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Subject: Smishing Fraud Alert

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Smishing – the term used for SMS phishing – is an activity which enables criminals to steal victims’ money or identity, or both, as a result of a response to a text message. Smishing uses your mobile phone (either a smartphone or traditional non-internet connected handset) to manipulate innocent people into taking various actions which can lead to being defrauded.
The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau has received information that fraudsters are targeting victims via text message, purporting to be from their credit card provider, stating a transaction has been approved on their credit card.
The text message further states to confirm if the transaction is genuine by replying ‘Y’ for Yes or ‘N’ for No. 
Through this method the fraudster would receive confirmation of the victim’s active telephone number and would be able to engage further by asking for the victim’s credit card details, CVV number (the three digits on the back of your bank card) and/or other personal information.
Protect yourself:
  • Always check the validity of the text message by contacting your credit card provider through the number provided at the back of the card or on the credit card/bank statement.
  • Beware of cold calls purporting to be from banks and/or credit card providers.
  • If the phone call from the bank seems suspicious, hang up the phone and wait for 10 minutes before calling the bank back. Again, refer to the number at the back of the card or on the bank statement in order to contact your bank.
  • If you have been a victim of fraud or cyber crime, please report it to Action Fraud at http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/ or alternatively by calling 0300 123 2040

Subject: Microsoft Tech-Support Scammers using WannaCry attack to lure victims

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Action Fraud has received the first reports of Tech-Support scammers claiming to be from Microsoft who are taking advantage of the global WannaCry ransomware attack.

One victim fell for the scam after calling a ‘help’ number advertised on a pop up window. The window which wouldn’t close said the victim had been affected by WannaCry Ransomware.

The victim granted the fraudsters remote access to their PC after being convinced there wasn’t sufficient anti-virus protection. The fraudsters then installed Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool, which is actually free and took £320 as payment.

It is important to remember that Microsoft’s error and warning messages on your PC will never include a phone number.

Additionally Microsoft will never proactively reach out to you to provide unsolicited PC or technical support. Any communication they have with you must be initiated by you.

How to protect yourself

  • Don't call numbers from pop-up messages.
  • Never allow remote access to your computer.
  • Always be wary of unsolicited calls. If you’re unsure of a caller’s identity, hang up.
  • Never divulge passwords or pin numbers.
  • Microsoft or someone on their behalf will never call you.

If you believe you have already been a victim

  • Get your computer checked for any additional programmes or software that may have been installed.
  • Contact your bank to stop any further payments being taken.

Report fraud and cyber crime to Actionfraud.police.uk

Message from North Yorkshire Trading Standards
Following a presentation to Trading Standards from the national Energy Advice (www.nea.org.uk) regarding the national roll out of Smart meters for domestic consumers, please be aware that these are free of charge and will be installed by your energy provider during a pre arranged appointment. Please be aware of any 'traders' offering to install for a fee and ALWAYS ask to see identification of anyone entering your home. Reputable traders will always carry and show identification

North Yorkshire Community MessagingFarm Burglary - A163 nr North Duffield
Overnight 13/05/17 - 14/05/17 a farm outbuilding was entered via the roof, and a large quantity of armoured electrical cable stolen.
If you have any information, please call 101 ref 12170083141, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Thank you.PCC North YorkshireNorth Yorkshire PoliceNHW
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Apologies for hijacking Selby's Parish Council Clerks mailing list (assuming it will allow me to), but I thought it was probably the quickest and easiest way of disseminating this so that you can alert your villagers if and how you deem it appropriate.

Over the past fortnight or so there had been a small number of residents in West Haddlesey mentioning some odd, but not overtly, suspicious activity in the village - people delivering leaflets, parked up in vans for an hour at a time, knocking on doors but not waiting for an answer...

It now transpires that we had been targeted by fraudsters who had been intercepting post kept in people's outside letterboxes. They had been using the resident's name and address details and putting in fraudulent applications for credit - bank loans, overdrafts, etc., - and intercepting the replies as they arrived in the post, the credit cards as they were sent, PIN numbers, etc., - whilst this was only discovered at the weekend, already one resident has found that a £10,000 bank loan (fully withdrawn) and a £10,000 credit card (maxed out) had been taken out in their name, and we suspect that there will be more to come to light.

Whilst the residents almost certainly won't be adversely affected financially, they will suffer a degree of inconvenience as they resolve the issues and clear their credit ratings, and some residents find it somewhat unnerving that these fraudsters are at work in the area.

I thought it worth mentioning to you all - whether they are local, or the village was just chosen at random, it probably does little harm to be on the look out for this sort of thing.

