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30th March 2020

 

 

 

 

 

Action Fraud Have Received Reports of Covid19 Related Scams

 
 

Sean,

Please note, this is the second in a series of messages we are sending over the next few days, all relating to the current situation. This email does contain links, please click here for guidance about whether you can trust links in emails.

Action Fraud have received reports of #COVID19 related scams. The majority relate to the online sale of protective items such as facemasks and other items in short supply due to the outbreak, that don't exist..
 
https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/alert/coronavirus-related-fraud-reports



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What scams are we seeing?

The majority of reports are related to online shopping scams where people have ordered protective face masks, hand sanitiser and other products, which have never arrived. Other frauds being reported include ticket fraud, romance fraud, charity fraud and lender loan fraud
 

Protection advice

Detailed counter fraud advice is available online, including from Scamsmart, ActionFraud, CIFAS, TakeFive, Citizens Advice, Trading Standards and the National Cyber Security Centre.
 
Reporting to Action Fraud can be done online at https://www.actionfraud.police.uk or by calling  0300 123 2040.

To report offers of financial assistance from HMRC contact phishing@hmrc.gov.uk.
 

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21st March 2020

 

 

 

 

 

News from the Police and Crime Commissioner

 
 

 

Good afternoon

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Against Scams Partnership have put together advice on how to stay safe from criminals taking advantage of these challenging times.

As Covid-19 spreads rapidly across the work, a number of reports have emerged about fraudsters seizing the opportunity to defraud.

To find out how to protect yourself, your family and friends, click on the link below:


https://www.cambridgeshire-pcc.gov.uk/scams-partnership-urges-people-to-be-vigilant-against-covid-19-scammers/

Kind regards

Catherine Kimberley
Communications and Engagement Manager
Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner

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Catherine Kimberley (Police, OPCC Communications Officer, Cambridgeshire)

 

17th March 2020

 

 

Criminals Exploiting the Coronavirus Situation

 
 

 
As the Fraud and Cyber Security Advisor for Cambridgeshire Police, I wanted to warn you as to how cyber criminals are exploiting the coronavirus situation. The following information has been released by the National Cyber Security Centre. (NCSC)


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The public are being urged to follow online safety advice as evidence emerges that criminals are exploiting the Coronavirus online. 

Experts from the National Cyber Security Centre have revealed a range of attacks being perpetrated online as cyber criminals seek to exploit COVID-19.

Techniques seen since the start of the year include bogus emails with links claiming to have important updates, which once clicked on lead to devices being infected.

These ‘phishing’ attempts have been seen in several countries and can lead to loss of money and sensitive data.

The NCSC, a part of GCHQ created to keep the UK safe online, is urging businesses and the public to consult its online guidance, including how to spot and deal with suspicious emails as well as mitigate and defend against malware and ransomware.

In addition, in recent days the NCSC has taken measures to automatically discover and remove malicious sites which serve phishing and malware. These sites use COVID-19 and Coronavirus as a lure to make victims ‘click the link’.

Paul Chichester, Director of Operations at the NCSC, said:
“We know that cyber criminals are opportunistic and will look to exploit people’s fears, and this has undoubtedly been the case with the Coronavirus outbreak.
“Our advice to the public is to follow our guidance, which includes everything from password advice to spotting suspect emails.
“In the event that someone does fall victim to a phishing attempt, they should look to report this to Action Fraud as soon as possible.”

The NCSC has seen an increase in the registration of webpages relating to the Coronavirus suggesting that cyber criminals are likely to be taking advantage of the outbreak.

These attacks are versatile and can be conducted through various media, adapted to different sectors and monetised via multiple means, including ransomware, credential theft, bitcoin or fraud.

Continued global susceptibility to phishing will probably make this approach a persistent and attractive technique for cyber criminals. Moreover, if the outbreak intensifies, it is highly likely that the volume of such attacks will rise.

There are numerous examples of cyber attacks worldwide since the Coronavirus outbreak.
On 16 February, the World Health Organisation (WHO) warned of fraudulent emails sent by criminals posing as the WHO. This followed a warning from the US Federal Trade Commission about scammers spreading phishing 'clickbait' via email and social media, as well as creating fraudulent websites to sell fake antiviral equipment.
Cyber criminals have also impersonated the US Center for Disease Control (CDC), creating domain names similar to the CDC’s web address to request passwords and even bitcoin donations to fund a fake vaccine.

In January, attackers spread the Emotet banking trojan in Japan by posing as a state welfare provider to distribute infected Word documents. Similar operations have been observed in Indonesia, the US and Italy, with attackers attempting to spread the Lokibot infostealer, Remcos RAT and other malware.

