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Anti-Fraud Hint #70

Fake Amazon Emails Claim You Have Placed An Order

Action Fraud has received several reports from victims who have been sent convincing looking emails claiming to be from Amazon. The spoofed emails from “service@amazon.co.uk” claim recipients have made an order online and mimic an automatic customer email notification.

The scam email claims recipients have ordered an expensive vintage chandelier. Other reported examples include: Bose stereos, iPhone’s and luxury watches.

The emails cleverly state that if recipients haven’t authorised the transaction they can click on the help centre link to receive a full refund. The link leads to an authentic-looking website, which asks victims to confirm their name, address, and bank card information.

Amazon says that suspicious e-mails will often contain:

  • Links to websites that look like Amazon.co.uk, but aren’t Amazon.co.uk.
  • Attachments or prompts to install software on your computer.
  • Typos or grammatical errors.
  • Forged (or spoofed) e-mail addresses to make it look like the e-mail is coming from Amazon.co.uk.

Amazon will never ask for personal information to be supplied by e-mail.
You can read more about identifying suspicious emails claiming to be from Amazon by visiting opens in a new windowhttps://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=201489210

If you, or anyone you know, have been affected by fraud or any other scam, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040 or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk

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Anti-Fraud Hint #69

Fake Bank Letters – A Warning To Lloyds Bank Customers

Lloyds customers should be on the lookout for a new sophisticated fraud that involves fraudsters sending fake bank letters.

The convincing letters being sent are a replica of a template from Lloyds and include their logo, address and signature from a customer service representative.

The letter tells recipients that there have been some “unusual transactions” on their personal account and asks them to call a number highlighted in bold to confirm they are genuine.

When victims call the number, an automated welcome message is played and the caller is asked to enter their card number, account number and sort code followed by their date of birth. Victims are then instructed to enter the first and last digit of their security number.

The fraud was spotted by the Daily Telegraph who was alerted to it by a reader who had three identical letters sent to an office address. On separate occasions the Daily Telegraph ran some tests using fake details and were passed to fraudsters who claimed to be from a Lloyds contact centre. The bank has confirmed that the phone number and letters are fake.

These letters are essentially a sophisticated phishing attempt and serves as a warning to consumers to question written correspondence from their banks.

If you, or anyone you know, have been affected by fraud or any other scam, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040 or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk

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Anti-Fraud Hint #68

Two Frauds: Phishing Frauds & Malware

policeTwo anti-fraud warnings have been received via Northamptonshire Community Connect. Both relate to email “phishing” frauds. Both are concerned with emails that distribute well known “malware” (programs that may damage the data on your computer or steal your personal information) as attachments to emails.

Password Stealing & “Ransomware”

In the first case, fraudsters are sending out a high number of phishing emails to personal and business email addresses pretending to come from ‘donotreply’ followed by the victims’ own email extension (for example donotreply@city-of-london.pnn.police.uk).

The subject line currently is shown as a series of random numbers and letters; ‘RNP0024D5D73B3A’ and ‘KMBT_C220’ have both been seen. The emails include an attachment – a .zip file, usually with the current date followed by random digits in the file name.

These attachments typically contain a password stealing component, with the aim of stealing your bank, PayPal or other financial details along with your email or FTP (web space) log in credentials. Many of them are also designed to specifically steal your Facebook and other social network log in details.

Similarly, a very high proportion also contain Locky ransomware, that once downloaded will encrypt files and demand money (typically about £350) to recover the files.

Phishing Email From “The Metropolitan Police”

The second example is where Fraudsters are sending out a high number of phishing emails to personal and business email addresses with the message subject heading ‘Crime Prevention Advice’. The email sender is potentially spoofing a Metropolitan Police email address, showing the sender as ‘crime@content.met.police.uk’.

The email contains the text:

“TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC;

See attached document to read more about crime prevention advice.

Regards,

Metropolitan Police Service.”

The email includes an attachment titled ‘11212527.zip’.

This attachment contains malicious content which downloads the iSPY key logger to the victim’s device. This key logger records keystrokes, steals passwords stored in web browsers and Skype conversation records, takes pictures via webcam and stores the license keys of software like Microsoft Office and Adobe Photoshop.

Protection/Prevention Advice

Having up-to-date virus protection is essential; however it will not always prevent you from becoming infected.

You should think about taking the following precautions:

  • Don’t click on links or open any attachments you receive in unsolicited emails or SMS messages. Remember that fraudsters can ‘spoof’ an email address to make it look like one used by someone you trust. If you are unsure, check the email header to identify the true source of communication. Information on how to locate email headers can be found at https://mxtoolbox.com/Public/Content/EmailHeaders/
  • Always install software updates as soon as they become available. Whether you are updating the operating system or an application, the update will often include fixes for critical security vulnerabilities.
  • Create regular backups of your important files to an external hard drive, memory stick or online storage provider. It’s important that the device you back up to is not left connected to your computer as any malware infection could spread to that too.
  • Most anti-virus software contains an ‘anti-spyware’ scan which may be able to detect key loggers. If your current software does not offer this function, consider installing software which does – both free and paid for anti-spyware is widely available.
  • Don’t pay extortion demands as this only feeds into criminals’ hands, and there is no guarantee that access to your files will be restored if you do pay.
  • If you think your bank details have been compromised, you should immediately contact your bank.

If you, or anyone you know, have been affected by fraud or any other scam, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040 or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk

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Stop Xmas Thieves!

Dpolice logoon’t let a burglar ruin your Christmas

Advice from Northants Police.

Carl Barton sent through this link with a timely warning about the risks of burglary at Christmas.

Watch the video for advice on how to make sure your house is safe and secure.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anti-Fraud Hint #67

Watch Out For “Black Friday Frauds”

Recent research* shows the ways that shoppers put themselves at risk. If you do the same you could become a victim of fraud in the dash for “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday” bargains. Did you know that…

  • more than one in five online shoppers admit they never check the authenticity of an online retailer – such as looking for the padlock icon – before making an online purchase?
  • almost one in five online shoppers admit they would click on an unsolicited email if it promised them a good deal?
  • more than a third of consumers admit their shopping habits change when faced with an opportunity to bag a bargain?
  • almost a quarter admit that FOMO – fear of missing out – on a great deal leads them to let their guard down when it comes to online shopping?

Financial Fraud Action UK, has launched the “Take Five” campaign, a campaign backed by all major banks and key financial services providers across the UK, to help shoppers avoid falling victim to financial fraud this Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

The Take Five campaign is advising:

  • Take Five before you buy. If you’re using a retailer for the first time, always take time to research them before you give them any of your details. Be prepared to ask questions before buying
  • Trust your instincts – if an offer looks too good to believe then there is usually a catch. Be suspicious of prices that are too good to be true
  • Be sure you know who you are dealing with. Always access the website you are planning to buy from by typing the address into your web browser, and be wary of clicking on links in unsolicited emails
  • Look for the padlock symbol in the address bar. It’s a good indication that they’re reputable
  • Only use retailers you trust, for example ones you know or have been recommended to you. If you’re buying an item made by a major brand, you can often find a list of authorised sellers on their official website.

*research released by Financial Fraud Action UK (FFA UK)

If you, or anyone you know, have been affected by fraud or any other scam, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040 or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk

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Anti-Fraud Hint #66

Tarmac Fraud Alert : Targeting Northamptonshire Businesses

Just in case you thought that the crooks and fraudsters had gone away. We haven’t had a fraud alert for a while but here’s the latest…. (AND, NO, we’re not talking about the Byfield Road).

