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23rd January 2021






Dog Owners Urged To Take Extra Precautions


Dear subscriber,

We're urging pet owners to be vigilant and review their security after reports of a rise in dog thefts in other counties.

The demand for dogs has soared across the country due to more people working from home and having extra time on their hands.

DCI Chris O’Brien said: “Dogs are often part of the family and having them stolen can be absolutely devastating.

“Whilst we are not currently seeing an increase in dog thefts in Cambridgeshire, we’d urge pet owners to consider taking extra precautions to help deter thieves and protect your pets. You can never be too careful.”

Extra precautions include:

  • Keep an ID tag on your dog at all times
  • Lock gates using bolts at the top and bottom, along with a heavy-duty padlock
  • Ensure there are no places where dogs or other animals can escape or be pulled through, if they are left in a back garden
  • Never leave your pet in the garden unattended
  • Fit a bell or gate alarm so it makes a sound when someone opens it
  • Purchase a driveway alarm so you are alerted to any visitors, these can also be used in rear gardens
  • Make sure your dog is microchipped and their details are updated so that they can be returned if they are stolen and subsequently found
  • Avoid leaving a dog tied up outside a shop or left alone in a car, even for a few minutes
  • Take lots of photographs of your dog to prove ownership if it’s stolen and then found
  • Report dog theft to police straight away

Always report stolen dogs to us, as sometimes officers have been able to reunite owners with their pets.

Anyone with information about a stolen dog, or suspicious behaviour, can report it via the force’s web chat service: or by calling 101 if they do not have internet access.

For more advice, visit the force’s dedicated dog theft page:

Thank you,
Corporate Communications

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Corporate Communications (Police,Communications Officer,Cambridgeshire)


7th January 2021






Covid Vaccine Scam


Sadly, scammers continue to take advantage of the coronavirus pandemic to commit fraud on unsuspecting victims.

We’ve had reports of fraudsters sending fake text messages, which claim you are entitled to a dose of the newly-approved vaccine.

The bogus message states that you are entitled to a vaccine and to receive more information you should click on the link.

Unfortunately, these texts are fake. Once you click on the link, you are taken to a webpage, which is branded to look like a genuine NHS page, which requests to see 'proof of ownership of address' in the form of your bank account, sort code and a full bank card number.

Do not give your bank or card details to make payment for a vaccine or to prove your residential address.

Coronavirus vaccines are free and the NHS will never ask for any money or your bank details.

Further information about scams is available here.

Nigel Sutton
Cyber Protect Officer
Cambridgeshire Police

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Tara Dundon (Police, Comms officer, Corp comms)


17 November 2020






Scam Warning and Passwords Guidance


Council Officer Impersonation Scam

We've had a report that some residents in Fenland have recently been visited by rogue traders purporting to be Council officers offering loft insulation.
Please be aware that Fenland District Council are not carrying out such work, nor do they endorse any companies offering loft insulation, or supply details of residents to such companies. It is likely that these traders are using the Council's name to access properties in order to steal or to try to get customers to agree to work, whether it is needed or not.
Whilst this matter has been brought to our attention in Fenland, don't forget that criminals know no boundaries and will try their luck over a wide area. Please share this warning far and wide.
If you are visited by a cold caller on the doorstep please remember you do not have to answer the door, it is not impolite to not answer to people you are not expecting. However if you do decide to answer the door remember to: 

  • Ensure back doors and windows are locked
  • Use your door chain to answer the door
  • Ask for proof of ID
  • Check the ID has not been tampered with e.g. new photo stuck over
  • Contact the organisation to check the visitor is genuine - using a number you know to be correct such as from their official website, social media page or a bill (i.e. not a number on the ID card)
  • Refuse to engage with anyone who does not offer reliable proof of ID
  • A genuine caller will not mind waiting for you to make these checks.
  • Report rogue traders to the police on 999 (if still present) or 101 after the event.  
  • For a free 'Please leave and do not return' door sticker please email

Protect Your Passwords

Neighbourhood Watch are currently running a campaign to help you to protect your passwords find out more at

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) also advises people to use three random words to create a strong and memorable password e.g. kneepastahopscotch. By adding numbers and punctuation characters to your password this makes it stronger still e.g. kn33p@st@h0p5c0tch!

NCSC also advise the following to keep your online accounts secure:

  • Use a unique and separate password for your email.
  • Store your passwords somewhere safe: save to your browser or use a password manager.
  • Add extra security to important online accounts: turn on two-factor authentication.

If your account has been hacked please see NCSC's useful guide to recovering a hacked account and this handy infographic .

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Robin Sutton (NHWN, Chairman Cambridgeshire Neighbourhood Watch, Cambridgeshire)


