Welcome to Fyfield Parish Council's Neighbourhood Watch pages. Just a quick reminder to ensure that dogs are either kept on a lead or under control when walking along footpaths which are Shared with livestock. Thank you for your co-operation.


04/06/19 Courier Fraud, Bogus Police and Bank Officials Alert What you need to know Individuals have been receiving phone calls from people claiming to be a police officer or banking official The suspect will say either: • There has been fraudulent activity at the victims’ bank and the staff at the bank are involved, the victim is then asked to withdraw money to either keep it safe or assist the police with their investigation • A business such as a jewellers or currency exchange is fraudulent and they require the victims’ assistance to help secure evidence by purchasing jewellery or exchange a large amount of currency to hand over to the police • The victims’ card has been compromised and used to purchase goods by a suspect, the victim is requested to withdraw their money to keep it safe or hand over their bank card to the police What you need to do Your bank or the police will never: Occasionally the victim will be told to dial a non-emergency extension of ‘161’ to receive confirmation of the individual’s bogus identity, the bogus official will advise the victim to lie about the reason for the withdrawal or purchase if challenged by staff, as the staff member is involved in the fraud A courier attends the victim’s home address to collect the goods the same day Often the victim is given a code word for the courier as a way of authentication • Phone and ask you for your PIN or full banking password • Ask you to withdraw money to hand over to them for safe-keeping • Ask you to transfer money out of your account • Send someone to your home to collect cash, PINs, cards to cheque books Message Sent By Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)


14/06/19 The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner would like to gain a better understanding of the anti-social behaviours that are concerning residents most and the actions they are currently taking on experiencing or witnessing incidents. Anti-social behaviour covers a wide range of unacceptable activity that causes harm or distress to an individual, to their community or to their environment. In 2018 there were 45,996 incidents of anti-social behaviour across the Hampshire Constabulary policing area. Please take the survey and share your views https://www.surveygizmo.eu/s3/90149970/Your-views-on-Anti-Social-Behaviour


14/05/19 SCAM AND FRAUD ALERT From Hampshire and IOW Neighbourhood Watch HINWA (www.hinwa-nw.org.uk). May 2019. Telephone Fraud Fraudsters can ‘spoof’ telephone numbers so that people receiving the call (on landline or mobile) think they are dealing with someone from the UK on a genuine number, when they are not. If you have a caller display on your landline and you see what looks like an incoming UK mobile or landline number, please don’t take it for granted that it actually is. This can also happen with a call made to your mobile phone – for example it can show the name as ‘Bank’ if that is how you have it stored in your mobile, leading you to think it’s a genuine call from your bank, when it isn’t. Note the Telephone Preference Service cannot protect you from these types of calls, as the service aims only to ensure genuine companies do not make contact if you have registered to opt out of receiving unsolicited calls. How to keep safe from this type of fraud 1. Don’t assume the caller is actually phoning from the number you see. 2. Always be suspicious of unsolicited requests for personal or financial information in case it is a scam. 3. If in doubt, check with the organisation directly by phone or email using contact details from your records – do not use contact details given by the fraudsters 4. Do not confirm anything to a ‘cold caller’ you don’t know and do not start any dialogue. Simply hang up. 5. Do not be rushed into action. Question and check before acting. If you’ve fallen victim to a scam - what next? 6. Stop further payments – contact your bank or cancel your transactions directly. (Monitor your statements regularly for any unusual activity.) 7. Report this has happened - contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040


03/05/19 We hope you enjoy this April edition of the bulletin. Sarah Cohen & Victoria Snow, Force Crime Prevention Advisors Hampshire County Council Street Lighting From 1 April 2019 Hampshire County Council switched off the majority of street lighting from 1am to 4am. This only affects Hampshire County Council areas and does not affect Southampton, Portsmouth or the Isle of Wight. Processes have been put in place to assist the police in an emergency situation where turning the lighting back on would be beneficial. Telephone Fraud When this happens with a call made to your mobile phone – it can even show the name as ‘Bank’ if that is how you have it stored in your mobile, leading you to think it’s a genuine call from your bank, when it isn’t. Do not confirm anything and do not start any process. Simply hang up. The Telephone Preference Service cannot protect you from these types of calls, as they are there to ensure genuine companies do not make contact if you have registered to opt out of receiving unsolicited calls. Edition 5, April 2019 If you have a caller display facility on your landline and you see what looks like an incoming UK mobile or landline number, please don’t take it for granted that it actually is. Fraudsters can ‘spoof’ numbers so that people receiving the call think they are dealing with someone genuine.


13/03/19 These are the latest Hampshire related stats from the Police relating to the impact that calls to Crimestoppers is having, please pass on to NHW colleagues and residents as you see fit; 1. The most reported crime reported was Drug Trafficking & Supply by far this quarter, making up over 40% of total calls to Crimestoppers. This is small rise from the same period last year. 2. The next most reported crimes were Drink Driving and Possessions of Weapons. 3. October 2018 yielded a total of 105 positive outcomes (33 in October 2017) leading to a total of 3 arrests or convictions to date (In October 2017 there were 5). These were in relation to Drugs Manufacture & Cultivation and Disqualified & Uninsured drivers (Remember that the law moves slowly and more cases could be in the pipeline still). 4. In every crime measured, there has a marked increase in the number of reports via Crimestoppers which shows that the message is getting through.

Please keep plugging Crimestoppers as an alternative way to report intelligence, it really works and is acted upon.


18/2/19 From: "Philip Lashbrook" <amport@me.com> Date: 17 February 2019 at 18:34:53 GMT To: <beryl.vickers@btinternet.com> Subject: Anti-social youths Dear Beryl, A report has been provided to me that details an incident that took place in the village last night.

A group of youths were causing considerable distress to the elderly residents in Duncans Close.

There was also a car containing other youths parted in front of the garages next to the Aikido Centre.

The matter has been passed to the Borough Sergeant and the Borough Commander. TVBC Community Safety Team are also aware of the matter.

We are working upon a number of leads and it is hope that this can be nipped in the bud, before it can escalate. With summer ahead of us, we do want youths thinking that Fyfield is ripe for their nonsense.

Rest assured that I will keep you informed.

Very best regards,

Phil.

Councillor Philip Lashbrook TEST VALLEY BOROUGH COUNCIL.

Local Resilience Builds Stronger Communities.

Just a quick reminder to ensure that dogs are either kept on a lead or under control when walking along footpaths which are Shared with livestock. Thank you for your co-operation.


Please be aware that multiple counterfeit £50 notes have been used in the Town Centre of Andover this week.

We advise all shops and businesses to check the notes before accepting them.

If you have any concerns or would like some advice on how to manage this kind of incident, please contact police on 101.

Thank you - PCSO 15392 lease be aware that multiple counterfeit £50 notes have been used in the Town Centre of Andover this week.

We advise all shops and businesses to check the notes before accepting them.

If you have any concerns or would like some advice on how to manage this kind of incident, please contact police on 101.

Thank you - PCSO 15392


It appears quad bikes are being targetted across the Test Valley area, with thefts in Plaitford and Goodworth Clatford and what appears to be an attempt in Longparish in the last week. A white 4x4 vehicle, as used by the offenders, was seen during one of these incidents.

Please be sure to check your security around quad bikes and please report any suspicious incidents to us; 101 or on line. Message Sent By Gary Lyons (Police, Sgt, Test Valley District)


The National Farmers' Union has launched a new service for farmers and the public to give information anonymously about rural crime, in partnership with the charity Crimestoppers.

For more details: https://www.nfuonline.com/news/latest-news/nfu-and-crimestoppers-launch-new-rural-crime-reporting-line/

Message Sent By Phil Rogers (Police, Corporate Communications Officer, Hampshire Corporate Communications)


Please note the new link for Rural Times: https://hampshire.dpc.ict.police.uk/about-us/publications-and-documents/rural-times/

Message Sent By Phil Rogers (Police, Corporate Communications Officer, Hampshire Corporate Communications)


The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) has been alerted to a telephone scam whereby individuals are calling members of the public and pretending to work for the OPCC. If you have received a similar phone call, or are simply unsure, we are advising you to take the below steps: • End the phone call as soon as possible • Report to Action Fraud https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/report_fraud The OPCC does not contact people in this way and takes data protection very seriously. A copy of the OPCC’s Privacy Notice is available here: https://www.hampshire-pcc.gov.uk/privacy-policy Thank you.

Message Sent By Marisa Charles (Police, Corporate Communications Officer, Hampshire)


We’ve been alerted by the National Farmers’ Union to bogus calls being made recently.

This concerns someone pretending to be from the 'NFU Mutual Winchester Agency'.

If you are contacted by anyone suspicious, please take a note of the number and name used and report it to us on 101. Message Sent By Phil Rogers (Police, Corporate Communications Officer, Hampshire Corporate Communications)


There is concern that victims of previous Computer Software Service Fraud (CSSF) are being re-targeted for “owed money”. The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) reports that CSSF scammers are returning to contact previous victims, requesting that they pay money owed for a fake malware protection service they had provided. Alternatively, the fraudster will ask for a new subscription fee in return for protection from a new threat. The victims that have made payments to the fraudsters have done so via credit/debit card payments. In some instances threatening and aggressive language has been used against victims, as part of the attempt to coerce them into sending money.

Computer Software Service Fraud involves the victim being contacted, told that there is a problem with their computer, and that for a fee this issue can be resolved. The aim of the fraudster at this point is usually to gain remote access to the victim’s computer and, subsequently, access to their online banking account. No fix actually occurs. The victims will often be cold-called or will receive a pop-up on their computer, prompting them to phone the suspect.

Since the beginning of this year (2018), the total loss for repeat victims of CSSF has been reported as £16,712.85. The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau has noticed an increase in such reports since the beginning of May.

Protect Yourself

• If you receive such an unsolicited call or pop-up, do not make a payment. Always ensure you know who you are talking to. If in doubt, hang up immediately. • Do not allow remote access to your computer. • Don’t be rushed or pressured into making a decision. Under no circumstances would a genuine bank, or another trusted organisation, force you to make a financial transaction on the spot; they would never ask you to transfer money into another account for fraud reasons. Remember to stop and take time to carefully consider your actions. • Listen to your instincts. If something feels wrong then it is usually right to question it. Criminals may lull you into a false sense of security when you are out and about or rely on your defences being down when you’re in the comfort of your own home. They may appear trustworthy, but they may not be who they claim to be.

For more information about how to protect yourself online, visit www.cyberaware.gov.uk and takefive-stopfraud.org.uk

If you have been a victim of fraud or cybercrime, report it to us at Actionfraud.police.uk, or by calling 0300 123 2040.

Message Sent By Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)


Please be aware we have had an increase in distraction purse thefts in Romsey town. Over the last couple of weeks we have had reports of customers who have been approached in the car park after they have paid for their shopping. The suspects approach them asking for directions and while being distracted another suspect will retrieve the cards from purses, wallets and or bags. It is believed the suspects have been watching their target entering their PIN's when paying at the tills.

Suspects have then used the cards to purchase items and to withdraw cash from ATM's.

Please be extra vigilant when paying for items at tills, and always shield the PIN pad. We also advise not to engage in the conversation when being approached in car parks.

The suspects are described as smartly dressed males, that are believed to be Eastern European. Message Sent By Louise Allen (Police, PCSO, Test Valley District)


The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau has identified an increasing number of reports submitted to Action Fraud from the public concerning courier fraud.

Fraudsters are contacting victims by telephone and purporting to be a police officer or bank official. To substantiate this claim, the caller might be able to confirm some easily obtainable basic details about the victim such as their full name and address. They may also offer a telephone number for the victim to call to check that they are genuine; this number is not genuine and simply redirects to the fraudster who pretends to be a different person. After some trust has been established, the fraudster will then, for example, suggest;

- Some money has been removed from a victim’s bank account and staff at their local bank branch are responsible. - Suspects have already been arrested but the “police” need money for evidence. - A business such as a jewellers or currency exchange is operating fraudulently and they require assistance to help secure evidence.

Victims are then asked to cooperate in an investigation by attending their bank and withdrawing money, withdrawing foreign currency from an exchange or purchasing an expensive item to hand over to a courier for examination who will also be a fraudster. Again, to reassure the victim, a safe word might be communicated to the victim so the courier appears genuine.

At the time of handover, unsuspecting victims are promised the money they’ve handed over or spent will be reimbursed but in reality there is no further contact and the money is never seen again.

Protect Yourself

Your bank or the police will never: - Phone and ask you for your PIN or full banking password. - Ask you to withdraw money to hand over to them for safe-keeping, or send someone to your home to collect cash, PIN, cards or cheque books if you are a victim of fraud.

Don’t assume an email or phone call is authentic Just because someone knows your basic details (such as your name and address or even your mother’s maiden name), it doesn’t mean they are genuine. Be mindful of who you trust – criminals may try and trick you into their confidence by telling you that you’ve been a victim of fraud

Stay in control If something feels wrong then it is usually right to question it. Have the confidence to refuse unusual requests for personal or financial information.

For more information about how to protect yourself online visit www.cyberaware.gov.uk and www.takefive.stopfraud.org.uk

Message Sent By Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)