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15th January 2020

 

 

 

 

 

Warning Regarding Courier Fraud

 
 

Dear subscriber,

We are urging members of the public to be aware of instances of courier fraud targeting elderly people.

Figures from the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) show instances of courier fraud across the country are on the rise and affecting some of the most vulnerable people in our communities.

Throughout the rest of this month police forces across the country are focussing on raising awareness of the different types of courier fraud to protect those most likely to fall victim.
Courier fraud is when criminals cold call a victim, typically claiming to be a police officer or bank official. Offences are often committed by organised crime groups who target the elderly and vulnerable.

Examples of specific instances have been where following a phone call, the fraudsters then claim there is an issue with the victim’s bank account or request their assistance with an ongoing bank or police investigation. The ultimate aim of the call being to lure them into handing over money or their bank details.

Common techniques used by the fraudsters include telling the victim to withdraw large sums of cash, purchase an expensive item, or provide their bank cards or details. In all cases, a ‘courier’ will then come and pick up the cash or items, on behalf of the police or bank. They will often come to the victim’s home address.

There were 233 reports of courier fraud in the eastern region in 2019 (up until 24 December) with total losses of more than £620,000.

We are urging people to remain aware that phone scams are operating across the region. As it does tend to be the elderly and vulnerable who are targeted by the offenders, please share the following advice with neighbours and relatives.

Your bank or the police will never call you to ask you to verify your personal details or PIN by phone or offer to pick up your card by courier. Hang up if you get a call like this.

If you need to call your bank back to check, wait five minutes as fraudsters may stay on the line after you hang up. Alternatively, use a different line altogether to call your bank.

Your debit or credit card is yours – don’t let a stranger take it off you. You should only ever have to hand it over at your bank. If it’s cancelled, you should destroy it yourself.

If you are suspicious about a telephone conversation you should end the call and contact police via the non-emergency number, 101. Ideally use a mobile phone or a friend's phone or wait at least five minutes before calling to ensure you aren't reconnected to the offender.
To report an incident in action or if you are in immediate danger always call 999.

Please also remember that your bank and the police would:

  • Never ask for your bank account details or PIN over the phone
  • Never ask you to withdraw money and send it to them
  • Never ask you to send them your bank cards or any other personal property


Further information about courier fraud can be found on the force website here http://bit.ly/35W0NYB.
 

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Lauren Alexander (Police, Senior Communications Officer, Cambridgeshire Constabulary)

 

18th December

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Fraud Alert - Energy Companies

 
 

 We have been made aware of males cold calling within Cambridgeshire, they appear to be telling people that they represent energy companies and are offering cheap energy deals. During one conversation they have used MoneySavingExpert.com in an attempt to legitimise their scam. On another occasion they have stated that they represent Lifeline installers (elderly emergency personal alarm) and on one occasion one of the suspects asked to enter the property to use the toilet.

At this time, it is unclear whether their intent was an attempt to commit a distraction burglary, or whether they were seeking to ask questions that lead to them obtaining private information about the occupant that could then lead to identity theft or the theft of money.
 
In summary: As we should all be aware, it is clear that fraudsters continue to travel around the county cold calling within local communities.
Do not allow un-announced, unknown persons into your property. Even if they show any kind of identification how do you know it is genuine?

MoneySavingExpert is an online presence only with no representatives cold calling.
If you are interested in saving money on energy bills, use a trusted well recognised comparison website, or contact your existing energy company, not the advice of people randomly knocking at the door.
 
For scams prevention advice please visit the website of the Cambridge and Peterborough Against Scams Partnership @ https://cambridgeshireinsight.org.uk/capasp/
 
Please consider visiting https://www.cambs.police.uk/ and following Cambridgeshire Police on social media for information, news and alerts within your local community.
 

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Amanda Large (Police, Crime Prevention Officer, Peterborough)

 

12th December

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Christmas Crackdown on Drink and Drug Drivers

 
 

Dear subscriber,

We've launched a crackdown on drink and drug drivers this December and are urging motorists not to ruin Christmas for themselves and others.

