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March 21st

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Cambridgeshire Constabulary


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Protect Yourself Against Mandate Fraud


Dear Subscriber,
Please find below information on how to protect yourself against mandate fraud.

Public urged to protect against mandate fraud

Members of the public are being urged to be aware of mandate fraud and how to protect against it as part of a national campaign.

Mandate fraud is when a scammer contacts someone to request a change of direct debit, standing order or bank transfer mandate, by claiming to be an organisation a person makes regular payments to.

It is a growing problem nationwide, however, between April and September 2018 3,848 mandate fraud crimes in Cambridgeshire have been reported to Action Fraud, amounting to a financial loss of £750,000.

Nigel Sutton, Cambridgeshire police’s fraud and cyber security advisor, said: “An example of this type of fraud may be that you receive a letter in the post which appears to come from the company supplying a monthly magazine to you. It provides details of a new bank account and asks you to change the payment details to reflect this. The direct debit bank mandate is amended as instructed, however the following month your magazine does not arrive and when you contact the publisher you are told that because your payment was cancelled you no longer have a subscription for the magazine.

“Phishing emails are can be aimed at anyone in the hope they make the payment change requested. They come in the form of letters, emails, phone calls, texts or even social media posts and messages. Sometimes the criminal behind these types of scams will look at social media profiles and annual reports to do their homework against the recipient to make them appear more convincing.”

Advice on how to best protect yourself:

•    Don’t leave papers like bills lying around for others to look at and record details of standing orders and direct debits. Always verify changes to financial arrangements with the organisation directly using established contact details.

•    If you are concerned about the source of a telephone call, text message or email, call the company back using established contact details you have on file.

•    Check your bank statements carefully and report anything suspicious to your financial institution.

•    Any changes to a payment should be verified by at least a second person within the family or business, if in doubt ask a trusted friend or work colleague.

•    Read emails carefully, check for spelling and grammar, does the email use a generic salutation such as Dear Sir and not a name?

•    Be suspicious of any urgency or threat to make the payment changes. 

For more information or support please contact Nigel Sutton, the Fraud and Cyber Security Advisor for Cambridgeshire Police, who can arrange to meet with you –

Action Fraud is a policing team within the City of London Police, their website provides excellent information on how to protect yourself and your business from fraud and cybercrime, visit their website here

Kind Regards,
Corporate Communications


March 21st

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Cold Caller Alert


Peterborough Trading Standards are warning residents to be on their guard following a spate of complaints regarding doorstep sellers offering "loft insulation" often claiming that it "will add substantial value to the house and save you a great deal of money
The prices quoted are excessively high often in excess of £3,000.
 We strongly advise that residents say "NO" to all doorstep cold callers - if no sales are made in the area they are less likely to return - If you do require work to your property always get a minimum of 3 written quotations from established traders.  
 Remember :-

  • Use your door-chain or door-bar when answering the door and install a door viewer and an outside light.  If you have a video doorbell then make sure you check and remember you can speak to any caller via the audio function.
  • Ask to see the caller's identity card and check it thoroughly. If you feel unsure ask the caller to wait on the doorstep while you phone the company to check.  It is good to have a list of key contact numbers (utility companies) by the phone so you can check out callers using reliable contact numbers for them.
  • Lock the door whilst you go and phone (don't forget the back door also) and don't open the door until you are totally convinced. Anyone who is genuine will not mind you doing this.
  • Don't let callers put pressure on you to let them in.  Call a neighbour or the police (via 101) if you are suspicious of them.
  • If in doubt - keep them out.

Cold callers have in the past attempted to trick their way into people's homes with the intention of stealing money or property. These people often work in teams of two or more and they usually prey on people who are elderly or vulnerable. Bogus callers can be anyone and use many different guises to gain entry to your home, often pretending to be council officials, workmen from the gas or water board, or even the police. 
Remember if a crime is happening or someone refuses to leave your home, always call 999 immediately.
If you would like any further information or advice on cold callers or think you may have been a victim of a rogue trader then please let me know – or via 101 and I will be happy to advise.
Consider Neighbourhood Watch – Helping to create communities where everyone feels safe.  For information please email Peterborough Neighbourhood Watch Association – or go to
Many thanks
Helen O’Driscoll
Crime Reduction Officer, Thorpe Wood.


March 18th

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Rogue Traders Dont Let Them Get A Foot In Your Door


This warning comes after a number of recent complaints about doorstep callers and rogue traders in Peterborough.

