Beware counterfeit £5 notes in circulation

Warwickshire Police have issued a warning that counterfeit £5 notes are in circulation and have released some advice to help identify genuine notes.

Here are six ways to make sure your £5 is genuine:

  • Check the see-through window and portrait of Queen Elizabeth
  • Check Big Ben is gold on the front of the fiver and silver on the back
  • Make sure the foil patch changes from “Five” to “Pounds” you tilt it
  • Check the crown appears to be 3D when you wiggle the note
  • Use ultra-violet light to check if the “5” appears on the bottom left of the note
  • Check the green foil patch contains the word Blenheim

 

If you’d like to read the advice on the Warwickshire Police website, please visit: https://www.warwickshire.police.uk/29742

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Are you #WiFiSavvy?

Tuesday 7th February was Safer Internet Day, which saw organisations around the country come together to promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for everyone. As part of this celebration, Warwickshire County Council’s Community Safety Team and the Office of Warwickshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner launched a new campaign to ask residents to think about how they access free wifi connections when they are out and about in the county.

The pilot scheme, under the #wifisavvy banner saw businesses that offer free wifi displaying posters with a commitment to their customers that:

  • They have changed the admin password of their router from its default setting;
  • They have disabled remote management to the router completely;
  • They are committed to using reliable encryption (WPA2 as minimum); and
  • They ensure that their router is regularly updated with the latest software.

In addition to this, all customers were advised:

  • to be aware of their surroundings, to make sure no one is watching them type when using wifi in public locations;
  • to get the correct Identification for public wifi to ensure that they do not inadvertently access spoofed or insecure wifi connections;
  •  to keep their internet security up-to-date and to always use a firewall; and
  • to avoid using free, public wifi to do things like personal banking or online shopping.

If you are a local business offering free wifi and would like to take part in the #wifisavvy scheme, please contact Alex Williams, Business Crime Advisor, by email: alexcharleswilliams@warwickshire.gov.uk or Telephone: 07920814897.

 

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Data Protection for SMEs webinar by the ICO

The small business sector is growing in the UK , 99% of the 5.5 million businesses employ fewer than 249 people. The ICO have produced a webinar looking at best practice for SMEs when they are collecting, sharing or processing data.

It focused on the ICO’s powers of enforcement if things go wrong and offered suggestions to improve your practices. It also looked at some of the things small businesses will need to think about in the run up to GDPR in May 2018.

Visit the ICO website: https://ico.org.uk/about-the-ico/news-and-events/events-and-webinars/data-protection-for-small-and-medium-sized-enterprises/ to view the webinar or download the presentation.

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Safer Internet Day 2017: Are you #WiFiSavvy?

Today, Tuesday 7 February, is Safer Internet Day, which sees organisations around the country come together to promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for everyone. As part of this celebration, Warwickshire County Council’s Community Safety Team and the Office of Warwickshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner are launching a new campaign to ask residents to think about how they access free wifi connections when they are out and about in the county.

The pilot scheme, under the #wifisavvy banner, will be piloted in Warwick and will see businesses that offer free wifi displaying posters with a commitment to their customers that:

  • They have changed the admin password of their router from its default setting;
  • They have disabled remote management to the router completely;
  • They are committed to using reliable encryption (WPA2 as minimum); and
  • They ensure that their router is regularly updated with the latest software.

In addition to this, all customers will be advised:

  • to be aware of their surroundings, to make sure no one is watching them type when using wifi in public locations;
  • to get the correct Identification for public wifi to ensure that they do not inadvertently access spoofed or insecure wifi connections;
  •  to keep their internet security up-to-date and to always use a firewall; and
  • to avoid using free, public wifi to do things like personal banking or online shopping.