Individuals in the UK have also been targeted by Coronavirus-themed phishing emails with infected attachments containing fictitious 'safety measures.' According to Proofpoint researchers, such attacks have recently become more targeted, with greater numbers focusing on specific sectors like shipping, transport or retail to increase the likelihood of success. The report can be read at https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/news/cyber-experts-step-criminals-exploit-coronavirus
For information on protecting your business or family from cyber crime visit https://www.ncsc.gov.uk
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For genuine information on coronavirus please visit www.nhs.uk or visit www.gov.uk

For fraud and cyber security information, please contact Nigel Sutton CyberProtectCambs@cambs.pnn.police.uk

Please keep safe and look out for each other, offer help to the elderly and vulnerable in your neighbourhoods without putting yourselves at unnecessary risk.
 

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Amanda Large (Police, Crime Prevention Officer, Peterborough)

 

13th February 2020

I have added this to highlight that the scammers can get away with stealing from sometimes vigilant people. Thanks Sean for making us aware of this evil scam and show how easy it is to be fooled by them.

 

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Subject: Could you let all our members know about this

 

This happened to a friend of a NNHW Co-ordinator, and is a true story: 


The informant writes:

My poor dad has been scammed out of all of his savings. He received a phone call from “Amazon” claiming he had been fraudulently charged for an Amazon prime account he hasn’t got. They convinced him to download an app which gave them remote access to remove spyware from his phone. This allowed them to see everything he did on his phone. He was then instructed to access his bank to check for the refund they had sent him.  They then wiped out that account ?They must’ve been convincing because my dad is not the type to fall for this type of thing. He’s gutted and feeling very foolish. Unlikely he’ll get his money back ? warn your parents and family members of this scam, they’re making so much money targeting pensioners who are trying to protect what bit they have.

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13th February 2020

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Amazon Prime Scam

 
 

This is not the first alert we have sent out relating to a scam telephone call purporting to be from Amazon Prime.
However, Action Fraud have just sent a reminder to police services as it is continuing to catch people off guard resulting in a financial loss and distress to those concerned. So please take a moment to refresh yourself and remind friends and family too.

 
 

 

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Rogue Trader Warnings

 
 

We are asking the public to be on the lookout for Rogue Traders operating in your area. On Saturday morning two young boys called at an address is Bretton asking the occupant if they wanted any gardening work undertaken. When asked who they were with, their Dad appeared. Although any work was declined the same male returned yesterday with another man both dressed in high-viz jackets. Thankfully they were sent away again, but we expect they will return and keep trying. What starts as a £20 job, never ends like that. A recent victim in Peterborough has lost thousands to a rogue trader in what started as a small £200 quick job.

Rogue trading ranges from poor quality work and high pressure sales to organised crime gangs targeting the elderly and vulnerable on a daily basis, often demanding large amounts of money.  These traders do not just cold-call at your door; they can have professional websites and place adverts in newspapers, magazines and other publications. They also operate leaflet dropping so be aware that not all leaflets are genuine.

How rogue traders operate
Cold call at the doorstep offering services such as gutter cleaning, gardening, house maintenance, jet washing, driveway, paving etc.
Befriend the homeowner by various means (e.g. claim to have been before or claim they have worked on a neighbouring address). Many victims say "He was such a nice man".
Start with small jobs such as cleaning the gutters for £20 and then claim further work is needed (which they will not quote for), then demand £ thousands, often for no or very little work.
Make fraudulent claims e.g. claim moss on a roof causes damage and needs to be washed off, painting a roof is necessary to protect it or you have a tile missing and that will cause issues etc.
Return again and again to vulnerable victims demanding further payment for bogus reasons (e.g. claiming that VAT has not been paid, claim to be Trading Standards officers and offer to refund the victim with a cheque once the victim has given them more cash).
Use intimidation to extort money and often take the homeowner to a bank or cashpoint to withdraw cash.

Avoiding rogue traders – some tips to keep you safe
Use your door chain when answering all calls.  Be cautious; if a trader knocks at your door, do not agree to on the spot house repairs without taking advice. Say 'no thank you' and close the door.
If you do decide to engage with the caller then check their identity by asking to see an ID card and checking the telephone number in your own directory. Never call the numbers provided by the caller as they may well be bogus
Consider if you really need the work done - shop around for the best deal, where possible using a trader from the Trading Standards Buy with Confidence scheme; Safe Local Trades (www.safelocaltrades.com) or a trader recommended to you (get three quotes to make sure you are being quoted a fair price)
Sign up to your utility service provider’s password scheme if they have one.  The means that any legitimate employee must know and use the agreed password before they enter your home
insist that you are given the quote in writing
Do not make snap decisions. If you feel that any work needs carrying out on your property, take time to talk to family or neighbours before you make a decision.
Ask the caller to leave you with information to study at your leisure
Don't be tempted by 'today only' offers (this is pressure selling)
Ask to see their Public Liability Insurance
Do not deal with anyone who refuses to take payment via cheque or bank transfer
Get written receipts for any monies paid
Remember that if you enter into a contract in your home for work costing £42 or more you have 14 days to cancel by writing to the trader (even if the work has started), unless you have asked the trader around specifically to carry out emergency repairs or maintenance. If you haven't been given information on your right to cancel, then you can cancel up to 54 weeks from the agreement date.   

