilise website to secure your phone in the event of loss or theft. http://www.nmpcu.police.uk/immobilise/

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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