Action Fraud (www.actionfraud.police.uk) is the national Police reporting centre for all fraud and cyber-related crime and provides quality information and products to help protect yourself, family, and business.
I am aware of information that suggests fraudsters are making telephone calls to the public and impersonating Action Fraud.
Currently, none of these reports appear to originate from within Cambridgeshire.
If you get a call from someone claiming to be from Action Fraud, hang up immediately it is highly likely a scam.
Action Fraud will NOT cold call the public either by telephone, social media, text, or email. If you wish to communicate with Action Fraud, then visit their genuine website www.actionfraud.police.uk and use the contact details on the webpage.
If you suspect that you may have been a victim of a scam, then contact your Bank immediately and then report to Action Fraud.
With lots of music concerts and sporting events taking place in summer for the first time in 3 years, we’d like to warn people to take extra care when buying tickets.
Ticket fraud is when you buy tickets from a website or agent for a music concert or festival, a sporting contest such as a football match or rugby tournament, or a live comedian or performer, but the tickets either aren’t delivered, or turn out to be fake and you can’t get a refund.
Action Fraud says victims lost around £1.5 million to online ticket scams in 2019 (the last time data was collected) – nearly 5,000 people reported being scammed at an average of £365 each.
How it happens: Spot the signs
You may find a website advertised via email or social media offering you the chance to buy tickets to a popular event.
But fraudsters can easily invent their own bogus ticket retail companies; their websites are easy to make and look genuine. Some even use a name or website address very similar to a legitimate ticket sales website.
Protect yourself: Tips to avoid ticket fraud
Only buy tickets from the venue’s box office, the promoter, an official ticket agent or a well-known and reputable ticket exchange site. Look at the artist’s website and see who they recommend you buy tickets from.
Fraudsters create fake websites that look similar to a genuine site, so people should double check the web address to make sure they’re on the correct website.
Is the vendor a member of Society of Ticket Agents and Retailers (STAR)? If they are, you’re buying from a company that has signed up to their strict governing standards. STAR also offers a service to help customers with outstanding complaints.
Check the contact details of the site you’re buying the tickets from. There should be a landline phone number and a full postal address. Avoid using the site if there is only a PO Box address and mobile phone number, as it could be difficult to get in touch after you buy tickets.
Before entering any payment details on a website, make sure the web address starts with https (the ‘s’ stands for secure). There should be a locked padlock icon in the browser’s address bar.
Paying for your tickets by credit card will offer increased protection over other payments methods, such as debit card, cash, or money transfer services for tickets over £100. Avoid making payments through bank transfer or money transfer services, as the payment may not be recoverable.
Thank you to the residents of South Cambridgeshire who joined us for our online meeting last night.
For those who were unable to join us this time around, we heard from the South Cambridgeshire team about what they have been doing to tackle drugs, anti-social behaviour and speeding in the area.
Speeding – Special Inspector Stephen Mudie and his team of volunteers have been focusing efforts across South Cambs while officers are working with local Speedwatch co-ordinators to help build capacity in the community.
Drugs – Following intelligence received from the community we have carried out six warrants and there will be more to come. We’ve carried out numerous stop searches for drugs with positive results.
Anti-Social Behaviour – We’ve seized four e-scooters in Cambourne, carried out patrols of our green spaces across villages, engaged with the community to develop intelligence and offer reassurance. We’ve also visited the parents of young people who have been involved in ASB. There has also been lots of partnership working with South Cambs District Council around households that are perpetrating the ASB.
We talked through the survey results (see below) before we opened up the floor to residents for further discussion where many of the points already captured were spoken about in more detail.
Results of the survey – a snap shot We had 387 responses to our online survey, including people from each ward across South Cambs, enabling us to get a good understanding of what is happening in each area and what issues concern you the most.
Anti-social driving came out as the most critical issue followed closely by anti-social behaviour and drug dealing.
So what next? At the end of the meeting we agreed to continue to focus efforts on the below. This will be alongside our daily priorities (which can be viewed here). Drugs Speeding Anti-Social Behaviour Our very genuine desire is to focus the team on the things that are of the highest risk and concern for you, our residents.
The South Cambs Neighbourhood Team will now provide regular updates to these priorities on the force Facebook and Twitter page over the coming weeks and months. We will then look to begin this process again with another meeting held on 9 August. You can register your attendance here.
Thank you for participating in this process. If you have any concerns in the meantime, visit our website.
