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The names and contact details for the Neighbourhood Watch Coordinators in each of our four parishes are published at the front of Parish News together with the Police telephone numbers.  Our local Police Officers are PC Don Stubbington and PCSO Catherine Bonter, who can be contacted by telephoning 101.

Neighbourhood Watch News

Latest Scams

Amazon: Action Fraud has received several reports from victims who have been sent convincing looking emails claiming to be from Amazon. The spoofed emails from ‘service@amazon.co.uk’ claim recipients have made an order online and mimic an automatic customer email notification. The scam email claims recipients have ordered expensive items such as stereos, iPhone’s and luxury watches. The emails cleverly state that if recipients haven’t authorised the transaction they can click on the help centre link to receive a full refund. The link leads to an authentic-looking website, which asks victims to confirm their name, address, and bank card information.

Amazon says that suspicious emails will often contain links to websites that look like Amazon.co.uk but aren’t, typos or grammatical errors, and forged email addresses. Remember, like banks and building societies, Amazon will never ask for personal information to be supplied by e-mail or over the phone.

Here are two that I have received personally.

BT: I received an email entitled ‘your bill is ready to view online’ which then claimed that to avoid having my service disconnected I should click on a link. I almost fell for it, but instead went onto the BT website and discovered that I did not have a bill due. On closer inspection, although the email looked genuine, including the sender’s name, the email address was not genuine. The idea of these tricks is to access your computer for malicious purposes. I then forwarded the email to ‘phishing@bt.com’ which is BT’s site for suspect emails.

Mr Xi Sun: I received a letter about a Mr John James ‘who pass away since May 2005 in Shenzen’, apparently leaving an unclaimed deposit of $17 million. Mr Xi claimed to have access to the money and offered to share it with me as next of kin. I was urged to contact him on his email ASAP. In this case, by coincidence, I do have a brother John, who is alive and well and living in Michigan, USA. Secondly the sum involved was silly and thirdly the letter was posted in the UK.

Now these letters are quite common and, believe it or not, people fall for them. Mr Xi and his like ask for a payment up front to fund the necessary legal work, and of course nothing ever comes of it. Tempting though it was to send him a rude email, I ignored the whole thing!
David James

For all the latest updates from the local police sign up to Hampshire Alert: this is the only method used by Hampshire Constabulary to issue regular updates to individuals. You can either sign up on-line at www.hampshirealert.co.uk/ or, if you don’t have access to a computer, you can ring 101 and leave a message asking for someone to contact you to sign you up. Messages from Hampshire Alert can be sent to you either by email, text or as a pre-recorded message to your landline phone.
Judy Venables

The telephone numbers for the Police appear in the front pages of each edition of Parish News.

For reference, the village Neighbourhood Watch coordinators are:
    Tel: Email:
Amport Jo Stewart 771893 jotrace@hotmail.co.uk
Amport - North of A303 Jo Stewart 771893 jotrace@hotmail.co.uk
Monxton David James 710049 djamescdr@btinternet.com
Grateley John Stamp 889226 johnandnatalie@btinternet.com
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