Thursday 31 March 2022

Offer to trial an e-cargo bike for up to 6 months


Bexley Council is offering the opportunity to trial an e-cargo bike for up to 6 months. The use of e-cargo bikes could help your business save money, time and improve its image whilst making Bexley’s streets quieter, greener, safer and less polluted.

Whether your business has more than one shop and you need to move things between them, or you make local deliveries, get in touch and trial an e-cargo bike.

To find out more contact

Source: LBB

Fake Cadbury ‘Easter Chocolate Basket’ message

A fake message posing as Cadbury is spreading quickly on WhatsApp. It's inviting people to grab a ‘Cadbury FREE Easter Chocolate Basket’ by clicking through to a site that has nothing to do with Cadbury.

We have an example of the WhatsApp message you need to watch out for.

Cadbury scam

Shoppers targeted with a fake Tesco refund email

An email claiming that you’re due compensation from Tesco ‘because of a system error’ has been confirmed as a fake. Unlike other phishing attempts this message didn’t have any branding and used random employee names to try to appear real.

Find out what the email looks like and what to do if you receive one.

Tesco refund email

Tuesday 29 March 2022

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Thursday 24 March 2022

'Maximum Security' - a new, daytime consumer series for BBC1


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Source: 'Maximum Security' (pdf)

Bexley Fraud & Cyber Crime Summary for February 2022

Bexley Fraud & Cyber Crime Summary

February 2022

Number of offences


Total loss


Average per victim


The top 5 by volume (number of reports) type of fraud is as follows:

The top 5 by amount reported lost:

Fraud Advice
Other Consumer Non Investment Fraud

Sometimes businesses use deceptive business practices that can cause their victims to suffer financial losses.

The victims believe they are participating in a legal and valid business transaction when they are actually being defrauded. Fraud against consumers is often related to false promises or inaccurate claims made to consumers, as well as practices that directly cheat consumers out of their money.

How to protect yourself
• Research the company before purchasing goods or services.
• Use Companies House to find out how long they have been trading.
• Ensure you use trusted, reviewed comp
• Avoid using direct bank transfers when purchasing items online, instead use a credit card.

Advance Fee Fraud

Advance Fee Fraud is an umbrella term to describe a particular fraud type where the criminal convinces a victim to make upfront payments for goods, services and/or financial gains. But the goods/services don’t exist.

Many different types of Advance Fee Fraud using various techniques and scams are used by criminals. Some of these (including Romance Fraud and Recruitment Fraud) are covered more in-depth later in this book. However, the

Fraud Type

Amount of Offences

Amount Lost

NFIB3A - Online Shopping and Auctions



NFIB3D - Other Consumer Non Investment Fraud



NFIB1H - Other Advance Fee Frauds



Push Payment



NFIB2E - Other Financial Investment



Fraud Type

Amount Lost

Amount of Offences

NFIB3C - Door to Door Sales and Bogus Tradesmen



Push Payment



NFIB2A - Share sales or Boiler Room Fraud



NFIB2E - Other Financial Investment



Courier Fraud



numerous different tactics used by criminals means it’s worth describing the basic technique behind the fraud; the criminal will offer something to you, but in order to progress, you’ll need to pay something up front.

Below is a list of types of Advance Fee Fraud. This list is by no means exhaustive!

  •   Clairvoyant or Psychic FraudThe criminal predicts something significant in your future, but they need

    money to provide a full report.

  •   Cheque Overpayment Fraud The criminal overpays for something with an invalid cheque, and asks for


  •   Fraud Recovery Fraud – Once you’ve been a victim of fraud, the criminal contacts you, claiming that they

    can recover your losses, for a fee.

  •   Inheritance Fraud – The criminal tells you that you’re in line to receive a huge inheritance, but you’ll need to

    pay a fee to release the funds.

  •   Loan FraudThe criminal asks you to pay an upfront fee for a loan.

  •   Lottery Fraud – You’re told you’ve won a prize in a lottery, but you’ll need to pay the criminal an admin fee.

  •   Racing Tip Fraud – The criminal offers racing tips that are “guaranteed” to pay off, for a small fee.

  •   Rental Fraud The criminal asks for an upfront fee to rent a property, which may not be theirs, or even may

    not exist.

  •   West African Letter Fraud (aka 419 Fraud) The criminal asks for help moving a large sum of money from

    one country to another, promising to cut you in, but asks for a payment upfront first.

  •   Work from home Fraud The criminal offers you to make easy money working from home, but you need to

    pay a fee in advance, for business leads, or a website.

  •   Vehicle Matching Fraud – The criminal contacts you just after you’ve placed an advert trying to sell

    something (usually a car). They ask for a “refundable” fee to put you in touch with a non-existent immediate buyer.

    How to protect yourself

  •   Be extremely wary about giving money to anyone upfront, especially a stranger, for any reason.

  •   If they claim to be an official, double check their identity, but don’t do so using any contact details they give


  •   Don’t be pressurised into making a decision in that moment. Always take time to think, don’t forget to Take

    REMEMBER Criminals will try any lie to get your money
    CAUTION – Don’t give money upfront if you have even the slightest suspicion THINK Why should I give this person money? Why have they targeted me?

    Door-to-Door Fraud

    Door-to-door scams involve criminals knocking on your door and unexpectedly offering products or services. Fraudsters convince you to pay for goods or work which is often overpriced, of poor quality or is not even carried out. In many cases, this work is not necessary. They may use intimidation and pressure you to make quick decisions so that you agree to their demands.

    Criminals may try to convince you that work is urgently required and the price they are charging is fair. They will put pressure on you to have the work done immediately and may ask for payment upfront. Often the work is not completed, or if it is, the work is to a poor standard. You may also be overcharged for any work done.

    They can use deception to convince you:

  •   Claiming they were working on a neighbours’ address and noticed you need work completed and they have

    left over materials.

  •   They may inspect areas you can’t access, for example the loft or roof and show you photos or videos

    claiming they are evidence that you need the urgent repairs. Beware of these tactics as these images may not even be your property.

  •   They may throw water down when you are not looking to indicate you have ‘damp’.

  •   They may be insistent you pay in cash immediately or put down a deposit, even offering to take you to the

    bank to get the money. If you do this, they may continue to find reasons for you to pay more money.

  •   Some callers will be legitimate. Gas, electricity and water companies may visit to read your meters. Charities

    may visit to ask for donations and council officials may contact you regarding local issues. Always ask for identification and tell them to wait outside whilst you check this by calling the company or speaking to a relative or friend. If you are calling the company, don’t use the phone number on the person’s ID card).

    How to protect yourself

  •   Always check their identity. If you are not happy about a person’s identity, do not let them into your house under any circumstances.

  •   Never leave your front door open/unlocked and unattended, so a second individual can’t enter without your knowledge.

  •   Take time to consider your options and research costs from other providers. If in doubt contact your local Trading Standards.

  •   If you feel pressured by any cold caller, have the confidence to be firm and say no.

  •   Call the citizens advice consumer helpline following a doorstep caller on 03454 04 05 06.

    REMEMBER - Take time to consider your options. Don’t be pressured into making a quick decision. CAUTION - Never pay upfront for goods or services you have not received.
    THINK - Are they a legitimate company? Why haven’t they given you a written quote?


    Your bank, the police, or tax office will never ask you to attend your bank, withdraw, transfer or pay money over the phone or send couriers to collect your card or cash. Nor would they ask you to buy goods or vouchers.

This is a scam.

  1. Hang up

  2. Take 5

  3. Verify

(Never give details or money following a cold call)
(Seek a second opinion, tell someone what has happened)
(if concerned, contact the company via a pre-confirmed method)

All of our videos and electronic leaflets can be found on the following link; Free cyber advice can be found

Always report, Scams fraud and cyber crime to Action Fraud,
either online at or by telephone on 0300 123 2040.


Taking a moment to stop and think before parting with your money or information could keep you safe.


Could it be fake? It’s ok to reject, refuse or ignore any requests. Only criminals will try to rush or panic you.


Contact your bank immediately if you think you’ve fallen for a scam and report it to Action Fraud.

12 emerging fraud threats to watch out for

A recent Office for National Statistics report shows that fraud now accounts for 40% of all crimes recorded.

Scammers have exploited our fear and confusion, whether by impersonating the government to offer fake Covid-19 grants, setting up fake NHS websites to steal card details, or posing as delivery companies to target online shoppers.

We reveal what the latest data from Action Fraud tells us about fraudsters' tactics and the 12 emerging threats we all need to watch out for.

Fraudsters' latest tactics

A WhatsApp message asked for money, but it was a scam

One parent was conned out of £3,600 in the WhatsApp impersonation scam. Even after several weeks spent investigating, their bank initially refused to refund them. But we thought that shouldn’t be the end of the matter.

This story shows what a lottery the reimbursement process can be for scam victims, even with the voluntary code designed to protect them. We also explain how to get your money back from your bank if you've been deceived.

Scam loss reimbursement

Wednesday 23 March 2022

Behind the Badge - Police recruitment on Thursday 14th April

The MPS will be holding a ‘Behind the Badge’ event on the South East BCU. This event is specifically aimed at recruiting diverse applicants into the role of police officer.


A diverse representation of officers will be on hand to discuss and answer any question for potential candidates. They will be encouraged to have open and honest discussions on what it is like working in the Metropolitan Police.  Tickets must be booked via this link


The Venue is:


Woolwich Powis Street Jobcentre

71-77 Powis Street



SE18 6JB


Doors to open at 4:30pm.  Recruitment event to start at 5pm to 7pm.and Behind the badge summit to start at 7pm.