Inspector Shane Fasey South Cambridgeshire
Message Sent By Tara Dundon (Police, Comms officer, Corp comms)
View as a webpage Cambridgeshire Police Fraud Alert- Remote access Scam Scams involving the malicious use of remote access software continue to impact on local people. Remote access software is legitimate software that allows someone to remotely access a computer from anywhere in the world. I find it particularly useful when my mother complains that her computer is not doing what she wants it to, so I can login from afar and resolve things. However, and as always, criminals exploit technology to do things they were not designed or intended for. One example of the criminal use of remote access software would be a scammer making a telephone call purporting to be the bank, the police or an internet or telephone service provider. The scammer will ask or make an excuse to access the victim’s computer and deceive them to download and install software such as TeamViewer, AnyDesk, Chrome and Microsoft Remote Desktop. (There are many others.) Once the criminal has access, they can then search private folders and files and possibly access online banking/financial services and transfer money. They may demand payment for removing a virus that never existed. If you have concern for someone you feel is vulnerable to this type of scam, then, other than warning them, you could consider installing a ‘URL blocker’ on their browser. Such a blocker will prevent the user from accessing specific remote access software providers when instructed to do so by the scammer. For more information about the scam and advice on preventing it please visit: Remote Access Tool Scams | Action Fraud If you suspect you are a victim of a scam, contact your bank first and then report to Action Fraud. Follow us on Twitter| Facebook|Cambridgeshire.gov.uk/against-scams
We’ll then meet again online, on 5 May, where we will have a presentation on recent policing activity from the team, we’ll listen to concerns, present the result of results of the survey and allow you to once again shape the police activity. Please register your attendance here.
After the meeting, your neighbourhood policing team will work on the matters we agree and update you with the progress over the coming weeks and months.
We hope you will get on board with this pilot once again so we can work together to create a Safer Cambridgeshire.
We look forward to hearing from you during the process.
Inspector Shane Fasey South Cambs
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Warning As Vans Targeted By Thieves Across The County
We have issued a warning and appeal for information following 26 instances where tools have been stolen from vans across Cambridgeshire.
The incidents have all taken place within the last two weeks since 21 February, mostly in Peterborough but spanning the whole county – March, Whittlesey, Somersham, Needingworth, St Ives, Buckden, Warboys, Grafham, Ely, Trumpington, Cambridge, Cottenham, Histon and Grantchester.
We understand the impact these thefts have on people’s livelihoods when tools they need to do their job are stolen, which is why we are working hard to identify those responsible.
Where possible, it is advised tools are not left in vehicles which are unoccupied or consider using a lockable cabinet within your van to store tools.
We’re asking our communities to report any suspicious activity to us, including any CCTV footage which captures potential offenders.
Fake banking apps are available to download from both the Apple Store and Google Play, apps that fraudsters could use to scam people. The link below relates to a Wiltshire media article and provides more detail of the scam in action, but I will provide a summary. Fraudsters download a fake banking app and search local online marketplaces.
If you are selling something locally and you invite the buyer to visit your home, or an agreed meeting place, be alert if you agree to the sale when the buyer produces their mobile phone and asks for your bank account and sort code. You will be able to watch them enter the details into their fake banking app and then they will show you the screen of their phone which will display a message that the agreed amount has successfully been paid into your bank.
Please do not hand over the goods until you have checked and confirmed that the payment has been received into your own bank account, but this is where the criminal may try and distract you.
View as a webpage Advice from Cambs Police on Delivery room Scams UK consumers are being increasingly targeted by recovery room scams. This is where fraudsters approach those who have been scammed or had failed investments, offering to help them get their money back for an upfront fee. This scam is particularly effective in cases where the person does not get a refund from their bank. There is usually no explanation on how money will be recovered or, if an explanation is given, it is likely to be false or implausible. For example, falsely claiming to be the Financial Conduct Authority or working with the Government, Police, Action Fraud, to recover any monies which have been lost. Generally, recovery rooms insist on being paid a fee or transaction charge before carrying out any services to recover any losses. How recovery room scams works Recovery room scams usually follow on from the original scam where someone has lost money. The perpetrators of the original scam may operate the recovery room and contact the victim again pretending to be from a different firm or sell on their details to other recovery rooms. The scam tends to involve cold calling with high-pressure tactics and upfront charges described as a tax, solicitor, or administrative fees, which can result in losses that can be greater than the initial loss. The recovery rooms often have professional-looking websites to persuade visitors they are legitimate and claim to have a UK presence when they don’t. These websites often make false claims to have successfully recovered money for other consumers involved in scams. Recovery rooms generally use a web-based email address, such as Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail, or Russian search engine, Yandex. The Police, FCA, HMRC, banks never use webmail providers to contact consumers, nor does the Government, law enforcement agencies or law firms. Be aware of clone firms Many bogus firms will use the name, firm registration number (FRN), and address of firms and individuals who are FCA authorised. This is called a clone firm. Scammers may even copy legitimate websites, making subtle changes such as changing the phone number. How to protect yourself Always be wary if you are contacted out of the blue about recovering money lost due to fraud or due to a failed investment, or if you feel pressured to hand over money quickly or are promised something that sound too good to be true. Be wary of websites, phone calls, and online or social media adverts promising to recover any money you may have lost from investments or fraud. If you get a phone call offering to recover your losses, ask how the caller has information about your lost money. Any report of fraud can only be shared between other law enforcement agencies. It cannot be shared with a private business operating a recovery room. If you have been asked to pay a fee or provide your bank account, card, or other financial details, end all contact immediately and do not pay any money or provide any banking details. Recovery room scams claim to provide services usually offered by claims management companies. A firm must be authorised to advertise or undertake these services in the UK. Check the FCA website Financial Services Register to make sure the firm is authorised. www.fca.org.uk Follow us on Twitter| Facebook|Cambridgeshire.gov.uk/against-scams
This months Scam in focus and how to protect yourself.
A trade scam is where scammers are using legitimate sites in order to find victims.
When winter passes, our thoughts soon turn to all those spring maintenance jobs we couldn’t do in the colder months. So how do you find good tradespeople to do work on your home and protect yourself from rogue traders who overcharge for poor quality goods and services, or demand money upfront and then don’t show up to do the job?
Recommendations from friends and family is a good starting point, but, with people moving around more often these days, it might not be possible to get a personal recommendation if you are new to an area. That’s why people are increasingly turning to the internet to find tradespeople and comparison and finder sites are springing up for this purpose. CAPASP recommends, however, sticking to the more well-established sites such as Safe Local Trades, https://www.safelocaltrades.com/ , Buy with Confidence https://www.buywithconfidence.gov.uk/ , Checkatrade https://www.checkatrade.com/ or TrustATrader https://www.trustatrader.com/ which have robust vetting and reviewing procedures in place and which are therefore highly unlikely to list any rogue traders.
Stay within your comfort zone when interacting with potential tradespeople, if you feel that something isn’t right, trust your gut instincts and assume that it probably isn’t and break the contact. If a tradesperson then pesters you, it can be a further sign that they are not legitimate.
Tradespeople are usually sole traders or a very small team who are unlikely to have a receptionist or secretary. They will be conducting their call-backs in the evenings and weekends when they have some time, so, if you are called back immediately, by a secretary or receptionist, or by the person himself, that could be a warning sign.
Good tradespeople are inundated with work and have a waiting list, so another warning sign could be If you are told they can start the work immediatly. Everyone gets cancellations, even genuine tradespeople, but they will generally move up the jobs in order. It is rare therefore that a good tradesperson will be able to come in the next week so be prepared to wait several weeks, it will be worth it in the long run.
Genuine tradespeople won’t ask for the invoice to be paid in full before the work commences. Now remembering that they are usually sole traders or small businesses, they may ask you to pay for the materials up front. If this is the case they won’t be offended if you tell them to give you a list of what they need and you order it and pay for it and get it delivered to your house.
In the run up to Christmas, we’re urging homeowners to take steps to protect their property and reduce the risk of becoming a victim of crime this festive season.
While many of us are looking forward to a break from work and catching up with friends and family, it’s not a time of rest and recuperation for criminals.
They too will be out doing their Christmas shopping and looking to gain advantage at your expense.
We’ll be working 24/7 throughout the Christmas period continuing to identify crime hotspots, short-term spikes and key offending patterns, as well as investigating offences and carrying out disruptive tactics against known burglars.
You can help too by not making it easy for them. Staying alert to your surroundings and reporting anything suspicious you see to police. By taking a few preventative tips too we can all wish for a happy Christmas;
Popping over the road to give Mrs Smith her Christmas card? Close and lock your doors and windows, even if you are only going out for a few minutes.
Heading out for a meal and drinks with friends? Leave a light on if it will be dark before you get home and consider security lights. A dark house could be an empty house.
Amazon orders arriving daily? Ensure your delivery driver has a safe place to leave them and that doesn’t mean the doorstep.
Presents are wrapped and under the tree? Keep valuables out of sight, don’t make it easy for a burglar to see and take your family’s gifts.
Going to spend Christmas with a loved one? Cancel deliveries and ask your neighbour to keep an eye on your property. We’ve got lots more tips and advice on our website .
