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Rogue email purports to be sent from Leicestershire Police

KeyboardBusinesses and residents in Enderby should be aware that there is an email in circulation that appears to have been sent from a legitimate Lancashire Constabulary email address.

The email appears to come from ‘Lyn Whitehead’ and is asking the recipient to pay an invoice that is attached to the email.

The email has not been generated from inside the Constabulary or by the Constabulary.

This email has not been sent from Lancashire Constabulary. A third party supplier to the Constabulary has had their data breached, as a result of the breach this Lancashire Constabulary email address has been spoofed and used to generate spam to recipients far and wide.

This type of email is commonly referred to as spam, and if you have received it you MUST NOT open it. Instead delete it from your email system to avoid infecting your device.

Protect Yourself:

  • Do not click or open unfamiliar links in emails or on websites
  • Make sure you install and use up-to-date anti-virus software
  • Have a pop-up blocker running in the background of your web browser
  • If you have opened the attachment and ‘enabled macros’ it is very likely that all your personal data will have been breached. You MUST change all your passwords for personal accounts, including your bank accounts.

If you believe you have become a victim of this get your device checked over by a professional.

If you think you have been a victim of this type of email you should report it to Action Fraud, the UK’s national fraud and cyber crime reporting centre. www.actionfraud.police.uk

If you do make a report please provide as much detail as you can about the email and any effects it has had on your computer. Additionally if your Anti-Virus software detects any issues in relation to this email please provide us with the details.

More information can be found on Lancashire Constabulary website
http://www.lancashire.police.uk/news/2015/october/email-virus-alert.aspx
You can get more advice on this by visiting the following websites:

The most common Internet Scams are updated on http://www.cyberstreetwise.com/common-scams

Telephone call alert: Beware this scam

police carBlaby police would like to make you aware that we have received two reports concerning telephone calls being received by an Asian sounding male stating he is from the Microsoft Technical Support team.

The male goes on to say; your computer is at risk and he needs you to open up your computer and give him information so he can get it restored.

Reports suggest that the caller comes across very convincing and assertive – but if you do as he asks your computer and telephone will be compromised.

This has already caused considerable upset to the people that have taken these calls resulting in a costly repair and great anxiety after bank accounts had been tampered with.

If you should receive such a call DO NOT open up your computer or give out any information, but contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.

Further information can be found at www.actionfraud.police.uk

Dog fouling in public areas – important message from Enderby Parish Council

doggy doo binComplaints have been received from residents that careless, thoughtless dog owners are allowing their dogs to foul public places in Enderby, including the parks and children’s play areas.

Enderby Parish Council is seeking to remind members of the public that dogs are not permitted inside any fenced or unfenced children’s play areas on Enderby’s Parks, and should be left outside.

Incredibly, despite notices asking people not to do so, dogs are being taken into the gated areas.

Health Warning
Not only is this anti-social habit offensive, the disease toxocariasis, a threat to public health, may be picked up from dog excrement.

Toxocariasis is an infection of the roundworm toxocara canis. The eggs of the parasite can be found in soil or sand contaminated with faeces and if swallowed, result in infection that lasts between six and 24 months. Symptoms include eye disorders, vague ache, dizziness, nausea, asthma and, in extremely rare cases, seizures/fits. Often the eggs are ingested when passed to the mouth by the hands, but this can also occur through contact with dogs or other inanimate objects including balls, the wheels of toys and the soles of shoes. Infected soil samples are often found in play areas and as a result, Toxocariasis most commonly affects children between 18 months and five years.

Penalty
It is an offence to allow a dog to foul any area to which the public has access and when a dog has fouled it is an offence not to clean up the mess; being unaware the dog has fouled, or not having a suitable means of removing the faeces, is not a reasonable excuse for failing to clean up dog excrement. A fine of up to £1,000 may be the result.

Scoop the Poop
There really is no excuse. All Parks are equipped with red, dog waste bins and poop-scoop bags are available, free of charge, from Enderby Parish Council Offices, Blaby District Council and Enderby Library.

Ms S Hansford
Clerk
Enderby Parish Council

See also: » Dog fouling risk to achieving a cleaner neighbourhood (EYE news item April 3rd 2013)

Image2Local councils and some other organisations currently enforce laws which mean you must clear up your dogs mess in public. Allowing your dog to foul in a public place and not cleaning it up could result in prosecution and a fine of up to £1000.

Potentially unsafe fireworks being sold in Leicester

Police and Trading Standards officers have warned members of the public not to buy or use potentially unsafe fireworks which have been offered for sale in Leicester.

Enquiries have revealed the “Whistling Missile” and “Flying Eagle” rockets are between eight and ten years old, as they are no longer being distributed in this country.

The distributor has told police that fireworks this old are potentially unstable and should not be used.

The fireworks are believed to have been sold from the back of a van on Leicester’s Braunstone estate.

Detective Constable Del Gillespie is a member of the Arson Task Force, a unit run jointly by Leicestershire Constabulary and Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service.

He said:

“We have spoken to the distributor, who said they have not sold these fireworks for the past eight to ten years. They had a couple of burglaries while they sold them, and they could have been taken then.

“They told us they could be unstable, and could be unsafe.”

DC Gillespie urged members of the public not to buy the fireworks. If they have bought some, they should not ignite them.

DC Gillespie added:

“I would urge anyone who knows who has been selling these fireworks to contact us as soon as possible – we would like to stop them before someone is injured.

“Alternatively, you can pass information in confidence to Crimestoppers on            0800 555 111      .”

John Fox, Trading Standards Manager for the City Council said: “We urge everyone to buy their fireworks only from shops. We licence all fireworks shops in the city and inspect them to ensure that storage and the fireworks themselves are safe. It is illegal to sell from any vehicle or in the street so if you do see this please notify us immediately through Crimestoppers or Consumer Direct on             08454 040506      .”