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9th June 2019

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Action Fraud (NFIB)

 

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HMRC Alert

 
 

What you need to know

  • Action Fraud has experienced an increase in the reporting of malicious calls and voicemails, to members of the public purporting to be from Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (HMRC).
  • Fraudsters are spoofing genuine HMRC telephone numbers to deceive their victims over the phone. The fraudsters state that as a result of the victim’s non-payment of tax or other duty, the victim is liable for prosecution or other legal proceedings in order to settle the balance. The fraudsters suggest victims can avoid this, by arranging payment to be made immediately by methods such as bank transfer or by purchasing iTunes gift cards.
  • If the victim is hesitant or refuses to comply, the suspect makes a threat such as immediate arrest, sending bailiffs to the victim’s address or, in some cases, deportation.
  • Often, the period for which the tax is allegedly due is distant enough to guarantee the victim will have little, if any, paperwork or ability to verify the claims. Once the money is paid the suspects sever all contact with the victim.
  • In genuine cases, HMRC will initially make direct contact with you via post/letter and potentially follow up that letter with a phone call at a later date.
  • If HMRC contact you via telephone they will quote the reference number on the initial letter you should have received. HMRC will not discuss something you are not already aware of, like a tax investigation, and will NOT demand immediate payment.


It is vital that the public exercise caution when receiving messages or telephone calls of this nature.

What you need to do

  • Always question unsolicited requests for your personal or financial information. Just because someone knows your basic details (such as your name and contact details), it doesn’t mean they are genuine. Instead, contact the company directly using trusted methods such as a known email address or phone number.
  • Legitimate organisations wouldn’t ask you to pay taxes, bills or fees using an iTunes gift card, or any other type of voucher. If you’re contacted by anyone that asks you to do this, you’re likely the target of a scam
  • Don’t be rushed or pressured into making a decision. Under no circumstances would a genuine bank or some other trusted organisation force you to make a financial transaction on the spot.
  • Report Phishing attempts. If you receive a call, text or email of this nature and have not lost money, you can report this as phishing to Action Fraud

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Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)

 

6th June 2019

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Sunglasses And Satnavs Being Stolen From Vehicles

 
 

These are the most recent reports of thefts from vehicles and you will see that, in many cases, the vehicles have been entered by unknown means with no damage being caused which is obviously concerning.  It is really important that all vehicles are locked and nothing of value is left in them. You will see that Sunglasses and Satnavs are a common item stolen. If you are lucky enough to have a driveway then please do invest in a driveway alarm.  We have some new stock at Thorpe Wood police station and if you would like to purchase one then please get in touch via email to amanda.large@cambs.pnn.police.uk or helen.odriscoll@cambs.pnn.police.uk . They are just £9 per unit.


Please remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity immediately via 101 .  If you see a crime taking place call 999.
 
35/37339/19
Shore view, Hampton
 Suspects have gained access to the victim's vehicle and stolen two pairs of sunglasses and a mobile phone battery charging pack.
 
35/37319/19
Park Crescent, PETERBOROUGH 
 Victims were delivering inside the building and left their van unlocked. They have returned to the van, to find both of their bags have been taken. Bags later found but contents had been removed.
 
35/37304/19
HAWKSBILL WAY, PETERBOROUGH
 Suspects has gained entry to vehicle and has stolen set of keys, sunglasses, bag of sweets.
 
35/37243/19.
Hornbeam Road, Hampton Hargate
Vehicle entered by unknown means. Maternity bag, baby clothes, pram bag and toys stolen from car.
 
35/37250/19.
Coneygree Road.
BMW entered by unknown means and a satnav stolen.
 
35/37263/19.
76 Ringwood, Bretton
 Ford Transit works van entered by unknown means and a laptop stolen.
 
35/37264/19.
 Torridon Drive, Hampton Centre
 Mini entered by unknown means and vehicle papers stolen.
 
35/37268/19.
 Croft Way, Hampton Hargate.
Renault entered by unknown means and a satnav & sunglasses stolen.
 
35/37287/19.
Riverside Mead, Peterborough
 Insecure Land Rover entered and a compressor and sunglasses stolen.
 
Anyone with information should call police on 101 quoting the relevant crime number or visit www.contactcambspolice.uk/Report/. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org.
 

