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Following reports on Mersea of "Nottingham Knockers", who are unlicensed door to door salespersons, the public should be aware that there is a requirement to hold a Pedlar Certificate to carry out such practices legally. In the event of an approach, the public should always ask to see proof of this before considering engaging further with individuals. "Knockers" will often claim to be ex-offenders, associated with a non-existent rehabilitation scheme, to gain a sympathetic ear.
A Pedlar Certificate is issued by the Police and is only valid for 12 months anywhere in the UK. If you are not sure about who you are dealing with, you are encouraged not to engage further, as these practices are often associated with poor quality goods, scamming, and other illegal activities.
Please report any further occurrences to Essex Police on 101 or online: Digital 101 | Essex Police (always 999 in an Emergency).
SC Bryant 81187
Community Constable - West Mersea, Essex Police.
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(Most recent scams at the top of the list)
Amazon Refund Scam: click here
Door to door and courier fraud: click here
Asda Gift Card Scam: click here
DVLA Phishing: click here
Cryptocurrency: click here
Dating Investment Scam: click here
Covid Passport Scam: click here
Phishing Scam: click here
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Ticket Scams: click here
Mobile upgrade Scam, Council Tax Phishing: click here
Online Shopping: click here
Census Scams: click here
Holiday Scams: click here
Social Media: click here
Driving Licence: click here
Fleeceware: click here
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Fake National Insurance calls: click here
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Romance Fraud: click here
West Mersea Town Council would like to welcome Community Special Constable Bryant to the Island.
After a lengthy training process, Constable Bryant officially took up his position as our Community Police Officer on 1st November 2022. Some of you may have already seen or met him out on foot patrol, in the lead up to his official start date. Formally welcomed at the recent Town Civic Ceremony on 23rd October, he has since been out on the beat, speaking to members of the public, local businesses, and community groups.
Constable Bryant is already in discussion with a number of parties in regard to community based initiatives, aimed at making our Island a better and safer place. Understandably he hasn't been able to meet and speak to everyone, but if you would like SC Bryant to drop by to discuss a concern or simply to say hello, please provide your details to the Council Office and we will be more than happy to pass them on.
Community Special Constables are volunteer police officers, holding the same office and the same powers as regular officers; they wear the same uniform and carry the same equipment and are deployed to the same incidents. Being volunteers, CSCs are not paid but can claim mileage and duty allowances.
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Online Home Safety Check
Essex residents can now easily check how safe their home is at the click of a button.
A new online home safety check service makes it easier for residents to spot fire risks in their homes and gives advice on how to help them stay safe at home.
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The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), in partnership with City of London Police and Action Fraud, have launched their Christmas Cyber Aware Campaign on 14th November.
The campaign aims to provide three key behaviours for the public:
- Protect your accounts: Use three random word passwords and set up 2-step verification for your email.
- Check before you buy: Research online retailers to check they're legitimate. Read feedback from people or organisations that you trust, such as consumer websites.
- Report suspicious activity: Forward texts to 8826; Forward suspicious emails to email@example.com; Report websites via the NCSC website, click here for link.
Individuals who think they're been a victim of fraud should contact their bank immediately and report it to Action Fraud online at actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040.
West Mersea Town Council
10 Melrose Road, West Mersea
Colchester, Essex, CO5 8JD
Telephone: 01206 382128
Office opening hours: Monday, Tuesday & Friday 9am to 12pm.
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