Officers across the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Road Policing Unit (RPU) will be conducting additional stop-checks throughout this month to combat drink and drug drivers.

Between October 2018 and September this year, 239 people were arrested in Cambridgeshire on suspicion of drug driving and 649 people were arrested on suspicion of drink driving.

This included 79 suspected drink drivers and 31 suspected drug drivers during December – the month of last year’s campaign.

Being caught drink or drug driving could result in a 12-month driving ban, up to six months in prison, a fine of up to £500 and a criminal record. These can lead to job loss, relationship breakdowns, foreign travel restrictions and significantly increased insurance premiums.

Chief Inspector Jon Roche, Head of Roads Policing for Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire said: "We want people to remember Christmas for all the right reasons. It should be a happy time but driving under the influence of drink or drugs can change that in a heartbeat.

“Our campaign is not about spoiling peoples’ fun. It is about ensuring they don’t do something that jeopardises it. Drink and drug driving can bring financial hardship, pain and loneliness which is a far cry from Christmas festivities we all want to enjoy.

“If you are going out this Christmas please plan ahead and make sure you get home safely. Book a taxi or agree a designated sober driver within your group. It is also important to ensure you are not over the limit the next day as this can still impair your ability to drive.”

More than 45 pubs across Cambridgeshire have signed up to support the campaign by taking part in the ‘I’m DES’ scheme where participating venues give free draught soft drinks to designated drivers.

The initiative, led by the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Road Safety Partnership (CPRSP), will aim to reduce the number of road traffic collisions caused by drink driving over the festive period.

A total of 48 venues have signed up to the scheme this year – triple the number of venues compared to last year and one of the highest recorded numbers in recent years.

To participate in the scheme, which runs throughout December, people just need to let staff in participating venues know they are a designated driver and ask for an ‘I’m DES’ wristband from a member of staff.

Officers are also urging members of the public to report drink or drug driving via the dedicated, confidential hotline.

The hotline: 0800 032 0845 is available 24/7, and gives people the chance to supply the police with information to help reduce the number of drink or drug drivers on our roads.

For more information about drink or drug driving, the law and the dangers it can cause, visit the force's drink and drug driving page

Thank you,
Corporate Communications
 

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Corporate Communications (Police,Communications Officer,Cambridgeshire)

 

3rd December

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Distraction Burglaries In Stanground and Fletton

 
 

Were urging members of the public to be vigilant following two distraction burglaries in the Stanground and Fletton area in the last 24 hours.

its been reported that a women in her 40's entered two homes and asked for a glass of water and to use their phone as her car had broken down.

On both occasions handbags were taken.

Police are asking people to be vigilant and check in on vulnerable relatives and neighbours. Do not let people into your home if you don't know who they are. Check ID carefully and make enquires using telephone numbers from your own enquiries, not telephone numbers supplied by the person at the door.

Anyone with information should report it by calling 101 and quoting #Op Cabot.

 

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Amanda Large (Police, Crime Prevention Officer, Peterborough)

 

16th November

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Scams

 
 

Hello all

With all the latest articles on scams and fraud, I thought it would be a good idea to remind everyone to check out the latest edition of The Little Book of Big Scams produced by The Metropolitan Police.  Really good information and advice to share with family and friends.

Simply type it into google and you will find the 4th edition online to read.

Having just attended a national Date Safe conference in London, I would like to remind everyone of a few simple steps to keep yourself, and your loved ones, safe from fraudsters.  Any age group can be affected by loneliness and any age group can be affected by romance fraud.

D - Don't rush into an online relationship.  Get to know the person, not the profile, ensuring
      you ask plenty of questions.  The vast majority of romance fraud is initiated online.
A - Analyse their profile.  Protect yourself by confirming their identity.  Check the person is
      genuine by putting the following into your search engine: their name, profile picture (by
      simply using a reverse image search) and any repeatedly used phrases, along with the
      term 'dating scam'.  Be mindful that a fraudster could be hiding behind an alias and have
      changed details connecting them to previous fraudulent activity.
T - Talk to your friends and family.  Be wary of anyone who tells you not to tell others about
      them.  Romance fraud involves grooming over a long period of time.  Alienating a victim
      from their friends and family can make up part of that process.
E - Evade scams.  Never send money or share your bank details with someone you've only
      met online.  it doesn't matter how long you've been speaking to them or what story they
      give behind needing the sum.
S - Stay on the dating site messenger service.  Fraudsters will often encourage their victims
      to use different communications channels that are often undetectable. Be confident that 
      you know who you are speaking to and be wary if they fail to meet you in person.