26th September 2020








A couple of scams this week to be aware of.
 Courier Fraud – new twist
Courier fraud is when criminals call people impersonating banks or the police in order to convince them to hand over their cash, bank cards, Amazon vouchers or high value items, to a courier that’s been sent to their home. Recent reporting to Action Fraud has highlighted that an increasingly popular tactic is for criminals to instruct the unsuspecting victim to purchase high value items such as gold coins and gold bullion. In the last three months, Action Fraud has received 13 reports relating to this particular M.O, with losses totalling almost £419,000.   Remember ………………………
·       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, wait a few minutes and call your bank on a number you know to be genuine, such as the one on the back of your card
·       Your bank or the police will not contact you out of the blue to participate in an investigation in which you need to withdraw money from your bank or to purchase high value goods, such as gold bullion.
·       Your bank will never send a courier to your home to collect your card, PIN, or other valuables, therefore any requests to do so are a scam
MI5 calling……
A slightly unusual attempted scam telephone call to tell you about, this time the caller claimed to be from the UK’s Security Service MI5.
Interestingly, the intended victim later checked the telephone number displayed on their caller ID with the MI5 website, and the number matched.
The male caller then claimed he was in fact a Police Officer in Peterborough but was working with the MI5 agency. 
The conversation is not clear from this point but it appears that the caller tried to get the recipient to go to their bank and withdraw some money and referred to a National Insurance number, the caller then said that if they could not get to the bank then an alternative payment would be gift vouchers. 
We have checked the MI5 website and there are only two contact numbers listed, 999 for an emergency and 0800 789 321 which is for the Anti-Terrorist Hotline. The following is from the MI5 website, and suggests MI5 are well aware that their organisation is being used in similar scams:
So, please remember, do not trust the number displayed on your caller ID because it can be spoofed/made to look genuine. Treat the number displayed with caution until such time you can be confident the caller is genuine, and that is not easy if you don’t recognise the voice because if you can’t, they could be anyone.
Any request for gift vouchers as a payment method suggests the call is a scam.

Many thanks
Helen O'Driscoll
Crime Reduction Officer


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Helen O'Driscoll (Police, Community Safety Officer, Peterborough - Southern)


21st August 2020






Cambridgeshire Police Fraud and Cyber Security Alert - Compromised Facebook Accounts Used To Lure Victims Into Paypal Scam



Attached is an important scam alert from the City of London Police, National Fraud Intelligence Bureau. Should the content of the document raise any questions or issues, then please contact me. Please consider forwarding to family and friends and any appropriate community group.

Mr Nigel Sutton 8517
Cyber Protect Officer
Serious & Organised Crime (Intelligence and Specialist Crime Department)
Ext: 01480 422773
Cambridgeshire Constabulary


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Amanda Large (Police, Crime Prevention Officer, Peterborough)

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12th August 2020

Dear All

The following article I obtained from a Police Magazine I subscribe to. 


Please Read:

The magazine has been contacted by several members (retired Police Officers & families) informing them that their email accounts have been 'hacked'.


If you are concerned or just want to check if your account has been compromised just visit


Then enter your email address and you can see if you have been involved in a breach and the data has been compromised. You can also check if your password has previously been exposed in any data breaches.


I have just checked mine & all is ok. I also checked my wife's account and found there had been a minor breach to her account, but nothing serious.


If you receive a scam email please forward it to report@phishing


Hope you find this useful.


Stay Safe 

Sean Gleeson


12th August 2020


I have come across this article in a Police Magazine (Q & A) 'KNOW YOUR COMPUTER' about this very subject.


Question from a reader:

Today one of my friends sent me an email that seemed rather out of the ordinary, it included a strange link in the body of the email, upon clicking this link I was taken to a strange page asking me to enter my bank details in order to proceed, I instantly closed the webpage. My friend has since advised me that her email was hacked into and that an email was involuntarily sent from her account to all her contacts, I am worried that my mailbox has been hacked as well.


Reply from Security Expert:

As long as you have closed the webpage as soon as this happened and did not put in any personal details hopefully you should be ok, although we would still advise doing the following steps.

Reset your email password (ensure this is secure and ideally does not hold any personal information). We would then recommend that you download and run the Malwarebytes application. This will perform a full scan on your PC in order to ensure that there is no malicious content on it. 


Hope it find this useful


Stay Safe 

Sean Gleeson



12th August 2020






Student Online Safety Autumn 2020 - Get Safe Online


Get Safe Online have launched a media campaign giving guidance to parents and their children who will be going to College or University later in the year.
The following is an extract from their leaflet attached and their website
The young people in our families generally have a better hands on knowledge of technology than we do. However, this confidence can result in them taking more risks online that could adversely affect their finances, reputation or even their whole future, if they end up with a criminal record. If your young student is going to university or college this autumn, they may not have you there in person to guide them in the right direction or help if there’s a problem.
Get Safe Online is the UK’s leading source of information and advice on online safety and security, for the public and small businesses. It is a not-for-profit, public/private sector partnership backed by a number of government departments, law enforcement agencies and leading organisations in Internet security, banking and retail. For more information and expert,
easy-to-follow, impartial advice on safeguarding yourself, your family, finances, devices and workplace, visit

Mr Nigel Sutton 8517
Cyber Protect Officer
Serious & Organised Crime (Intelligence and Specialist Crime Department)
Ext: 01480 422773
Cambridgeshire Constabulary