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Amanda Large (Police, Crime Prevention Officer, Peterborough)

 

6th June 2019

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Courier Fraud Alert

 
 

 

Courier Fraud, Bogus Police and Bank Officials Alert

What you need to know


Individuals have been receiving phone calls from people claiming to be a police officer or banking official

The suspect will say either:

  • There has been fraudulent activity at the victims’ bank and the staff at the bank are involved, the victim is then asked to withdraw money to either keep it safe or assist the police with their investigation
  • A business such as a jewellers or currency exchange is fraudulent and they require the victims’ assistance to help secure evidence by purchasing jewellery or exchange a large amount of currency to hand over to the police
  • The victims’ card has been compromised and used to purchase goods by a suspect, the victim is requested to withdraw their money to keep it safe or hand over their bank card to the police


What you need to do

​​​​​​​Your bank or the police will never:

Occasionally the victim will be told to dial a non-emergency extension of ‘161’ to receive confirmation of the individual’s bogus identity, the bogus official will advise the victim to lie about the reason for the withdrawal or purchase if challenged by staff, as the staff member is involved in the fraud
A courier attends the victim’s home address to collect the goods the same day Often the victim is given a code word for the courier as a way of authentication

  • Phone and ask you for your PIN or full banking password
  • Ask you to withdraw money to hand over to them for safe-keeping
  • Ask you to transfer money out of your account
  • Send someone to your home to collect cash, PINs, cards to cheque books

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1st June 2019

A message on Neibourhood News website from James Darby in Newborough.

Unauthorised Entry

Today using a hidden spare key outside, someone gained access to my house. Nothing was taken nor damaged and I was alerted immediately due to the Alarm system I fitted which rings my mobile. Spare keys were left in the door and have now been removed, stay vigilant folks. Stay safe.

Please follow the link below for the whole conversation and some good advice.

 

James Darby, Newborough | Today using a hidden spare key outside, someone gained access to my house. Nothing was taken nor damaged and... See more

 

 

28th May 2019

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Drink driver jailed after crash which killed three people
A driver who caused a collision which killed three members of one family, including a young mother and father, has been sentenced to eight years and four months in prison.

Tommy Whitmore, 26, from Pinchbeck, in Lincolnshire, pleaded guilty to three counts of causing death by dangerous driving at Peterborough Crown Court today (20 May).

https://www.cambs.police.uk/news-and-appeals/drink-driver-tommy-whitmore-peterborough-fatal-crash

Teenage rapist handed indefinite restraining order
A teenager who raped a woman on a Peterborough footpath in broad daylight, before sexually assaulting another woman less than a week later at the same location, has been handed an indefinite hospital order.

https://www.cambs.police.uk/news-and-appeals/teenage-rapist-peterborough-sentencing

Members of the public urged to report dangerous driving
Members of the public are being urged to continue to report incidents of dangerous driving in the Orton and Hampton areas of Peterborough.

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

Father guilty of neglect
A father who was found living in a car with his dirty and malnourished children has been convicted of neglect.

When officers pulled over the 24-year-old man on 25 February last year in Windmill Street, Peterborough, the smell from the car made them feel physically sick.

https://www.cambs.police.uk/news-and-appeals/father-guilty-of-neglect

Appeal to locate owners of suspected stolen jewellery
We have released images of jewellery we suspect to have been stolen in a bid to reunite them with their rightful owners.

The three items have been recovered as part of an ongoing investigation into thefts in Peterborough.

https://www.cambs.police.uk/news-and-appeals/Peterborough-stolen-jewellery

Domestic abuser calls police in tears
A man called police in tears after he assaulted his partner in their Peterborough home.
Perry Coomber, 27, attacked the victim at their property in Acer Road, on 2 April.

https://www.cambs.police.uk/news-and-appeals/Domestic-abuser-calls-police-in-tears

Man sentenced following dog attack
A man had to undergo two operations on his hand after being attacked by an out-of-control dog in Peterborough.

The dog, a Staffordshire/Dogue de Bordeaux cross, was being walked by Egidijus Gedminas, 37, at about 8pm on 15 January this year when it attacked another dog, a Staffordshire bull terrier.

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

Kind regards,
Corporate Communications
 

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19th May 2019

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Cambridgeshire Constabulary

 

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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.

Man wanted in connection with multiple offences
We are asking for your help to trace a man who is wanted in connection with a number of crimes.

Harry Smith, 27, is wanted on two court warrants in relation to taking a vehicle without the owner’s consent, traffic offences and recall to prison.

https://www.cambs.police.uk/news-and-appeals/harry-smith-wanted

Men arrested in connection with keyless car thefts
Two men were arrested yesterday afternoon (Thursday, 9 May) in connection with recent thefts of keyless vehicles.

Officers stopped the suspects on the B1043 at Sawtry at about 1pm. A 28-year-old man from Boston was arrested on suspicion of theft of a motor vehicle.

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

Son jailed for eight years after attempting to kill elderly mother
A judge has sentenced a man to eight years in prison for the attempted murder of his elderly mother last year.

