Get onboard - support your community by enrolling with your local Neighbourhood Alert - see below.
Neighbourhood Alert is the newest, comprehensive, two-way system fully supported by national police forces. To quote from the local area website: Registration on the East Bassetlaw Neighbourhood Alert website will enable you to report information regarding any crime, suspicious behaviour and anti-social behaviour you see or hear within your area. Registration is restricted to residents of the East Bassetlaw area as well as people who work here.
Neighbourhood Alert are seeking the widest possible involvement by the local community; for more information and also to enrol please go to the East Bassetlaw Community Alert website. This really is a no-brainer if you want to be fully aware of what our police are dealing with, almost ‘as-it-happens’.
For the related Neighbourhood Watch Newsletter, click here...
14th February, 2021: Bitcoin investment scams
8th January, 2021: Coronavirus Vaccination Scams
The system also includes regular (almost daily) e-mail alerts about issues that have been reported - we post just a few of these below...
Action Fraud is warning people selling items online to be on the lookout for criminals sending fake PayPal emails. Report received 6th November, 2020.
Police are advising that scammers are phoning people about Amazon Prime - either accounts or internet connection faults - as an excuse to extract account details from them. Don’t give anything! Read the police report in full by clicking on the pdf icon on the left.
Report received 3rd November, 2020.
Alert (29th May, 2020): Doorstep Sellers. Nottinghamshire County Council Trading Standards have received information that there is a someone going door to door selling fish.
We appreciate that there are genuine fish sellers in the area. However, in the past we have had reports of fish being sold in this way being overpriced, incorrectly stored and being mis-described. There have also been occasions when the fish has not been kept in chilled conditions.
Therefore, Trading Standards never recommends buying any goods at the door.
To bring a matter to the attention of trading standards or for consumer advice, please contact the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 0808 223 1133. This number is free from mobiles and landlines.
Have you fallen victim to this potential password scam? A member of the public contacted us after following a link via Facebook Messenger to what they thought was a video. It then asks you to log in to Facebook, but when you enter your details it doesn't take you there. Alert via Which? (29th May, 2020).
Coronavirus Scams: Exploiting Those Trying To Protect Themselves
Message received 18th March, 2020.
Drivers targeted with fake fines (02 July 2019)
What to do if terrorists strike? Read more...
Debt Collection scam and avoidance advice (5th April, 2018)
Warning! Scams are out there focused on Weddings! (5th June 2017)
Smishing alert - text message risks (26th May 2017)
Tech-Support scammers claiming to be from Microsoft who are taking advantage of the
global WannaCry ransomware attack. (23rd May 2017)
Warning - fraudulent tree surgeons (10th May 2017)
Tourists targetted by face police officers (4th May 2017)
Dwellings break-in in the local area (12th February 2017)
Ransomware attack advice (22nd May 2017)
Illegal off-road driving - it could cost you your vehicle! (26th June 2016)
Fraud Alert - Fake Police Officers (16th June 2016)
Action Fraud advice on bogus e-mails from apparently well-known companies, etc. While this is a good warning, members of Clarborough & Welham IT Group will be aware of some simple checking procedures that we all use in this situation. Simply put; if you hover your pointer over a recently received e-mail - don’t click or move it for a few seconds - a box pops up containing the sender’s e-mail address. So, if it purports to come from (say) NatWest but the revealed sender’s address is not one that NatWest have given you on paper, then simply and promptly delete the message. Do not open (click on) doubtful messages and never click on any links within such e-mails. Remember, the Banking Code forbids banks and other financial institutions from contacting customers by e-mail (or phone) for anything to do with personal accounts.
Scam alerts from Notts County Council (30th December 2015)
As our local PCSO Dave Airey has said on numerous occasions, ‘we are one team’, so please sign up to take an even more active part by opening the Neighbourhood Alert dialogue.
A very small selection of recent Alerts are reproduced below, just to give you a flavour of the service (that on the left is from 02 March, 2015):
Latest Alerts Latest Alerts Latest Alerts
This is only a selection - get enrolled for the full service!
The visual quality of these screenshots are much lower than the actual Alerts due to our processes of transfer to this site.
Scams: do remember the following vital points:
- No ‘official’ body will ask for an ‘administration fee’ to ‘release’ something that they claim you are owed or have won. Such wording is an immediate warning that what follows is trying to extract money from you. Don’t ‘click’ on anything - just get out of there fast!
- No UK Bank, Building Society or reputable business will ever ask you to pass personal account details over via an e-mail. Again, this is a sure-fire warning that what you have received aims to be fraudulent.
- Just because an e-mail carries an official or corporate logo, heading, etc. doesn’t mean it really comes from that source. It only needs the most basic of computer knowledge to produce such e-mails...
- A quick way to check the origin of an e-mail is simply to ‘hover’ your pointer over that e-mail in your ‘in box’ - the e-mail address of the origin will then appear. Thus, a recent e-mail purporting to come from parcel delivery giant FedEx actually originated from e-mail address in Macau!
Catalytic converter thefts are on the rise again (Feb 2015). Download Police advice leaflet here...
Notts Trading Standards warning about cold callers re. roof coating & cleaning (07 Jan 2015)
Scams using 070 personal phone numbers (01 Dec 2014)
Click here for Neighbourhood Alert regarding Ukash telephone scam (22 Jan 2014)
Enter your postcode to find local community information (7th November 2013)
Mark your property - don’t give thieves a present! Read this booklet full of advice. (06 Dec 2012)
Alerts are e-mailed to registered members at very regular intervals - highly recommended!
...no one knows your immediate area better than you, and now you have a facility with which you can be heard. In the past, many observations and pieces of intelligence from members of the public and concerned citizens have not been listened to. Many times as residents of the area, we have been aware of trouble brewing: gangs gathering and spoiling for trouble, con-men in the area, dodgy characters looking in car windows, people selling drugs, the list is endless. But, over the years, we have learnt that unless an incident is taking place at that moment, other issues take priority.
The truth however is that the police intelligence department do want this information, they value it and have been fantastically supportive of the development of a system to collect this information confidentially. All reports made are stored safely and the local Safer Neighbourhood teams, Police intel units and your local co-ordinators are notified that information has been reported. When the authorised personnel log in and respond to your report you are notified by e-mail.
In addition to this and thanks to a further commitment from the police, if you register on the system you will be given access to the police crime stats reports for your immediate area. A weekly report that will enable you to see exactly what crime has been reported in your street (no house numbers). This will enable you to take precautions against perhaps an increase in burglary or car theft or simply feel reassured that you have a downward crime trend in your area.