Hampshire and Isle of Wight Constabulary - in conjunction with City University London and a host of other UK forces – are conducting a Victim Survivors Police Experience Survey for rape and other sexual offences.
It is with the aim to improve the ways in which we engage with victims of rape and other sexual offences, and thereby improve the victim-survivor experience of the police investigation and criminal justice process.
The survey – which is completely anonymous – will further our understanding of people’s experiences of reporting sexual violence across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.
Detective Superintendent Ellie Hurd, said: “Rape and other sexual offences are some of the most complex and challenging crimes that we deal with within the criminal justice system. Our officers and staff are dedicated to achieving the best outcomes for victims.
“In participating in the survey, it is an opportunity to achieve real, sustainable change by taking an open and honest look at the way we work within our own organisation, alongside the wider criminal justice system and victim support services.
“We want to listen to all victim-survivors. We want to understand where and how we can improve our approach to engaging with victim-survivors and ensure we are doing our utmost by them, in achieving tangible outcomes as part of our investigations. This could be a huge stepping-stone in achieving just that.
“Rape and other sexual offences are really, really traumatic and impactive crimes, and this survey will inform improvements to our approach to policing these offences now, and in the future.”
All victims of rape and other sexual offences aged 18 and over are invited to take part, whose case has been reported to Hampshire and Isle of Wight Constabulary. Your case may have just started, been ongoing for some time, or be closed.
To find out more, or to take part in the anonymous survey, please visit http://www.tinyurl.com/1experiencesurvey
Large community and religious WhatsApp groups are being targeted by scammers who infiltrate them to try and deceive their members into sending them money. Since January of this year, 268 people have reported falling victim to this scam.
The fraud often begins when a member of the group receives a WhatsApp audio call from the fraudster, pretending, or claiming, to be a member of the group. This is done in order to gain the individual’s trust, and often the scammer will use a false profile picture and / or display name, so at first glance it would appear to be a genuine member of the group.
The fraudster will then call the victim and say they are sending a one-time passcode which will allow them to join an upcoming video call for group members. The scammer then asks the victim to share this passcode with them so they can be “registered” for the video call. What’s really happening is that the scammer is asking for a registration code to register the victim’s WhatsApp account to a new device where they then “port” their WhatsApp profile over.
Once the fraudster has access to the victim’s WhatsApp account, they will enable two-step verification which makes it impossible for the victim to access their account. The scammer will then message other members of the group, or friends and family in the victim’s contacts, asking them to transfer money urgently as they are in desperate need of help.
Oliver Shaw, Detective Chief Superintendent and Head of Action Fraud and the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) said:
“WhatsApp continues to be a popular platform for community and religious groups, but sadly also for fraudsters. Here, the scammers rely on the goodwill of group members and their intrinsic desire to help others in distress.
“We urge people always to be wary when receiving contact via WhatsApp or other messaging platforms. This is particularly the case when being asked to provide account information – despite the fact that you may recognise the individual’s profile picture and / or name.
“Never share your account information with anyone, and if you think it’s a fraudulent approach, report the message and block the sender within WhatsApp. To make your account more secure, we advise setting up two-step verification to provide an extra layer of protection. This makes it increasingly more difficult for fraudsters to gain access to somebody else’s WhatsApp account”.
Analysis of Action Fraud reports indicate that victims targeted by this scam are often part of large WhatsApp community, alumni and academic, work groups, and religious groups (such as church or prayer groups).
What can you do to avoid being a victim?
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