1. Conference Speakers. The time is upon us once again when we are looking to book speakers for
the 2012 Conference, due to take place on 15th March 2012 (date for your diaries). I would be grateful,
if you would like to submit a suggestion for a speaker for the evening. The CADNWA Committee met
on Wednesday 10th August 2011 and considered the following suggestions, but if there is something
you would like to see different from those listed, then please contact Margaret Rushton on 01257-
246384 or by email Margaret.Rushton@lancashire.pnn.police.uk:
~ Trading Standards ~ Police Armed Response
~ Environment Agency ~ Police Dog Section
~ Crown Prosecution Service ~ Police Mounted Branch
2. Action Fraud. Is where you can find information about frauds. They are the UK’s national fraud
reporting centre. If you have been scammed, ripped off, or conned, there is something you can do
about it – get in touch with them.
You can now forward on scam emails received to Action Fraud at email@example.com.
Important: When you send an email you are doing so over the open internet, which we cannot
guarantee the security of. Therefore please do not send personal information, such as your address or
bank account details, when emailing Action Fraud.
Got an email bounce back? They have still received the scam emails forwarded to them even if you get
a bounce back message. The bounce back message just means the email has gone into a holding area
for spam, which is then released and received by them as usual. There is no need to contact them again
once you have forwarded your scam emails.
You can find the latest fraud information on the www.police.uk website.
3. Silence of the Scams. For those people who have been involved in the “Think Jessica” campaign,
which dealt with scam mail, should be interested in the current campaign of “Silence of the Scams”.
The campaign is about criminals worldwide who are sending scam letters which trick, “befriend”, and
threaten silent victims out of billions of pounds every year. Behind these figures lie huge numbers of
heart breaking tales of vulnerable people who have been robbed of their entire life savings.
Modern technology allows criminals to not only mass produce their letters but also to make them look
like personal correspondence and important documents. Watch out for letters from bogus lotteries,
clairvoyants, religious institutions, unclaimed prize distribution centres, and catalogues that promise a
cash prize, if you place an order. Scammers try to dazzle the minds of those they target: they use
psychology in an attempt to get them to focus on the fictitious prize, rather than the money that they
are sending off to claim it. Some of the dazzling words and phrases they use are:
~ Won the Lottery ~ Unclaimed Prize
~ Highly Confidential ~ Time Sensitive
~ Guaranteed Winner ~ Winner Confirmed
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How has someone been targeted? Criminals could have obtained your details from a genuine “Direct
marketing” list, or telephone survey, but you may have responded to a tempting offer or advertisement
in a magazine or newspaper that has been placed by a criminal. Everyone is at risk, but Think Jessica
surveys have revealed that criminals prefer to work from lists that categorise people as being elderly.
How can someone reduce the risk of becoming a victim? By not replying or sending any money
upfront to claim a prize or offer, however tempting it may seem. Scammers will ask for taxes/release
fees and anything else they can think of to get the victim to continually send cash.
BE VIGILANT. Think! Silence is a Scammer’s best friend. If you are being scammed or know
someone who is a victim of scammers, report it to Action Fraud by using the online fraud reporting
tool at www.actionfraud.org.uk or by speaking to a specialist fraud adviser on 0300 123 2040.
This information has been extracted from the new Silence of the Scams leaflet which has been
produced by Think Jessica. More information can be found on www.thinkjessica.com website, or
from the leaflet which is now available.
4. Autumn. The autumn period is fast approaching and we should be considering the implications of
the darker nights. If you go out during the evening or your home is left empty once darkness falls then
please find some simple tips for you to consider:
Purchasing timer switches. These switches can be pre-programmed to come on before
you reach home. Ensure that they are dotted around your house to make it look like you
are in residence.
Don’t leave bins out once they have been emptied these are a clear indicator that no one
is home. Speak to your neighbours to ascertain whether there is someone available
during the day who could replace your bin in its normal position.
Park in well-lit, busy areas and consider the safest route back to where you are parked.
Carry a personal attack alarm.
When approaching your car, or home, have your keys ready so you can enter without
If you have to walk, avoid short cuts in lonely areas. Keep to well-lit, busy streets
If possible carry your things in a small bag across your body, under your outer coat.
Carry your bag close to you with the clasp facing inwards.
Spread your valuables around. For example, carry your house keys in your pocket,
your phone in your bag and your money in your jacket.
Try not to advertise your valuables, mobile phone, laptop, MP3 player, jewellery,
Don’t tempt mobile phone thieves; be aware when making a call. Also protect your
i. Not leaving your phone on tables in pubs or restaurants
ii. When you exit a bus/train do not use your phone immediately, leave it a while.
iii. Do not walk and text at the same time, you will be less aware of what is
happening around you.
iv. Keep calls in public places as brief as possible, the longer you talk, the more
likely you are to be spotted by a potential thief.
Finally think about property marking all your possessions, you can either utilise an ultra violet marker
pen or one of the new dna based liquids. There are a number on the market and the following are three
that you could look at purchasing: Smartwater; Selectadna; and Crimestoppers all have variations.
These liquids are highly adaptable and can be used on a vast amount of different property.
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