Issue 94

Welcome to Issue 94 of the LNWA Newsletter – produced to maintain your contact and e-mailed to all 32 Boroughs plus the City. Contacts are regularly updated so, if you are receiving this for the first time, it’s because you are identified as the Neighbourhood Watch contact for your Borough. LNWA is anxious information reaches the grassroots so please ensure every Watch member in your Borough is encouraged to read this Newsletter which is accessible with all hyperlinks active via our website, http://www.lnwa.net

LITTLE BOOK OF BIG SCAMS

The BIG news this month is the publication of a 3rd Edition of the Little Book of Big Scams produced by the Met in association with NatWest Bank. FREE copies will be available in NatWest Branches across London from Wednesday, 22 July. Please tell your members so they can call in for a copy. It’s also available for download, if you prefer, from:

http://www.met.police.uk/docs/little_book_scam.pdf

SCAMS AWARENESS MONTH

July has, of course, been Scams Awareness Month and Citizens Advice is targeting a different theme each week. For more information, go to

https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/about-us/campaigns/current_campaigns/scams-awareness-month/scams-awareness-month/scams-awareness-month-resources/

NEIGHBOURHOOD ALERT

Many scams set out in some way to defraud. For regular updates from “Action Fraud” follow the link to Neighbourhood Alert at the bottom of the home page at www.ourwatch.org.uk

NEIGHBOURHOOD & HOME WATCH NETWORK (NHWN)

If you haven’t signed up to receive a direct copy direct, read the latest NHWN newsletter at:

http://www.ourwatch.org.uk/resource_centre/document_library/nhwn_our_news_june_2015/

AND FINALLY…

Bromley Trading Standards are warning local residents to be extra vigilant in Scams Awareness Month after an increase in reporting of scams in the Borough following partnership working with the National Scams Team and the Post Office. One case referred to Trading Standards involved an 83-year-old woman, main carer for her disabled husband who was targeted by 92 fraudsters from across the globe offering various cash prizes in exchange for administration fees. Portfolio Holder for Public Protection and Community Safety, Cllr Kate Lymer said: “This resident was at her most vulnerable. She was being targeted by fake prize draws, clairvoyants, mediums, bogus lotteries and others all asking for advance payments of amounts of up to £35.00 and would be paying £2,264 per month if she responded to all the requests. I’m happy to say she no longer sends any money and she hands over bogus mail to our Trading Standards Team”.

Bromley Trading Standards recently started training local postal workers to look out for scam mail on their rounds and report their suspicions. The initiative was set up with the Royal Mail and National Scams Team to tackle mass-market fraud. The financial cost may be high, but it’s the emotional trauma suffered by victims and their families that concerns Cllr Lymer:

“The effect of becoming a victim can be life changing with a loss of confidence and self esteem. Bromley has launched an “Adult Safeguarding is Everybody’s Business campaign” to raise awareness of scams and doorstep crime in the community and to encourage neighbours, families and friends to look out for vulnerable residents in our communities. We urge anyone who suspects they know someone who is sending money abroad, or may have been the victim of a rogue trader, to call the Trading Standards Rapid Response Team.”

That’s it for this month. As usual, LNWA thanks you for your work and support.

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