We hope you don’t need us over the festive period but if you do, we’ll be here. If a crime is in progress please call us on 999. For everything else, call 101 or report to us online.
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Scam Alert forwarded on from Cambridgeshire Police Please be alert to the suspicious email (detailed below) that has been received today by a resident within Cambridgeshire, it exploits the briefing at the weekend by Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
In the suspicious email note the ‘From’ address. The official domain name of the NHS is @nhs.uk NOT @pcr-nhs-test.co.uk There is no such thing as an OMICRON PCR TEST. Omicron is a variant of Covid, and a PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test, detects the presence of the COVID-19 virus in the human body. The official sources make NO reference to an ‘Omicron PCR test kit’ because it does not exisit.
The wording in the suspicious email is not what I would expect from the NHS or gov.uk, it refers to NHS scientists, which I find VERY odd due to the private sector developing the vaccine. It asks the question ‘What happen if you decline a COVID-19 Omicron test’? There is no ‘s’ after the word happen, poor grammar which I would expect from an official genuine sender. You may also note in the body of text, that they also spell Omicron, OMICORN. Spelling, grammar, all the red flags are in this phishing email.
If you wish to find out more about the variant Omicron or forms of testing, then visit the genuine websites www.gov.uk or www.nhs.uk
If you receive any suspicious email please forward to firstname.lastname@example.org Avoid clicking on links instead, visit the genuine official website or genuine app of the alleged sender.
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From: NHS (email@example.com) Sent: 30 November 2021 08:43 To: Subject: Get Your Free Omicron PCR test – Apply now to avoid restrictions Get Your Free Omicron PCR today to avoid restrictions
NHS scientists have warned that the new Covid variant Omicron spreads rapidly, can be transmitted between fully vaccinated people, and makes jabs less effective.However, as the new covid variant (Omicron)has quickly become apparent, we have had to make new test kits as the new variant appears dormant in the original test kits. What happen if you decline a COVID-19 Omicron test? In this situation, we warned that testing is in the best interests of themselves, friends, and family. People who do not consent or cannot agree to a COVID-19 test and refuse to undergo a swab must be isolated.
How to request a Free Omicron PCR test? You can order your Omicorn pcr test via NHS portal by clicking the link below:
What happen if you are positive? If positive, they must isolate for 10 days and should be reported to Public Health England.
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Over the weekend we’ve had a number of reports of shed, garage and outbuilding burglaries in Histon with tools and equipment being targeted.
Many of us have taken steps to improve the security of our home but we often forget about our sheds and outbuildings. Not only are the contents of interest to potential burglars, but garden tools also make for handy implements to assist them into your home or your neighbour’s property.
We’re increasing patrols around hotspot areas and invite you to take a few minutes to read our advice for keeping your sheds and outbuildings secure: Always ensure you lock your garage or shed and don’t store any valuable items in there, unless you use appropriate security measures Store gardening equipment and tools in your shed, garage, or other outbuilding, as burglars can use these to break into your home Windows to garages, sheds or outbuildings can be secured with internal diamond mesh grilles, which provide a good visual obstacle to burglars Side or rear garage doors can be secured with British Standard 5lever mortice locks and two internal mortice rack bolts placed towards the top and bottom to reduce the leverage points You can find further information including how to secure your property boundary on our website.
If you unfortunately fall victim to one of these crimes, you can report this to us via our website or by calling 101, in an emergency, please dial 999.
South Cambs Neighbourhood Policing Team
Message Sent By Kirsty Inman (Police, Corporate Communications, Cambridgeshire)
Updated With Link New Police and Crime Plan For Cambridgeshire and Peterborough
Today sees the launch of a new Police and Crime Plan for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough which sets out my policing and crime priorities for the next three years.
The Plan has been put together following extensive consultation with local residents, businesses and other organisations working to support criminal justice and community safety. I would like to thank those who took the time to give me their views in my July 2021 public survey.
You will see that ‘Putting communities first’ is at the heart of my plan. While people understand that the police have to respond to high harm issues such as child abuse, domestic and serious violence, communities also want to see local issues such as anti-social behaviour, speeding and drug dealing dealt with. We currently have the highest number of police officers we have ever had in our county however the police cannot tackle these issues alone.
To download a copy of the Plan, please click here.
I will work hard with Cambridgeshire Constabulary and other partners to make sure the issues residents and businesses are worried about are dealt with and the above priorities are delivered. My commitment to you – the residents of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough – remains the same as the day I was appointed your Commissioner – to cut crime, help victims and keep people safe.
Police and Crime Commissioner
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