Kind regards,


Giles Bennett

Clerk to West Haddlesey Parish Meet

North Yorkshire Community Messaging       
Crime Prevention - Selby Town SNT are reminding residents in the area about the Darker Night Initiative which North Yorkshire Police utilise every year. Now the darker nights are drawing in, police would like to ask everyone in the area to keep a light on if they are going out on an evening, a well lit home gives the impression that someone is in. Use a timer switch to turn on lights while you are out, wherever possible leave curtains closed. Leave all valuables out of sight especially during the latter part of the year.

North Yorkshire Community Messaging       
At approx 1500hrs on the 7th October, a distraction burglary took place on Selby Road in Eggborough. The two male Spanish and English speaking offenders engaged the elderly residents in conversation by asking for directions and bus times to Selby. They were last seen walking in the direction of Weeland Road towards Knottingley. It was later discovered that a bank card has been stolen and used to make a fraudulent transaction. If you have any information, please contact North Yorkshire Police on 101 ref 12160182767   

 PCC North Yorkshire         North Yorkshire Police         NHW   
North Yorkshire Community Messaging       
General message to remind that darker nights are upon us please be midful and lock all doors and windows at night and do not leave your car keys accessiable.

North Yorkshire Community Messaging       
North Yorkshire trading standards have received a number of reports recently from local residents and businesses being approached by persons claiming to be workmen from nearby road works. These workmen claim they have tarmac left over and are offering driveways and pathways at reduced prices.
These workmen are bogus and the work completed is often of poor quality and vastly overpriced. Residents are warned not to engage with these workmen but to report the incident to North Yorkshire police on 101 or to North Yorkshire trading standards on 03454 040506.   
 PCC North Yorkshire         North Yorkshire Police         NHW   

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There is a phishing email currently in circulation that claims to be from the City of London Police.

The departments that it claims to represent include the ‘Fraud Intelligence Unit’ and the ‘National Fraud Intelligence Bureau’. The email is titled ‘compensation fund’ and has a letter attachment that claims to be offering financial compensation to victims of fraud. The letter uses the City of London Police logo.
The letter states that in order for compensation to be arranged, the receiver of the email should reply disclosing personal information. It states that HSBC and the South African Reserve Bank have been chosen to handle the compensation claims. All of these claims are false.
The email and letter are fraudulent and should not be replied to.
Protect Yourself
Opening attachments or clicking links contained within emails from unknown sources could result in your device being infected with malware or a virus.
The City of London Police and the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau will never email you asking for you to disclose personal information.
If you believe you have become a victim of this fraudulent email get your device checked by a professional and make a report to Action Fraud, the UK’s national fraud and cyber crime reporting centre:

North Yorkshire Community Messaging       
Police want to make public aware of 2 Bogus tradesmen who have visited an elderly couple in Carlton on 22/08/16 and charged them £2450 for “roof repairs”, leaving a hole in their roof; after receiving cash, they never returned to complete the work. NYP-24082016-0137

North Yorkshire Community Messaging       
This is an alert from North Yorkshire Trading Standards:
During June, July and August, North Yorkshire Trading Standards have received numerous reports from across the county of residents and businesses being approached by teams of individuals purporting to be working on nearby highways projects and offering tarmacking services with ‘left over’ stock.
These teams are not contracted to any highways projects and invariably the work done is overpriced and of poor quality. Threats are often used to secure payment .
The number of reports received would indicate there are several of these teams working across the North Yorkshire area.
Residents are warned that if they are approached by such traders they should not engage with them and should contact Citizens Advice on 03454 04 05 06 and ask to speak to a member of the Investigations and Safeguarding Team at North Yorkshire Trading Standards or call the police on 101.

North Yorkshire Community Messaging       
A silver/grey Vauxhall Zafira has been seen acting suspiciously around farms in the Selby and York area, this vehicle enters the farm yard at speed then turns round and exits at speed, the same vehicle has been seen near a bale fire in the Naburn area. Please if you see anything suspicious then report this on 101

A very good morning from the Force Control Room
We are currently working with a charity called asbhelp.co.uk to assist and advise victims of Anti Social Behaviour. They aim to signpost to where you can get help and also to gather info on victims experiences and to lobby for change. If you are suffering then please take this opportunity to have a look at their website. www.asbhelp.co.uk. They are also on Twitter @asbhelp and Facebook. It is a fantastic and worthwhile charity and are there for you, as are we. Remember.. 999=Emergency 101=Everything Else Have a great weekend The team In the FCR


On Mon 1st August in the Ryedale area a couple were flagged down whilst in their vehicle by a young Asia male, when they spoke with him he stated he had run out of petrol and had no money to buy any, he offered his gold ring in exhange. This is a scam, if you are approached/flagged down please contact NYP on 101 giving all details especially the car registration number.