If you, or someone you know, are concerned you may be subject to romance fraud then please do get in touch.
Many thanks
Helen O'Driscoll
Crime Reduction Officer
helen.odriscoll@cambs.pnn.police.uk





 

 

10th November

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Understanding Countylines Drug Dealing and How To Report Your Concerns

 
 

County Lines 

 

‘County Lines’ is a term used when drug gangs from big cities expand their operations to smaller towns, often using violence to drive out local dealers and exploiting children and vulnerable people to sell drugs. These dealers will use dedicated mobile phone lines, known as 'deal lines', to take orders from drug users. Heroin, cocaine and crack cocaine are the most common drugs being supplied and ordered. In most instances, the users or customers will live in a different area to where the dealers and networks are based, so drug runners are needed to transport the drugs and collect payment.

 

 How do you know if County Lines drug dealing is happening in your area? 

 

Some signs to look out for include: 

• An increase in visitors and cars to a house or flat 

• New faces appearing at the house or flat 

• New and regularly changing residents (e.g different accents compared to local accent

 • Change in resident's mood and/or demeanour (e.g. secretive/ withdrawn/ aggressive/ emotional)

 • Substance misuse and/or drug paraphernalia

 • Changes in the way young people you might know dress 

• Unexplained, sometimes unaffordable new things (e.g clothes, jewellery, cars etc)

 • Residents or young people you know going missing, maybe for long periods of time 

• Young people seen in different cars/taxis driven by unknown adults

 • Young people seeming unfamiliar with your community or where they are

 • Truancy, exclusion, disengagement from school

 • An increase in anti-social behaviour in the community

 • Unexplained injuries. 

 

• County Lines activity includes the use of many different cars turning up in a street to meet another person who has been hanging about in the street for a while. They make contact for about 30 seconds, sometimes through a car window and sometimes the person gets in the car, does the deal in seconds and gets out walking off.

 

 What to do if you have concerns The best advice is to trust your instincts. Even if someone isn't involved in county lines drug dealing, they may be being exploited in some other way, so it's always worth speaking out. You can speak to your local police by dialling 101, or in an emergency 999. 

Cambridgeshire police have a chat line attached to their on line reporting website – report information about criminal activity- cambs.police.uk

 If you would rather remain anonymous, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

 If you notice something linked to the railways, you can report concerns to the British Transport Police by texting 61016 from your mobile.

 In an emergency dial 999. If you are a young person who is worried about your involvement, or a friend's involvement in county lines. A good option is to speak to an adult you trust and talk to them about your concerns. You can also call Childline on 0800 1111. 

Childline is private and confidential service where you can talk to specially trained counsellors about anything that is worrying you.

 Alternatively, speak to a children and young people's service like Catch 22. They work with children and young people of any age to help get them out of situations they're worried about, and have helped lots of children and young people involved in County Lines.

 

Neighbourhood Watch ACTION

 

- Look about the area where you live, what’s going on? Is there anyone who is just hanging about? Maybe on their mobile? You can quickly note the colour, make and reg. number of a vehicle in your street that turns up to meet a person, there is an interaction in seconds and the car and pedestrian split up. 

 

Usually the ‘ customer’ is not local to your neighbourhood, they look poor and dishevelled and hang about waiting, looking up and down the street sometimes anxiously. Once the ‘delivery ‘ car arrives they move quickly to meet it. If you can get the car number, you may have to be very quick, even part numbers can be helpful, note the time/date/location. Describe the driver if you can. Take a photo if possible but be very discreet and pass all details to the website Cambs Police.uk ‘ Report your concerns ‘ online. State you are in a neighbourhood watch.

