Nov 2, 2018

Fireworks

The firework season is upon us – how quickly it comes round. NHW wants everyone to enjoy themselves -  safely; but if you are letting off fireworks in your garden please have regard for elderly or vulnerable neighbours and those with pets. This can be a very difficult time them. You can help them by letting them know in advance, with some idea of times when it will be noisy. This at least gives them chance to make the necessary arrangements to minimise the distress to themselves and their pets. Please also restrict the fireworks to reasonable times before people go to bed. Very often being a good neighbour makes a good neighbour.

Enjoy your fireworks and be safe!!

 

 

John Shilton

Principal Co-ordinator

Bottesford Parish NHW

Email: JohnS@bottesfordparishNHW.org.uk

Mobile: 07725636626

 

Oct 30, 2018

Bottesford NHW Alert: Keys Found

Keys have been found believed to be from an invalid scooter. If anyone has lost keys today please contact NHW.

 

 

John Shilton

Principal Co-ordinator

Bottesford Parish NHW

Email: JohnS@bottesfordparishNHW.org.uk

Mobile: 07725636626

 

Bottesford NHW Alert: Drones / Damage To and Theft From Unattended Vehicles / Extortion Scam / Protect Yourself From Cyber Criminals / General Scam Advice

Drones

We have had a couple of reports of drones appearing over residents back gardens causing a nuisance and loss of privacy. In addition, residents should be aware that burglars and thieves are known to use drones to help identify security weaknesses in target properties. Nottinghamshire Police have issued guidance about the law on the use of drones which can be found at https://www.nottinghamshire.police.uk/advice/drone-law-uk (NB the link doesn’t appear to work but the address can be copied and pasted into your browser). NHW suggests that use of drones over residents property which doesn’t comply with the law should be reported to the police on the non-emergency 101 number. If you are someone who enjoys flying a drone for pleasure please be aware of, and respect  others’ privacy.

 

Damage To and Theft From Unattended Vehicles

There have been several reported incidents of parked vehicles being damaged or having contents stolen. It’s extremely difficult for the police to identify offenders after the event and the best way of apprehending them is if residents are vigilant and report suspicious behaviour to the police without delay. As the nights draw in this becomes increasingly important.

 

Extortion Scam

Cyber criminals send victims their own passwords in extortion scam

Cyber criminals are attempting to blackmail unsuspecting victims by claiming to have used the victims' password to install spying malware on the victims' computer. The criminals claim they’ve recorded videos of the victim watching adult material by activating their webcam when they visit these websites. What makes this scam so convincing is that the email usually includes a genuine password the victim has used for one of their online accounts. We believe criminals obtain the passwords from data breaches.

What to do if you get one of these emails?

Don’t reply to the email, or be pressured into paying. The police advise that you do not pay criminals. Try flagging the email as spam/junk if you receive it multiple times. Perform a password reset as soon as possible on any accounts where you’ve used the password mentioned in the email. Always use a strong, separate password for important accounts, such as your email. Where available, enable two-factor authentication (2FA). Always install the latest software and app updates. Install, or enable, anti-virus software on your laptops and computers and keep it updated.

If you receive one of these emails, report it to Action Fraud’s phishing reporting tool. If you have received one of these emails and paid the ransom, report it to your local police force.

Protect Yourself From Cyber Criminals

Cyber-criminals use weaknesses in software and apps to attack your devices and steal your identity. Software updates are designed to fix these weaknesses and installing them as soon as possible will keep your devices & data secure. 

Software updates don’t have to get in the way of what you’re doing. You can choose to install them at night, when your device is plugged in and connected to wi-fi. You can also configure most devices to automatically install software and app updates.

For more information on how to stay secure online, visit www.cyberaware.gov.uk or follow @Cyberprotectuk on Twitter.

General Scam Advice (With Thanks to Lincs Police)

There are many different scam scenarios reported to the police, including:

Police Officers making enquiries about fraudulent activity on bank accounts or bank cards being misused.
BT making checks on your internet connection.
PPI being owed and payment in return for sending money.
Winning a lottery, often overseas.
Microsoft trying to fix a computer fault.
Gas, Electric or Mobile phone company checking details of your account.

