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Scam Awareness

posted 25 Apr 2020, 00:20 by Chorleywood Residents' Association

Sadly we are continuing to hear reports of scammers taking advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic and we urge residents to continue to take extra care.  There are many resources available to help. 

If you have not already signed up to the Neighbourhood Watch OWL service then it is worth taking a look at the website https://www.owl.co.uk/.  The OWL service sends alerts with up to date and useful information.  A recent OWL alert included the Little Book of Phone Scams a very practical guide and worth reading.

Other guides are available from the Eastern Region Special Operations Unit (ERSOU) which is part of the UK Regional Organised Crime Unit.  These include:

Action Fraud is the UK’s national reporting centre for fraud and cybercrime where you should report fraud if you have been scammed, defrauded or experienced cyber crime in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.  The website www.actionfraud.police.uk also contains helpful information as well as news and alerts.

Another online resource is https://takefive-stopfraud.org.uk which aims to offer straight-forward practical advice that helps prevent fraud with a key message of STOP - CHALLENGE - PROTECT.  There are examples, videos and even a quiz that you can take to see if you can spot a scam.
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