 

The guidance is supplied by the National Crime Agency and Neighbourhood Watch Peterborough

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Alan Paul (NHWN, Communications Administrator, Peterborough Area)

 

30th October

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Beware Amazon Prime Scam

 
 

Dear email subscriber,

Action Fraud is warning people about a new scam that charges individuals for an Amazon Prime subscription.

The organisation has received hundreds of reports of a scam where victims receive an automated phone call claiming they’ve been charged for an Amazon Prime subscription. The phone call informs people their personal details have been fraudulently used to subscribe to Amazon Prime, however, they can cancel the transaction by pressing 1 on their phone keypad. When victims do this, they are automatically connected to criminals posing as Amazon customer service representatives, who then remotely access their computer and steal their personal and financial details.

Action Fraud Advice

  • Never install software as a result of a cold call
  • Always question uninvited approaches in case it’s a scam
  • If in doubt contact a company directly using a known email address or phone number
  • Feel confident to refuse unusual requests for personal or financial information


For more advice, visit the Cambridgeshire police website: https://www.cambs.police.uk/information-and-services/Action-fraud 


Many thanks,
Corporate Communications team

 

28th October

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Speeding Survey - Have Your Say

 
 

Dear subscriber,

In the lead up to Road Safety Week (18 to 24 November) we would like to hear your views on where you feel speeding is an issue in Cambridgeshire?

As part of the week, our officers will be out in force targeting drivers who choose to put themselves and others in danger by breaking the limit

Please share your views with us by clicking on the below link and filling out our short survey. We will review the answers and crack down on your community's speeding hotspots.

Click here to have your say.

Thank you, 
Corporate Communications
 

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Corporate Communications (Police,Communications Officer,Cambridgeshire)

 

23rd October

 

 

 

 

 

News and Convictions Weekly Roundup

 
 

Dear subscriber,

Please find below a round-up of last week’s convictions and news relating to Peterborough. If you wish to see all news please visit the news section on our website https://www.cambs.police.uk/news-and-appeals/news-and-appeals.

Jail for prolific criminal just months after prison release
A prolific criminal who was released from prison this summer has landed himself in jail, again.

Paul Priestley, 41, who has a criminal record spanning 25 years, was arrested on 8 September after being seen on CCTV trying car door handles in the Lyvelly Gardens area of Parnwell.

https://www.cambs.police.uk/news-and-appeals/Paul-Priestley

Man who kept girlfriend prisoner jailed
A man who kept his girlfriend a prisoner in his flat for three days was snared thanks to his neighbours.

Police were called to the house of Tomasz Grabowski, in Naseby Close, Peterborough, in the early hours of 1 April last year.

https://www.cambs.police.uk/news-and-appeals/Tomasz-Grabowski-peterborough-sentencing

Man threw hot drink at takeaway staff
A man threw a boiling hot drink and then spat at a fast food worker after being asked to move on to the next window in a drive-through takeaway.

Guiseppe Depaolo, 33, visited the McDonalds drive-through at Brotherhood Retail Park, in Peterborough, in June this year.

https://www.cambs.police.uk/news-and-appeals/man-threw-hot-drink

Cannabis suppliers jailed
Two men have been jailed after officers seized cannabis with a potential value of more than £114,000.

Officers noticed a strong smell and searched the vehicle, finding almost half a kilogram of herbal cannabis.

Documents in the car linked Kulbindkas to two properties in Peterborough, in Francis Gardens and Northfields Road.

https://www.cambs.police.uk/news-and-appeals/cannabis-suppliers-jailed

Kind regards,
Corporate Communications
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEWBOROUGH, BOROUGH FEN & MILKING NOOK

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH

 

Dear Residents

Please have a look at attached booklet :

‘The Little Book of Big Scams’.

It was produced by the Metropolitan Police & used nationally in the fight against FRAUD.

The booklet contains VERY useful information in all aspects of fraud prevention. I can assure you there is something for everyone contained within. You don’t have to read all of the book. Have a look at CONTENT & follow index to information that is relevant to you.

Any queries you can always give me a ring.

Stay Safe

 

Sean Gleeson

Chair, NNHW

 

 

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