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April 2021 NHW Updates

Posted on 1st April, 2021

 

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Flubot, Text Message Scam

 

We have been made aware of a new text message scam called Flubot. This is a malicious piece of Spyware that is installed on your Android device once you receive a text message asking you to install a Tracking App due to a ‘missed package delivery’. The ‘Tracking App’ will actually steal your passwords and other sensitive data, whilst sending messages to your contacts to do the same.

 

The text message asks the user to click on a link (PLEASE DON’T), doing so will take you to a website where you will be prompted to download the App (DEFINATELY DON’T).

 

Please forward any scam messages to 7726 (SPAM on your keypad), which is a free reporting service.

 

Although this scam only appears on Android phones at the moment, Apple IOS users should remain alert as this could apply to these handsets at some point.

 

Please see the link for information on the National Cyber Security Website (PDF)

 

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Residential Garage Burglary.

 

A garage has been broken into overnight on the 17th in Manor Farm Crescent, WSM. The offender has removed the lock from the garage door and once inside has stolen a bicycle described as a Trek Mountain Bike in Luminous Lime Green with Black XR2 Wheels.

 

Any information please contact the Police on 101 quoting Ref number: 5221082644 stating NHW Release or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111. Thank you for your support.

 

Attachments: sheds-and-garages.pdf

 

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Residential Burglary.

 

A caravan has been burgled at some point between the 12th and 15th in Max Mill Lane, Winscombe. The offender/s have broken through the door and once inside have stolen a selection of alcohol, fire extinguisher, unicycle and other items, some of which were found discarded outside of the property.

 

Any information please contact the Police on 101 quoting Ref number: 5221080261 stating NHW Release or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111. Thank you for your support.

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Catalytic Convertor Thefts.

 

Please take a moment to view the attached guidance which we would like to share with you in light of the current issues surrounding Catalytic Convertor thefts from Motor Vehicles.

 

Attachments: catalytic-converter-theft and catalytic-convertor-theft-prevention

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The death of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

 

Andy Marsh, QPM, Chief Constable of Avon and Somerset Police, and Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said:

 

“On behalf of all our colleagues we offer our sincere condolences to Her Majesty the Queen and the Royal Family on the death of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip.

 

“We join with the nation in mourning this sad news. The Union Flag will be flown at half-mast at Police and Fire headquarters as a mark of our deepest respect for the Duke of Edinburgh and his service to the United Kingdom of Great Britain.”

 

Attachments: hrh-the-duke-of-edinburgh

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Residential Burglary.

 

A home has been burgled between midday and 1pm on the 1st in West Garston, WSM. The homeowner had gone out to take some exercise and upon returning to the property noticed that a Blue Handbag had been stolen from a dressing table containing an electronic tablet a quantity of cash and bank cards. It is possible that a rear door to the property had inadvertently been left insecure as there was no evidence of any force being used to gain entry.

 

Any information please contact the Police on 101 quoting Ref number: 5221070160 stating NHW Release or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111. Thank you for your support.

 

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Caravan Security

 

As the restrictions around Covid-19 are being eased and many people are looking at “Staycations” rather than holidays aboard, Caravans are becoming increasingly popular. Unfortunately criminals have also noticed this, so please take steps to increase the security of your Vans.

 

Secured By Design is the official police security initiative which provides a recognised standard for all security products, and a recent addition to this listing is Caravan iD. This scheme provides an individual identification number for your caravan and motorhome that can be checked to see if it has been stolen. For more information, visit their website at https://caravanid.com/

 

Other similar products are also available on the SBD website. All these products are police approved products https://caravanid.com/

 

Attachments: caravan-security

 

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See previous: March 2021 NHW Updates

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