From: North Yorkshire Police <noreply@nycm.co.uk>
Date: 12 July 2016 at 10:48
Subject: Handbag and Purse Thefts

Be aware of handbag and purse thefts, particularly in supermarkets and busy areas. North Yorkshire Police offer advice to reduce your chances of being a victim by reading the following advice:
•    Keep your handbag on you, zipped with no valuable items on display (this includes your mobile phone). Do not leave it unattended.
•    Keep your handbag close to your body.
•    In restaurants and cafes put your bag on your lap or on the floor between your feet with your foot on the strap. Alternatively place the strap through one leg of the chair.
•    Never leave your bag in adjacent seats in theatres, pubs or on public transport.
•    If using restrooms, do not place your handbag close to the door or side walls, particularly if there is a gap between the walls and the ground. It could be snatched from the outside.
•    Keep to major, well-lit streets and avoid isolated areas. Be aware of your surroundings.
•    Do not carry large amounts of cash with you. Withdraw only money needed at the time.
•    Look for ATMs located inside buildings, supermarkets or other busy locations.
•    Be mindful of distractions, thieves working in pairs may attempt to divert your attention in order to steal your handbag or its contents.
•    Attach your purse to your handbag with a secure cord and keep your mobile in a zipped internal pocket or on your person.
•    Some Neighbourhood Policing Teams, Neighbourhood Watch schemes or community safety partnerships distribute handbag alarms or chains, which are a good way of preventing someone removing a purse.

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With summer holidays fast approaching, individuals are often more exposed to travel booking frauds when looking for last minute package deals / cheap flights. Whether paying upfront for a family holiday or simply booking a flight, payments are transferred only to discover that the holiday / airline ticket does not exist and was sold to you by a bogus travel company. Fraudsters will often lure in potential customers with low prices and ‘one time only’ offers that are simply too good to pass up, requesting payment by the preferred method of direct bank transfer. 
Paying for a holiday / airline tickets / accommodation via direct bank transfer. No reputable company will ever request payment via this method. 
Responding to unsolicited calls, texts or emails offering holidays at incredibly low prices.
Protect Yourself
  • Whenever possible, pay for your holiday by credit card as it offers increased protection.
  • Always remember to look for the ‘https’ and locked padlock icon in the address bar before entering your payment details.
  • Never feel pressured to make a booking for fear that you will miss out on this ‘low price’ opportunity. If you have never used the company before, take your time to do some online research to ensure they are reputable.
  • Should you make a flight or hotel booking through a travel company, feel free to separately check with the hotel / particular airline that your booking does indeed exist.
If you have been affected by this, or any other scam, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040, or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk

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Please see attached link for your attention from North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service.  Thank you.

Sally Dowkes, CSO 4787, Pickering

Safety first for Summer BBQ

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The Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro begin on 6th August 2016 and as of late June, you will be able to purchase tickets from the Rio 2016 ticket offices.  Purchasing from an unauthorised seller or a ticket tout could leave you out of pocket; not only are the tickets advertised at inflated prices, but there is also a risk that the tickets purchased are counterfeit or do not exist. Any individual with a counterfeit ticket will be refused entry.
To help protect yourself, the list of authorised sellers has been published on the official website and provides a list of trusted resellers; this can be found at www.rio2016.com. Equally, tickets purchased that are no longer needed can be sold through the Rio 2016 website for a 100% reimbursement of the amount paid if the tickets are resold.
Protect yourself
When purchasing from another company or individual, ask questions; specifically when you will receive the ticket and what type of ticket you are purchasing.
Pay for tickets by using a credit card or trusted payment service. Payments made by bank transfer may not be recoverable.
Always check that the payment screen is secure by looking for the padlock symbol or making sure the website/url begins with “https”.
If you have been affected by this, or any other scam, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040, or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk

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The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) has noticed an increase in reports of fraudsters placing fake letter boxes on residential properties in an attempt to harvest the mail. Residents are sometimes unaware of the fake letterbox as the fraudsters will periodically remove the item, which may leave notable markings. The mail is then used to open various lines of credit with financial providers in the name of the innocent resident.
Protect Yourself

Be vigilant and check for any suspicious activity, tampering of your post/letterbox or for suspicious glue markings on the wall.
Check all post received from financial institutions, even if it appears unsolicited.
Consider reporting theft of mail to your local police force and any cases of identity fraud to Action Fraud.
If you have been a victim of identity fraud consider Cifas Protection Registration (https://www.cifas.org.uk/protective_registration_form)
If you, or anyone you know, has been affected by this fraud or any other scam, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040 or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk.

