The Earley Neighbourhood Action Group (NAG)

The Earley Neighbourhood Action Group (NAG) is a group made up of local residents, volunteers, councillors, businesses and institutions, working closely with the police, for the well being of our community.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Thames Valley Police Update: Appeal for witnesses following collision – Earley

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses following a collision involving a cyclist and a pedestrian. These posts are auto generated, for more information click on the links (if any) below:

Monday, 20 March 2017

Thames Valley Police Update: Appeal for witnesses following ABH incident – Wokingham

Thames Valley Police is releasing a CCTV image of a man who could have vital information following an ABH incident in Wokingham. These posts are auto generated, for more information click on the links (if any) below:

Friday, 17 March 2017

Thames Valley Police Update: Man assaulted in public house – Lower Earley

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses following an incident in which a man was assaulted in Lower Earley. These posts are auto generated, for more information click on the links (if any) below:

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Rogue Traders Event 13/3/17

Dear All
Rogue Traders Event 13/3/17
It was a very entertaining and informative meeting last night and I am sure that everybody learnt something from. 
Please find below items that we have found on the internet on ways to protect yourself from fraud and cybercrime.
Jim Willis
Earley Neighbourhood Action Group

1. Never disclose security details, such as your Pin or full password.
 2. Do not assume an email request or caller is genuine - people are not always who they say they are.
3. Do not be rushed - a bank or genuine organisation will not mind waiting to give you time to stop and think.
4. Listen to your instincts - if something feels wrong then it is usually right to pause and question it.
5. Stay in control - have the confidence to refuse unusual requests for information.
Moneywise Magazine First published 24 August 2009 but last updated 23 August 2011
Five steps to staying safe online
1. Protect your PC
* Install security software, ideally one that include anti-virus, anti-spyware and a firewall.
* Create a user account and use this at all times.
* If your computer uses the Microsoft Windows operating system, keep it updated from the Microsoft website.
* Don’t forget to password-protect your wireless network. Not only will this stop freeloaders slowing down your broadband speed, but it will also protect you against 'eavesdroppers'.
* also recommends using an up-to-date web browser, which will make it harder for fraudsters to get into your PC or Mac.
2.  Stay safe while shopping online
* If you’re shopping online, make sure you only use recommended secure websites and if possible stick to well-known brands or high street names such as or
* Also enter a retailer's website address in manually - never follow an email link.
* If you want to use a website you haven’t been to before look for the padlock symbol and check that the internet address starts with ‘https’ (the ‘s’ stands for secure) to make sure the site is safe.
* Don't judge a company or person on their website alone - look for a telephone number and address.
* Consider using sites that are members of the Internet Shopping Is Safe (ISIS) trustmark scheme – look out for the ISIS logo.
* Sign up to a secure payment method such as Verified by Visa or MasterCard SecureCode, which will verify your card information and provide an extra layer of protection. For transactions over £100, use a credit card for security against non-delivery or fraud.
3. Don't bank on it
*Remember your bank will never contact you to disclose security information - ignore any emails that ask for your PIN, password or other personal details.
* If you do receive a email purporting to be from a bank or other financial firm, don’t follow any of the links within it or open any attachments. Instead, forward it on to the bank in question and then delete it.
* Never access your online banking from a shared computer.
* Keep account details and passwords secret - if you surrender them yourself you may not be covered in the event of fraud.
* Check your bank statement regularly, and if you notice anything irregular call your bank immediately.
4. Wise up to spam
* As explained above, banks will never contact you via email asking you to follow links or provide any sensitive information.
* Spam emails are unsolicited and encourage you to part with your cash or share sensitive information that can later be used to steal your identity.
* Examples include: emails claiming that you have won the Spanish lottery, are due a tax rebate or have come into an inheritance; and advertisements for porn, gambling websites and online pharmacies.
* Another popular spam fraud is the Nigerian letter scam, also known as the advance fee or 419 fraud. This begins with an email sent to a large group of people, making an offer that will supposedly result in a large payoff. Stories vary, but the standard plot is that a person is in possession of a large sum of money or gold that they either cannot access or are no longer in need of.
* The golden rule with spam and phishing emails is: if it looks too good to be true, it probably is.
* Equally, try to avoid opening unsolicited emails, and certainly never reply, follow links included within, or open attachments.
5. Be careful using social networking websites
* Websites such as Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, Bebo and flickr are an increasingly popular way to keep in touch with your friends and classmates, both old and new. However, they also pose a risk of fraud.
* Try to avoid posting any sensitive information about yourself on your pages, or at least modify the information so it can’t be used by fraudsters. For example, rather than show your date of birth, instead give just the month or year you were born.
* Treat any unsolicited emails or messages sent via the website as suspicious. Spammers and fraudsters use social websites for phishing acitivity.
* Use a strong password and avoid allowing your computer to remember this information. Even if no one else uses your computer, if it is stolen the thieves will be able to access your private information and even hijack your identity.
* Find out what tools the website offers you to protect your personal information, and make the most of these privacy settings.

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Thames Valley Police Update: Rogue trader and fraud awareness event – Wokingham

Thames Valley Police and partner agencies are inviting members of the public to a rogue trader and fraud awareness event in Wokingham. These posts are auto generated, for more information click on the links (if any) below: