Derbyshire Alert

Derbyshire Alert is a community messaging service provided by Derbyshire Constabulary.  Recent alerts & messages will be posted here when they become available.

Take 5 to Stop Fraud
Avoid becoming victim of a scam – visit the takefive-stopfraud website  Too smart to be scammed? – take the test here

4.12.18 Fraud by criminals posing as police officers.  People in Derbyshire have been conned out of thousands of pounds by gangs posing as police officers who tell people that they have been the victim of fraud.  Click here for full details.

29.10.18 Extortion Scam
Cyber criminals attempt to blackmail victims by claiming to have used the victims’ passwords to install spyware on their computers.  Check the link above for more details.

21.09.18 Fake TV Licensing Refund emails
These fake emails offering refunds on TV licences contain links that are designed to steal personal & financial details.  Check the link above for more details.

14.09.18 Fake Netflix emails
Fake emails claiming that there is an issue with your Netflix account are designed to steal your personal details, passwords, payments etc. Check the link above for more details.

15.06.18 Courier Fraud

30.4.18 TV Providers Discount Fraud   
Fraudsters are cold-calling victims, claiming to be from a TV provider, offering discounts on their monthly subscriptions and requesting bank details to process payments for subscriptions or updated equipment etc.  Follow the link above for full details.

21.4.18 World Cup 2018 Ticket Alert
FIFA advises that is the only official and legitimate website on which to buy 2018 FIFA World Cup tickets.  Click on the link above for more details.

5.4.18: Fake Bailiff Calls about Alleged Debts.
Victims receive a telephone call from someone purporting to be a bailiff enforcing a court judgement, attempting to recover funds for a non-existent debt. The fraudsters state the debt originates from the victim not paying a magazine advertisement subscription.  Read more here.

5.4.18.  Online Sellers targeted by Fraudsters.
People selling items on online marketplace websites are falling victim to bogus buyers who fake overpayment for the item & manage to persuade the sellers to send back the overpayment.  See the full report here.

16.3.18. False Telephone Preference Service
Fraudsters are cold-calling victims, falsely stating that they are calling from one of the well-known UK telecommunication service providers. They call victims claiming to provide a ‘Telephone Preference Service’  & ask for victims bank details.  There is only one telephone preference service (TPS) and it is free.  Read the full details here to avoid this fraud.

31.1.18. Phantom Debt Fraud:  Fraudsters posing as debt collectors have been contacting members of the public asking for payment of ’phantom debts’. Read the advice here to avoid being scammed

25.1.18. Take 5 to Stop Fraud:
Avoid becoming victim of a scam – visit  Too smart to be scammed? – take the test here.

14/15.1.18.  Hathersage: Theft of dirt bike Have you seen this bike? More details here.

18 January 2018: Improve Your Internet Security for free in 2 minutes
Quad 9 is a free DNS service providing an automated way to protect yourself and your business by blocking access to known malicious websites, like phishing sites designed to steal personal or banking details.  Visit the Derbyshire Alert page on Quad9 here or the Quad9 website for full details.

14 November 2017:  Cyber Security Advice Installing The Latest Software Updates. Have you installed the latest software updates?  Install the latest software and app updates on all of your devices.  These updates often contain important security upgrades which help protect your device from viruses and hackers.  Do you want to know more?  CyberProtect now has pages on Facebook and Twitter.  Follow us now for more advice and support.

13 November 2017:  Employment Fraud Fraudsters are targeting job seekers and trying to obtain their personal information, banking details etc. when they register with job seeking websites or The Student Room website   More details here

17 October 2017:  Phishing: How to protect yourself
Fraudsters create authentic looking emails purporting to be from genuine companies or even someone you know in order to defraud you.  The emails are designed to infect your devices with malicious software (malware) or to steal sensitive information such as your financial details or passwords.
Attachments & Links
Don’t open attachments or click on the links in any unsolicited emails you receive.  Email is the #1 delivery vehicle for ransomware and other forms of malware.  The links could lead to malicious sites designed to infect your computer with malware or steal your personal & financial details.
Your details
Never respond to emails that ask for your personal or financial details. Your bank won’t send you emails asking for this type of information.