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29th July 2020

UK Finance unveils ten Covid-19 and lockdown scams the public should be on high alert for and how to spot them
Criminals are preying on a worried public by tapping into their financial concerns due to coronavirus, asking for personal and financial information
New animation video from Take Five to Stop Fraud campaign warns people to remember criminals are sophisticated at impersonating other organisations
Using the coronavirus pandemic as an opportunity, fraudsters are using sophisticated methods to callously exploit people, with many concerned about their financial situation and the state of the economy. To coincide with the launch of its new animation urging people to follow the advice of the Take Five to Stop Fraud campaign, UK Finance today reveals ten Covid-19 and lockdown scams which criminals are using to target people to get them to part with their money.
Some scams manipulate innocent victims, urging people to invest and “take advantage of the financial downturn”. Others impersonate well-known subscription services to get people to part with their cash and personal information. Criminals are even posing as representatives from the NHS Test and Trace service in an effort to trick people into giving away their personal details.
To remind people that criminals are experts at impersonating trusted organisations, UK Finance has launched a new animation video urging people to follow the advice of the Take Five to Stop Fraud campaign. Consumers are reminded to always take a moment to stop and think before parting with their money or information in case it’s a scam.
The ten scams to be on the lookout for and how to spot them:
Covid-19 financial support scams
Criminals have sent fake government emails designed to look like they are from government departments offering grants of up to £7,500. The emails contain links which steal personal and financial information from victims.
Fraudsters have also been sending scam emails which offer access to ‘Covid-19 relief funds’ encouraging victims to fill in a form with their personal information.
Criminals have been targeting people with official-looking emails offering a ‘council tax reduction’. These emails, which use government branding, contain links which lead to a fake government website which is used to access personal and financial information.
Fraudsters are also preying on benefit recipients, offering to help apply for Universal Credit, while taking some of the payment as an advance for their “services”.
Health scams
One of the most shocking scams that has appeared during the pandemic has involved using the NHS Test and Trace service. Criminals are preying on an anxious public by sending phishing emails and links claiming that the recipient has been in contact with someone diagnosed with Covid-19. These lead to fake websites that are used to steal personal and financial information or infect devices with malware.
Victims are also being targeted by fake adverts for Covid-related products such as hand sanitizer and face masks which do not exist.
Lockdown scams
Criminals are sending fake emails and texts claiming to be from TV Licensing, telling people they are eligible for six months of free TV license because of the coronavirus pandemic. Victims are told there has been a problem with their direct debit and are asked to click on a link that takes them to a fake website used to steal personal and financial information.
Amid a rise in the use of online TV subscription services during the lockdown, customers have been targeted by criminals sending convincing emails asking them to update their payment details by clicking on a link which is then used to steal credit card information.
Fraudsters are also exploiting those using online dating websites by creating fake profiles on social media sites used to manipulate victims into handing over their money. Often criminals will use the identities of real people to strike up relationships with their targets.
Criminals are using social media websites to advertise fake investment opportunities, encouraging victims to “take advantage of the financial downturn”. Bitcoin platforms are using emails and adverts on social media platforms to encourage unsuspecting victims to put money into fake investment companies using fake websites.
The banking and finance sector is working with the government and law enforcement to help identify scams and prevent people becoming victims of fraud. The industry is also encouraging everyone to remain vigilant and to follow the advice of the Take Five to Stop Fraud campaign, and to Stop, Challenge and Protect when they receive any messages out of the blue:
Stop: Taking a moment to stop and think before parting with your money or information could keep you safe.
Challenge: Could it be fake? It’s ok to reject, refuse or ignore any requests. Only criminals will try to rush or panic you.
Protect: Contact your bank immediately if you think you’ve fallen for a scam and report it to Action Fraud.
In order to spot a Covid-19 scam, people should be on high alert if:
The website address is inconsistent with that of the legitimate organisation
The phone call, text or emails asks for financial information such as PIN, passwords
You receive a call or email out of the blue with an urgent request for your personal or financial information, or to make an immediate payment
You’re offered a heavily discounted or considerably cheaper product compared to the original price
There are spelling and grammar mistakes, or inconsistencies in the story you’re given
Managing Director of Economic Crime at UK Finance, Katy Worobec, said:
“During this pandemic we have seen criminals using sophisticated methods to callously exploit people’s financial concerns, impersonating trusted organisations like the NHS or HMRC, to trick them into giving away their money or information.
“The banking and finance industry is tackling fraud on every front, investing millions in advance technology to protect customers and working closely with the government and law enforcement to stop the criminal gangs responsible and neutralise the threat.
“We would always urge people to follow the advice of the Take Five to Stop Fraud campaign to keep their  money and personal information safe from fraudsters.”
Mr Nigel Sutton 8517
Cyber Protect Officer
Serious & Organised Crime (Intelligence and Specialist Crime Department)
Ext: 01480 422773

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Amanda Large (Police, Crime Prevention Officer, Peterborough)


19th July 2020






Are You Shopping Online?


Dear Subscriber,

Have you bought anything online recently?…

Almost 34% of all retail sales during May 2020 were carried out online, and new research suggests that only 16% of UK consumers intend to return to their old shopping habits post-lockdown.

Online shopping fraud during lockdown

Action Fraud, the UK’s national reporting centre for fraud and cyber crime, received over 16,000 reports relating to online shopping and auction fraud during the lockdown, with losses totalling over £16m. Members of the public have reported buying mobile phones (19%), vehicles (22%), electronics (10%) such as games consoles, AirPods and MacBooks , and footwear (4%) on sites such as eBay (18%), Facebook (18%), Gumtree (10%) and Depop (6%), only to have the items never arrive. 

Top tips for shopping online securely:

Choosing where to shop:
If you’re making a purchase from a company or seller you don’t know and trust, carry out some research first. For example, by checking to see if others have used the site and what their experience was.

Email accounts:
Use a strong, separate password for your email account. Criminals can use 
your email to access other online accounts, such as those you use for online shopping.

Scam messages:
Some of the emails or texts you receive about amazing offers may contain links to fake websites. Not all links are bad, but if you’re unsure don't use the link, go separately to the website. And remember, if a deal looks too good to be true, it probably is. 

Payment method:
If you decide to go ahead with the purchase, use a credit card if you have one as other payment providers may not provide the same protection.

What to do if you’ve fallen victim to online shopping fraud

We all make mistakes and these days the scams can be incredibly convincing.

If you think you’ve visited, or made a purchase on, a bogus website, you should first, take a note of the website's address, then close down your internet browser. You should then report the details to Action Fraud and contact your bank to seek advice.

Whether you've been a victim of fraud will depend on how much information you’ve provided to the website, so keep an eye on your bank transactions, if you can. Contact your bank immediately about anything that you don’t recognise, even small amounts.

