INFORMATION ON CURRENT SCAMS

Alert message sent 21/12/2021 20:39:00

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Please be aware of distractions such as at Supermarkets with one person asking you for directions and showing you a map, whilst their colleague steals your handbag which may be on your car seat.   There has been at least one distraction burglary at Tesco in Pinchington Lane, Newbury.

I am attaching two documents with information on current scams.   If you have any problem opening the links, please copy and paste them into your browser to access the articles.  Unfortunately, at this time of the year there are so many circulating, so please do not click on any links or give any contact or banking details.   Beware of fake vouchers from supermarkets or competitions on social media and do not share them to your friends.   I would be grateful if you could forward this Alert to your neighbours, friends and family to avoid them becoming a victim. 

Do you get annoyed when you fill in a form and have to enter your phone number even when you know that the company doesn’t really need it?   What are they going to do with it? Who will they give it to? Your privacy is valuable so protect your phone number with trueCall38!

You just need to enter their phone number 0333 88 88 88 88 (that’s three threes, eight eights,) as your phone number, but if the form won’t let you enter the full number then use three threes, seven eights and if, or rather when, they call, those cold callers will hear a short recorded message:-

         "trueCall38 is handling my calls. I prefer not to be contacted
         by phone, so please contact me via my email address.
         Goodbye!"

trueCall38 is a completely free service and has won many awards and in independent trials has been shown to block over 95% of nuisance calls. In 2009 trueCall was featured on the BBC TV programme Dragons’ Den and got offers from all five Dragons.

Remember - some companies actually do need your phone number – maybe they need your mobile number to send you a text as part of their validation process, or it's a flight booking, or a form at a hospital.  In these cases, it may be better to give them your real number.

If you receive the TVP/NHWAlerts as a resident and there is no Neighbourhood Watch scheme in your road or part of the road, it would be great if you would consider covering a few properties and start up a scheme.   With email, it is so easy to forward the messages on to your neighbours.   Alternatively, this can be via a WhatsApp or closed Facebook Group for your scheme.  Neighbourhood Watch scheme members are able to obtain various discounts such as on household and possibly other insurance, also from some Security Companies and other local discounts.   You will receive free street signs, stickers and leaflets.   Please contact me via my email ajmy5m7@inbox.com or phone 01635 40866 or 07774962641.

I would like to wish you all a very Happy and Safe Christmas and all the best for 2022.   Thank you for all your support and helping to keep our communities safe.

Best wishes

Angela Money BEM
Neighbourhood Watch
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Angela Money (NWN, Multi Scheme Administrator, Thames Valley, West Berkshire LPA)
Attached files
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CURRENT SCAMS - DECEMBER 2021.pdf152.1 KB
TVNHWA Scams for Christmas.pdf904.8 KB

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