Mark Calvert Elliott, 54, of Wingfield, Orton Goldhay, denied he was trying to kill his 82-year-old mother on 9 October, despite attempting to suffocate her

https://www.cambs.police.uk/news-and-appeals/Mark-Calvert-Elliott-sentencing

Woman sentenced for ‘sickening’ assault
A woman who stamped on the stomach of a pregnant woman has been sentenced.
Siobhan Hood, 25, travelled to a property in Chadburn, Paston, Peterborough, at about 9pm on 14 January last year.

https://www.cambs.police.uk/news-and-appeals/woman-sentenced-for-sickening-assault

Kind regards,
Corporate Communications

 

May 1st 2019

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How To Avoid Holiday Fraud

 
 

Imagine you’ve booked a holiday or long weekend and arrived at the accommodation, only to find that it’s already occupied, or doesn’t actually exist. Or that you’ve paid for airline tickets, but they haven’t arrived in your inbox or through your letterbox … and the seller has become uncontactable.
Thousands of people in the UK become victims of holiday fraud every year, duped by fake websites, advertisements, emails, social media posts, texts or phone calls. They lose their holiday and their hard-earned money.
Holiday fraud can apply equally to exotic, sun-drenched holidays or UK caravan breaks, ski chalets or pilgrimages, city breaks or flights and train journeys.
 
How to avoid holiday fraud

  • Thoroughly research accommodation, flights, cruises or package holidays advertised on private advertisements, to check that they are authentic.
  • Check that accommodation really exists by finding on Google Maps and looking for third-party reviews and recommendations. If you can, call the owner/agent directly. If the number is not provided, email and request it.
  • Check reviews on TripAdvisor or similar sites.
  • Remember that paying by credit card means more chance of getting your money back if something goes wrong.
  • Never transfer money in payment for accommodation or travel. If you do and it’s a fraud, your bank will not be obliged to refund your money.
  • Confirm that travel agents and tour operators are members of trade associations such as ABTA or ATOL. You can do this on these bodies’ websites.
  • If paying online, type in the website address you know to be correct (instead of following a link), ensure the payment page is secure (begins with ‘https’ and has a locked padlock in the browser window frame).
  • Be wary of unusually cheap holidays or high deposits.
  • Check terms and conditions prior to making any payment.
  • Keep confirmations and payment receipts, and check statements for irregular entries.

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Amanda Large (Police, Crime Prevention Officer, Peterborough)

 

May 1st 2019

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Owners Of High Value Desirable Cars Are Advised To Take Extra Precuations Following A Burlgary In Hampton Overnight Where Car Keys And The Car Were Stolen

 
 

A burglary has occurred overnight in the Hampton area of Peterborough where car keys were stolen along with the car from the driveway. Think about where are you leaving your car keys? Hopefully not on the table in the hallway or where they can be reached through the letterbox? Crime Reference 35/30014/19.
If you park on your driveway then please think about using a driveway alarm. These are very easy to use and do not require any DIY skills to install. If you have a keyless entry vehicle, then make sure your keys are stored in a signal blocker pouch to stop thieves from amplifying the signal.

Review your car security. Check your CCTV, if fitted, is in working order.

Find our more information online on how to keep your vehicle secure at
www.cambs.police.uk/A-Z/Vehicle-security
We have a small stock of new driveway alarms (see details below) and if you would like to purchase one from us here at Thorpe Wood then please send me an email and I will reserve one for you.  The cost is £9 and they can be collected from Thorpe Wood Enquiry office (they must be reserved in advance).

The Minder Driveway and Vehicle Alert is a wire free product that works up to a maximum distance of 400 feet (clear view) from the PIR to the base unit. The weatherproof PIR sensor can be located within the property perimeter, garden shed, garage, out building or even within a vehicle.
In the event of the PIR detecting movement, a signal will be sent to the base unit to alert you of the intrusion with a chime sounding.


Owners of high value, desirable cars are advised to take extra precautions

Please be alert to suspicious activity at homes or addresses with high powered vehicles such as BMW’s, Audi’s, Volkswagen’s, and Mercedes. Burglaries are being committed to obtain vehicle keys as improved security means that these vehicles are more difficult to steal without a key.
We are encouraging residents to remain vigilant during the day, lookout for any unusual people or vehicles paying attention to the driveway of a house where a desirable car is parked, even if it is not there at the time, similarly late at night, if you are coming or going be on the lookout for unusual activity.


• Never leave vehicle or other keys in open view of your letterbox or ground floor window where a potential offender could easily access them by fishing them out with a device, consider installing a cage or security device to keep the letterbox secure.
• Always lock windows and doors.
• Fit a steering wheel lock / or aftermarket security device (look at
www.securebydesign.com for attack tested approved products).
• If you have a secure garage you can park your car in overnight, please do use it.
• Set burglar alarms and any other security devices you have installed, consider a driveway alarm to give you early warning of someone approaching on your drive.
• Consider fitting a tracking device, if your car is stolen there is a greater chance of it being traced.
• Be alert to who is around and where your keys are.

Be vigilant and keep an eye out for suspicious activity in your neighbourhood.
Anyone with information should call Police on 101 quoting the relevant crime number or visit www.contactcambspolice.uk/Report/.  Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously, on 0800 555 111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org.
 

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Amanda Large (Police, Crime Prevention Officer, Peterborough)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

The Little Big Book of Scams
the-little-book-of-big-scams (1).pdf
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