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21/09/2018 22:48:42 [236867] Alert- Fake Tv Licensing Refund Offers

Plain Text: Watch out for these fake TV Licensing emails. We’ve seen a sharp increase in reports about fake TV Licensing emails claiming to offer refunds. The emails state that the refund cannot be processed due to “invalid account details”. The links provided in the emails lead to phishing websites designed to steal personal and financial details. Always question unsolicited requests for your personal or financial information in case it’s a scam. Never automatically click on a link in an unexpected email or text.  
Message Sent By Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)


19/09/2018 12:54:48 [236552] Scam Alert – Fake Netflix Emails 

Scammers have been calling Dorset victims and impersonating officers from the National Crime Agency (NCA) in a bid to find out their personal details to access their accounts.   An NCA officer will never ask for remote access to your computer, ask you to verify personal details such as passwords or account numbers, ask you to transfer or hand over money or bully or threaten you into handing over this information.   If someone calls claiming to be an NCA officer and you have any doubt, just hang up.   Please share this information. Make sure friends and relatives are aware that scammers target the elderly and the vulnerable. For further information on scams, fraud and cyber-crime, please click here.
Message Sent By Communications Team (Dorset Police, CED, Dorset)

14/09/2018 11:26:15 [235962] Scam Alert – Fake Netflix Emails 

Plain Text version: Watch out for these fake Netflix emails. We’ve seen an increase in reports about fake Netflix emails claiming that there’s an issue with your account, or that your account has been suspended. The email states that you need to “update” your account details in order to resolve the problem. The link in the emails leads to genuine-looking Netflix phishing websites designed to steal your username and password, as well as payment details. Always question unsolicited requests for your personal or financial information in case it’s a scam. Never automatically click on a link in an unexpected email or text. For more information on how to stay secure online, visit 
Message Sent By Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)



23/08/2018 15:32:18 [233339] –  Nominate Your Best Neighbour

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I am writing to update you about the Neighbourhood of the Year Award 2018 nomination process that we sent you an earlier message about last week. (If you received a previous message about this award earlier today please disregard that one as the e-mail address on that message was incorrect – please use the e-mail address below instead).
Due to technical restrictions and for data protection reasons, the initial nomination process required those wishing to nominate their neighbour to sign up as a Co-op member. We have reviewed this process in partnership with the Co-op and have resolved the issue so that anyone can now nominate their neighbour for this award without having to join the Coop.
If you do not wish to become a Co-op member, but would like to nominate your neighbour, please e-mail   to request a nomination form. Once the form is completed it can then be returned to the same e-mail address for processing. The winner of the award will be announced in early October, at which point you will be contacted by Neighbourhood Watch Network should your nominated neighbour be successful. Please note that the deadline for returning completed nominations is midnight on 5th September 2018.


17/08/2018 10:39:07 [232308] – Nfib Alert – Bogus Overseas Officers

What You Need To Do:

  • Police will never ask you to withdraw to transfer money so “it can be checked”, neither would they demand money to in order to cancel an arrest.
  • Do not be tricked into giving a fraudster access to your personal or financial details no matter who they say they are; protect your information and have the confidence to question and refuse unusual requests.
  • If you have made a payment to someone claiming to be the police or government department, and you think you might be a victim of fraud, you can report it to Action Fraud any time of the day or night using our online fraud reporting tool. You can also get advice about fraud or cyber-crime by calling 0300 123 2040.
  • If you are a student you can ask your Student Union or University for advice, help and support.
Message Sent By Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)


16/08/2018 15:54:58 [232382] – Nominate Your Best Neighbour Of 2018 

Neighbourhood Watch and our sponsor Co-op Insurance has just launched a nationwide search to find and celebrate some of the best and most considerate neighbours of 2018!anyoneyour You don’t need to be a Neighbourhood Watch member to nominate and the person you nominate doesn’t need to be a member September 5 not reply to this messageMessage Sent By


16/08/2018 14:01:06 [232365] – HMRC Scam

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Unfortunately, Dorset residents are still being targeted by fraudsters claiming to be from HMRC.
Fraudsters are clever, manipulative and they have done their homework. They know exactly what to say to get you to trust them.
They know your name, your address, your partner’s name, your children’s name and your pet’s name. They find all of this out to trick you into believing their claim.Do not engage in conversation with anyone you suspect to be a fraudster. The more you engage with these people, the more chances you are giving them to convince you their scam is legitimate.Please stay aware and stay fraud alert. Tell your friends, your family and your neighbours. Help us to spread the word of this scam.  To view the latest fraud alerts, please click here.


14/08/2018 11:56:17 [232046] – Recent Outbuilding Breaks

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This message has specifically been sent to Coordinators and not other members of the community or your scheme members. Please share as you feel is appropriate using the Share button below.

