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There has been a recent rise of prank calls within Thames Valley.

The calls are pre-recorded generated responses giving the impression that recipients are actually speaking directly to someone.

The calls are not all the same. However one of the main scenarios has been described as an angry Scottish man claiming you are stealing his Wi-Fi.

Sometimes there is a mobile phone number showing and other times the number is withheld.

It appears that these calls are predominantly targeting elderly and young people and can cause alarm and distress to the call taker.

We urge people to take the following advice:

  • Anyone with particular concerns can contact us on our Police non-emergency number 101. Otherwise ignore the call.
  • You can contact your local phone provider who may be able to put a block on these types of calls.
If you are getting calls at night you could put your phone on night mode or switch it off.

 Home-Start West Berkshire,

A local family support charity is currently recruiting in this area.  They need Volunteers who can encourage, listen and offer practical support to parents with young children. Volunteers become a trusted friend and mentor to the family, to help them move forward. Their next training course will start on the 28th April 2017. It will run for 5 consecutive Fridays from 9.30-14.30pm, breaking for Easter. If you are interested or would like to discuss this further please contact us now on 01635 760310 or email office@home-startwb.org.uk

More information can be found on our website www.home-startwestberks.org.uk

Message from NHS Berkshire Health Network

It’s been a fast-paced start to 2017, and next month is set to be even busier with a whole host of events and public meetings planned. These will enable you to share your views find out the latest news about your local NHS and from your Clinical Commissioning Groups governing body. There is also some news about a new support service for Veterans who have experienced trauma, a health awareness campaign around strokes, a free weight management programme and how you can have your say on Thames Valley NHS 111 service.

Eat 4 Health

Eat 4 Health is a free weight management programme serving West Berkshire. If you feel your weight is an issue and you are unsure what to do about it, the Eat 4 Health team offer a FREE 10-12 week weight management programme to support you in achieving your losing weight. The programmes are delivered in group settings and are open to anyone 16 years and above who have a body mass index (BMI) over 25.

You can self-refer or go through your GP. More information is available on the Eat 4 health website.

The Veterans Trauma Network

The Veterans Trauma Network is a recently launched service for patients with service-related traumatic injuries and conditions. The Network provides specialist care to veterans with service-specific traumatic injuries. Veterans benefit from a personalised care plan implemented by top military and civilian trauma experts. The needs of veterans' families and carers are also taken into consideration.

The network is the result of a partnership between the NHS, MOD, Blesma, Blind Veterans UK and Style for Soldiers, and it was developed following feedback from veterans, their families and GPs.
The network operates 10 centres across England in eight major cities and will serve as a regional hub for veteran care, including mental health services, national centres of expertise and major service charities. There is an online video you can watch to find out more about the Veterans Trauma Network.

Referrals can be made via your GP or via Blesma (an Armed Forces charity) by either emailing bsoprosthetics@blesma.org or calling 0208 548 7080.

Share Your Care

A new system for sharing information in Berkshire allows instant, secure access to your health and social care records for the professionals involved in your care.

Sharing your electronic records with the people who look after you gives them the most up-to-date information about you and makes your care safer and more efficient. The computer system used by health and social care professionals to see your shared record is called Connected Care.

The system takes a regular snapshot of information held at GP surgeries, hospital departments and local authorities across Berkshire. Those snapshots combine into a single, shared record all about you. Only those directly involved with your care and authorised to use the system can see your information.If you are present and able to answer, then you will be asked whether it is OK for the person looking after you to look up information about you on the computer system.

The computer system reduces the time spent by professionals checking details from different health and social care organisations. It can also reduce delays to your treatment caused by a lack of information. More information is available on a dedicated website.

The CCGs in Berkshire West hope you have found this bulletin of interest and encourage you to come along to one of the public meetings to find out more about the latest news about the future of your local NHS.


Payment diversion alert 
Fraudsters are emailing members of the public who are expecting to make a payment for property repairs. The fraudsters will purport to be a tradesman who has recently completed work at the property and use a similar email address to that of the genuine tradesman. They will ask for funds to be transferred via bank transfer. Once payment is made the victims of the scam soon realise they have been deceived when the genuine tradesman requests payment for their services.

Protect yourself

  • Always check the email address is exactly the same as previous correspondence with the genuine contact.
  • For any request of payment via email verify the validity of the request with a phone call to the person who carried out the work.
  • Check the email for spelling and grammar as these signs can indicate that the email is not genuine.
  • Payments via bank transfer offer no financial protection; consider using alternative methods such as a credit card or PayPal which offer protection and an avenue for recompense.

If you believe that you have been a victim of fraud you can report it online http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/report_fraud or by telephone 0300 123 2040.

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This is a message from Thames Valley Neighbourhood Watch Association

With the considerable increase in the number and the variety of cons and scams, thieves are adapting their methods to come up with new ways to steal your personal data and other information.

On most new credit or debit cards, you will see a wireless symbol which informs you that your card uses Radio Frequency Identification RFID technology. This allows you to simply tap your card on card-readers to make payments of up to £30.

However, this comes with security risks, as criminals can create an RFID reader with minimal effort and steal your details. They can also download an app onto their Smartphones to achieve the same results. They only need to brush past your pocket or bag with their device to do this. You might not even notice it happening.

You can prevent this happening with the Card Defender. This is a sleeve card holder that provides RFID - blocking technology and it protects contactless cards from being read. A similar device was demonstrated on a recent edition of BBC TV's 'Rip of Britain'.

We recommend that everyone carrying a contactless cards should have one or more Card Defenders. This also applies to Oyster cards and students' ID cards.

Card Defenders are now available from Thames Valley Neighbourhood Watch Association for just £1.00 each; 5 for £4.00, or 7 for £10.00 plus postage.

Please distribute this information to your family, neighbours and friends.

To order please contact us at: naomi.arnold33@gmail.com

 Action Fraud has received several reports from victims who have been sent convincing looking emails claiming to be from Amazon. The spoofed emails from “service@amazon.co.uk” claim recipients have made an order online and mimic an automatic customer email notification.  

The scam email claims recipients have ordered an expensive vintage chandelier. Other reported examples include: Bose stereos, iPhone’s and luxury watches. 
The emails cleverly state that if recipients haven’t authorised the transaction they can click on the help centre link to receive a full refund. The link leads to an authentic-looking website, which asks victims to confirm their name, address, and bank card information.
Amazon says that suspicious e-mails will often contain:

  • Links to websites that look like Amazon.co.uk, but aren't Amazon.co.uk.
  • Attachments or prompts to install software on your computer.
  • Typos or grammatical errors.
  • Forged (or spoofed) e-mail addresses to make it look like the e-mail is coming from Amazon.co.uk.

Amazon will never ask for personal information to be supplied by e-mail.
You can read more about identifying suspicious emails claiming to be from Amazon by visiting https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=201489210

To report a fraud or cyber crime, call us on 0300 123 2040.