Recent incidents in Gordon Ave, Peterborough on 11th March (35/17160/19) where 2 males have called offering to undertake gardening work. They have distracted the victim asking for a drink of water and to use the toilet. Once inside and whilst the victim is distracted, the offenders have stolen purse/wallet containing cash. The other incident in Primrose Close, Peterborough on 13th March (35/17994/19) where 2 males attended the address again offering gardening work, the victim has declined and did not allow them entry. However, one of the males has put his arm and foot in the door to stop it from being closed . One of the offenders has then asked to use the toilet and been allowed in, whilst inside the house the males have stolen an amount of cash.

Incidents have also included people selling household items door to door, using hard luck stories or intimidation to get a sale. Often the items are overpriced and could be easily obtained elsewhere. This is a licensed activity, and anyone doing this must have a licence (Pedlars Certificate) and produce it to you. If the sales person cannot provide a licence to you, call 101 to report these persons to the Police.

The following 'Top Tips' are worth remembering when a doorstep trader or other uninvited person comes to your home:

  • Don't believe all callers are genuine.
  • Don't believe the 'scare stories' a salesman may tell you - they are rarely true.
  • Don't believe genuine tarmac companies have loads over - they don't!
  • Don't sign anything or pay for anything until you are sure about it.
  • Don't believe special deals, 'today only' - it's high pressure selling.
  • Don't allow strangers to have access to your property - "I need to check your taps/ water pipe" is a common trick that can lead to a distraction burglary.

Do check the identity of the caller by asking to see an ID card.
Do challenge anyone looking over your property - did you give permission?
Do consider if you really need the work done. Think before you decide. Shop around for the best deal.
Do ask the caller to leave you with information to study at your leisure.
Do remember you should be given a right to cancel a contract after cold calling.
Victims of distraction burglaries should contact the Police immediately.
For further advice visit our website at 


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Amanda Large (Police, Crime Prevention Officer, Peterborough)


March 14th

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Scam Warning - Fake Tv Licensing Emails




Dear subscriber,

An ongoing TV Licensing phishing campaign, first identified by the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) in September 2018, continues to be reported to Action Fraud in high numbers. Fraudsters are sending the public fake TV Licensing emails that are designed to steal their personal and financial information. Since April 2018, Action Fraud has received over 900 crime reports with victim losses totalling more than £830,000.


How you can protect yourself:

  • Don’t click on the links or attachments in suspicious emails and never respond to messages that ask for your personal or financial details.
  • Don’t assume a phone call or email is authentic, even if someone knows your basic details (such as your name or address). Remember, criminals can spoof phone numbers and email addresses to appear as companies you know and trust, such as TV Licensing.
  • Your bank will never call and ask you for your PIN, full banking password, or ask you to transfer money out of your account.


What to do if you’ve fallen victim:

  • Let your bank know as soon as possible and monitor your bank statements regularly for any unusual activity. 
  • If you suspect your identity may have been stolen you can check your credit file quickly and easily online. Use a reputable service provider and follow up on any unexpected or suspicious results. 
  • If you have been a victim of fraud or cyber crime, report it to Action Fraud at, or by calling 0300 123 2040.


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Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)


March 12th 2019

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Advice Issued To Help Prevent Keyless Vehicle Thefts


Following a rise across the eastern region in thieves using more sophisticated techniques to gain access to keyless entry/start button cars, we’re issuing advice to help you keep your vehicle secure and protect you from becoming a victim of crime.
When the correct key fob is close by, the fob recognises the signal and transmits its own code, instructing the vehicle to unlock the doors and to allow the ignition to work on the car.
Thieves use wireless transmitters to capture its radio transmission. This is relayed to another device.  It allows the thief to open and start your car in the same way.
To prevent this from happening, use car key signal blocker cases/sleeves, they cost less than £10, or an aluminium tin at home.  Find a safe place for your keys at home and check to ensure they are out of range.

Following some of these other steps will also help to protect your vehicle:

  • Use a good quality crook lock or full cover steering wheel security lock to immobilise your vehicle
  • Consider fitting an ‘OBD safe’ device, a secure lockable device that fits over the vehicle’s on board diagnostic port, in the vehicle cabin. This prevents criminals using software to code an electronic key for the vehicle
  • If your vehicle is fitted with on board wi-fi consider switching this facility off, if you do not need it which will reduce the chance of criminals hacking into the vehicle’ system; your banking details or personal data from linked devices
  • Criminals can also employ remote/keyless entry jamming equipment; so make sure your car is locked physically by trying the door handle and viewing the indicators flash, before leaving it.

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Corporate Communications (Police,Communications Officer,Cambridgeshire)


March 12th 2019

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Crime Update


Thefts From Vehicles

Great news regarding the arrest of a male in Woodston for vehicle crime offences but we are continuing to see crimes of this nature throughout the city.  Items such as wallets, a handbag, glasses, clothing and coins were stolen from vehicles over the past few days in the following streets:
Padholme Road, Clarence Road, Lessingham-Orton Brimbles, Atkinson Street, Marholm Road- Ufford, Tennyson Road, Almond Road, Glenton Street, Century Square, Fletton Avenue, Garton End Road, Princes Street, Torridon Drive- Hampton, Chantry Close, Reeves Way and New Road.
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.

Wallets, handbags, purses and credit cards should never be left in an unattended vehicle.  Leaving sat nav mounts, suction cup marks on windows or cables on view gives it away that you may have left a Sat Nav, smartphone or other device in your car.  Whenever you lock your car, make sure the indicators flash and mirrors fold (if you have that functionality) and listen for the clunk of locks.  Do not leave anything on display and please remain vigilant.

Please report all crimes via 101 or, if you prefer, report online: .  

Paws for thought: fake pet adverts lead to over £3 million in losses
Action Fraud warns that fraudsters are advertising pets and pet accessories on online marketplaces at a lower than expected price in an attempt to attract victims. The fraudsters are then demanding full payment or a deposit for the animal via bank transfer or electronic wire.
To prevent requests to visit the animal, fraudsters will tell victims that it is located in a remote or faraway location, which stops them from travelling to see it.
In some cases, the fraudsters are telling victims that they need to pay further fees for animal travel insurance, documentation or special travel cages. Victims are promised that some or all of these extra fees will be refunded when they receive the animal, however once these funds have been transferred, the fraudster will stop all communication, leaving victims out of pocket and with no pet.
The report suggests that fraudsters are targeting victims who wish to buy popular breeds. The highest number of reports related to pugs – 224 reports were made between January 2012 and May 2018, with victims losing £76,451.
Fraudsters are also offering pet-related products for sale which don’t exist or are not as described. Equine accessories accounted for 92% of monetary losses.
 Don’t get pugged off:

   If you’re purchasing goods and services from a company or person you don’t know and trust, carry out some research first, or ask friends and family for advice before completing a purchase. Remember, if an offer seems too good to be true, it probably is

   Avoid paying for good and services by bank transfer as that offers you little protection if you become a victim of fraud. Instead, use a credit card or payment services such as PayPal.

   Ask for photographs or videos of the animal; a responsible seller will understand why the buyer wants photographs and more information before making a purchase.

   Use the online marketplace’s ‘report’ function if you come across suspicious adverts or sellers.

   Sellers offering to meet you ‘halfway’ seems generous but you should only buy the puppy directly from the place where he/she was born and raised.

   When buying a puppy, you must insist on seeing the puppy interacting with its mother and littermates in the location where they were bred and reared - Make sure you visit the puppy more than once too.

If you think you have fallen victim to this type of fraud, report it to Action Fraud online or by calling 0300 123 2040.

Many thanks
Helen O'Driscoll
Crime Reduction Officer, Thorpe Wood



March 4th 2019

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Malicious Fake News - Momo Challenge


Some of you may have heard or read the news yesterday, suggesting that the Momo Challenge we had previously made you aware of, now appears to have been a piece of malicious fake news. This has led to the criticism of journalists, police and other adults for fuelling the rumour yet their main motive was only to help protect young people.
We initially held back sending the email out to you all, because we was very much aware of the dilemma that by making adults aware of the Momo Challenge it could actually result in alerting young people to something they had not even heard of.
However, the internet and national media was clearly alive with chatter of the Momo challenge and the potential danger to the young people in our communities. Protecting and keeping children safe will always be a priority for Cambridgeshire Police, so therefore we sent the email out based on the information we had read and assessed.
Today, we have been made aware of a member of the public who is not happy with Cambridgeshire police for assisting in spreading the rumour. If any of you thought we had acted inappropriately by sending the original email out, then we apologise but we would like to believe that you all thought that we were acting with good intent.
The link below is an article from 7.39am this morning.

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Amanda Large (Police, Crime Prevention Officer, Peterborough)


February 21st 2019

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Tenancy Deposit Scheme Alert


Tenancy Deposit Scheme Alert

Action Fraud have received several reports where fraudsters are claiming to be landlords of properties offered for rent online. Prior to a viewing the suspect requests that the individuals pay a deposit and sometimes a month’s rent upfront, claiming that this money will be put into the Tenancy Deposit Scheme, and is therefore protected under government legislation.

After the individual pays the money, the suspect sends a bogus email purporting to be from the Tenancy Deposit Scheme confirming they have received their deposit. However, this is not the case as the money was sent directly to an account associated with the suspect and the victim is left out of pocket and without the home they had thought to be putting a deposit on.