Northamptonshire County Council’s Trading Standards Service are warning businesses to be aware of approaches by contractors offering to tarmac driveways with “left over “materials. Two complaints have been received in the last week from local businesses who have reported that they have been approached by men who have stated that they are working on behalf of the council on local road improvements. The contractors have gone on to say that at the end of the job they have left over tarmac that they would have to throw away if it was not laid, and that they would return at the end of the week to complete the work at a low price. At one of the incidents the business owner went out and on his return tarmac had been laid to a very poor standard. The contractor then tried to charge a very high price.

Consumers can reports complaints to Trading Standards via the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 04 05 06

Trading Standards advice is to never purchase goods or services at the doorstep. You should always obtain quotes from local reputable companies. Northamptonshire County Council operates a Buy With Confidence scheme. This is part of a national scheme to promote honest and reputable businesses.It helps establish and maintain high standards of trading. Consumers can obtain details of those business registered with the scheme by calling 0300 126 1000 or searching on line at www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/approvedtraders.

If you, or anyone you know, have been affected by this fraud or any other scam, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040 or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk

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Anti-Fraud Hint #65

Phishing Fraud Alert ; Now They’re Pretending To Be The Police!

There is a phishing email currently in circulation that claims to be from the City of London Police. The departments that it claims to represent include the ‘Fraud Intelligence Unit’ and the ‘National Fraud Intelligence Bureau’. The email is titled ‘compensation fund’ and has a letter attachment that claims to be offering financial compensation to victims of fraud. The letter uses the City of London Police logo.colp

The letter states that in order for compensation to be arranged, the receiver of the email should reply disclosing personal information. It states that HSBC and the South African Reserve Bank have been chosen to handle the compensation claims. All of these claims are false.

The email and letter are fraudulent and should not be replied to.

Protect Yourself

  • Opening attachments or clicking links contained within emails from unknown sources could result in your device being infected with malware or a virus.
  • The City of London Police and the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau will never email you asking for you to disclose personal information.
  • If you believe you have become a victim of this fraudulent email get your device checked by a professional and make a report to Action Fraud, the UK’s national fraud and cyber crime reporting centre: http://www.actionfraud.police.uk

If you, or anyone you know, have been affected by this fraud or any other scam, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040 or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk

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Is Your Car Secure?

A Warning From Northamptonshire Police….

NON Op Guardian Sat NAvMore than 1,000 vehicles in Northamptonshire were reported stolen within the last year, prompting a reminder to the public about how they can take steps to protect their belongings.

The joint Prevention and Community Protection Department (Northamptonshire Police and Northamptonshire Fire & Rescue Service) is warning people that their vehicles and contents can be vulnerable to theft, but basic security measures can help keep property safe.

Between July 1, 2015 and June 30th, 2016, there were 1175 vehicles reported stolen in Northamptonshire; an average of 98 per month. During this time, there were also 3464 thefts from motor vehicles reported to Northamptonshire Police.

Crime Prevention Officer Brenda Hart said: “Many vehicles seem so secure these days that I think a lot of people forget they can be vulnerable to theft.

“Too many people leave possessions on car or van seats, keep expensive items such as sat navs in glove compartments and leave bags or other valuables on display; perhaps not thinking that thieves only have to take a quick look inside and their belongings can suddenly become a target.

“We would like to remind people just how important it is to make sure their vehiclepolice logos are secure and not to allow their belongings to become a temptation for thieves.”

Tips for protecting your vehicle and its contents:-

  • Don’t leave anything on display in your vehicle. Even an old coat on the back seat can be a temptation for a thief to steal first – and then think about value later.
  • When you leave your car, take your belongings with you. If you can’t and have no other option, then lock them in your boot.
  • In particular, avoid leaving the following items in your car: mobile phones; laptops; credit and debit cards; cheque books; cash; vehicle registration documents and private mail (especially with your address on it).
  • Security devices are a good deterrent for thieves, such as electronic immobilisers (which prevent cars from starting) and mechanical immobilisers such as steering wheel locks.
  • When you leave your vehicle, always remove the ignition key and lock all doors. It only takes a few seconds for a thief to jump into your vehicle and drive away. This should be remembered at all times – even when paying for petrol or popping into a shop.
  • Lock all doors and close all windows and the sunroof every time you leave your vehicle unattended, however briefly.
  • Business drivers should also be on the alert for irregularities in loading procedures and report this if seen.
  • Where possible, business drivers should use pre-planned secure overnight parking facilities and these should be decided before the journey is started.

 

 

 

 

 

Anti-Fraud Hint #64

Rental Fraud in Student Accommodation

Seasonal rental fraud is an emerging trend with students looking for suitable accommodation around August, before the start of the new term. Fraudsters use a variety of websites to advertise available properties to rent, often at attractive rates and convenient locations. Adverts will seem genuine, accompanied by a number of photos and contact information to discuss your interest.

Due to demand, students will often agree to pay upfront fees to secure the property quickly, without viewing the property, only to discover that the fraudster posing as the landlord does not have ownership of the property, or often there are already tenants living there.

Protect Yourself

  • Only use reputable letting companies.
  • Do some online research such as using Google maps to check the property does exist.
  • Make an appointment to view the property in person.
  • Always view the property prior to paying any advance fees.
  • Look out for warning signs, such as landlords requesting a ‘holding deposit’ due to the property being in high demand.
  • A landlord will usually conduct some due diligence on any successful applicant. Be wary of handing over cash without the landlord requesting employment or character references.

If you, or anyone you know, have been affected by this fraud or any other scam, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040 or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk

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Anti-Fraud Hint #63

Don’t Be a Money Mule

Students are being recruited, sometimes unwittingly, as “mules” by criminals to transfer illegally obtained money between different bank accounts.

What is a money mule?

mule-clip-art-donkeyA money mule is someone who is recruited by those needing to launder money obtained illegally. Criminals advertise fake jobs in newspapers and on the internet in a number of ways, usually offering opportunities to make money quickly, in order to lure potential money mule recruits. These include:

  • Social media posts
  • Copying genuine company’s websites to create impression of legitimacy
  • Sending mass emails offering employment
  • Targeting individuals that have posted their CVs on employment websites

Students are particularly susceptible to adverts of this nature. For someone in full-time education, the opportunity for making money quickly can understandably be an attractive one. The mule will accept money into their bank account, before following further instructions on what to do with the funds. Instructions could include transferring the money into a separate specified account or withdrawing the cash and forwarding it on via money transfer service companies like Western Union or MoneyGram. The mule is generally paid a small percentage of the funds as they pass through their account.

Money Laundering is a criminal offence which can lead to prosecution and a custodial sentence. Furthermore, it can lead to the mule being unable to obtain credit in the UK and prevented from holding a bank account.

Protect Yourself

  • Be aware that the offence of money laundering carries a maximum prison sentence, in the UK, of 14 years.
  • Never give the details of your bank account to anyone that you do not trust.
  • No legitimate company will ever ask you to use your own bank account to transfer their money. Don’t accept any job offers that ask you to do this.
  • Be wary of unsolicited emails or social media posts promising ways of earning easy money. If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.
  • Don’t be afraid to question the legitimacy of any businesses that make you a job offer, especially if the recruitment procedure strays from the conventional.

If you, or anyone you know, have been affected by this fraud or any other scam, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040 or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk

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Anti-Fraud Hint #62

Advance Fee Fraud  – Cash for Couriers

People selling their items on online platforms are falling victim to a new type of advance fee fraud. This involves a fraudster, posing as a buyer, sending an email to the seller (victim), agreeing to the full asking price of the item. They state that they are unable to collect the item themselves and will arrange for a courier to pick it up instead.

The fraudster then sends a fake payment confirmation email from a different email address, one which falsely purports to be from a payment platform. In the course of the email exchange, the seller/victim is requested to pay the courier fee. Once the payment is made the contact is broken, the item is not picked up and the money paid for the ‘courier’ is gone.

An example of the most recent emails received by the victim/seller, from the ‘Buyer’, read:

“I want you to consider this a deal as i am willing to pay your full asking price! i actually want to buy it for a family member who is urgently in need of it, i have checked through your posting and i’m fully satisfied with it. Unfortunately, i would not be able to come personally to view/collect, i work offshore as an instructor on a oil rig so i dont have time at all, but like i said i am 100% OK with the advert”

 

Protect Yourself

  • Be wary when buyers wish to purchase items at the full asking price without viewing them.
  • Check the validity of the payment receipt confirmation.
  • Avoid paying an advanced fee if you are a seller; should you choose to use a courier, arrange your own.
  • Check feedback online by searching the associated phone numbers or email addresses of the seller/buyer. Feedback will give you useful information about recent transactions other buyers/sellers have made.

If you, or anyone you know, have been affected by this fraud or any other scam, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040 or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk

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Anti-Fraud Hint #61

Fraudsters Selling Non-Existent Drones

Online shopping websites are being used by fraudsters to advertise nonexistent drones of various specifications for competitive prices.

Drones are personal flying devices that often carry cameras and can be navigated remotely by smartphones or hand-held controllers. Fraudsters are capitalising on their recent popularity and advertising non-existent drones at a lower value than their recommended retail price to tempt buyers.

After victims agree to purchase the drone, the fraudsters request payment to be paid via bank transfer saying that it will quicken the delivery process. After transferring the money the buyers never receive the drone and the fraudster blocks the victim to prevent further conversation.

Protect Yourself

  • Check the validity of the post.
  • Avoid paying by bank transfer and instead use an online payment option such as PayPal, which helps to protect you.
  • Check feedback online by searching the associated phone numbers or email addresses of the seller. Feedback will give you useful information about recent transactions other buyers may have made.
  • If the item is below market value consider whether this is an opportunity too good to be true.

If you, or anyone you know, have been affected by this fraud or any other scam, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040 or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk

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Anti-Fraud Hint #60

Phone Upgrade Fraud

Fraudsters are impersonating telephone service providers and contacting their clients offering a phone upgrade on a low monthly payment contract. The fraudsters will glean all your personal and financial details which will then be used to contact the genuine phone provider and order a new mobile phone handset. The fraudsters will either intercept the delivery before it reaches the victim’s address or order the handset to a different address.

Protect Yourself

  • Never provide your personal information to a third party from an unsolicited communication.
  • Obtain the genuine number of the organisation being represented and verify the legitimacy of the communication.
  • If the offer is too good to be true it probably is.
  • If you have provided personal information and you are concerned that your identity may be compromised consider Cifas Protection Registration.

If you, or anyone you know, have been affected by this fraud or any other scam, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040 or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk

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Anti-Fraud Hint #59

Holiday Booking Fraud

With summer holidays fast approaching, individuals are often more exposed to travel booking frauds when looking for last minute package deals / cheap flights. Whether paying upfront for a family holiday or simply booking a flight, payments are transferred only to discover that the holiday / airline ticket does not exist and was sold to you by a bogus travel company. Fraudsters will often lure in potential customers with low prices and ‘one time only’ offers that are simply too good to pass up, requesting payment by the preferred method of direct bank transfer.

Protect Yourself

  • Avoid responding to unsolicited calls, texts or emails offering holidays at incredibly low prices.
  • Whenever possible, pay for your holiday by credit card as it offers increased protection.
  • Always remember to look for the ‘https’ and locked padlock icon in the address bar before entering your payment details.
  • Never feel pressured to make a booking for fear that you will miss out on this ‘low price’ opportunity. If you have never used the company before, take your time to do some online research to ensure they are reputable.
  • Should you make a flight or hotel booking through a travel company, feel free to separately check with the hotel / airline that your booking does indeed exist.

If you, or anyone you know, have been affected by this fraud or any other scam, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040 or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk

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Anti-Fraud Hint #58

Inheritance Fraud

Inheritance fraud usually occurs when you are told that someone very rich has died and you are in line to receive a huge inheritance. A fraudster who claims to be a Business Relations Manager from an overseas bank or legal official contacts you through email or a letter stating that a person sharing your family name has died and left behind a vast amount of money. The fraudster suggests that as you share the same family name as the deceased, you can be the beneficiary of the estate and rather than handing any ‘Inheritance Tax’ over to the government you can split the inheritance with the fraudster.

The fraudster will emphasise the need for secrecy and warn you not to tell anyone else about the deal. To hurry you into making a hasty decision, they will also stress the need to act quickly.

If you respond to the fraudster, they will ask you to pay various fees – for example: taxes, legal fees, banking fees etc. – so they can release your non-existent inheritance. Each time you make a payment, the fraudsters will come up with a reason why the inheritance cannot be paid out unless you make another payment. If you ask, they will also give you reasons why the fees cannot be taken from your inheritance and have to be paid up front.

If you become reluctant to pay a fee or suggest you cannot afford it, the fraudsters will put pressure on you by reminding you how close you are to receiving a sum of money much greater than the fees you’ve already handed over, and of how much you’ve already paid out. The fraudsters may also ask for your bank details so they can pay the inheritance directly into your bank account. If you hand over your bank details, the fraudsters can use them to empty your account.

You Could Be A Victim Of Inheritance Fraud If:

  • You’ve received an email or letter informing you that someone you may be related to has died without leaving a will and you may be in line to inherit.
  • You’ve paid fees to ‘research specialists’ who offer to sell you an estate report that includes information on the inheritance and how you can claim it.

What should you do if you’re a victim of inheritance fraud?

  • End all further contact with the fraudsters. Don’t send them any more money. Don’t give them your bank details.
  • If you have already given the fraudsters your bank account details, alert your bank immediately.
  • If you receive any threats from the fraudsters once you have stopped co-operating with them, alert the police immediately.
  • Be aware that you’re now likely to be a target for other frauds. Fraudsters often share details about people they have successfully targeted or approached, using different identities to commit further frauds. People who have already fallen victim to fraudsters are particularly vulnerable to the fraud recovery fraud. This is when fraudsters contact people who’ve already lost money through fraud and claim to be law enforcement officers or lawyers. They’ll advise the victim that they can help them recover their lost money – but request a fee.

Protect Youself Against Inheritance Fraud

  • Although there are legitimate companies who make a living by tracking down heirs, they do not do it in this way. If you are asked for a fee for a report, it is very likely to be bogus.
  • Letters/documents provided by the fraudsters are generally badly written. Look out for spelling mistakes and poor grammar.
  • Beware if you are asked to contact a webmail address such as @Yahoo or @Hotmail. As a rule, legitimate law firms do not use them.
  • As in most cases of fraud, if the promise seems too good to be true, it most probably is.

If you, or anyone you know, have been affected by this fraud or any other scam, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040 or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk

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Anti-Fraud Hint #57

Fake Letter Boxes

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) has noticed an increase in reports of fraudsters placing fake letter boxes on residential properties in an attempt to harvest the mail. Residents are sometimes unaware of the fake letterbox as the fraudsters will periodically remove the item, which may leave notable markings. The mail is then used to open various lines of credit with financial providers in the name of the innocent resident.

Protect Yourself

  • Be vigilant and check for any suspicious activity, tampering of your post/letterbox or for suspicious glue markings on the wall.
  • Check all post received from financial institutions, even if it appears unsolicited.
  • Consider reporting theft of mail to your local police force and any cases of identity fraud to Action Fraud.
  • If you have been a victim of identity fraud consider Cifas Protection Registration ( opens in a new windowhttps://www.cifas.org.uk/protective_registration_form)

If you, or anyone you know, have been affected by this fraud or any other scam, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040 or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk

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Anti-Fraud Hint #56

Be Aware of Spoof Emails Claiming ‘Buyer Protection’

Online shopping websites are being utilised by fraudsters to advertise vehicles for sale which do not exist. After agreeing to purchase the vehicle via email with the fraudsters, buyers then receive emails purporting to be from Amazon Payments and/or Amazon Flexible Payment Service stating that their money will be held in an ‘escrow account’ (a bank account held by a third party, used as a temporary holding account during a transaction between two parties- for a 7 day ‘cooling off’ period).