For more information about how to stay safe online, please visit


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Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)


30th June 2020






Cambridgeshire Police Fraud Security Alert Matthew Offering Loft Insulation Service Scam Call


Good afternoon,
I have just been notified of a scam telephone call that was received last week. 
The caller was a male and said their name was "Matthew"
He stated he was calling about the lagging in the loft.
When told there wasn’t a loft in the property the caller abruptly ended the call.
The suspect number is 01618 089840
If you use a website you can research any telephone number, and it may not surprise you that in this case there are hundreds of reports about the telephone number suggesting it is scam. One of the reports mentions Matthew and loft insulation. SCAM!
STOP – Take a moment to stop and think before you part with any money or your information could keep you safe
CHALLENGE – Could it be fake or false? It is ok to reject, refuse any requests. Only criminals will try and rush and panic you.
PROTECT – If you think you have just fallen for a scam contact your bank immediately and report to Action Fraud
Mr Nigel Sutton 8517
Cyber Protect Officer
Serious & Organised Crime (Intelligence and Specialist Crime Department)
Ext: 01480 422773


30th June 2020






Cambridgeshire Police Fraud Security Alert Ppi Claim Net Ltd


Good afternoon
 I have been made aware of a scam that I would like you to be aware of.
It relates to an unexpected telephone call in which the caller stated their name was Jessica and they were calling on behalf of CLAIMS.NET Ltd (PPI related company)
The number displayed on the caller ID 02393880028
The caller was described as having a strong eastern European accent.
Not only did the scammer know the name of the person they were calling, but they had knowledge of a genuine PPI claim they had made. (It is not known how they obtained this information)
The scammer asked for an email address so a PPI claim form could be sent to them, signed and then returned.
The suspect email address ended
It was only after a series of emails and telephone calls that the intended victim thought to check the Financial Conduct Authority website which warns people of PPI related scams. They knew what to do when the scammers called again.
Always be alert to any unexpected communication. Text, telephone, email, instant message, mail.
Just because someone knows your name does not mean they are genuine.
We are up against organised criminal gangs from all of the world, with technical means to steal information and use it against us.
If in doubt, invite the caller to write to you, but don’t give them your address.
Criminals will play on your emotions, it is urgent, you need to act now, the police will arrest you, bailiffs will take property, you have to act now, prizes, money, wins.
Two types of telephone, the one when you recognise the callers voice and the other type in which you don’t recognise the voice, and if you don’t, then assume they could be absolutely anyone.
If in doubt, always contact the caller using a previously tried, tested and trusted means. Use a different phone if possible, to the one you took the suspicious call on.
Always check there is a genuine dial tone, criminals can use a recording of a dial tone to fool people when the line has actually been left open.
If necessary, unplug the phone from the socket for a few minutes, reconnect, check for dial tone.
If you have not already looked at then have a look and enter your email address in the search bar and see if criminals already have your email address.
STOP – Take a moment to stop and think before parting with money or information about yourself
CHALLENGE – Could it be fake? It is ok to reject, refuse or ignore any request.
PROTECT – Contact your bank immediately if you think you have fallen for a scam. Then report to Action Fraud.
Mr Nigel Sutton 8517
Cyber Protect Officer
Serious & Organised Crime (Intelligence and Specialist Crime Department)
Ext: 01480 422773



18th June 2020






Coronavirus-Related Scams - How To Protect Yourself


Dear subscriber,

Criminals are exploiting the COVID-19 pandemic to try and get their hands on your money and personal information. To date, Action Fraud has received reports from 2,378 victims of Coronavirus-related scams, with the total losses reaching over £7 million.

How you can protect yourself from Coronavirus-related scams:

There are some simple steps you can take that will protect you from the most common Coronavirus-related scams. Here’s what need to do:

1 - Watch out for scam messages
Your bank, or other official organisations, won’t ask you to share personal information over email or text. If you receive an email you’re not quite sure about, forward it to the Suspicious Email Reporting Service (SERS):

2 - Shopping online
If you're making a purchase from a company or person you don't know and trust, carry out some research first, for example, by checking to see if others have used the site and what their experience was. If you decide to go ahead with the purchase, use a credit card if you have one, other payment providers may not provide the same protection.

3 - Unsolicited calls and browser pop-ups offering tech support
Never install any software, or grant remote access to your computer, as a result of a cold call. Remember, legitimate organisations would never contact you out of the blue to ask for financial details such as your PIN or full banking password.

NHS Test and Trace scams:

The NHS Test and Trace service plays an important role in the fight against coronavirus and it’s vital the public have confidence and trust in the service. However, we understand the concerns people have about the opportunity for criminals to commit scams.

What you need to know:

Contact tracers will only call you from the number 0300 013 5000. Anyone who does not wish to talk over the phone can request the NHS Test and Trace service to send an email or text instead, inviting them to log into the web-based service.

All text or emails sent by NHS Test and Trace will ask people to sign into the contact tracing website and will provide you with a unique reference number. We would advise people to type the web address directly into their browser, followed by the unique reference number given to you, rather than clicking on any link provided in the message.

The NHS Test and Trace service will never:

  • ask you to dial a premium rate number to speak to them (for example, those starting 09 or 087)
  • ask you to make any form of payment or purchase a product or any kind
  • ask for any details about your bank account
  • ask for your social media identities or login details, or those of your contacts
  • ask you for any passwords or PINs, or ask you to set up any passwords or PINs over the phone  
  • ask you to download any software to your PC or ask you to hand over control of your PC, smartphone or tablet to anyone else
  • ask you to access any website that does not belong to the government or NHS

If you think you have been a victim of fraud, please report it to Action Fraud at or by calling 0300 123 2040. If you live in Scotland, please report directly to Police Scotland by calling 101.​​​​​​​


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18th June 2020






Amazon Account Security


If you have an Amazon account, please have a read of this security advice from Nigel Sutton our Cyber Protect Officer.

