Neighbourhood Watch: Protect your shed, garage and out buildings

Neighbourhood Watch: Protect your shed, garage and out buildings

Jan 21

Householders are being reminded to make sure they are keeping their sheds, garages and outbuildings secure as thieves have been targeting them for the expensive tools and leisure equipment stored in them. Following a slight rise in the number of out-buildings and garages being broken into across the county, police are advising residents to make sure these are secure and that garden gates are kept...

Skype scam emails

Skype scam emails

Nov 27

Be very careful when you get an email saying it’s a voice message from Skype. It isn’t. More and more (as I do frequently) use Skype for nil-cost communication from computer to computer anywhere in the world. Real Skype users know they can send voice-mail or video-mail packages to any of their off-line contacts. That of course applies to you being on the receiving end of the same...

Email scams

Email scams

Nov 06

These are still doing the rounds – yet another one came in yesterday saying I had made a payment to PayPal – I hadn’t of course but these emails look very good and are to the uninitiated very convincing – this link is a quick look at the actual email – CLICK HERE – or of course you can copy/paste this to a browser address...

Internet and email heads-up

Internet and email heads-up

Oct 08

More and more lately the scammers are looking for opportunities to catch out the unsuspecting. Pretend “from-the-bank” emails are still flowing around catching people unaware and those falling for those see funds syphoned off into the crooks’ accounts. A new one is an email hits the inbox saying something along the lines “Your bank card has been returned to the bank, please log on...

Scam Microsoft Virus Calls

Scam Microsoft Virus Calls

Jan 08

The police have circulated this message as an exception to their normal policy (of not circulating individual scam details) as they fear other elderly vulnerable people in Dacorum could become victims as this resident of Dacorum just has:  On 3rd January an elderly/disabled Hemel resident received a phone call from a male purporting to be calling from ‘Microsoft Technical Support’....

Give cold callers the cold shoulder this winter

Give cold callers the cold shoulder this winter

Dec 04

Dear Watch Member, Which excuse will they use this time? Investigating frozen or leaking pipes Reading your meter Claiming to be a police officer investigating a burglary Looking for a lost pet These are just some of the excuses that doorstep conmen, otherwise known as distraction burglars, will use at this time of the year to gain access to the home of an elderly or vulnerable person and...

Scam Warning

Scam Warning

Jul 19

An old scam is happening in and around Dacorum again, the offender’s obtain your personal details (name, address, ‘phone number etc) and then order high value goods “on your behalf” , these are delivered to your home address (using a next day courier). The offender will call you on the day the goods are delivered explaining there has been an error and arrange collection. The...

Lloyds Bank email Scam

Lloyds Bank email Scam

Apr 26

Got an email “from Lloyds Bank” (yeah and I’m the Pope) asking me to sign in because I’ve been suspended. Can’t see how seeing as I bank elsewhere. The image here tells the story clear enough – I’m sure you might be tired of me banging on about these scams but trust me email scams like these are netting near on $10 billion per year (and growing) for these...