Once happy with the purchase the email indicates the money will be released to the seller, therefore offering ‘buyer protection’.

In reality these emails are fraudulent and do not come from Amazon. The bank accounts are controlled by fraudsters.

Protect Yourself

  • Remember that Amazon does not provide an escrow account to purchase items.
  • Meet the seller ‘face to face’ and view the vehicle before parting with any money.
  • Be vigilant of emails that purport to be from genuine companies and check the ‘domain’ name of the email address for any inconsistencies.
  • Check feedback online by searching the associated phone numbers or email addresses of the seller.
  • If the vehicle is below market value consider whether this is an opportunity too good to be true!

If you, or anyone you know, have been affected by this fraud or any other scam, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040 or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk

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Anti-Fraud Hint #55

Phishing Fraud Targets Uni Students

A new phishing campaign which has hit students of UK universities claims that the student has been awarded an educational grant by the Department for Education. The email purports to have come from the finance department of the student’s university and tricks the recipient into clicking on a link contained in the message to provide personal and banking details.

One victim reported that after submitting their sensitive information (including name, address, date of birth, contact details, telephone provider, bank account details, student ID, National Insurance Number, driving licence number and mother’s maiden name), they were taken to a spoofed website which appeared like a genuine website of their bank, where they were asked to type in their online banking login credentials.

Protect Yourself

  • Do not click on any links or open attachments contained within unsolicited emails.
  • Do not reply to scam emails or contact the senders in any way.
  • If an email appears to have come from a person or organisation you know of but the message is unexpected or unusual, contact them directly via another method to confirm that they sent you the email.
  • If you receive an email which asks you to login to an online account via a link provided in the email, instead of clicking on the link, open your browser and go directly to the company’s website yourself.
  • If you have clicked on a link in the email, do not supply any information on the website that may open.

If you think you may have compromised the safety of your bank details and/or have lost money due to fraudulent misuse of your cards, you should immediately contact your bank, and report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040, or visiting  www.actionfraud.police.uk

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Anti-Fraud Hint #54

One for businesses : Counterfeit Cheques

Businesses are being contacted for the sale of goods or services by fraudsters, who request to pay by cheque. The fraudster sends a cheque with a higher value than the amount expected, and then sends the business a request for the difference with instructions on how it should be paid back. This is usually by bank transfer or through a money transfer service, such as Western Union or PaySafe. Once the ‘refund’ has been provided, it is realised that the cheque provided was fraudulent and no funds are credited to the business’s account.

cheque-bookThe National Fraud Investigation Bureau has seen an increase of 84% in the number of counterfeit cheque frauds reported to Action Fraud since November 2015. Criminals are targeting a wide range of services including paintings or other artwork, photography and lessons, with various amounts requested to be refunded. The average amount requested to be refunded is £1,818. The highest amount requested was over £80,000.

The suspects have used pressure tactics to persuade victims to refund the amounts immediately prior to the cheques clearing.

 

Crime Prevention Advice

  • Be cautious of payments where the amount provided is higher than expected. Refuse to provide the service unless the correct balance is received or wait until the cheque has cleared before refunding the difference.
  • Always contact banks on a trusted number found on their website or correspondence that is known to be authentic to confirm whether the cheque has cleared.
  • Do not feel pressured to provide a refund before the cheque has cleared.

 

If you have been affected by this, or any other scam, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040, or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk

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Anti-Fraud Hint #53

PayPal Phishing Fraud

I was sent a copy of the email below. It’s a flagrant example of a phishing fraud – an email sent to try to fool you into disclosing personal information.

It has so many of the trademarks of this type of fraud that I thought it was worth adding some notes to it as an example of what to look for if you receive an email like this.

paypal phishingIf you have been think you may have been tricked into disclosing personal details through a fraud like this, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040, or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk

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Anti-Fraud Hint #52

Euro 2016 Ticketing Fraud

65m1EI4mThe 2016 European Football Championships will begin shortly and those wanting to purchase last minute tickets are likely to be targeted by fraudsters posing as official sellers.

Purchasing from an unauthorised seller or a ticket tout could leave you out of pocket; not only are the tickets advertised at inflated prices, there is a risk that the tickets purchased are counterfeit or do not exist. Any individual with a counterfeit ticket will be refused entry.

Resale Platform

Consumers wanting to sell their tickets can do so through the resale platform, where tickets will be resold at face value. For further information please visit UEFA’s website. Those seeking to purchase tickets are advised to check the site regularly as tickets will be sold on a first come first serve basis and are likely to change regularly as different tickets become available to purchase.

  • Only purchase tickets from an authorised seller by using the exchange portal.
  • When using the portal do not be encouraged to contact the seller privately and complete the transaction outside of the portal.
  • Be wary of purchasing tickets from a social media account. There is a risk that the ticket does not exist or is counterfeit. Consider conducting research on the information provided by the seller, for example a mobile phone number or email address used by the seller could alert you to any negative information associated to them online.
  • Avoid making payments through bank transfer or money transfer services, as the payment may not be recoverable.

If you have been affected by this, or any other scam, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040, or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk

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Anti-Fraud Hint #51

Purchasing Pets Online

Dog__Excited_1The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) and Action Fraud have noticed a rise in the reporting of pets, and in particular puppies and kittens, being advertised for sale via popular online auction websites.

How The Fraud Works:

The fraudsters will place an advert of the pet for sale, often claiming that the pet is currently held somewhere less accessible or overseas. Upon agreement of a sale, the suspect will usually request an advance payment by money transfer or bank transfer. However, the pet does not materialise and the fraudster will subsequently ask for further advanced payments for courier charges, shipping fees and additional transportation costs.

Even if further payments are made, the pet will still not materialise as it is likely that the pet does not exist.

Protect Yourself:

  • Stay within auction guidelines.
  • Be cautious if the seller initially requests payment via one method, but later claims that due to ‘issues with their account’ they will need to take the payment via an alternative method such as a bank transfer.
  • Consider conducting research on other information provided by the seller, for example a mobile phone number or email address used by the seller could alert you to any negative information associated with the number/email address online.
  • Request details of the courier company being used and consider researching it.
  • Agree a suitable time to meet face to face to agree the purchase and to collect the pet. If the seller is reluctant to meet then it could be an indication that the pet does not exist.
    A genuine seller should be keen to ensure that the pet is going to a caring and loving new home. If the seller does not express any interest in you and the pet’s new home, be wary.
  • If you think the purchase price is too good to be true then it probably is, especially if the pet is advertised as a pure-breed.
  • Do not be afraid to request copies of the pet’s inoculation history, breed paperwork and certification prior to agreeing a sale. If the seller is reluctant or unable to provide this information it could be an indication that either the pet does not exist or the pet has been illegally bred e.g. it originates from a ‘puppy farm’. A ‘puppy farm’ is a commercial dog breeding enterprise where the sole aim is to maximise profit for the least investment. Commercial dog breeders must be registered with their local authority and undergo regular inspections to ensure that the puppies are bred responsibly and are in turn fit and healthy. Illegally farmed puppies will often be kept in inadequate conditions and are more likely to suffer from ailments and illnesses associated with irresponsible breeding.
  • When thinking of buying a pet, consider buying them in person from rescue centres or from reputable breeders

 

If you have been affected by this, or any other scam, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040, or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk

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IF YOU ARE WORRIED THAT YOU MAY HAVE BEEN A VICTIM OF FRAUD OR IF YOU NEED TO REPORT A FRAUD, PLEASE CALL ACTION FRAUD ON 0300 123 2040 OR USE THE ACTION FRAUD REPORTING TOOL, VIA THE ACTION FRAUD WEBSITE – www.actionfraud.police.uk.

