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In July 2012 SeniorNet Nelson announced its participation in an initiative to make Nelson a safer place to live and to prevent us from becoming victims of computer scams. Twenty members of SeniorNet collect statistics about scam emails and calls and report to Simulate 2 Educate Ltd who then publish a report in the Nelson Crime Watch newsletter.

The NELSON CRIME WATCH newsletter is a collaboration between Simulate 2 Educate Limited, Nelson Police and SeniorNet Nelson. It provides information about crime, and related information concerning the Nelson Region.

The Nelson Crime Watch newsletter is sent out to all SeniorNet Nelson members  when they are published. Click the link to read the latest newsletter:

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For more information about this invaluable publication read the article below published in the Nelson Mail on 29/05/2012:

Nelson police target online scammers

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A new weapon fighting cyber crime has been launched by police and community online watchdogs.

Nelson police, Simulate2Educate and SeniorNet Nelson have joined forces to create the Nelson Crimewatch newsletter, increasing awareness to the latest online scams.

The newsletter is sent out every two months to alert people to the latest in internet scams and attacks and real-world crime in the region.

Produced by internet safety and risk consultant John Parsons, whose company Simulate2Educate teaches safe practice for internet use, the newsletter features content supplied by Nelson police, S2E and SeniorNet Nelson.

Mr Parsons said cyber crime and internet scams took about $500 million out of the country every year, affecting about 133,000 people.

But being safe was about being aware of the dangers, not about avoiding the internet or living in a fortified existence, he said.

''When we go to cross a road, awareness [of the dangers] triggers. It's the same with the computer,'' he said.

SeniorNet internet safety workshop convener Duncan Fuller said technology had become increasingly complicated, much quicker than his organisation's ability to get information to its members.

''You have got to be so damn careful that you don't just click on links. People don't really understand the problems that the can get into.''

There had been plenty of demand for good information, with SeniorNet internet safety workshops filling up with people eager to learn about the latest scams, he said.

At least one woman had avoided a ''phishing attack'' where a malicious web user fakes the look and layout of a website to fool a user into giving away personal information  as a result of the workshops.

The newsletter also features contributions from the Nelson police, giving readers an update on crime in the real world.

Sergeant in charge of intel Dave Prentice said the newsletter was a good way to educate people so that they did not become victims.

The subscriber list for the newsletter would also receive urgent alerts from the police, helping police get information out to the community quickly in the event of an emergency.

To sign up, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit s2e.co.nz

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