Posted on behalf of Runnymede Neighbourhood Watch
Neighbourhood Watch and Home Watch have traditionally been about helping people to be safe and to feel safe where they live. However, this does not just relate to physical spaces. Your ‘online neighbours’ can now be a big part of your community and social life – not to mention that your neighbours and the people around you can have a big influence on the way you navigate the ‘online world’. Please share your skills and knowledge and keep a friendly eye on those more vulnerable.
Some key facts about fraud
• Online shopping and auction scams were the most common fraud reported in 2013 and cost UK consumers £63.6 million.
• Crime figures show a near 60% rise in reported fraud over the past five years boosted by a rise in identity theft and online scams.
• The internet is the delivery channel for 84% of identity fraud, a crime that costs UK consumers £3.3 billion a year.
The rules on distance selling change in June 2014. For more information see: http://discuss.bis.gov.uk/consumerrightsbill
Action Fraud is the UK’s national reporting centre for fraud and internet crime. It is run by the City of London Police (which is the national policing lead for economic crime) working alongside the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau. It was set up in 2013 to act as a central body for the reporting and investigation of fraud. Fraud and internet crime are not constrained by geography and this provides a coordinated approach across all police forces.
Visit http://www.actionfraud.police.uk for lots more information about different types of fraud and how you can protect yourself. You can also report fraud on their website or call 0300 123 2040 to report it.
The Home Office is running a campaign called Cyber Streetwise, aimed at helping people to stay safe online. It provides lots of useful tips and advice on how to protect yourself. Visit their website http://www.cyberstreetwise.com
Get Safe Online is a not-for-profit organisation that provides advice and support on protecting yourself online. They have an easy-to-navigate and really useful website at http://www.getsafeonline.org
If you are concerned about a trader, sales technique or a product you have purchased, you can contact the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 08454 04 05 06. This is also the best way to contact Trading Standards. If you would like to find your nearest Trading Standards office you can do so via http://www.tradingstandards.gov.uk
For further advice on crime reduction please contact the North Division Crime Reduction Advisors on 101 or the Runnymede Neighbourhood Watch Office on 01483 639937 or check out the Runnymede Neighbourhood Watch website at: http://www.sites.google.com/site/runnymedeneighbourhoodwatch