Doorstep cold-calling is not illegal, however our advice is to NEVER employ traders who call at your door and certainly DO NOT let them into your home.


Reporting a Rogue Trader
If you have had an experience with a rogue trader, please report it by telephoning 101.
You can gain lots of great advice and support from your local Crime Reduction Officer so ask to be put through to one via 101.
You may also wish to report it online
For live incidents where the rogue trader is still at the property, or is due to return, contact the police on 999. The police have a protocol for dealing with these incidents and welcome your contact.
 
REMEMBER:  IF IN DOUBT, KEEP THEM OUT!  SIMPLY SAY NO.
 

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Amanda Large (Police, Crime Prevention Officer, Peterborough)

 
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29th January 2020

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Theft from Motor Vehicles Across Peterborough

 
 

Members of the public are reminded to lock their cars and not to leave possessions on display in vehicles following the reports of overnight offences in Sugar Way, Dogsthorpe, Bretton and Westwood areas of the City.

As well as the usual sat nav being stolen, we have had reports of smaller items like coins, headphones, sweets, school bags and sunglasses. So please do not leave anything on display in your vehicle when unattended.

Please make sure your vehicles are always locked and secured and there are no valuables on display. Also worth investing in a driveway alarm which will activate internally when an intruder enters the driveway/garden.  These can be ordered from sites such as Amazon and we still have a number for sale at Thorpe Wood Police Station for £8.  If you would like us to reserve one for you then please email helen.odriscoll@cambs.pnn.police.uk or amanda.large@cambs.pnn.police.uk


Report suspicious activity by calling: 999 if a crime is in progress or 101 for a police non-emergency or visit www.cambs.police.uk/report.  You can also call Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.orgM

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Amanda Large (Police, Crime Prevention Officer, Peterborough)

 

29th January 2020

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88K Lost To Courier Fraud In Cambs This Month

 
 

Dear subscriber,

You may recall earlier this month we warned of ‘courier fraud’ scams where fraudsters pose as a police officer or bank official to persuade their often elderly and vulnerable victims to hand over large amounts of cash.

We have been made aware of seven separate instances where people across Cambridgeshire have lost almost £88,000 to courier fraud this month alone.

In six out of the seven instances this month, the fraudster has cold-called the victim by telephone posing as a police officer claiming they had someone in custody as part of a fraud investigation.

The bogus officer told the victim there was an issue with their bank account or requested their assistance with an ongoing investigation. The ultimate aim of the call being to lure the victim into withdrawing cash from their bank and later handing over money to a courier.

On the other occasion the fraudster has claimed to be from the tax office, claiming the victim owed in excess of £10,000 and would be arrested if they didn’t pay the outstanding balance. In this instance the victim was told to hand over cash and also purchase thousands of pounds worth of Amazon vouchers from a supermarket.

Criminals are increasingly turning to vouchers as a method of obtaining funds since these are much more difficult to trace than banking transactions.

Between 18 and 26 January five victims in the East Cambs area lost a total of £78,500 and on two occasions in Peterborough, on 8 and 24 January, two people lost a combined £9,000.

This recent spate of courier fraud is appalling and must be stopped. Not only is the financial detriment significant, these crimes often have a devastating impact on the health and wellbeing of the victims and their families.

Whilst the latest reported incidents are all in the same two areas, it is likely the scammers are working through a list organised by postcode and therefore there is a strong chance this scam will appear in other areas too. We urge residents to please be vigilant to this and pass the message on so others can be vigilant too.

Please remember 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 our website here http://bit.ly/35W0NYB.

If you are suspicious about a telephone conversation you should end the call and contact us via our 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.

Community groups and individuals are invited to become a registered supporter of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Against Scams Partnership. Supporters receive information about the latest scams and funding or training opportunities and are provided with resources to increase scams awareness in their local community. For more information visit www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/against-scams or contact Charlotte Homent on 01954 284635.

Our Cyber Security Advisor is available to present to different community groups on how to protect themselves from scams. Enquiries should be made via email to CyberProtectCambs@cambs.pnn.police.uk.

Please help us spread this message as far and wide as possible to prevent further losses to those in our community.

Kind regards,

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

 

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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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
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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

Message Sent By
Alan Paul (NHWN, Communications Administrator, Peterborough Area)

 

30th October

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Cambridgeshire Constabulary

 

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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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