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Tuesday, 22 November 2016
@WAR - Recent Neighbourhood Watch Information
Alert: Stranded Traveller Scams
Email that was supposedly sent by a friend claims that he or she is
stranded without money or papers in a foreign land because of a robbery.
The email, which comes from your friend’s real email account, asks if
you can send funds urgently to help the stranded friend return home. The
email is a scam designed to trick you into sending money to online
criminals. Your friend’s email account has been hijacked via a phishing
scam and the criminals are using the hijacked account to send out the
“stranded” scam emails in your friend’s name. Your friend may be unaware
that his or her account has been compromised and is being used to send
Apply security updates to Mozilla Firefox: Alert Priority High
You are advised to update to Mozilla Firefox 50 and Firefox ESR 45.5 to
address security vulnerabilities. Details of the updates and security
fixes for the popular web browser can be found on the Mozilla Foundation
Security Advisories page.
Scammers are playing on Amazon’s early Black Friday sales by sending out
emails purportedly from the company saying there is a problem
processing orders and that they won’t be shipped.
Alert: Twitter users warned of phishing scam hiding in plain sight as
Promoted Tweet: Crooks ask for payment details in return for a blue tick
Twitter users have been warned of a Promoted Tweet appearing in feeds
that offers to help them get their account verified, but is actually a
phishing scam hiding in plain sight. The message, which could appear in
users' feeds regardless of who they follow, contains a link to a site
that requests account information, and more worryingly payment details,
in return for helping to place a blue tick on user profiles. However, as
security firm Malwarebytes noted, the entire set-up is a ruse which has
so far ensnared almost 1,000 people.
Alert: BT scam warning
Warwickshire residents are warned to beware of a 'new' phone scam.
Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner Philip Seccombe has welcomed
the findings of a HMIC report which shows Warwickshire Police is
efficient at reducing crime and keeping people safe.
Scam ‘Warwickshire awareness campaign’ warning
Residents are warned to beware of cold calls made from a mobile
telephone number, from someone selling 'monitored' burglar alarms. The
caller claims that they are working on a 'Warwickshire Awareness
Campaign' backed by Warwickshire County Council, selling devices that
will alert the emergency services in the event of an emergency. The
caller claims that the system is entirely free to the over 55's, bar a
£300 installation fee.
Call prevention cold call scams
Warwickshire residents are warned to beware of cold calls from people
offering 'call prevention services'. These callers claim to be able to
offer you protection against, ironically, cold calls, for a small
monthly fee. In reality, if they do anything at all, the simply register
your details with the Telephone Preference Service, a free to register
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