 

 

 

 

 

Anti-Fraud Hint #50

URGENT: Online Extortion Demand Affecting UK Businesses

Action Fraud, the National Crime Intelligence Bureau has passed on this URGENT warning.

Within the past 24 hours a number of businesses throughout the UK have received extortion demands from a group calling themselves ‘Lizard Squad’.

Method of Attack:

The group have sent emails demanding payment of 5 Bitcoins, to be paid by a certain time and date. The email states that this demand will increase by 5 Bitcoins for each day that it goes unpaid.

If their demand is not met, they have threatened to launch a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack against the businesses’ websites and networks, taking them offline until payment is made.

The demand states that once their actions have started, they cannot be undone.

What to do if you’ve received one of these demands:

  • Report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040 or by using the online reporting tool
  • Do not pay the demand
  • Retain the original emails (with headers)
  • Maintain a timeline of the attack, recording all times, type and content of the contact

If you are experiencing a DDoS right now you should:

  • Report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040 immediately.
  • Call your Internet Service Provider (ISP) (or hosting provider if you do not host your own Web server), tell them you are under attack and ask for help.
  • Keep a timeline of events and save server logs, web logs, email logs, any packet capture, network graphs, reports etc.

Get Safe Online top tips for protecting your business from a DDoS:

  • Consider the likelihood and risks to your organisation of a DDoS attack, and put appropriate threat reduction/mitigation measures in place.
  • If you consider that protection is necessary, speak to a DDoS prevention specialist.
  • Whether you are at risk of a DDoS attack or not, you should have the hosting facilities in place to handle large, unexpected volumes of website hits.

If you think you have been a victim of this type of attack you should report it to Action Fraud, the UK’s national fraud and cyber crime reporting centre: www.actionfraud.police.uk.  If you do make a report please provide as much detail as you can about the attack and any effects it has had on your business.

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IF YOU ARE WORRIED THAT YOU MAY HAVE BEEN A VICTIM OF FRAUD OR IF YOU NEED TO REPORT A FRAUD, PLEASE CALL ACTION FRAUD ON 0300 123 2040 OR USE THE ACTION FRAUD REPORTING TOOL, VIA THE ACTION FRAUD WEBSITE – www.actionfraud.police.uk.

 

 

 

 

 

Anti-Fraud Hint #49

eBay Users Recruited By Fraudsters

Action Fraud, the National Crime Intelligence Bureau has passed on this warning.

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) and Action Fraud have noticed a rise in the reporting of victims being recruited via Facebook to sell items for suspects on eBay – often stating that it is a quick way of making money.

The items are said to be bankrupt stock, purchased via auctions, and need to be sold on quickly. The majority of the items reported have been Apple Mac Book Pro/Electrical Items.

The victim places the items on eBay and once the items are sold, the victim will get paid and transfer the funds to the suspect/recruiter.

Once the suspect/recruiter gets the funds, the purchasers are claiming that they have received empty cereal boxes or often no goods at all, leaving the victim being reported as the actual suspect, and leaving them out of pocket as their account will be debited.

Protect Yourself:

  • Consider conducting research on other information provided by the seller, for example: a mobile phone number or email address could alert you to negative information associated with the number/email address online.
  • Be very cautious of unsolicited emails or approaches over social media promising opportunities to make easy money.
  • When accepting offers, verify the company/entity details provided to you and check whether they have been registered in the UK.
  • If you think the deal or offer is too good to be true then it probably is!

If you think you have been a victim of this type of email you should report the message to Action Fraud, the UK’s national fraud and cyber crime reporting centre: www.actionfraud.police.uk.  If you do make a report please provide as much detail as you can about the email and any effects it has had on your computer. Additionally if your Anti-Virus software detects any issues in relation to this email please provide us with the details.

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IF YOU ARE WORRIED THAT YOU MAY HAVE BEEN A VICTIM OF FRAUD OR IF YOU NEED TO REPORT A FRAUD, PLEASE CALL ACTION FRAUD ON 0300 123 2040 OR USE THE ACTION FRAUD REPORTING TOOL, VIA THE ACTION FRAUD WEBSITE – www.actionfraud.police.uk.

 

 

 

 

 

Anti-Fraud Hint #48

Income Tax Refund Fraud

Action Fraud, the National Crime Intelligence Bureau has passed on this warning.

Fraudsters are texting members of the public offering a tax rebate. The text message contains a link to a website and requests to provide personal information, such as bank account information, to claim the nonexistent rebate.

Protect Yourself:

  • Don’t click on web links contained in unsolicited texts or emails.
  • Never provide your personal information to a third party from an unsolicited communication.
  • Obtain the genuine number of the organisation being represented and verify the legitimacy of the communication.
  • HMRC will never use texts or emails or tell you about a potential rebate or ask for personal information.
  • If you have provided personal information and you are concerned that your identity may be compromised consider Cifas Protection Registration.

If you think you have been a victim of this type of email you should report the message to Action Fraud, the UK’s national fraud and cyber crime reporting centre: www.actionfraud.police.uk.  If you do make a report please provide as much detail as you can about the email and any effects it has had on your computer. Additionally if your Anti-Virus software detects any issues in relation to this email please provide us with the details.

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IF YOU ARE WORRIED THAT YOU MAY HAVE BEEN A VICTIM OF FRAUD OR IF YOU NEED TO REPORT A FRAUD, PLEASE CALL ACTION FRAUD ON 0300 123 2040 OR USE THE ACTION FRAUD REPORTING TOOL, VIA THE ACTION FRAUD WEBSITE – www.actionfraud.police.uk.

 

 

 

 

 

Anti-Fraud Hint #47

Wine Investment Fraud

Action Fraud, the National Crime Intelligence Bureau has passed on this warning.

A new investment fraud trend is targeting members of the public who are seeking to sell their wine investment. Fraudsters agree to purchase the victim’s wine, but instead transfer the stock into their own account without paying the victim. The fraudulently obtained wine is then believed to be sold on to other, unsuspecting victims.

How does it work?

Fraudsters set up fake companies and websites as well as exploit the names of legitimate, established companies to facilitate this fraud. They cold-call the victims and offer to purchase their wine for significantly more than the actual market value.

Fraudulent documents, such as purchase agreements, are used to facilitate the fraud and are sent to the victims via post and email. Some fraudsters have gone as far as setting up fake escrow services in order to fool the potential sellers that the payments have been transferred.

The fraudsters send the victims instructions to transfer their wine into storage accounts held within legitimate bonded warehouses. The victims are informed that upon doing this they will be paid the agreed amount. The use of storage accounts held within legitimate bonded warehouses adds an air of legitimacy to the process but in actual fact these storage accounts are controlled by the fraudsters.

Once the wine is transferred into the new storage accounts the suspects break off all contact with the victims. The wine is then moved again, normally within days and often abroad, and, needless to say, the victim never receives the money from the agreed sale.