The following information is for those of you who have an Amazon account, or know someone that does.
Yesterday, I was contacted about a fraud on an Amazon account.
They had received what appears to have been a genuine email from Amazon thanking them and detailing an order they had made.
Guess what? They had not made the order, so they checked their Amazon account and there was no indication of an order having been placed as per the email.
The person looked at their bank account and there were three small payments to Amazon totalling only £30.
They instructed the bank to stop the payments, which the bank did.
They went back to their Amazon account again but still could not find any detail of the order having being made.
They changed their password for one that was strong and unique and enabled two-factor authentication.
Having contacted me, I asked them to go into their Amazon account, and check what devices were linked to their account, and if they did not recognise a device or they no longer had it, then they should remove it/deregister.

So these are the instructions I gave them:
How to disconnect devices from your Amazon account.
Login to your Amazon account
This will bring a list up of all devices allowed to access the Amazon account. Deregister anything that you do not recognise, or even if you recognise it, consider deregistering if you no longer have or use the device.

When the victim did this, they actually identified an email address they did not recognise
I have removed the victims name but from the underscore the rest is as seen on the account.

The victim has now removed this email address from their account.
What was the long game of the criminal who had unlawfully accessed the account? We shall never know, but I bet they are off to find another Amazon account.
When a criminal compromises an Amazon account, they can move their fraudulent order to the archive, which means when the victim looks for the order if they only look at the recent transactions, they will not find anything suspicious. But if they had changed the date range to include all dates, all folders, then they may have found the orders in question.
In summary, ensure you have a strong unique password on your Amazon account. Enable 2FA or two-factor authentication. Consider checking your account information is correct, contact details. Check what devices are linked to your account and deregister those you do not recognise. And if you identify a suspicious email address remove it. Keep a regular eye on your bank account for unrecognised payments and if you identify suspicious payments notify the bank immediately.
Any questions? Please contact me
Mr Nigel Sutton 8517
Cyber Protect Officer
Serious & Organised Crime (Intelligence and Specialist Crime Department)
Ext: 01480 422773

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Amanda Large (Police, Crime Prevention Officer, Peterborough)


30th May 2020






Stay Savvy Online


Dear subscriber,

Police have shared advice to help keep the public safe online after the national Action Fraud and Cyber Crime reporting centre received more than 65,000 calls throughout January, February and March 2020.

With more people taking to the web on an array of electronic devices to do their shopping, to work and keep in touch with loved ones during the current Covid-19 pandemic, sadly the chance of falling victim to online fraudsters is increasing.

Nigel Sutton, Cyber Protect Officer at Cambridgeshire Constabulary, has years of experience in helping people avoid online scams and knows all too well how adaptive and clever criminals can be in order to catch people out.

He said: “Cyber criminals are looking to steal your private information and ultimately, money. In the physical world, people are familiar with the concept of protecting their property from burglars and physical thieves, such as by locking doors and windows, maybe installing a camera, a security light or an alarm, but they may not be as aware of how to protect themselves from virtual thieves.

“While online you need to ensure your devices are also locked and secure from criminals, and here’s how…

Create a separate password for your email account
Make sure your password is as secure as possible. Forget your favourite pet’s name, I recommend using three random words with a mixture of upper and lower case letters, and some numbers and characters for example: @AppletOadBicycle81
If your email account is hacked all your other passwords can be reset, so use a strong password that is different to all your others.

Save your passwords in your browser
It’s good practice to use different passwords for all accounts, but remembering them can be difficult. If you save them in your browser, you don’t need to remember them so store passwords in your browser when prompted; it’s quick, convenient and safer than re-using the same password.

Turn on two-factor (2FA) authentication
2FA is a free security feature that adds an extra layer of protection online and prevents cyber criminals getting into your accounts, even if they have your password. 2FA reduces the risk of being hacked by asking you to provide a second factor of information such as a code sent to a mobile phone.

Update your devices
Cyber criminals exploit weaknesses in software and apps to access your sensitive personal data, but providers are continually working to keep you secure. Keep your operating system, browser, software and apps updated.

Be alert to phishing
Do not click on links or open attachments in any text, email or instant message unless you are satisfied the sender is genuine. This common form of cyber attack is called phishing and by clicking on a link you may be allowing malware to be installed on your device, this could activate the camera and mic, or it could encrypt all our data and demand a payment. Or, it could just trick you into believing you were logging into an online account such as Netflix but actually it was a fake webpage created by criminals to steal your login credentials.

Turn on backup
If any of your devices are hacked, your sensitive personal data could be lost, damaged or stolen. You can choose what data is automatically backed and to where, such as the cloud or a USB memory stick.

For additional cyber security advice including; anti-virus and firewalls, visit

To contact Nigel with any questions or for any additional advice, you can email him direct at:


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Corporate Communications (Police,Communications Officer,Cambridgeshire)


25th May 2020






More Than 100 Arrests and Drugs Off the Streets


More than 100 people have been arrested for the production or supply of drugs over the past eight weeks.

Heroin, crack cocaine and cannabis with a street value of up to £5million has also been seized as officers across Cambridgeshire continue to tackle drug crime.

Since the Government put the initial lockdown restrictions in place on 23 March, officers have continued their operational work including carrying out numerous warrants, proactive patrols and dismantling cannabis factories as well as the necessary COVID19 patrols.

A total of 113 people have been arrested in relation to the production or supply of drugs.