Scams are not limited to the above and new stories to extract money from you are always being developed. A large number of scams reported start with an unexpected phone call, and trying to begin a conversation. If you don't know the caller hang up, there's no need to discuss anything, better to be thought of as rude by a stranger than lose your hard earned, well deserved savings. If you have any concerns contact your bank, call police on 101 or Action Fraud 0300 123 2040.
Sometimes a phone line can remain connected after a scam call, to ensure you have cleared the line call a number of someone you know well (family member or close friend). When you are sure it is the person you expect, it confirms the line has cleared. Use the opportunity to explain why you have called and discuss the scam call / concerns.

Scams rely on isolating the possible victim and stopping them having time to think, there is often mention of don't tell anyone else it could disrupt the investigation. If you do receive a call thought to be a scam discuss it with friends and family, we are all potential victims and being aware of the various scams helps reduce the risk of becoming one.

 

John Shilton

Principal Co-ordinator

Bottesford Parish NHW

Email: JohnS@bottesfordparishNHW.org.uk

Mobile: 07725636626

 

Aug 7, 2018

Bottesford NHW Alert: ID Theft

We have received reports of recycling/waste bins being raided in the local area and personal information from discarded documents used fraudulently. The only safe way to dispose of any written material containing personal information is to shred or burn it. This includes envelopes with your name and address. You may think that such information is already in the public domain so it really doesn’t matter but fraudsters routinely collect information from a number of different sources which when put together is sufficient to open bank accounts or apply for credit cards IN YOUR NAME. Please don’t discard paperwork containing personal information – destroy it!

 

 

John Shilton

Principal Co-ordinator

Bottesford Parish NHW

Email: JohnS@bottesfordparishNHW.org.uk

Mobile: 07725636626

 

Jul 3, 2018

Bottesford NHW Alert: Lost Cat - Update

Felix’s owner has asked us to circulate the following message/poster

 

John Shilton

Principal Co-ordinator

Bottesford Parish NHW

Email: JohnS@bottesfordparishNHW.org.uk

Mobile: 07725636626

 

 

FOUND FELIX!

BIG thank you

-      To the lovely lady (and her dog) who spotted him in the window of an empty ‘For Sale’ property and helped with his rescue.

 

Thank you

-      To Anne for putting his missing poster on Facebook and to everyone who shared / sent it out and put it up in the village.

-      To everyone who took the time to look for him, (especially with the football being on) and those who called to say you might have seen him.

 

We are very grateful, and it is amazing to have him home again after he was trapped for nearly a week without food and water.

 

*Please keep looking out for any animals wandering into your home or outbuildings as they can easily get locked in without any food or water.

 

 

John Shilton

Principal Co-ordinator

Bottesford Parish NHW

Email: JohnS@bottesfordparishNHW.org.uk

Mobile: 07725636626

 

Jun 28, 2018

Bottesford NHW Alert: Break In at Red Lion / Felix - Missing Cat

Break In at Red Lion

The Red Lion was broken into – probably last night. Police are aware and if anyone saw anything suspicious or have information about it please contact the police on the non-emergency 101 number. Local residents are asked to be extra vigilant in case the perpetrators return.

 

Felix - Missing Cat

Have you seen our cat? Please call or text 07398 222 964.

Please check your garages and sheds etc. in case Felix is trapped in there as he has been missing for a few days and will be hungry / thirsty. Felix is a black and white large mixed breed cat.

 

John Shilton

Principal Co-ordinator

Bottesford Parish NHW

Email: JohnS@bottesfordparishNHW.org.uk

Mobile: 07725636626

 

Bottesford NHW Alert: Suspicious Vehicle

A silver/white van with a high roof was seen at approx 2pm today on Grantham Road. Two men, one going up drives. Registration AE55 FAO. Please be alert and report anything suspicious to the police immediately. Emergency or crime in progress 999 otherwise 101.

 

 

John Shilton

Principal Co-ordinator

Bottesford Parish NHW

Email: JohnS@bottesfordparishNHW.org.uk

Mobile: 07725636626