There are a number of sub-coordinators covering particular areas of the villages, are always able to help, a list of whom is available on request. Download further information here.
Main Coordinator, Hale & Woodgreen Neighbourhood Watch
Sharon Barnett • 01725513335 •
Woodgreen Main Co-ordinator
Kevin Hunt • 01725 512818 • mobile: 07768 765780
Georgina Babey • 01725 514480 •
Doug and Sally Gemmell • 01725 513283 •
Val Le May Neville-Parry • 01725 511931 •
Carters Close, Hatchet Green
Frances Maynard • 01725 512275 •
John Williamson •
Tethering Drove, Forest Road West(Oaklands to Pine Lodge)
Jacqui Hartas • Deputy Main Co-ordinator for Hale
01725 510376 •
Parishioners can record their equipment serial numbers on the immobiliser website.
Police Beat Surgeries have resumed and are being held monthly in the car park of the Horse and Groom Pub in Woodgreen between 10 and 11 am. The next is scheduled for March 20th, the following 17th April and then 15th May.
Hampshire Alert- Free Webinars About Scams In July
Following on from our Alert last week relating to yet another online scam to look out for, I am delighted to be writing to you to invite you to join us in July for a month of weekly online webinars to expose the truths behind scams.
The webinars are FREE to attend and are open to anyone who would like to know more about scams, the psychology behind scams, prevention and how a fraud case is investigated.
The webinars bring together experts in their field relating to online fraud, a topic which we are all too familiar with and can affect anyone and everyone, as our lives are played out more digitally.
The dates of the webinars and their topics are as follows:
6th July, 5pm
Exploring the psychology behind scams and how scammers are so effective at their crimes
Paul Maskell, Fraud & Cyber Crime Prevention Manager, Dedicated Card and Payment Crime Unit (DCPCU)
14th July, 5pm
Insights into how a fraud case is investigated and how not to be the next victim
Ben Hobbs, Detective Sergeant; and Catriona Still, Head of Fraud Prevention & Training, Dedicated Card and Payment Crime Unit (DCPCU)
23rd July 5pm
Scams awareness training from the Friends Against Scams initiative
The National Trading Standards Scams Team (NTSST)
30th July, 5pm
Don't get hooked by scammers! What you need to know about flubot and phishing scams
Christopher Budd, Senior Global Threat Communications Manager, Avast
How to book your place
You can click on the links within this message on each of the webinars topics to register your place or you can go to www.ourwatch.org.uk/webinars and click on the webinar that you wish to attend, you can attend all of them if you wish and so make sure that you complete the registration page for each of them.
How to protect yourself:
In the UK, coronavirus vaccinations will only be available via the National Health Services of England, Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland. You can be contacted by the NHS, your employer, a local GP surgery or pharmacy, to receive your vaccination. Remember, the vaccinations are free of charge and you will not be asked for a payment.
The NHS will never:
ask for your bank account or card details
ask for your PIN or banking passwords
arrive unannounced at your home to administer the vaccine
ask for documentation to prove your identity, such as a passport or utility bills
If you receive a call you believe to be fraudulent, hang up. If you are suspicious about an email you have received, forward it to email@example.com. Suspicious text messages should be forwarded to the number 7726, which is free of charge.
If you believe you are the victim of a fraud, please report this to Action Fraud as soon as possible by calling 0300 123 2040 or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk.
Latest Scam News from Hampshire County Council
Hampshire Trading Standards are asking residents to be alert to cold callers at the door this Winter. With the nights drawing in and bad weather likely, rogue traders may use these conditions as an excuse to tout for work around the home and garden.
In order to persuade the resident to have work done, the initial approach by the cold caller will be friendly and they will appear to be concerned and helpful. But all too often the cold caller will attempt to worry and pressurise the resident into having work done – even if it doesn’t need doing. For example: “your tree is leaning dangerously, it needs to come down or could fall on the neighbours’ property”; or “Your neighbour is worried about your tree falling on his property, did you know you could end up with a big bill if anything were to happen”; or “Your tree’s branches are overhanging the path and are dangerous. You would be liable if someone got injured”; or “I can see from here that your roof tiles are loose. If you don’t get them fixed immediately they will blow off, your roof will leak and your ceiling will fall in”.
In a case recently highlighted to Trading Standards, an older resident from the Basingstoke area was approached by a man who said their tree was dangerous and likely to fall into the neighbour’s house. The resident reluctantly agreed to have some branches removed for £30. The man then said the tree needed to come down as it was damaged. Five more men arrived and cut the tree down. The price was escalated to £750, then reduced to £650. When the resident asked about chipping the tree’s branches, the men carried out the chipping, but escalated the price to £5,600. The resident felt intimidated and paid a total of £6,250.
No paperwork was given before or after the work.
TRADING STANDARDS STRONGLY ADVISE RESIDENTS NOT TO AGREE TO WORK THAT IS INSTIGATED AS A RESULT OF A COLD CALL. Residents should obtain at least 3 written quotes from reputable businesses or traders who are either members of the Hampshire County Council Trading Standards Buy With Confidence scheme or a recognised trade association.
Members of the Buy With Confidence scheme are fully audited to ensure their trading practices are legal, honest and fair. All members have been checked for trustworthiness and compliance with consumer protection laws. Directories can be obtained free of charge by telephone on 0808 223 1133, email firstname.lastname@example.org or by order online via the Hantsweb Shop.
An up to date list of business is available on the Buy With Confidence web site.