On Thursday , officers from the East Cambs neighbourhood team executed a section 23 misuse of drugs warrant at a property in The Hamlet, Chettisham. Weapons, around £14,000 in cash and other property was seized and a crime has been raised for money laundering.

Last week officers from the South Cambs neighbourhood team seized more than 580 cannabis plants worth around £487,000 in Hardwick. Two men have since been charged with the production of cannabis.

In Peterborough officers from the Community Action Team found 141 cannabis plants worth more than £100,000. Two men have since pleaded guilty to production of cannabis and will be sentenced at a later date.

Also, in Cambridge two men were charged with county lines offences including possession with intent to supply class A drugs after class A drugs worth around £7,000 was seized.

Last month three people were charged after 2,777 cannabis plants were found in Welland with a street value of up to £2million had they been able to continue growing.

Organised crime and drug dealing has not stopped during lockdown and neither have we.

Our strengthened neighbourhood policing teams will continue to relentlessly pursue those involved in the illegal supply of drugs to prevent the harm that their activity does to our communities and our most vulnerable residents.

At the same time it is vital that we continue to work with our partners to ensure that there is support for drug users to rebuild their lives and support for educators to teach young people about the risks of taking drugs.

Superintendent James Sutherland

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Tara Dundon (Police, Comms officer, Corp comms)


20th May 2020

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Appeal For Information about Distraction Burglars In Peterborough


Dear Subscriber,

POLICE are urging members of the public to get in contact if they have been the victims of distraction burglars in Peterborough.

A report was received yesterday (18 May) that a 73-year-old man had more than £1000 in cash stolen from his home in Eye after scrap metal collectors had visited his home.

The offenders, two men, had previously visited the victim’s home in Crowland Road to collect and dispose of scrap metal, while there it is believed they had seen where the victim kept his money.

On their second visit to his home, one of the men took the victim into the garden to discuss any other work he would like doing, while his accomplice went into the house and stole the cash.
One of the men is described as white, aged in his late 40s, short, bald and wore jeans. The other was tall and aged in his 20s, both had English accents and drove a black 4x4 which had tinted windows.

Detectives from the Burglary Team said: “We are looking to identify those responsible. Any information however small will assist the Police. We are keen to review any CCTV and Dash Camera footage. Burglary is an extremely impactive crime, anyone with information is urged to get in touch.”

Anyone with information should call police on 101 quoting 35/32235/20 or report online at

If you are not expecting any visitors to your home, do not let them in. More advice can be found on the force website here

Kind Regards,
Corporate Communications

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Corporate Communications (Police,Communications Officer,Cambridgeshire)


15th May 2020






Rogue Trader Warnings



We know that rogue traders are still continuing to operate during the covid19 pandemic. Rogue Traders offers services such as window/gutter cleaning, path and driveway repairs, roofing or building work, gardening and tree maintenance. We know that with spending more time at home you want things looking nice but please don’t be tempted to employ these services at your door or from flyers from untrusted sources.
Although they may appear genuine and trustworthy, often they are not and they can become very persistent and aggressive once they start their sales pitch. The prices they charge are often over-inflated.
Rogue traders have been known to gain access into the house whilst the victim has been getting the money to pay for the services and they have stolen purse, wallet, cash and bank cards.
Rogue traders use a range of techniques to encourage you to hand over your cash. Beware of people who say things like:
I was passing and noticed your gutter and tiles are loose.
This offer is only available today.
If you pay cash today I can give you a special discount.
I’ve been working at the house across the road or in the area.
Please DO NOT buy services from cold callers to your door, and DO NOT let strangers into your home. Don’t be another victim!
If you need any work carried out to your property then please let us know, and we can make recommendations. Remain vigilant and always report anything suspicious. If you can provide descriptions of persons/vehicles this is a great help. Let us know if you need further crime prevention advice.
Helen O’Driscoll 07736 085238 or Amanda Large 07872 3577868
Crime Reduction Officers, Thorpe Wood Police Station


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Amanda Large (Police, Crime Prevention Officer, Peterborough)


28TH aPRIL 2020






Cambridgeshire Police Fraud Alert


Free School Meal Scam

There is currently an email circulating claiming to be from the Department of Education or catering providers asking parents for their bank details to allow them access to Free School Meal vouchers. If you receive one, please do not reply to it, or give out any bank details and delete it immediately. Most schools have advice on their school website about how to access free school meals. Alternatively you can use the government website

Action Fraud has reported a 400% increase in coronavirus-related scams in March, with victim losses totalling almost £970,000.

Cambridgeshire Police Cyber Security - The importance of using MFA/2FAi

Our Cyber Security Advisor for Cambridgeshire Police  wanted to remind you of the importance of using Two-factor (2FA) or Multi-factor (MFA) authentication where possible on all business and private online accounts.
Using 2FA and MFA means that even if criminals compromise an account password, they will be prevented or disrupted from gaining access, because they will not know the code generated by your account and sent to your mobile phone, or whatever option you have used in the MFA setup.
I can give a quick example of its importance, because I have just spoken with someone in the county. They have a Gmail account with 2FA set up on it, a couple of days ago they received a text message from Google that stated an attempt had been made to access their account from Taiwan. If my contact had not have had 2FA setup, the cyber criminal would have been in the account quietly stealing private data, and possibly sending out phishing emails to all his contacts which would have appeared to have come from him.
For businesses and individuals using Office 365, I wanted to bring to your attention the following fact:
Microsoft has reported that 1.2 million Office 365 accounts are compromised every month, which could be cut by 99.9 per cent if organisations enforced multi-factor authentication.
For advice about setting up 2FA and MFA, please visit:
The National Cyber Security Centre. (NCSC) Helping to make the UK the safest place to live and work online.


