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Elderly Targeted by Fake Police Officers

The following has been received from Thames Valley Police Alert.

This is a message sent via Thames Valley Alert. This information has been sent on behalf of Action Fraud (National Fraud Intelligence Bureau)

There has been a recent series of incidents whereby fraudsters either phone or attend the home address of elderly members of the public, claiming to be police officers.

The fake officer/s will claim that they are investigating a fraud which they believe the elderly person to be a victim of. The fake officer/s will then request the bank cards and personal identification numbers (PIN) of the victim and claim these are needed for investigation purposes. If the first contact was made by a phone call, the fake officer/s will tell the victim that someone will be over to collect the evidence. In one case the victim was instructed to attend their local bank and withdraw all of the money from their account. The suspect was left alone in the victim’s house whilst the victim carried out the instructions.

Protect Yourself

  • Before letting anyone into your home who claims to be from any law enforcement agency, ask to see their identity card and check it by calling 101.
  • Ask if they can attend at a pre-arranged time when a family member or friend can also be present.
  • If you receive a phone call from a police officer,  ask for their name and force and tell them you will call them back. Wait a few minutes and then use 101 to call them back through their force’s switchboard and verify their identity.
  • The Police will never ask for your PIN or passwords. Do not give this information to anyone.
  • The Police will never request that you withdraw/transfer any money to them.

If you believe that you have been a victim of fraud you can report it online http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/report_fraud or by telephone 0300 123 2040.

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Rogue Traders

The following is from a Thames Valley Police Alert released on Thursday 26th of November.

Thames Valley Police have received two reports that Rogue Traders are targeting elderly residents within Chiltern and South Bucks claiming that their property requires roofing repairs. On both occasions the residents challenged this and the offender left without any money being exchanged.

Rogue traders are individuals or groups of people who cold-call householders, often targeting vulnerable residents, claiming to be a bona fide business and purporting to offer services, most commonly buildings maintenance and repair.

The offenders charge excessive fees for the work, yet the work that is carried out is either sub-standard or not carried out at all.

Please be vigilant and if you are approached under similar circumstance, see anyone suspicious in the area or have any information please contact the Thames Valley Police Enquiry Centre on 101 or Trading Standards at Buckinghamshire County CouncilTrading Standards Service on 0845 370 8090 or 01296 383919 or via Email: tsd@buckscc.gov.uk

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Please take part in Cyber-crime survey

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Please help us in our continuing work to tackle cyber crime by taking part in a short online survey.

Hosted by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Surrey, with the assistance of the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit (SEROCU), the survey is being conducted to help our Force and partner agencies gain a better understanding of the effects of cyber crime.

It should only take a few minutes to complete, is open to anyone over the age of 18 whether or not you have been a victim of cyber crime, and one lucky participant will win £100 of Amazon vouchers.  Continue reading Please take part in Cyber-crime survey

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Action Fraud Message

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From (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)

Fraudsters have set up a high specification website template advertising various electrical goods and domestic appliances. These goods are below market value and do not exist. The fraudsters will request your card details via the website; however the purchaser will then receive an email stating the payment failed and they must pay via bank transfer.

The fraudsters entice the purchaser and reassure them it is a legitimate purchase by using the widely recognised Trusted Shop Trustmark. The fraudsters are using the Trustmark fraudulently and have not been certified by Trusted Shops and therefore the purchaser is not covered by the Trusted Shop money-back guarantee.

Protect yourself:  Continue reading Action Fraud Message

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Next Dementia-friendly meeting

Here’s the Agenda-19.11.15 for the next Great Missenden Dementia Alliance meeting on 19th November.   Please note that this is a lunch time meeting, tea & coffee will be provided but please feel free to bring along your lunch as we help and support each other to make your community more Dementia-Friendly. If you are unable to make the full 1.5 hours, please do still come along for as long as you can as it would be great to see you.

Take a look at the Dementia-Friendly Communities video to find out why being Dementia-Friendly is so important:

To confirm attendance, call: 01296 387821.

We look forward to seeing you soon.  Kind Regards, Gemma Workman, Dementia-Friendly Community Manager and Alliance Chair, Buckinghamshire County Council.

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Another opportunity to input to HS2 consultation by 27 November

Deadline to petition re HS2 changes via Parliament gone…BUT you still have an opportunity to respond to this consultation, by 27 November

Background

Since HS2 was first hatched and became a Hot Topic, PVA has published 26 articles to keep you updated including http://prestwoodva.org.uk/petitioning-against-the-hs2-bill/ on 24 April 2014 which was your first opportunity to petition on the subject.

The deadline for individual petitioning against Additional Provisions (AP4 locally) on the Hybrid Bill in the House of Commons regarding HS2 has now closed ie. Friday 13th November. You’ll recall we sent out an ALERT following our latest news item being posted, on 8th November.

Despite the short time window to petition individually, ie. from latest info update supplied by HS2Ltd on 30 October with individual petitioning closing on 13 November, you can still make your voice heard by Friday 27 November. Here’s the response form to complete: SES3 Consultation Response Form

How Prestwood may be affected

Now that it has been agreed to extend the tunnel to the west side of South Heath by an extra 2.6km (AP4), a Chiltern Tunnel North Portal Access Road will be constructed off the Gt Missenden Link Road Roundabout on the A413. Continue reading Another opportunity to input to HS2 consultation by 27 November

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13 November Deadline to petition re HS2 changes

We thank Mike Johnstone and John Gladwin for bringing this to our attention.

We wish to bring to your attention two opportunities to respond to HS2 public consultations. The first which is a Petition responding to AP4 (see below)  closes this week, and there are two ways of making a submission; by the 10th November (Tuesday) of this week via Cheryl Gillan’s office, or direct to the Government by the 13th November. This article explains what it is about and proposes how it may affect Prestwood residents, and what you can do about it below.
At the bottom of this article is a Consultation on SES3 and AP4 which closes on the 27th of November. 

AP4 Petition

Since HS2 was first hatched and became a Hot Topic, PVA has published 26 articles to keep you updated including http://prestwoodva.org.uk/petitioning-against-the-hs2-bill/ on 24 April 2014 which was your first opportunity to petition on the subject.

Now, the deadline for individual petitioning against Additional Provisions (AP4 locally)* on the Hybrid Bill in the House of Commons regarding HS2 is Friday 13th November.  If you wish to, an easier route is to get your completed petition to Cheryl Gillan MP’s office in Amersham by mid-day this Tuesday 10 November. Continue reading 13 November Deadline to petition re HS2 changes

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Talk Talk Users – Please note

I assume that this applies not only to Talk Talk customers, but also those with accounts with companies that were at some time in the past acquired by Talk Talk (for example Pipex). 

The following is from a Thames Valley Police Alert.

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Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)

Cyber Attack
Talk Talk, the phone and broadband provider, has been the victim of a cyber attack on their website commonly referred to as DDoS – distributed denial of service attack. This has led to hackers accessing Talk Talks servers and stealing personal data, which could affect over four million customers. It is currently unknown exactly what data has been stolen but Talk Talk has stated that there is a chance that some of the following data could have been accessed: Continue reading Talk Talk Users – Please note

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And another scam on Pensions

Thames Valley Police Alert:

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) has been alerted to a pension scam whereby cold callers continue to target members of the public aged 50 to 60 years old to release and transfer their pension early. Suspected firms who advertise and arrange pensions are offering investments in alternative commodities such as hotel developments or property in Cape Verde, and operate as unregulated collective investment schemes.

Often, the cold calling ‘pension companies’ involved are neither regulated nor qualified to give financial advice and classify themselves as a ‘trustee’, ‘consultant’ or an ‘independent advisor’ and offer exceptionally high return rates for investors.   Continue reading And another scam on Pensions

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Scam alert from Thames Valley Police

Council Tax Scam

Fraudsters have been phoning victims telling them that they have been placed in the wrong council tax bracket for a number of years and are entitled to a rebate. They normally say that this rebate should be worth about £7,000. Once the victim is convinced, the fraudster tells them that in order to receive the rebate they will need to pay an administration fee in advance. The payment they ask for varies between £60–£350. The victim provides the details and makes the payment, but then is no longer able to make contact with the person they spoke to on the phone. When they phone their council about the rebate and the fact that they are in the wrong tax bracket, the council will confirm that they know nothing about it and that they have been contacted by fraudsters.

The fraudsters have mainly been targeting both male and female victims who are aged 60 and over and live in the Sussex area, but it is likely that the fraudsters will also start to target victims in other areas.  Continue reading Scam alert from Thames Valley Police

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Cold callers?

Thames Valley Police is working closely with Trading Standards and is interested in any information from the residents of Chiltern and South Bucks about companies who cold call or leaflet drop at the door step offering maintenance services such as driveways, landscape gardening or roofing repairs.

