Whittlesey and District Neighbourhood Watch

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Fraud, often called Scams, is the fastest growing area of crime and is often not reported.

ActionFraud is the UK’s national fraud and internet crime reporting centre.

They provide a central point of contact for information about fraud and financially motivated internet crime.

Click here to download a leaflet about Action Fraud.

Click here to read the article on What to Do if you or someone you know thinks they might have been scammed.

 

Fake OMICRON PCR TEST Email

Please be alert to the suspicious email (detailed below) that has been received today by a resident within Cambridgeshire, it exploits the briefing at the weekend by Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

In the suspicious email note the ‘From’ address.

The official domain name of the NHS is @nhs.uk NOT @pcr-nhs-test.co.uk

There is no such thing as an OMICRON PCR TEST.

Omicron is a variant of Covid, and a PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test, detects the presence of the COVID-19 virus in the human body.

The official sources make NO reference to an ‘Omicron PCR test kit’ because it does not exisit.

The wording in the suspicious email is not what I would expect from the NHS or gov.uk, it refers to NHS scientists, which I find VERY odd due to the private sector developing the vaccine.

It asks the question ‘What happen if you decline a COVID-19 Omicron test’? There is no ‘s’ after the word happen, poor grammar which I would expect from an official genuine sender.

You may also note in the body of text, that they also spell Omicron, OMICORN.

Spelling, grammar, all the red flags are in this phishing email.

If you wish to find out more about the variant Omicron or forms of testing, then visit the genuine websites www.gov.uk or www.nhs.uk

If you receive any suspicious email please forward to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Avoid clicking on links instead, visit the genuine official website or genuine app of the alleged sender.

SUSPICIOUS EMAIL BELOW – ALL LINKS REMOVED

From: NHS (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..u)
Sent: 30 November 2021 08:43
To:
Subject: Get Your Free Omicron PCR test - Apply now to avoid restrictions

 
 

NHS

 
 
 
 
 

Get Your Free Omicron PCR today to avoid restrictions

NHS scientists have warned that the new Covid variant Omicron spreads rapidly, can be transmitted between fully vaccinated people, and makes jabs less effective.However, as the new covid variant (Omicron)has quickly become apparent, we have had to make new test kits as the new variant appears dormant in the original test kits.

What happen if you decline a COVID-19 Omicron test?

In this situation, we warned that testing is in the best interests of themselves, friends, and family. People who do not consent or cannot agree to a COVID-19 test and refuse to undergo a swab must be isolated.

How to request a Free Omicron PCR test?

You can order your Omicorn pcr test via NHS portal by clicking the link below:

order-pcr/OVID-10-omicron-resarch/

What happen if you are positive?

If positive, they must isolate for 10 days and should be reported to Public Health England.

Scam Alerts Service from Which

Fraudsters are bombarding the UK public with scams, ruthlessly exploiting events like the pandemic to catch us off guard. People are falling victim to scams by email, text, phone calls and social media. Scammers are stealing £billions. We need to stay alert.

Free Which? Scam Alerts are regular email updates on the latest scams doing the rounds – and practical advice to keep you one step ahead of the scammers. Your friends and family can sign up too.

Sign up to free Which? Scam Alerts and outsmart the scammers. It only takes a minute.

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Paypal and Online Marketplaces

If you buy from Facebook Marketplace or any other online Marketplace using PayPal, please be aware of the following:

Summary

  • The victim contacted the seller of a games console advertised on Facebook Marketplace at £150.
  • The suspect replied with an excuse that he was not local for the next month, so he would have to post it. (RED FLAG – This would avoid a meeting)
  • The suspect then sent his PayPal reference to the victim.
  • The victim accessed his PayPal account and sent the suspect the £150.
  • The victim then receives a message from the suspect stating that the funds were on hold, so he won’t send the item out until the funds have cleared.
  • The suspect then said he’ll issue a refund, which he actually did.
  • The suspect then asked the victim to resend the funds using PayPal but this time not using the ‘Goods and Services’ option but instead, opting for ‘Friends and Family’ and gave a different PayPal reference. (RED FLAG – NEVER pay for goods or services using the PayPal Friends and Family option, your purchase will NOT be protected, see Key Message below)
  • The victim sends £150 using the PayPal Friends and Family option instead of Goods and Services.
  • The following day, the victim contacts the suspect for tracking details of the games console.
  • The suspect initially did not reply but later stated that he was busy and subsequently closed or blocked his Facebook profile to the victim and stopped communicating.
  • The victim contacts PayPal but because they made the payment for a computer games console using the Friends and Family option, they were not covered by PayPal Purchase Protection.

Read more: Paypal and Online Marketplaces

Online Romance and Dating Fraud

All this week, Cambridgeshire Police will be supporting a national campaign involving all the UK police services and some of the companies providing dating services, to help raise the awareness of online romance/dating fraud and provide advice on how to stay safe online.

Romance, or dating fraud, occurs when a relationship is formed online, but the profile of the perfect partner you think you've met, is in fact fake.

The scammer makes you believe you're in a loving relationship spanning weeks, or perhaps months to gain your trust. However, the end goal is always a much more sinister one, with criminals after money or personal information.

Read more: Online Romance and Dating Fraud