24th April 2020






Appeal For Information about Conmen In Peterborough


Dear Subscriber,

Police are urging members of the public to get in contact if they have been the victims of fraud, or attempted fraud, in Peterborough.

We received a report yesterday (23 April) that two men have been targeting an elderly resident in Pine Tree Close, Dogsthorpe.

They visited regularly over the past few months claiming to be police officers.

Each time the victim asked for proof of identification, the fraudsters claimed to have ‘forgotten their ID’. 

DS Shish Thind said: “The victim correctly refused the men entry and we would like to take this opportunity to clarify that police officers will always carry identification and will always clearly show it to you on request.

“These men are trying to use the police as a way in to vulnerable people’s homes, likely to steal belongings while they are distracted. I am urging anyone who has been a victim of this crime, or thinks they have been targeted by them, to get in contact with us.

“Even if you refused them entry the information could be invaluable to our investigation.”

Anyone with information should call police on 101 quoting incident 154 of 23 April or report online at

If you are not expecting anyone to visit you do not let them into your home and if you're really unsure, don't open the door. You can read more advice here

Kind Regards,

Corporate Communications

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Corporate Communications (Police,Communications Officer,Cambridgeshire)


17th April

Dear all,


One of our village businesses, Sayer Fencing, has just been scammed with their emails being infiltrated. One of their customers has just paid and lost £3,000, following the interception of their quote and asked to pay up front, believing it to be genuine. Police and BT have been advised.


This is what Kev and Wendy have posted on social media:



It has been brought to our attention that fraudsters have intercepted our quotes and reissued to the customer asking to pay in advance of the work… 

Please note, we never ask to be paid up front! This is a complete scam. 
We are in the process of reporting this latest information and looking into the best way forward with regards to emailing.


Keep safe!



14th April 2020






Support For Residents Living With Domestic Abuse


Dear subscriber,
We know this is a difficult and worrying time for everyone, but particularly those living with domestic abuse. A change in routine and the current advice to stay at home can put added strain on any relationship, but we want to send a clear message that you do not have to suffer in silence and there is never an excuse for abuse.
We want you to know that support remains available during these challenging times and we in the police, alongside a whole host of partners, are here to help.
We appreciate that living in an abusive relationship whilst in lockdown can make you feel as though your voice can’t be heard and picking up the phone to us can be even more difficult than usual. But there are still ways to speak out:
Here’s how you can contact us

  • In an emergency, always dial 999 but if you are in danger and are unable to speak on the phone, call 999 and then press 55. You will be transferred to a call handler who will attempt to ask you simple yes or no questions. If you can’t speak at all, listen carefully to the questions and instructions of the call handler so they can assess and arrange help. More information on this service can be found here.
  • You can speak to us live for advice any time via our online webchat service here.
  • You can report domestic abuse on our website here.
  • If you want to make an online report without being seen, our website has a permanent red ‘quick exit’ button at the top of the page which takes you to a weather forecast website. Information on how to hide or delete your online reporting history can be found here.

Family, friends and neighbours
Many people living with abuse may not feel able to report crime to us and that’s how other members of the community can assist. Please help us protect residents by listening out for suspicious behaviour or noises and reporting any concerns you have about neighbours, friends or family members who may be suffering in silence. We want to be there for the people of Cambridgeshire now more than ever and we can all work together to tackle abuse and safeguard those who need us the most. So please do report any worries to us using any of the above methods.
Setting ‘code words’ with family and friends can also be an important option during these times. It may not be easy for victims to call police but if an arranged safe word or phrase is in place like “did I leave my scarf at yours?”, can let the other person know that they need help.
We would also urge neighbours to stay in touch regularly, either over the garden fence or through the window, and for victims to inform them of their situation. You could arrange so that if something in particular is put in the window, like a vase or a book, it could be a visual sign that they need help.
Speak to other partners
If you do not wish to speak to police direct, there are plenty of charities and organisations who are also on hand to listen and help safeguard you.

  • National Domestic Abuse Helpline – 08082000247
  • National Stalking Helpline – 08088020300
  • Cambridge Women’s Aid – 01223 460947
  • Fenland, Huntingdonshire and Peterborough Refuge – 07787255821
  • LGBT Domestic Abuse Helpline – 08009995428
  • Honour Based Abuse Helpline – 08005999247

Worried you might do something you don’t want to do
We understand that these unprecedented times can lead to financial and mental and physical health worries. Arguments can get heated and there’s no longer the opportunity to leave the house and cool off by socialising with friends and family.
 For tips on how to relax and get away to avoid doing something you don’t want to, visit 

You can also visit our website any time for more advice and support on the signs, tackling and living with domestic abuse.
We hope you find this useful. Please remember that we are here for you, you are not alone and we want you to help us to help you stay safe.

Thank you.

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Laura Wilson (Police, Corporate communications, HQ)


10th April 2020






Distraction Burglaries In Wisbech and Peterborough



Dear Subscriber,

We're urging residents in the north of the county to be alert following reports of distraction burglaries in recent weeks.

On 24 March a distraction burglary took place in Worcester Road, Wisbech, where a woman fraudulently gained her way into an elderly man’s home by using his granddaughter’s name.

She asked for cash for a bus but was stopped by a member of the family who arrived.

On Friday last week (3 April) two women entered a home in Southwell Road, Wisbech, and pretended they were nurses and needed to check the elderly resident’s paperwork. Once they had left, the victim has realised they had stolen her purse containing bank cards.