There has been a recent spate of burglaries where homes may have been targeted by door step sellers and people leaflet dropping. Please be vigilant and report anyone who you believe to be acting suspiciously or using aggressive selling techniques. If you call the police, please remember to retain any leaflets or sales material that have been left at your home and make a note of the persons description and any vehicle index’s – this may give the police a key line of enquiry. Use door stickers to deter any door step sellers and do not allow anyone into your home if you feel at all suspicious.

If you would like more information on crime prevention, please contact your local Neighbourhood Police Team via 101

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Halloween – Thames Valley Police and your District Council

18574_Trick_or_treat_poster_C___SB_2015 (1)-page-001Halloween is a night of innocent fun for many youngsters, but for elderly and vulnerable residents, having an unexpected caller can be distressing and frightening.

To help make the 31 October trick or treat celebration enjoyable for everyone, Thames Valley Police is working with Chiltern District Council and South Bucks District Council’s Joint Community Safety team to encourage residents to display posters in their front windows to indicate whether or not they welcome Halloween callers.

18574_Trick_or_treat_poster_C___SB_2015 (1)-page-002 (1)These are free of charge and available at Chiltern District Council Offices, King George V Road in Amersham. Posters can also be downloaded at www.chiltern.gov.uk/halloween.  Residents without access to a printer can request a poster by phoning 01494 586535.

Tricks like throwing eggs and other vandalism will be treated as anti-social behaviour and criminal damage and the police will prosecute anyone found breaking the law.  Extra police patrols will take place during the Halloween period.

Continue reading Halloween – Thames Valley Police and your District Council

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Thames Valley Police supports ‘R U Wise 2 it?’ campaign

Supt Yvette Hitch, local police commander for Chiltern and South Bucks, will be among several guest speakers at Chesham Grammar School, between 7pm and 9pm, on Monday 14 September.   The meeting is one of a series being held as part of Buckinghamshire’s Safeguarding Children Board (BSCB) awareness campaign ‘R U Wise 2 it?’ on Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE).

CSE is a form of sexual abuse that involves the manipulation and/or coercion of young people under the age of 18 into sexual activity in exchange for things such as money, affection or gifts.  It can be extremely difficult to recognise, as many of the warning signs are symptomatic of challenges that all parents face with young teenagers as they are growing up and becoming more independent.

The evening will be led by the Safeguarding Children Board’s partner agencies, Buckinghamshire County Council, Barnardo’s and Thames Valley Police. Continue reading Thames Valley Police supports ‘R U Wise 2 it?’ campaign

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Child Sexual Exploitation – R U Wise 2 it?

A series of awareness raising events are being held during September to inform and help people spot the signs of child sexual exploitation. The evening events are open to anyone in the community – parents, carers, community leaders, club leaders, teaching staff – so please share this information with colleagues and friends.

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7- 9 PM at these local venues:  Monday 14 September –  Chesham Grammar School; Thursday 24 September – The Grange School, Aylesbury;  Wednesday 30 September –   Cressex School, High Wycombe

To book your place email communications@buckscc.gov.uk

The Facebook pages below give more information, please share these as widely as possible.  https://www.facebook.com/events/500140173478450/  Chesham   https://www.facebook.com/events/1478366959125415/ Aylesbury https://www.facebook.com/events/1710434282521879/ High Wycombe

Martha Edwards,  Community Safety Co-ordinator,  BCC Safer Communities Team

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Latest on Dementia Friendly Communities

Over the last few months PVA’s brought you news of the developing Dementia Friendly Community within our Parish and, following the last meeting, Great Missenden Local Dementia Alliance minutes – 23.7.15, a more definite framework has been put in place.

Useful information can be found at:

Behind Closed Doors – Dementia-Friendly Communities

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Dementia-Friendly Toolkit

Healthy Minds CBT for carers with dementia

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Members of our local Dementia Alliance – Alliance Members.

The next meeting of the Alliance will be 24th September – Agenda 24.9.15 (1) If you are unable to make the full two hours, please still come along for as long as you can as it would be great to see you.  Please confirm attendance by replying to this e-mail or calling 01296 387821.  We look forward to seeing you soon.