What You Need To Do

  • Always make sure you, or a reliable contact, has viewed the property with an agent or landlord before agreeing to rent a property.
  • Don’t be rushed or pressured into making a decision. Only transfer funds when you’re satisfied a genuine property, safety certificates and valid contract are in place.
  • Only pay for goods or service by bank transfer if you know and trust the person. Payments via bank transfer offer you no protection if you become a victim of fraud.
  • Once you’ve paid your deposit, you can check whether it’s protected by entering your tenancy deposit certificate code on TDS website (

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Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)


February 19th 2019

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Distraction Burglary In Newborough


Yesterday afternoon a Distraction Burglary took place in School Road, Newborough. The male described as white, fairly short in height, medium build, moustache, short dark hair and wearing what was described as black work clothes and jeans. The jacket he was wearing had an elastic waistband. He may have had a small white van.

He tricked his way into the home address of a lady on the pretence that he needed paying £15 for a fence he had repaired. Whilst in the address, he asked for a glass of water causing a distraction and has taken the ladies purse containing cash, bank card and photographs. 

Remember not all callers to your front door are genuine. Please be aware of rogue traders and distraction burglars. By taking simple preventative measures you can further reduce the risk of becoming a victim.

Do - Check the identity of the caller and ask for ID, Ask the caller to leave information about the service they are offering so you can read at your leisure and don't feel pressured into agreeing, Sign up to your local Neighbourhood Watch, Call Police on 999 if you ask visitors to leave and they refuse to, Call the police straight away on 101 if you suspect a bogus caller has visited you, even if you didn't speak to them or let them in, Sign up to your utility service providers password scheme.

Dont - Believe all callers are genuine - they are not. Go to a bank or cash point with a trader, Believe special 'today only' type deals or scare stories, Feel pressure into agreeing to sign anything or have work carried out.

Discuss with a friend or relative any work suggested or your feel needs carrying out on your home, so they can help you find a reputable trader.

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Amanda Large (Police, Crime Prevention Officer, Peterborough)


February 14th 2019

Roses are red, violets are blue, time to make sure no one scams you: Victims of 'romance fraud' lost a staggering £50MILLION last year.

British victims of 'romance fraud' lost over £50million last year, findings from Action Fraud warn as Valentine's Day approaches.
In 2018, the average sum of money lost by a victim of romance fraud came in at £11,145, marking a 27 per cent increase on the year before.
In one case, a woman lost around £10,000 to a man who claimed to be in the army needing money for a box of belongings to be returned to the UK.

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Against Scams Partnership (CAPASP) is a county-wide partnership of public, private and voluntary sector organisations committed to working together to stop scams and doorstep crime across the county.
Scams are fraud and fraud is a crime. Each year, scams cost the UK economy between £5bn-£10bn. In addition to the financial impact, scams can have a severe emotional and psychological impact upon victims.
While anyone, irrespective of age, gender, education or economic background, can be a victim of a scam, these crimes are experienced particularly by people in our communities who are vulnerable for a variety of reasons, including poverty, isolation, frailty, disability and cognitive impairment, and by those who have been targeted specifically by organised, predatory criminals.
By sharing knowledge and developing solutions together, we aim to make Cambridgeshire and Peterborough a safer place for all of our residents.

You might find the Little Book of Big Scams useful, see the link below

Report fraud if you believe you have been scammed, defrauded or experienced cyber-crime

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Amanda Large (Police, Crime Prevention Officer, Peterborough)



February 1st 2019

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Stolen Motor Vehicles


Good afternoon

We have had 5 cars/van stolen across Peterborough during the previous week and would urge all residents to make sure their vehicles are locked when unoccupied and that there is nothing of value left within. 
If you do park you car on your driveway then just a reminder that we still have some driveway alarms that can be purchased and collected from Thorpe Wood Police Station.  We are selling these for £8 and please just send me an email if you would like me to set one aside for you.

35/4791/19 - On Hammonds Drive a Mercedes Sprinter van was stolen without keys between 18-21 Jan 2019.
35/5768/19 - On Beluga Close a Ford Transit van was stolen on 24 Jan 2019.
35/6154/19 - On Leighton, Orton Malbourne a Citroen C4 was stolen between 21-25 Jan 2019.
35/6437/19 - On Natures Way a BMW was stolen between 25-27 Jan 2019.
35/6827/19 - On Heather Ave a Kia proceed was stolen without keys between 28-29 Jan 2019.

Anyone with information should call Police on 101 quoting the relevant crime number or visit  Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously, on 0800 555 111 or via

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Amanda Large (Police, Crime Prevention Officer, Peterborough)


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