If you are a local business offering free wifi and would like to be one of the pilot locations for the #wifisavvy scheme, please contact Alex Williams, Business Crime Advisor, by email: alexcharleswilliams@warwickshire.gov.uk or Telephone: (02476) 483163

 

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Counterfeit Note Pens available to help businesses identify fake notes

The Business Crime Advisor now has Counterfeit Note Pens that can be used to identify fake notes which may be used to purchase goods or services from your business.

If you’d like one of the pens, please contact the Business Crime Advisor via the ‘Contact Us’ section of the Warwickshire Business Watch website.

To use the pens you simply draw a line on the note and if the line shows up as yellow in colour or clear it passes and is genuine but if it turns brown or is dark in colour it means the note is suspect.

 

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Trading Standards approved trader schemes

Warwickshire Trading Standards has a partnership with two approved trader schemes, helping residents to find a professional Trading Standards vetted trader.

No Rogue Traders Here’ is an approved trader scheme with a difference, putting consumers in touch with traders who have been fully vetted. Warwickshire Trading Standards now has a partnership with ‘No Rogue Traders Here’ (NRTH).

Also, the Buy with Confidence scheme brings together a list of gardeners, plumbers, builders, electricians and many other types of  businesses from across the county which have been individually checked (by Warwickshire Trading Standards), for trustworthiness and compliance with consumer protection laws.

If you’d like more information on the schemes, to use them or enquire about being a part of them visit: http://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/approvedtraders to find out more.

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Regional Cyber Crime Survey deadline 31st January 2017!

How safe do you feel online? Help us to get a picture of cyber crime in the region by completing the second annual cyber crime survey. Warwickshire, West Mercia, the West Midlands and Staffordshire have joined forces to launch the survey which will look at how people are affected by online crime and how aware they are of the dangers that exist.

To fill in the survey, please visit https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/RegionalCyber16. Closing date for responses is Tuesday 31st January 2017.

For more information visit: https://askwarks.wordpress.com/2016/11/24/cyber-crime/

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Warwickshire Police advise retailers to take precautions during Christmas shopping period #YourBusinessMatters #WarwickshireBusinessWatch

Retailers across the Warwickshire and West Mercia force areas are being reminded the take precautions to maintain the security of their customers, staff and premises during the Christmas shopping period.

An increase in footfall often seen during this period can make stores more vulnerable to shoplifters and police are urging business owners to take the recommended steps to reduce the likelihood of being targeted.

Read more at: https://www.warwickshire.police.uk/article/26273/Retailers-advised-to-take-precautions-during-Christmas-shopping-period

To sign up to Warwickshire Business Watch visit the front page of the Warwickshire Business Watch website.

 

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Online cyber security course for SMEs launches 5th December

FutureLearn are launching a free online course with Deakin University entitled ‘Cyber Security for Small and Medium Enterprises: Threats and Preventing Attacks’. The course looks at some of the common threats, consequences and the practical ways in which you can protect your business online.

The course starts on the 5th December and can be accessed via the following link: https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/cyber-security-business

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Warwickshire Police offer The Little Book of Big Scams to help businesses fight fraud

Warwickshire Police have worked with their colleagues at The Metropolitan Police Service to bring local and regional businesses The Little Book of Big Scams.

This comes as a part of the Your Business Matters initiative and highlights the importance of taking simple steps to protect your business infrastructure from being targeted by criminals.

The Little Book of Big Scams offers valuable crime prevention advice to guard against fraud and online fraud and provides businesses with practical tips and guidance to help them identify the risks.

Read more at: https://www.warwickshire.police.uk/article/25770/Warwickshire-Police-offer-The-Little-Book-of-Big-Scams-to-help-businesses-fight-fraud

To access the Book online visit: https://www.warwickshire.police.uk/article/21911/The-Little-Book-of-Big-Scams—Business-Edition

If you would like a printed copy of The Little Book of Big Scams please contact the Business Crime Advisor via the ‘Contact Us’ section of the Warwickshire Business Watch website: http://www.warwickshirebusinesswatch.co.uk/contact.html

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