Riccall Neighbourhood Watch AGM
is next Thursday 16th June at the Methodist Church in the lower room - 7.30pm

NHWA alert

Fraudsters are sending phishing texts and e-mail messages to members of the public, claiming to be from Apple. The messages typically state that the recipient’s iCloud or iTunes account is out of date and that they need to follow a link to avoid account suspension. Once the link has been followed, victims are prompted for personal information, such as their bank account details.

Protect Yourself:

• Don’t open web links contained in unsolicited texts or e-mails.
• Never provide your personal information to a third party from an unsolicited communication.
• If you have provided personal information and you are concerned that your identity may be compromised consider Cifas Protection Registration which can be found here: https://www.cifas.org.uk/protective_registration_form.
• If you receive what you believe to be a phishing message purporting to be from Apple, report it to reportphishing@apple.com

If you, or anyone you know, have been affected by this fraud or any other scam, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040 or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk.

[Press Release]
From North Yorkshire Police

Roadside scam suspect arrested and charged - A man is due at court charged with offences connected to a suspected roadside scam.

The 40-year-old from Middlesbrough, who is originally from Romania, was arrested on Sunday evening (3 April 2016) after allegedly
targeting a motorist on the northbound A1(M) on-slip at Wetherby services.

The victim, a 76-year-old man from Northumberland, was flagged down by the man at around 7pm. He claimed the grey Renault Laguna car had run out of petrol and needed money urgently. He allegedly offered to exchange a low-value European currency for British pounds.  The man got in the victim’s car and they drove towards Leeming Bar.  The victim was able to alert the police who acted quickly to arrest the man.

Following questioning in custody, he was charged with fraud by false representation and theft of a mobile phone.

He is due to appear at Northallerton Magistrates’ Court on 29 April 2016, 9.30am, court room 1.

Inspector Mark Gee, of Richmond Police, said: “While police enquiries continue to investigate this and other similar incidents across the county, we urge people to be aware of possible roadside scams involving cash for fuel or tyre repairs.  It is also vital that people keep reporting suspicious activity to the police or Crimestoppers. Please make that call and we will do everything we can to help.”

Please contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 1, and speak to the Force Control Room.

Or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 55511 and quote reference number 12160057587.

Fake email alert

This alert is a reminder to be aware of emails that appear to have been sent from a legitimate organisation. Fraudsters often use fake email addresses designed to encourage recipients to open attachments or links. You are advised that if you are in any doubt as to the origin of an email, do not open it. Consider that emails can be spoofed and used to generate spam to recipients far and wide. If you receive a spam email, you MUST NOT open it. Instead, delete it from your email system to avoid infecting your device. If you have opened an attachment from a spam email, you should get your device checked over by a professional and change the passwords for all your bank, email and online shopping accounts.
Protect yourself:
Do not click or open unfamiliar links in emails or on websites.
Make sure you install and use up-to-date anti-virus software.
Have a pop-up blocker running in the background of your web browser.
If you have opened an attachment and ‘enabled macros’ it is very likely that all your personal data will have been breached. You MUST change all your passwords for personal accounts, including your bank accounts.
Ensure Adobe, Flash and any similar software is up to date on your computer.
If you think you have been a victim of this type of email you should report the email to Action Fraud, the UK’s national fraud and cyber crime reporting centre: www.actionfraud.police.uk If you do make a report please provide as much detail as you can about the email and any effects it has had on your computer. Additionally if your Anti-Virus software detects any issues in relation to this email please provide us with the details.

Selby Police appeal for information following fires at allotments

Selby Police are appealing for information and urging people to be vigilant, after a number of arsons and shed fires at allotments in the town.

Officers are investigating at least five similar incidents at the Stonebridge allotments in the last fortnight, in which hedges, greenhouses and sheds have been damaged or destroyed.

PCSO Annie Ryan, of Selby Police, said: "We are asking for people to come forward with any information that may assist us in our ongoing enquiries. We are particularly interested in anyone who may have seen or heard anyone acting suspiciously in the area."

Selby Police have stepped up patrols in the area due to the recent incidents.

Anyone with any information should contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, or email anneliese.ryan@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk or rosie.whitton@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk.

Please quote reference number 12160031786 when passing information.

If you would prefer to remain anonymous, information can be passed to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Please do not reply directly to, or report incidents to, the sender of Ringmaster messages as this will incur a delay in dealing with your response. To report non emergency incidents or to respond to a request for information please call Tel No 101 or email force.control@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk and include your full contact details. If providing information please quote the related incident reference number detailed in the Ringmaster message. If you prefer to remain anonymous you can contact Crimestoppers with information. In emergencies always dial 999. Thank you.