Thursday 17 March 2022

Fake investment bank offering ‘refunds’

A member received a bizarre email from a company claiming to be an investment bank that was ‘working to acquire a new and more robust regulation’ and that part of the process involved paying a refund to the recipient.

This type of fraud can also lead to recovery scams, where fraudsters target prior victims, claiming to help recover losses, only to defraud them further.

We explain how the email has all the hallmarks of a scam and how both cons work.

Investment and recovery scams


Royal Mail chatbox scam

Scammers have stepped up a gear in what is a new twist on delivery scams where the perpetrators create fake chatbots that sneakily sign victims up for expensive monthly subscriptions. It starts by sending phishing emails impersonating Royal Mail that invite you to ‘start a chat’ to trace or reschedule a delivery.

The fake Royal Mail chatbot is plausible as it lists a delivery tracking number and shares an image of a parcel, explaining that the ‘label was damaged’, to convince you to reschedule the delivery.

Read more about how the chatbox scam works, who’s behind it and how to protect yourself.

Devious chatbox con

Wednesday 16 March 2022

Pet Theft Awareness Week

 🐾 Do not leave dog’s unattended

🐾 Do not Leave them in cars or
      Outside shops.

🐾 Vary your walking route.

🐾 Make sure they are neutered.

🐾 Make sure their chip details
      are up to date.

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Vicki Hudson
07702 194148

Launch of Mayor of London VAWG Campaign

Bexley Watch are reaching out to make you aware of the Mayor of London's Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) campaign that launched today. The campaign aims to build male allyship and encourage men to reflect on the way we view, treat and talk about women.

Male violence against women and girls starts with words. If you see it happening, have a word with yourself—then your mates. For more information on how we’re making London safer for women, visit

This is a fantastic video and campaign from the @MayorofLondon
Men need to change, and we all know it. If you see something #haveaword

#HaveAWord @MayorofLondon on Twitter and @mayorofldn on Instagram


Tuesday 15 March 2022

Charity Commission & SAFE by CST present Online security and fraud prevention

Security Advice for Everyone (SAFE) are teaming-up with the Charity Commission for England and Wales to present a webinar on “Online Security and Fraud Prevention” on Tuesday 29th March at 12pm.

Zoom pre-registration:

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The Charity Commission will talk about its expectations of charity trustees, to safeguard their Faith Charity and beneficiaries from online harm including from fraud.

SAFE by CST will discuss how to protect yourself and your community from online threats.

We will look at how to minimise exposure to potentially harmful attacks, virus protection, how to spot fake emails and provide hints and tips on how to stay safe online.


Our programme will be of interest to any member of a community that feels vulnerable to violent extremism or hate crime. All our webinars are free and suitable for over 18’s only.

Please share this invitation with anyone who you think may be interested.


We look forward to welcoming you onto a SAFE webinar soon. Please see our full schedule below with links to the Zoom pre-registration page ↙

  • 23rd March at 7pm, Event security for your community (Appropriate security measures to ensure the safety of large numbers of people):Registration:
  • 24th March at 10am, Hate crime and your community (How to deal with racial and religious hatred – especially in the digital age) with Southwark Council:Registration:
  • 29th March at 12pm, Online security and fraud prevention (How to protect yourself and your community from online threats) with the Charity Commission for England and Wales:Registration:
  • 30th March at 2pm, Exploring the Far Right (An exploration of the current state of the far right in the UK):Registration:
  • 5th April at 2pm, Personal safety and security for everyone (Simple tips to keep you safe during your busy daily life):Registration:
  • 12th April at 7pm, Conflict Management (Effective communication in high stress situations):Registration:
  • 26th April at 2pm, Basic security (An introduction to security for places of worship and faith communities):Registration:
  • 28th April at 10am, Women’s safety (Simple tips to keep you safe during your busy daily life) with Southwark Council:Registration:
  • 11th May at 7pm, Organising security (Security and risk management, and how to develop a security plan):Registration:
  • 18th May at 2pm, Hate crime and your community (How to deal with racial and religious hatred – especially in the digital age):Registration:
  • 25th May at 7pm, Online security (How to protect yourself and your community from online threats):Registration:
  • 1st June at 2pm, Event security for your community (Appropriate security measures to ensure the safety of large numbers of people):Registration:
  • 15th June at 7pm, Women’s safety (Simple tips to keep you safe during your busy daily life):Registration:
  • 22nd June at 7pm, Basic security (An introduction to security for places of worship and faith communities):Registration:

Some useful links and documents can be found by scanning our new Linktree:

Also, by following this link:

In the meantime, if we can be of any help, please contact us on

Also – check out our website for more information, and registration details as new webinars are released, at and please follow us on:

LinkedIn: safe-by-cstTwitter: @SAFE_CST

Top 10 scam calls plaguing the UK

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