Protect Yourself:

  • Never respond to unsolicited phone calls – if in doubt, hang up
  • Always check that the details of the organisation or company contacting you (such as website, address and phone number) are correct – the fraudsters may be masquerading as a legitimate organisation
  • Never sign over your wine (or any other investment) to another party without first checking they are authentic
  • Don’t be fooled by a professional looking website, as the cost of creating a professional website is easily affordable
  • Escrow services are regulated by the FCA under the Payment Services Directive 2009.  Only deal with a registered Authorised Payment Institution. You can check the FCA register online at opens in a new windowwww.fca.org.uk/register
  • Consider seeking independent legal and/or financial advice before making a decision

If you think you have been a victim of this type of email you should report the email to Action Fraud, the UK’s national fraud and cyber crime reporting centre: www.actionfraud.police.uk.  If you do make a report please provide as much detail as you can about the email and any effects it has had on your computer. Additionally if your Anti-Virus software detects any issues in relation to this email please provide us with the details.

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IF YOU ARE WORRIED THAT YOU MAY HAVE BEEN A VICTIM OF FRAUD OR IF YOU NEED TO REPORT A FRAUD, PLEASE CALL ACTION FRAUD ON 0300 123 2040 OR USE THE ACTION FRAUD REPORTING TOOL, VIA THE ACTION FRAUD WEBSITE – www.actionfraud.police.uk.

 

 

 

 

 

Anti-Fraud Hint #46

Ticket Frauds & Social Media

Action Fraud, the National Crime Intelligence Bureau has passed on this warning.

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) has recently received an influx of reports that fraudsters are targeting the public, via social media, in relation to football tickets.

Fraudsters are posting pictures or statuses online telling members of the public to contact them via Direct Message for football tickets. This then leads to a mobile messaging conversation. During the conversation, bank details are provided by the suspect so that the tickets can be purchased.

After the victim has paid for the ticket the fraudster blocks them to stop further conversation, leaving victims without the tickets and out of pocket.

Protect Yourself:

  • Always check the email address is exactly the same as previous correspondence with the genuine contact.
  • Check the security of the website and validity of the post
  • Avoid taking the conversation offline to private messages
  • When purchasing any products over the internet always try to make the payment via PayPal or a credit card where you have some sort of payment cover

If you think you have been a victim of this type of email you should report the email to Action Fraud, the UK’s national fraud and cyber crime reporting centre: www.actionfraud.police.uk.  If you do make a report please provide as much detail as you can about the email and any effects it has had on your computer. Additionally if your Anti-Virus software detects any issues in relation to this email please provide us with the details.

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IF YOU ARE WORRIED THAT YOU MAY HAVE BEEN A VICTIM OF FRAUD OR IF YOU NEED TO REPORT A FRAUD, PLEASE CALL ACTION FRAUD ON 0300 123 2040 OR USE THE ACTION FRAUD REPORTING TOOL, VIA THE ACTION FRAUD WEBSITE – www.actionfraud.police.uk.

 

 

 

 

 

Latest Police News

Our PCSO Carl Barton’s  May Report on Local Crime & Police Issues

OBSTRUCTION

I can appreciate the parking issues in the village especially along Percy Road, Sidney Road, Castle Road and Station Road but there is no excuse for vehicles parking on junctions and dropped kerbs, causing people to walk into the road.

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This behaviour mainly tends to happen at weekends. Over the next few weeks, I will be looking at vehicles parked in this manner and in the first instance, give strong words of advice. Repeat offenders will be dealt with and could have their vehicle’s removed for obstruction.

CRIME

There were two reported crimes in Woodford Halse in April.

  • Criminal damage to vehicle x 2.
  • Criminal damage to a dwelling, window damage.

If anyone has information regarding these crimes, please contact Northamptonshire Police on 101 or Crime Stoppers) (remain anonymous): 0800 555 111

And, of course you can always contact myself, all dealt with in confidence.

POLICE SURGERIES

I will now be holding police surgeries on Saturday afternoons in the library with effect from May 2016. Times and dates are as follows:

Saturday 7th May, 1.30pm- 2.00pm
Saturday 28th May, 1.30pm-2pm

Saturday  4th June, 1.30pm-2pm
Saturday  11th June, 1.30pm-2pm

PCSO 7005 Carl Barton

Tel: 101 ext 778004

Mobile: 07557 778004

Email : carl.barton@northants.police.uk

 

Address Police Station, New Street, Daventry, Northamptonshire. NN11 4BS

If calling from outside Northamptonshire please call 03000 111 222

Follow us on twitter @NorPolDavRS

Northamptonshire Police – Putting Communities First

Crimestoppers 0800 555111 – a non-police organisation you can contact anonymously about crime

 

 

 

Anti-Fraud Hint #45

Payment Diversion Frauds.

Action Fraud, the National Crime Intelligence Bureau has passed on this warning.

Fraudsters are targeting members of the public who are expecting to make a payment for property repairs. The fraudsters, via email, will purport to be a tradesman who has recently completed work at the property and use a similar email address to that of the genuine tradesman. They will ask for funds to be transferred via bank transfer and once payment is made the victims of the fraud soon realise they have been deceived when the genuine tradesman requests payment for their services.

Protect Yourself:

  • Always check the email address is exactly the same as previous correspondence with the genuine contact.
  • For any request of payment via email verify the validity of the request with a phone call to the person who carried out the work.
  • Check the email for spelling and grammar as these signs can indicate that the email is not genuine.
  • Payments via bank transfer offer no financial protection; consider using alternative methods such as a credit card or PayPal which offer some protection and avenue for recompense.

If you think you have been a victim of this type of email you should report the email to Action Fraud, the UK’s national fraud and cyber crime reporting centre: www.actionfraud.police.uk.  If you do make a report please provide as much detail as you can about the email and any effects it has had on your computer. Additionally if your Anti-Virus software detects any issues in relation to this email please provide us with the details.

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IF YOU ARE WORRIED THAT YOU MAY HAVE BEEN A VICTIM OF FRAUD OR IF YOU NEED TO REPORT A FRAUD, PLEASE CALL ACTION FRAUD ON 0300 123 2040 OR USE THE ACTION FRAUD REPORTING TOOL, VIA THE ACTION FRAUD WEBSITE – www.actionfraud.police.uk.

 

 

 

 

 

Notice of Elections

Police & Crime Commissioner + District Councillor

Elections will take place on May 5th for the Northamptonshire Police & Crime Commissioner and for one District Councillor for Woodford Ward on Daventry District Council.

The following notices ask for nominations for these elections. Nominations must be submitted by 4pm on Thursday 7th April.

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Northants Police Warning

50 Robberies and Distraction Burglary in the County since January

Northants Police is urging people to take extra care with their home security and reminding them never to open their door to any callers they are not expecting. The advice comes following a number of burglaries and robberies at the homes of elderly people across the county, where force or distraction techniques have been used to break in and steal property.police logo

More than 50 robberies and distraction burglaries involving victims aged 65 and over have been reported since 1 January this year. While the majority of these have happened in the Northampton area, incidents have also been reported in other parts of the county, including Kettering and Wellingborough.

Public support is really important and the Police are asking people to help elderly relatives, friends and neighbours. Please help those you care about to check their home is as secure as possible and remind them never open the door to anyone they’re not expecting – whoever they say they are. Anyone calling in an official capacity will understand.

Please also report anything suspicious or call the Police if you have any information about who may be involved in these offences – either call 101 or the Doorstep Crime Action Network hotline: 0345 23 07 702.