We are seeing an increase of breaks to sheds and outbuildings in the North Dorset area with a number being in the Shaftesbury area. Petrol powered garden tools are the target by offenders. The most recent break is crime occurrence 55180129731. This was a repeat victim who suffered a break to an outbuilding in Twyford near Shaftesbury The victim had taken great steps to try to stop being targeted again. The offenders where so determined that they broke in through the roof and stole a number of high quality Stihl power tools.If you have any information regarding these breaks please get in touch with Dorset Police via 101 or call Crimestoppers on 0800555111


07/08/2018 11:08:30 [231123] – Fraud Alert 

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Cyber criminals are sending victims their own passwords in an attempt to trick them into believing they have been filmed on their computer watching porn and demanding payment. 
There have been over 110 of reports made to Action Fraud from concerned victims who have received these scary emails. 
In a new twist not seen before by Action Fraud, the emails contain the victim’s own password in the subject line. Action Fraud has contacted several victims to verify this information, who have confirmed that these passwords are genuine and recent. 
The emails demand payment in Bitcoin and claim that the victim has been filmed on their computer watching porn. 

How to protect yourself

  • Don’t be rushed or pressured into making a decision: paying only highlights that you’re vulnerable and that you may be targeted again.
  • Secure it: Change your password immediately and reset it on any other accounts you’ve used the same one for. Always use a strong and separate password. Click here for advice on passwords.
  • Do not email the fraudsters back.
  • Always update your anti-virus software and operating systems regularly.
  • Cover your webcam when not in use.
  • If you have receive one of these emails and paid the fine, report it here. If you have not paid, report it as a phishing attempt to Action Fraud. 

For information about Sextortion please click here.


04/08/2018 20:53:46 [230827] –  Beauty Spot Thefts

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****NORTH DORSET**** BULBARROW AREA This morning a car was broken into in the Bulbarrow area and items stolen included a backpack and an Ipad. PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE VALUABLES IN YOUR VEHICLES!


02/08/2018 16:23:54 [230565] – Invitation To Learn More About The Proposed Police Merger

Police and Crime Commissioner Martyn Underhill is holding a series of public meetings across Dorset to speak about the proposed merger between Dorset Police and Devon & Cornwall Police. At the meetings he will answer your questions and explain what it could mean for the county.
The aim of the meetings is to help the public make an informed decision when completing the Future Policing survey about the proposal. No final decisions have been made yet and the public are encouraged to share their views via the survey.
Two meetings have already taken place in Ferndown and Wimborne. Further public meetings will be held as follows:·         Sherborne (Digby Memorial Church Hall) –  between 9am and 12pm on 14 August·         Blandford (Durweston Village Hall) – between 1.30pm and 5.30pm on 14 August·         Lyme Regis (Woodmead Hall) – between 10am and 12pm on 17 August·         Bridport (venue tbc) – 17 August·         Bournemouth (St Mark’s Church, Wallisdown Road) – between 6pm and 8pm on 20 August·         Christchurch (Druitt Room at Christchurch Library) – between 10am and 12pm on 22 August

In addition to the public meetings, there is also an opportunity to speak to the team face to face at one of the various summer events the police and crime commissioner and the team are attending. The team will be at the Festival of Wellbeing (10 August), the Gillingham and Shaftsbury Show (15 August), the Melplash Show (23 August), Bournemouth Air Festival (31 August) and the Dorset County Show (1 and 2 September).
Full details of public events either hosted or attended by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) can be found on the events calendar on the Dorset OPCC website >
If you are unable to make it to any of the events throughout August to speak to the team about the merger, you can contact the office with your questions via email on
Please also email the merger team if you would like to receive a paper copy of the survey with a freepost return envelope.  

The public can share their views on the proposal to merge by completing the Future Policing survey. The survey and more information about the proposal can be found on the Future Policing website >

Message Sent By PCC Communications (Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner, Communications and Engagement, Dorset)


01/08/2018 13:56:18 [230375] – Have your Say

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‘Have Your Say’ in less time than it takes to make a cuppa! We are writing to all Dorset Alert members to ask you to complete the Future of Policing survey.  

The average time it takes to complete the survey is around 3 minutes, so by the time your tea is brewed, you can have your say about the proposed merger between Dorset Police and Devon & Cornwall Police.  

You signed up to ‘Dorset Alert’ because you care about where you live, so it’s important to us that you have the chance to tell us what you think about the proposed police merger.

We want to know what you think about creating one new Force for Dorset, Devon & Cornwall, where you think we should be investing your money and the Future of Policing in Dorset.  

We won’t delay you here, as we would like you to go online, find out more and then take our short survey >  

Thank you for taking the time to read this and for completing the survey.  

Enjoy your tea.. (or coffee) A link to the survey can be found here –  

The Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner