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 scam messages.

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.

Alert: #Amazon #Phishing Emails Targeting #BlackFriday Customers

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.


Commissioner welcomes report highlighting police efficiency

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 service.

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