Here is some important advice to share with elderly or vulnerable friends, relatives and neighbours:

  • Make sure you can see who is at the door before you answer it. Where possible fit a spy-hole to identify callers. Alternatively talk to them through an adjacent window
    Don’t feel pressured into opening the door. Don’t feel you are being rude, genuine callers won’t mind. If you’re not sure, don’t open the door
  • Set up passwords with your utility companies – genuine callers will need to recite this password to you.
  • Don’t use telephone numbers on ID cards – if the person isn’t genuine the ID and the telephone number won’t be either. Obtain telephone numbers direct from the phone directory. Alternatively make a list of your important numbers and keep them near the phone.
  • If someone is knocking on the door saying they are the police, call 101 and check the identity with the police control room. In an emergency call 999.
  • Look out for those who are vulnerable within your family or neighbourhood
    If you have any suspicions or concerns that doorstep rogue traders or distraction burglars are operating in your community or targeting someone you know, please do not hesitate to contact our dedicated doorstep crime hotline: 0345 23 07 702
  • Distraction burglars or ‘bogus callers’ will call at a house with the intention of tricking their way inside to steal money and/ or other valuables. They may be smartly dressed and claim to be from the water board, the council, the police, health organisations or charities. They may say they need to turn off the water because of a leak, use the phone because their car has broken down, or perhaps say they have lost a pet. The caller may be a man, a woman or even a child and they will use any story they can to try and gain access to the property

 

Anti-Fraud Hint #43

Businesses Face Extortion from the “RepKiller”

Action Fraud, the National Crime Intelligence Bureau has passed on this warning.

Action Fraud has received several reports in the last 24 hours from businesses who have been sent online extortion demands from scammers threatening a cyber attack.

The scammers, who call themselves the “RepKiller Team”, have been sending emails to businesses across the UK demanding payment of between £300-£500 in Bitcoins by a certain date and time.

If the demands are not met, the team have threatened to launch a cyber attack against the businesses and their reputation by automating hundreds of negative reviews online.

The emails also claim that once actions have started, they cannot be undone. Although these scammers are currently calling themselves “RepKiller”, it is common for fraudsters to continually change and adopt new tactics – email names can be made and changed easily.

What to do if you receive one of these emails?

  • Whether the attack is attempted or successful, you should report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or by using our online reporting tool
  • Do not pay the demand. There is no guarantee the scammers won’t launch an attack and could encourage further extortion demands in the future.
  • Retain all the original emails. Should law enforcement investigate, the information contained within the email headers can be used as evidence.
  • Maintain a timeline of the attack recording all times, type and content of contact.

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IF YOU ARE WORRIED THAT YOU MAY HAVE BEEN A VICTIM OF FRAUD OR IF YOU NEED TO REPORT A FRAUD, PLEASE CALL ACTION FRAUD ON 0300 123 2040 OR USE THE ACTION FRAUD REPORTING TOOL, VIA THE ACTION FRAUD WEBSITE – www.actionfraud.police.uk.

 

 

 

 

 

More Cross Country News

Carl Barton, our PCSO, has passed on the following advice….

“Woodford Halse Primary school will be hoisting their annual cross country event on Wednesday 9th March from 4pm until 5.30pm. The event is county wide and will have around 600 children taking part this year.

“As you can imagine with the number of children attending this event, there have been issues with traffic in the past, mainly due to parents bringing their children to the event and parking their vehicles in the village.

“This year I intend to cone off some roads. The junction of Byfield Road and Scrivens Hill will be coned off.

“The school are expecting 7 coaches which will be parked at the Football Fields.

“Thank you in advance for your patience.”

Trading Standards Watch On Scams

New Campaign To Raise Awareness

Trading Standards is launching a campaign today to encourage people to be on their guard against scams.

Scams costs consumers across the UK an average of £9 billion a year, not to mention the debilitating psychological effects on the victims caused by this type of crime.

To mark National Safeguarding Day, Monday 29th February, Northamptonshire County Council’s Trading Standards team is supporting the campaign and encouraging people to report suspected scams.

Here’s a poster you can display to help their campaign:-

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scamposterAccording to the National Trading Standards Scams Team, the average age of scam victims is 74. In one case reported in Northamptonshire, an elderly couple in their 80s had been tricked into paying up to £200 a month after responding to mail and phone calls from scam lottery and prize draw organisations and were falling behind on their utility bills as a result.

The county’s Trading Standards team offered support to help the couple get on top of the problem, including providing training to a Northamptonshire Police PCSO who carried out visits to the couple to offer advice.

The PCSO, together with a volunteer from the charity Age UK Northamptonshire, arranged for a free Trading Standards call blocker to be fitted to their phone to ensure no scam calls get through.

Trading Standards also funded a visit from the Age UK Northamptonshire money management support co-ordinator to help the couple organise their finances, cancel bank cards and direct debits, and arrange for ongoing support from their bank.

The couple have now said they are on top of their finances for the first time in a long time and the support has made an immeasurable difference to them.

Cllr André Gonzalez de Savage, county council cabinet member public protection, strategic infrastructure and economic growth, said: “Sadly, situations such as this are common and can have a devastating effect on a victim’s life.

“Not only can it cost them their life savings but it can also shatter their confidence and affect their independence.

“As devastating as these incidents are, scams are massively underreported. It is estimated that roughly one in 20 people fall victim to scams every year, but fewer than five per cent of them report their experience.

“By supporting National Safeguarding Day, we want to raise awareness of this crime and encourage more people to report incidents.”

Here are some tips for spotting a potential scam:

  • Unexpected phone calls, letters and emails
  • Being asked to send money to claim a prize
  • Being told of winnings when a competition wasn’t entered
  • Too good to be true offers
  • Pressure selling
  • Uninvited door step callers
  • Being asked share your personal details
  • Secrecy

If you suspect a scam or think you or someone you know has been a victim of a scam, you can report it to the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 03454 04 05 06 or Action Fraud on 0300 123 20 40 or via www.actionfraud.police.uk.

Further information about scams is available from Trading Standards by calling 0300 126 1000.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anti-Fraud Hint #42

Watch Out For The “Good Citizen” Award Scam

Action Fraud, the National Crime Intelligence Bureau has passed on this warning.

Action Fraud has been receiving reports of an advanced fee fraud whereby suspects phone a member of the public and claim to be calling on behalf of the UK (or British) Government Grant Department.

They go on to state that the individual has won a Good Citizen Award – of typically £8,000 – and that the grant can be released for a fee (of around £210).

Fortunately, very few members of the public have lost any money as a result of this scam but have reported to Action Fraud in order to help build a picture of this fraud and protect others from falling victim to it.

Protect yourself:

  • There is no genuine ‘Good Citizen Award’ scheme in the UK that operates by cold calling “winners” and asking for an upfront fee to release a grant.
  • If you receive a call that claims to represent such a scheme, it is a scam. End the phone call – do not give out any personal or financial data.

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IF YOU ARE WORRIED THAT YOU MAY HAVE BEEN A VICTIM OF FRAUD OR IF YOU NEED TO REPORT A FRAUD, PLEASE CALL ACTION FRAUD ON 0300 123 2040 OR USE THE ACTION FRAUD REPORTING TOOL, VIA THE ACTION FRAUD WEBSITE – www.actionfraud.police.uk.

 

 

 

 

 

Anti-Fraud Hint #41

Protect Yourself From Bogus Electrical Websites

Action Fraud, the National Crime Intelligence Bureau has passed on this warning.

This is an update to opens in a new windowAnti-Fraud Hint #36.

Fraudsters are setting up high specification websites advertising various electrical goods and domestic appliances. These goods are below market value and do not exist. The website will state you can pay via card; however when the purchaser goes to pay, this option is not available and the payment must be made via bank transfer.

The fraudster entices the purchaser and reassures them it is a legitimate purchase by using the widely recognised Trusted Shop Trustmark. They then use the Trustmark fraudulently and provide a link on the bogus electrical website to another bogus website (which purports to be Trusted Shops). This website shows a fake certificate purporting to be from Trusted Shops and provides thousands of reviews for the bogus electrical website. These reviews are all fraudulent. The website has not been certified by Trusted Shops and therefore the purchaser is not covered by the Trusted Shop money-back guarantee.

