Sextortian scams surge during pandemic

In January this year, Avast threat researchers blocked over 500,000 attack attempts from cybercriminals claiming to have recorded videos of unsuspecting victims during private moments online. These attacks, known as sextortion scams, attempt to blackmail victims by threatening to make these apparent recordings public unless a payment is made to the scammer. Avast threat labs… Continue reading Sextortian scams surge during pandemic

Neighbourhood Watch members feel a closer belonging to their neighbourhood than non-members

THE GRASSROOTS VOLUNTEER-LED CHARITY HAS SEEN A GROWTH IN POPULARITY SINCE THE START OF THE PANDEMIC DESPITE CRIME FIGURES DECREASING The charity has over 86,000 new supporters registering to receive information from them since the start of the pandemic (March 2020) despite the police recording 5.8 million crimes in England and Wales in the 12-month… Continue reading Neighbourhood Watch members feel a closer belonging to their neighbourhood than non-members

What are Vaccines?

Vaccines reduce the spread of infectious diseases and even get rid of some altogether. Vaccination is the most important thing you can do to protect your community against serious illnesses  When enough people get vaccinated, it’s harder for a disease to spread to those who can’t have vaccines. Vaccines are designed to prevent people from… Continue reading What are Vaccines?

Scam alert: fake NHS COVID-19 vaccine text

A dangerous fake NHS text has been circulating, telling people they’re eligible to apply for the COVID-19 vaccine. Here’s what it looks like. A member got in touch with us today when they received a text message purporting to be from the NHS. It confusingly stated that “we have identified that your are eligible to… Continue reading Scam alert: fake NHS COVID-19 vaccine text

Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine and vaccination (NHS)

Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine [NHS] The coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine is safe and effective. It gives you the best protection against coronavirus. Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine [Page last reviewed: 21 January 2021, Next review due: 4 February 2021] How you will be contacted for your coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination [NHS] The NHS will contact you when it’s your turn… Continue reading Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine and vaccination (NHS)

Scam alert: Amazon gift card COVID-19 email requests

A new twist on an old scam has emerged, in which fraudsters are using the pandemic as the perfect excuse to trick people into buying them Amazon gift cards. We’ve already exposed the fake texts and calls about the COVID-19 vaccine, sent by criminals attempting to steal personal data and card detail, but now we’ve… Continue reading Scam alert: Amazon gift card COVID-19 email requests