Traders who agree work at the home of an individual or at a place other than their usual business premises are required by law to provide consumers with a Notice of Right to Cancel, which gives a 14 day cooling off period from the date the work starts. Even if work has started, there is still a legal right to cancel, although some payment may be required for materials already used.
Advertising flyers may contain insufficient and/or false information, making any civil action or criminal enforcement difficult. Mobile phone numbers can easily be disposed of, addresses can be virtual or fabricated, even the company names are sometimes very similar, if not the same, as a genuine company.
To inform Trading Standards about cold calling, please report the matter to our partners at the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 0808 223 1133.
Doorstep Crime can be reported to Hampshire Police on their non-urgent number 101 or dial 999 if you feel threatened or intimidated.
Hampshire County Council Trading Standards is aware that fraudsters are exploiting the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation for their own gain. These are troubling and uncertain times for all of us, and we are warning residents to stay especially alert to scams/fraud and doorstep callers.
Tips to avoid being defrauded of your money:-
Be sceptical, not everyone has your best interests at heart.
Unless you are expecting a visitor, do not open the door to cold callers. This is especially important at this current time of social distancing and self-isolation.
Do not accept help from people who want money up front, for example for shopping.
Never give your debit/credit card or PIN number to anyone.
Take your time, don’t be rushed on the phone, and if in any doubt, hang up and check with a friend or relative.
Do not click on links in text (SMS) or emails unless you know who they are from.
If you are online, be aware of fake news and use trusted sources such as .gov.uk or NHS.uk.
Facebook Community Groups, WhatsApp Groups and the Nextdoor App that send neighbourhood alerts can be great ways of staying in touch with those around you. However, it can be difficult to know who to trust.
Know who you are dealing with; if you need help, talk to someone you know or get in touch with your local Council.
Connect to Support Hampshire have a very useful ‘Coronavirus Resources Page’.
Some of the scams/fraud we are aware of are outlined below. Please be aware this is an ever changing situation, and fraudsters will come up with other ways to reach their targets via different mediums, for example phone, letter, text, email, at the door
Miracle cure. There is no current cure or vaccine for Coronavirus (COVID-19). Any such claims are false, and the products fake.
Tests for sale. At this present time, tests cannot be bought and any tests on sale will be fake.
Testing at home. Tests are not being offered at home. Any callers at the door, offering ‘home-testing’ for Coronavirus will be fraudulent.
Deep cleaning. Do not allow people into your home, even if they claim to be the Council carrying out a deep clean. This includes cleaning drive ways, paths, etc.
Protective equipment. Fake face masks, hazard suits and gloves claiming to protect from Coronavirus will not give the protection promised.
Fake Hand Sanitisers. These products can contain harmful, even banned substances. Ingredients must always be listed on the product itself.
Goodwill payments, tax rebates, offers of money. Email or Text (SMS) messages claiming to be from HMRC or other organisations offering a ‘goodwill payment’ or a tax rebate will be phishing attempts. An example would be: “As Part of the NHS promise to battle the COV- 19virus, HMRC has issued a payment of £258 as a goodwill payment. Follow link to apply”. Do not follow such links.
Fake Apps. There are new mobile phone apps that claim to give you updates on the virus, instead they lock your phone and demand a ransom. Do not use them.
Bogus Officials. Your bank or the police will NEVER ask for your bank details over the phone.
Overcharging. Certain products, such as toilet rolls, hand sanitiser and handwash can be difficult to get hold of because of panic buying. Unscrupulous people are selling such items at inflated prices. Trading Standards are interested in knowing who is selling such items.
To report overcharging, scams, or to obtain advice, contact our partners at the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 0808 223 1133 (please note that this service is receiving a higher than average number of calls at present).
You can download a ‘We do not buy goods or services at the door’ notice from our web site.
Doorstep Crime can also be reported to Hampshire Police on their non-urgent number 101 or dial 999 if you feel threatened or intimidated.
Coronavirus Scams - 22/03/20
Unknown people offering to help with shopping
Unfortunately in these worrying times, there are scammers who are taking advantage of people who are self-isolating. Please don’t trust anyone who offers to shop for you and asks for your credit card and pin or cash, in advance. You may not see them again. Ask your neighbours for help or people you know and trust.
If you need help call Jacqui Hartas on 01725 510376 or Amanda Johnson on 01725 511636.
If you need shopping contact:
Woodgreen Community Shop will deliver food if you open an account. See their website.
Hale Newsagents deliver on Fridays if you contact them by Thursday lunchtime. Telephone: 01725 510458.
Social Media and text scams
Be careful with anything related to the Coronavirus: emails, attachments, any social media, texts on your phone, anything.
Look out for topics like:
• ‘Check updated Coronavirus map in your city’
• ‘Coronavirus Infection warning from local school district’
• ‘CDC or World Health Organisation emails or social media Coronavirus messaging’
• ‘Keeping your children safe from Coronavirus’
• You might even get a scam phone call to raise funds for “victims”.
How to keep safe from this type of fraud
There will likely be a number of scams using COVID-19 as bait, so please be cautious:
Do not open or download attachments to unexpected emails eg if you see “go through the attached document on safety measures regarding the spreading of coronavirus”, ignore it.
Do not click on any buttons in unexpected emails eg if invited to click on a “Safety Measures” button to see more information, ignore it.
Ignore any pop-up that appears on your computer asking you to verify your information eg email username and password.
If you are contacted by a person or organisation that appears to be from WHO, verify their authenticity before responding