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TECHMOLOGY REVOLUTION TO DELIVER MORE VISIBLE POLICING
All frontline police officers, PCSOs and Specials across Staffordshire have been equipped with new smartphone and tablet devices to give them the information and tools they need at their finger-tips. This will stop them having to return to stations to complete paperwork, submit reports or statements, and access files.
In the past few weeks, new updates were rolled-out on the mobile devices to help officers carry out searches for missing people, update and complete crime tasks, and search electronic stop and search records while on the beat. Before the new updates officers could already access seven key processes thanks to the technology.
Early indications are that over the next 12 months officers will begin to save significant amounts of time and be more visible in communities.


Local Police "Non-emergency" number Just dial 101 if an urgent response is not needed. Only use 999 for genuine emergencies.

Contact our Police Community Support OfficerPCSO Mark Griffiths can be contacted by phoning the 101 none emergency police number then ask for extension 23051 or email mark.griffiths@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk

Mark would like to remind the few irresponsible parents who obstruct the road outside Havergal School that the yellow lines and zigzags are there for EVERYONE'S SAFETY - he will be making regular visits and will take "positive action".


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Download the Neighbourhood Watch "Scam Booklet" for a list of all the common scams and cons.

Link to South Staffs Community Safety website


Scam warning from Shareshill Webmaster
My wife and I needed to renew our European Health Insurance Cards, formally known as E111, now known by the initials EHIC. Having Googled from our Ipad I clicked on www.ehic-direct.org and it looked quite authentic as I filled in the information boxes for both of us - until it said "You now have to pay ...". At that point I returned to the search results and found the correct FREE site https://www.ehic.org.uk/Internet/startApplication.do

This is one of many scam sites which PRETEND TO BE OFFICIAL then charge you for doing what the official Government site would do for free.
These sites pay search engines for "top billing" in the results and cover applications for passports, driving licences, HMRC etc.

Most official UK Government sites have
gov.uk in the URL but not so in this case.

Telephone Scams
This is a message to warn residents of a scam commonly known as the ‘Courier Scam’.
It involves someone purporting to be a Police Officer telephoning to say that they have persons in custody who have fraudulently used your bank cards. They then ask to check your details and ask for your PIN number and helpfully state they will send a ‘courier’ round to collect your cards in order for forensic checks to be carried out. They even give you a password that the ‘courier’ will quote to prove their identity.
A short time later the ‘courier’ will arrive to collect your cards which are then of course used to obtain money from your account. It is worth remembering that Banks will NEVER ask for your PIN number.
The latest reported incident of this type of scam was Thursday 29th May when bank cards were collected from an address in Stafford.

There is also a warning to residents regarding a pension bonus telephone scam. The scammers are telephoning people in South Staffordshire and stating they are from the Pension Helpline. The caller then claims that you are due a £1,000 bonus. Callers may be able to provide you with some of your personal information such as name or address. In some incidents the resident is asked to press a number to hear more information. All of the scam calls are attempting to gain more personal and banking details.

There have been reports of residents being telephoned by a caller purporting to be from Microsoft or another internet provider and attempting to persuade residents to give the caller remote access to fix an alleged problem. Doing so may give the caller access to any information on your computer, including banking details. The caller may also attempt to sell unnecessary software.


Hoax email or a real threat?
If you aren't sure about an email you can check it out by visiting www.hoax-slayer.com and www.snopes.com. You will need to copy/paste part of the text of the email into the search box. These sites also give advice about how to spot hoaxes.
Many well-intentioned but Internet-naive people forward such dire warning messages on to everyone they know without checking first - PLEASE DON'T DO THIS !

Nuisance Telephone Calls?
Register both your landline telephone and mobile numbers with the following FREE services annually:
The Telephone Preference Service: 0845 070 0707 and Silent Call Guard: 0844 372 2325 Fly Tipping Report incidents of fly tipping to South Staffs Council on: 01902 696000

Crime Stoppers Call 0800 555 111 to pass specific information about crime or criminals, anonymously, without direct contact with the police.

Staffordshire Trading Standards 24 hour Rapid Response Team are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to advise or respond to anyone in the community who thinks that they are being targeted by a rogue doorstep trader. Call 0777 379 2252
For non-urgent consumer advice call Staffordshire Trading Standards on 01785 277888 for free information, advice and assistance to consumers.

Trading Standards Warnings
Telephone and Text Scams
Staffordshire Trading Standards have received a number of reports of telephone scams in operation. The nature of the calls is widely varied and they have been received as phone calls and text messages.
Here are some examples:
* A caller states they are from BT and you haven't paid your bill – can they have your credit card details?
* A text message stating you are entitled to compensation for "the accident you had"
* An alarm company may telephone to arrange a visit by a sales person to provide you with a "free" alarm system.
* A caller may inform you by telephone or text message that you are due some sort of bank or council or income tax rebate and ask for your bank details to pay the money to you.
Some callers may be able to provide you with some sort of personal information such as your name and address. NEVER provide any personal information to a cold caller. Always telephone the company direct from a number you find for yourself from the telephone directory or a recent bill to confirm if the call was genuine. If you believe that you have been the victim of any such scam report the matter to Action Fraud by telephoning 0300-123-20-40 or at their web-site http://www.actionfraud.org.uk/report _fraud


Employment Scam
Reports have been received in Staffordshire from people who have responded to a job advertisement on a genuine recruitment web-site. The correspondence and employment contract appear legitimate but the job description refers to using a bank account and wire transfer service to receive and transfer money on. This is known as a money mule scam. The person employed as a money mule will be unaware that the money or goods they are transferring are stolen. A money mule is employed to transfer money or goods overseas in person, by courier or electronically. Money mules are recruited through newspaper adverts, recruitment web-sites or via spam e-mails and texts. Remain vigilant against job offers or opportunities to earn „easy? money, be cautious of offers from companies based overseas as it may be difficult to verify whether they are legitimate, be suspicious of any offer that has grammatical or spelling errors and NEVER provide bank details to other persons unless you are certain they are trustworthy and legitimate. Money mules may be subject to criminal prosecution for their actions.


PC ‘Fine’ Scam
The County Council has issued the following warning:
Trading Standards Officers are warning PC users to be on their guard against a new scam recently reported to them via Staffordshire Police. Reports have been received from people who have had screen messages pop up advising them that they were required to pay a £100 ‘fine’ for viewing illegal pornography and terrorism-related content. The users found that their PCs had been locked by the pop-up in an attempt to force payment. Enquiries into this particular scam are ongoing. However, officers suspect the pop-ups are likely a result of unwitting downloads by the users, or tricked into installing something under false pretences, such as bogus Anti Virus software, or adult site access software.