Also, on Friday (3 April) at about 10.30am a distraction burglary took place in Broom Close, Dogsthorpe, where a man let himself in with the victim believing he was a carer for her husband. The man’s female accomplice then stole the victim’s purse while he distracted her.

On the same day it is believed the same pair targeted further houses in Dogsthorpe but were unsuccessful.

Since the lockdown started on 23 March there have been five similar incidents across the county.
Distraction burglars use dishonest tactics to gain access to homes, they may pretend to be carers, or offer help to gain their victim’s trust and trick their way into their home to steal money or valuables.

In light of the current situation we are urging members of the public to be even more wary of letting people into their homes.

Crime Reduction Officer Amanda Large said: “These people appear to be targeting elderly or vulnerable people in the community. It’s despicable that some are using the current health crisis to target already vulnerable people.

“If you have an elderly relative or neighbour who lives alone it is worth talking to them about this type of activity by either giving them a call or sending them a message.

“This is important advice we are trying to promote to prevent these cowardly offenders from getting into people’s homes.”

To reduce the risk of becoming the victim of a distraction burglar or rogue trader, always remember:

LOCK - Is your back door locked? If not, lock it before you answer the front door as distraction burglars often work in pairs - one distracts, while the other steals.

STOP - Are you expecting anybody?

CHAIN - Put this on before you open the door. If you have not got one, it is a worthwhile investment.  It will give you that extra 'safe space' and barrier between you and the caller.
CHECK - Ask for their identification card, take it and look at it carefully. Close the door and check the number in the phone book - not the number on the card.  If they are genuine they will not mind waiting or coming back another day.

Anyone with information regarding this incident should call police on 101 or visit Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111 or via Call 999 for live incidents where the distraction burglar is still at the property, or is due to return.

For more information on distraction burglaries please contact Crime Reduction Officers Amanda Large on 07872 3577868 or Helen O’Driscoll on 07736 085238.

Kind Regards,
Corporate Communications

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Corporate Communications (Police,Communications Officer,Cambridgeshire)


10th April 2020






Cambridgeshire Police Fraud Alert Lycamobile Scam



I have just been notified of a scam telephone call within the Peterborough area.
A call was made to a local resident in which the caller stated that were from the Lycamobile network.
The caller stated that £50k had been won and in order to receive the money, they needed to know their bank details.
On this occasion no bank details were revealed.
It is not known at this time if similar calls have been made outside of Peterborough and in other areas of the county.
At this time I have no more information, but please DON’T give out bank details to anyone over the phone unless you are totally satisfied that the caller is genuine, so unless you recognise the voice of the caller, the caller could be absolutely anyone so don’t hand over any sensitive information about yourself including bank details.
Please inform family and friends.
For those of you registered with eCops, follow Cambridgeshire Police on social media or are supporters of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Against Scams Partnership, you may get a similar message, but as I believe this has only recently happened, I have taken the decision to alert you now.
You have been sent this email, as we have previously been in contact and I believe that you are well connected within the local community.
For further scams information, advice and resources, visit

Best wishes
Mr Nigel Sutton 8517
Cyber Protect Officer

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Amanda Large (Police, Crime Prevention Officer, Peterborough)


10th April 2020






Coronavirus Scams



If you receive an electronic communication similar to the one below in my attachment, be suspicious. Emails, text messages, instant messages such as the one below are a scam. Do not click on blue or any colour links within electronic messages unless you have verified who the sender is.
If in doubt, don’t click.
Links are just a shortcut to a website.
Instead, you could consider logging into your account the message refers to, using your tried, tested and trusted way.
So, if the message appears to be from HMRC and you do actually have a HMRC account, then come out of your email account and visit and login that way rather than clicking on a link.
If you don’t have a HMRC account then be very suspicious and ignore it.
If the message purports to be from Amazon, eBay, Netflix, DVLA, the list is endless, the same applies don’t click on the link but login to your account using a tried, tested and trusted way.
If you want information about coronavirus and COVID-19 visit or Public Health England via
Please don’t go searching the internet because you may just read something untrue, or your device will get infected with malware because you visited a website controlled by a cyber criminal.
Just because a web address contains HTTPS it does not mean it is a genuine site.
Criminals can use HTTPS in their web/link address.
HTTPS just means that the connection between you and the website is secure.
Ensure you are visiting a genuine website, if you have anti-virus/malware installed and updated, a Firewall installed and updated they may warn you if you are about to visit an untrusted website but what if they don’t? Be careful when clicking on the results of a search and ensure you are visiting a genuine site.
If you know the address of the website such as then type it direct into the address bar at the top of your browser rather than searching for it in the search box in the middle of your screen.
Here is one way of assessing whether a website is unsafe.
Google offer a service called Google Transparency Report at
You will then be asked to enter the suspect web address (URL) into the search box and press return.
It will then make an assessment based on data it holds (and that is a lot) and give you an indication as to whether the website can be trusted or not as the case maybe.
For those of you curious enough, Google offer a lot of advice on this subject which can easily be found using the transparency report website.
To report fraud or cyber crime, and for advice on how to avoid it visit


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Amanda Large (Police, Crime Prevention Officer, Peterborough)


10th April 2020






Covid-19 Cyber and Fraud Protect Messages




This advice has been collated by the East Midlands Regional Organised Crime Unit (ROCU) and is intended for wider distribution to raise awareness among businesses and the public. Advice and information is changing daily as we navigate our way through the COVID-19 pandemic, so please ensure you only take information from reputable sources.
If you require any further information, assistance or guidance please contact the ERSOU Protect.

Please see the attachment for the full details as i am unable to copy all of it into the body of this message.


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Amanda Large (Police, Crime Prevention Officer, Peterborough)

The Little Big Book of Scams
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