Broadland home watch message 28th November 2014
If you haven’t already started your Christmas shopping, no doubt you soon will be. For those of you that like to shop online we are urging you to stay safe and follow some simple steps so you don’t become a victim of fraud. During the festive season last year there were 199 cases of online fraud in Norfolk with more than £163,000 being lost. Whilst there can be some great bargains, online shoppers should remember if something looks too good to be true it probably is. From Monday 1 December, Norfolk Police will be counting down to the festive season with The 12 Online Frauds of Christmas to highlight different types of online fraud and how you can protect yourself from becoming a victim – find out more at www.norfolk.police.uk. In the meantime you can keep fraudsters off your Christmas list by taking the following steps.
- Trust your instincts – if an offer looks too good to be true it probably is.
- Make sure the website address begins ‘https’ at the payment stage which indicates a secure payment.
- Only deal with reputable sellers – use sites that you know or ones that have been recommended to you from a trustworthy source.
- Avoid paying by money transfers direct to people you don’t know – use an online payment option such as PayPal which helps protect you.
- If your bid for an online auction item is unsuccessful, don’t be tempted to trade off-site if another seller approaches you with a similar item as it is likely to be a scam and you won’t be protected.
- Keep security software and firewalls up-to-date.
- Keep receipts and check them against your statement – If you spot a transaction you did not authorise, contact your card company immediately.
Meanwhile this week saw the launch of ‘Norfolk Says No’ campaign organised by a host of agencies, aims to raise the awareness of domestic abuse and highlight that anyone, no matter their age, gender, race or religion can be a victim.
With one in three women and 1 in 5 men being affected by domestic abuse in their lifetime, the ‘Norfolk Says No’ campaign aims to highlight the support available to victims in our county and raise the awareness that anyone, no matter their age, gender, race or religion can be a victim. North Norfolk and Broadland Police officers deal with a large proportion of domestic related incidents on a daily basis and take positive action in all cases where possible referring victims to the relevant support agencies.
Overview from Broadland and North Norfolk Superintendent Stuart Gunn