Derbyshire Alert is a community messaging service provided by Derbyshire Constabulary. Recent alerts & messages will be posted here when they become available.
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6 Feb. 2019: Trading Standards warning about sales of memory foam mattresses
Flyers are being circulated about sales of these mattresses as part of a closing down sale. The public are warned that mattresses sold in the UK must comply with safety regulations such that they are flame-resistant and must have a blue safety label permanently attached. With no way of tracing the seller, there is no way of checking whether the mattress is safe, and it has been known for false safety labels to be stitched in to look authentic. Click link for full details.
1 Feb. 2019: Police Warning About Thefts From Postboxes
Police warn home owners with external post boxes about the possibility of theft after reports of mail being stolen.
21.1.19 Rogue traders target elderly residents in Derbyshire.
Following 3 cases when rogue traders approached elderly people offering to repair roof tiles, Derbyshire Police have issued this advice
A legitimate trader will never:
- Call without an appointment
- Ask you to withdraw money from a bank or make a bank transfer
- Offer to take you to withdraw any money
- Ask you to pay in full before the work is complete
- Insist a decision is made there and then on the work
- Intimidate you into having work done
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.
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.
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.
FIFA advises that FIFA.com/tickets 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:
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.
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.