Gemma Workman, Dementia-Friendly Community Manager and Alliance Chair, Buckinghamshire County Council

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Speedboat & trailer stolen from Wycombe Road driveway

Thames Valley Police Alert:

At approximately 1330hrs on 27.08.15 a trailer and speedboat were stolen off of a driveway in Wycombe Rd, Prestwood.  The speedboat is bright yellow with the word Fuji on the side. The trailer was bearing the index of AU13 VTF.  Believed to have been stolen using a burgundy coloured 4X4 vehicle. If you have any information that may assist the Police in their investigations please contact PC KERR from the Missendens Policing Team on 101.  Thank you

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Home Security Reminder

Thames Valley Police would like to remind residents about home security:

  • If you are in your garden ensure windows and doors out of view are secure.
  • Double lock your doors using the key and make sure your windows are closed even if you are just popping out for a few minutes. Leaving windows and doors open in the warm weather gives thieves an opportunity to enter your property. It only takes a few seconds to grab your handbag through the kitchen door!
  • Do not leave valuables or car keys by open windows and doors.  Where possible, mark your valuables with your postcode.
  • Do not leave garden tools, ladders, etc. easily accessible in your garden and make sure your shed is secure.
  • If you are going away be discreet about who you tell, especially with regards to the quantity and value of gold, jewellery and other items that may in your property.
  • Be aware of unexpected callers to your home. Use a spy hole or door chain and ask for, and closely check, ID; if you are suspicious do not let them in.  A utility company will be happy to write and make an appointment to visit you and their staff will always carry proper ID.
  • It is a good idea to ensure your back door is locked when you attend to a caller at your front door.  Remember, if in any doubt – keep them out!

If you would like any further crime reduction advice please feel free to call your local Neighbourhood Policing Team on 101 or visit our crime reduction websites at www.thamesvalley.police.uk/crprev and www.chiltern.gov.uk/crimereduction

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Get real … don’t buy fakes

Message sent by Thames Valley Police –  Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)

People looking for a cheap designer bargain online are being targeted by fraudsters advertising fake designer goods. The items received are usually cheap and inferior counterfeits of handbags, clothes and sunglasses amongst other things.

The general rule is ‘if it looks too good to be true then it probably is.’ Designer products sold at heavily discounted prices are an immediate sign that something isn’t quite right.

What can you do to protect yourself?

  • Where possible, buy from well-known, High Street retailers. If you’ve never heard of a firm, or it is based overseas, be sceptical.
  • Avoid paying by cheque or bank transfer.  Use PayPal or a credit card as they will give you additional protection.
  • Search the internet. Type the website you are buying from and look for reviews of what others customers are saying about the company. Bad customer service feedback usually finds their way online quite quickly.
  • Check for spelling mistakes or poor grammar on websites as this may suggest the website has been put together by a fraudster.
  • Sign up to Action Fraud Alert at https://www.actionfraudalert.co.uk/ to keep you updated with what’s going on.

If you believe that you have been a victim of fraud you can report it online http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/report_fraud or by telephone 0300 123 2040.

An interesting website to refer to is http://www.a-cg.org/

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Fraudulent ‘Apple Pay’ Alert

Message from TVP National Action Fraud Administrator:

Fraudsters are targeting classified advertisement websites like AutoTrader to advertise vehicles for sale. Buyers are then contacting these ‘sellers’ to find out more about the vehicles and are being told to pay for them via ‘Apple Pay’. In this case the fraudsters are not using the genuine Apple Pay service and potential victims pay money directly to bank accounts in control of the fraudsters. Individuals receive emails claiming to be from Apple Pay with a web link to a cloned website with false terms and conditions of the ‘escrow’ service. Any money remitted to the fraudsters is then unrecoverable and the vehicles are not delivered.

Protect yourself:

  • Meet the seller ‘face to face’ and view the vehicle before parting with any money.
  • Be cautious of web links in an email. They may not direct you to the genuine website.
  • Report scam advertisements to the classified advertisement websites.
  • If the vehicle is below market value, consider whether this is an opportunity too good to be true!
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Prestwood Infant School’s petition

Message from Nicola Raher, Headteacher at Prestwood Infant School:

“As many villagers are aware, we have been campaigning for some time to improve the footpaths outside school. We have now set up an e-petition with Bucks County Council which will run for 28 days.

Please take the time to follow the link below and sign the petition. If you can, please also circulate the link to your family, friends and colleagues:

https://democracy.buckscc.gov.uk/mgEPetitionDisplay.aspx?ID=1022

We so desperately require your support to push this campaign forward, and we thank you in advance for taking the time to do so.

Kind regards – Nicola Raher – Headteacher”

Both the Prestwood Village Association and the Prestwood Revitalisation Group have been lobbying to improve safety in Moat Lane outside the Infant School for a while now.  See input under previous items posted on this website.   Preferred Choices for LAF, Prestwood Villagers Speak Loud & Clear and Participation in Setting Local Priorities.

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