This is an update to a previous alert sent from Action Fraud in November 2015.

Fraudsters are setting up high specification websites advertising various electrical goods and domestic appliances. These goods are below market value and do not exist. The website will state you can pay via card; however when the purchaser goes to pay, this option is not available and the payment must be made via bank transfer.

The fraudster entices the purchaser and reassures them it is a legitimate purchase by using the widely recognised Trusted Shop Trustmark. They then use the Trustmark fraudulently and provide a link on the bogus electrical website to another bogus website (which purports to be Trusted Shops). This website shows a fake certificate purporting to be from Trusted Shops and provides thousands of reviews for the bogus electrical website. These reviews are all fraudulent. The website has not been certified by Trusted Shops and therefore the purchaser is not covered by the Trusted Shop money-back guarantee.

Protect yourself:

Check the authenticity of the website before making any purchases. Conduct a ‘Whois’ search on the website which will identify when the website has been created- Be wary of newly formed domains. You can conduct this search using the following website – https://who.is/
Conduct online research in relation to the website, company name and the business address provided to identify any poor feedback or possible irregularities.
Check the Trusted Shops Facebook page where warnings about websites using their Trustmark are published. If you are in doubt about the legitimacy of a Trustmark then you can contact Trusted Shops on 0203 364 5906 or by email service@trustedshops.co.uk. They will confirm whether they have certified that website.
Payments made via bank transfer are not protected should you not receive the item. Therefore always try to make the payment via PayPal or a credit card where you have some payment cover should you not receive your product.
If the item advertised seems too good to be true, then it probably is. 

If you, or anyone you know, have been affected by this fraud or any other scam, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040 or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk.

[Trading Standards message]

North Yorkshire Police and North Yorkshire Trading Standards have received a number of reports in the Hambleton and Richmond area of aggressive practices by mobile fish sellers. The usual method they adopt is to ask the consumer if they like fish and then produce a large amount of fish and demand payment in excess of £100 for fish the consumer does not want or need, but feels pressurised into buying. Police and Trading Standards are asking local residents to be vigilant and to report any suspicious or aggressive behaviour by such traders on 101 or to North Yorkshire Trading Standards on 03454 04 05 60

Please read this important message

Fraudsters are sending out virus infected emails that claim a package has been seized by HM Revenue & Customs upon arrival into the United Kingdom. The official looking scam emails claiming to be from Royal Mail contain a link to a document which will install malicious software on your computer designed to steal credentials like account names, email addresses and passwords.
Go to the action alert website by clicking here to read the full story

Neighbourhood Watch

A partnership where people come together to make their communities safer. It involves the Police, Community Safety departments of local authorities, other voluntary organisations and, above all, individuals and families who want to make their neighbourhoods better places to live.  It aims to help people protect themselves and their properties and to reduce the fear of crime by means of improved home security, greater vigilance, accurate reporting of suspicious incidents to the police and by fostering a community spirit

Riccall is a village and civil parish situated in the Selby district of North Yorkshire, England, lying 3.5 miles (6 km) to the north of Selby and 9 miles (14 km) south of York. It is historically part of the East Riding of Yorkshire. According to the 2011 census the parish had a total population of 2,332.

A big thank you from the Riccall Neighbourhood Watch (NHW) to all the villages who came out on Monday to help in keeping he Regen Centre safe by setting up a flood bank with sand bags & digging trenches.


NYP Community Messaging - Selby - Press Release

UPDATE  from Tuesday 29 December 7.30pm

Police encourage people to remain vigilant ahead of more rain and freezing temperatures -  As emergency services continue to respond to the floods that hit our county on the days following Christmas, people are being urged to remain vigilant.

River levels are continuing to demise across the City of York and North Yorkshire and recovery is now well underway. However, the weather forecast indicates rainfall across the west of the county tomorrow (Wednesday 30 December), followed by frost and temperatures of up to minus five overnight on Thursday 31 December into Friday 1 January 2016 - which means people need to take care and remain vigilant.

People are again asked to strictly abide by closure signs on roads and bridges.  The latest flood warning information can be accessed via the Gov.uk website https://flood-warning-information.service.gov.uk/map

You can also follow @EnvAgencyYNE and #floodaware on Twitter for the latest updates. Or call the Floodline on 0345 9881188.

Email Duncan
Duncan Rimmer Riccall Neigbourhood Watch Chairman
Tel. 01757 248226

Sue Wilkinson
Email Sue
Tel. 07856 914414