School Watch


Ransomware Cyber Attack


Dear Watch Member,

Following the ransom ware cyber-attack on Friday 12 May which affected the NHS and other organisations globally, the City of London Police’s National Fraud Intelligence Bureau has issued an alert urging individuals and businesses to follow protection advice immediately.
Ransom ware is a form of malicious software (Malware) that enables cyber criminals to remotely lock down files on your computer or mobile device. Criminals will use ransom ware to extort money from you (a ransom), before they restore access to your files. 
Key Protect messages for businesses:

  • Install system and application updates on all devices.
  • Install anti-virus software & keep it updated.
  • Create regular backups of your  files to a device that isn’t left connected to your network.

The National Cyber Security Centre’s  guidance includes specific software patches  that will prevent uninfected computers on your network from becoming infected with the “WannaCry” Ransomware:

Key protect advice for individuals:

  • Install updates on devices as soon as they become available.
  • Install anti-virus software & keep it updated.
  • Create regular backups of your important files to an external hard drive or memory stick not left connected to your computer.
  • Only install apps from official app stores such as Google’s Play Store, or Apple’s App Store.     
  • An email address can be spoofed. Don’t open      attachments or click on the links within any unsolicited emails. 
  • Don’t disclose your personal or financial details during a cold call.

If you have been a victim of fraud or cybercrime, please report it to Action Fraud at

If you need to reply regarding this message, click on this email address:

Howard Buckley 
Neighbourhood Watch Liaison Officer 
Neighbourhood Watch 
Tel: 01274 373958


Tourists Targeted by Fake Police Officers

Dear Watch Member,

Message from Action Fraud:

There has been a series of recent incidents reported to Action Fraud where a lone fraudster has approached victims whom they believe to be unfamiliar with the local area. They make an excuse to talk to the victims such as enquiring about directions or offering a recommendation for a good hotel.
After this interaction, several other fraudsters will intervene purporting to be police officers in plain clothes and will sometimes present false identification as proof. The fake officers will then give a reason to examine the victims’ wallet, purse or personal items. They may also examine the first fraudster’s items or try to tell victims that the first fraudster is suspicious in order to gain victim trust and appear more realistic in their guise.
After all the fake police ‘checks’ are finished, victims have then reported being handed back their personal items only to later realise that a quantity of money or valuables were missing.
How to protect yourself:

  • If an individual claims to be a police officer ask for their name and rank, force, and examine any identification presented; this is always good practice but especially important if they are not wearing a uniform.
  • The Police will never ask for your passwords or PIN details. Do not give this information to anyone.
  • The Police will never request that you withdraw/transfer any money to them or to a ‘safe’ account.
  • If you have been affected by this, or any other fraud, report it to Action Fraud by visiting

If you need to reply regarding this message, click on this email address:

Rebecca Walker
Neighbourhood Watch Officer
Business Watch