Protect yourself:

  • Check the authenticity of the website before making any purchases. Conduct a ‘Whois’ search on the website which will identify when the website has been created- Be wary of newly formed domains. You can conduct this search using the following website – https://who.is/
  • Conduct online research in relation to the website, company name and the business address provided to identify any poor feedback or possible irregularities.
  • Check the Trusted Shops Facebook page where warnings about websites using their Trustmark are published. If you are in doubt about the legitimacy of a Trustmark then you can contact Trusted Shops on 0203 364 5906 or by email service@trustedshops.co.uk. They will confirm whether they have certified that website.
  • Payments made via bank transfer are not protected if you do not receive the item, therefore always try to make the payment via PayPal or a credit card where you have some payment cover should you not receive your product.
  • If the item advertised seems too good to be true, then it probably is.

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IF YOU ARE WORRIED THAT YOU MAY HAVE BEEN A VICTIM OF FRAUD OR IF YOU NEED TO REPORT A FRAUD, PLEASE CALL ACTION FRAUD ON 0300 123 2040 OR USE THE ACTION FRAUD REPORTING TOOL, VIA THE ACTION FRAUD WEBSITE – www.actionfraud.police.uk.

 

 

 

 

 

Anti-Fraud Hint #40

“Your Package Has Been Seized” Royal Mail Scam Email

Northampton Community Connect for Northamptonshire Police has passed on this warning…….

Fraudsters are sending out virus infected emails that claim a package has been seized by HM Revenue & Customs upon arrival into the United Kingdom. The official looking scam emails claim to be from Royal Mail and contain a link to a document which will install malicious software on your computer designed to steal credentials like account names, email addresses and passwords.

An example email reads:

Title: Your parcel has been seized

Royal Mail is sorry to inform you that a package addressed to you was seized by HM Revenue & Customs upon arrival into the United Kingdom.

A close inspection deemed your items as counterfeit and the manufacturers have been notified. If your items are declared genuine then they will be returned back to you with the appropriate custom charges.

You may have been a victim of counterfeit merchandise and the RM Group UK will notify you on how to get your money back. Please review the attached PDF document for more information.

Document (RM7002137GB).Zip

Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused.

To help the spread of the virus, the email also says: “you will need to have access to a computer to download and open the Zip file”.

If you receive one of these emails, do not click on any links or download any attachments and report it to Action Fraud.

Protect Yourself:

  • Royal Mail will never send an email asking for credit card numbers or other personal or confidential information.
  • Royal Mail will never ask customers to enter information on a page that isn’t part of the Royal Mail website.
  • Royal Mail will never include attachments unless the email was solicited by a customer e.g. customer has contacted Royal Mail with an enquiry or has signed up for updates from Royal Mail.
  • Royal Mail have also stressed that they do not receive a person’s email address as part of any home shopping experience.

action fraud

IF YOU ARE WORRIED THAT YOU MAY HAVE BEEN A VICTIM OF FRAUD OR IF YOU NEED TO REPORT A FRAUD, PLEASE CALL ACTION FRAUD ON 0300 123 2040 OR USE THE ACTION FRAUD REPORTING TOOL, VIA THE ACTION FRAUD WEBSITE – www.actionfraud.police.uk.

 

 

 

 

 

Anti-Fraud Hint #39

Fraudsters Targeting The Elderly & Vulnerable

Northampton Community Connect for Northamptonshire Police has passed on this warning…….

Police forces have become aware of a fraud circulating targeting elderly and vulnerable members of the community.

Some older people have received telephone calls from a caller who purports to be from their GP surgery and asks for an appointment to discuss the person’s mobility needs. During the appointment, the older person is persuaded to buy mobility aids which are either unnecessary or inappropriate and always expensive.

If you receive a call like this, please check with your GP surgery first before agreeing to a visit.

This message has already been circulated to all GP surgeries and the Clinical Commissioning Groups by the NHS.

action fraud

IF YOU ARE WORRIED THAT YOU MAY HAVE BEEN A VICTIM OF FRAUD OR IF YOU NEED TO REPORT A FRAUD, PLEASE CALL ACTION FRAUD ON 0300 123 2040 OR USE THE ACTION FRAUD REPORTING TOOL, VIA THE ACTION FRAUD WEBSITE – www.actionfraud.police.uk.

 

 

 

 

 

Anti-Fraud Hint #38

“Recovery Room” Fraud Targets Timeshare Fraud Victims – Don’t Get Caught Twice.

Just in case you thought all the fraudsters had taken 2016 off….Northampton Community Connect for Northamptonshire Police has passed on this warning…….

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) is warning people of the dangers of Recovery Room fraudsters targeting former victims of Timeshare fraud.

Recovery Room Fraud is a scam whereby fraudsters contact the victims of previous frauds, often by way of cold calling them, and claim to be able to recover previously lost funds. In July 2014 the Financial Services Authority (FSA) estimated that 30% of people who had lost money through investment fraud would also fall victim to a Recovery Room fraud.

When Recovery Room fraudsters target victims of timeshare frauds they usually claim to be a legal professional or a representative of a government agency (normally within the country where the original timeshare property was based) in order to legitimise the scam. The fraudsters know personal details about the victim and their previous investment which gives them credibility. They claim that the advanced fees requested are for ‘local taxes’ or ‘litigation costs’ incurred during the recovery of the funds. It is suspected that the persons behind Recovery Room frauds are often the same people involved in the original scams even though these crimes may have occurred years earlier.

Initially, a small fee, typically in the region of £200-400, is requested by the fraudsters which they often claim is refundable as part of a ‘no-win no-fee’ basis. The fraudsters rely on the victims seeing this as a nominal fee compared to the amounts lost, which often run into the tens-of-thousands of pounds, and therefore worth paying if it facilitates the return of their money. Once paid, various excuses are made by the fraudsters to explain delays in the recovery of the funds. Subsequently, further larger amounts are then requested by the fraudsters.

Needless to say, no refunds ever materialise and no money is ever recovered.

Protect yourself:

  • Never respond to unsolicited phone calls – if in doubt, hang up.
  • Always check that the details of the organisation or company contacting you (such as website, address and phone number) are correct – the fraudsters may be masquerading as a legitimate organisation.
  • Don’t be fooled by a professional looking website as nowadays the cost of creating a professional website is easily affordable.
  • Be wary of any firms or individuals asking for advanced fees.
  • Consider seeking independent legal and/or financial advice before making a decision.

action fraud

IF YOU ARE WORRIED THAT YOU MAY HAVE BEEN A VICTIM OF FRAUD OR IF YOU NEED TO REPORT A FRAUD, PLEASE CALL ACTION FRAUD ON 0300 123 2040 OR USE THE ACTION FRAUD REPORTING TOOL, VIA THE ACTION FRAUD WEBSITE – www.actionfraud.police.uk.

 

 

 

 

 

Anti-Fraud Hint #37

Daventry District Council Warns of Council Tax Rebate Phone Scam.

Northampton Community Connect for Northamptonshire Police has passed on this warning…….

Residents in Daventry District are urged to be on their guard from a Council Tax rebate phone fraud.

Fraudsters have been phoning victims telling them that they have been placed in the wrong council tax bracket for a number of years and are entitled to a rebate.

They normally say that this rebate should be worth about £7,000. Once the victim is convinced, the fraudster tells them that in order to receive the rebate they will need to pay an administration fee in advance.

The payment they ask for varies between £60–£350. The victim provides the details and makes the payment, but then is no longer able to make contact with the person they spoke to on the phone.

When they phone their council about the rebate and the fact that they are in the wrong tax bracket, the council will confirm that they know nothing about it and that they have been contacted by fraudsters.

The fraudsters have mainly been targeting both male and female victims who are aged 60 and over.

Protect yourself:

  • Never respond to unsolicited phone calls.
  • Your local council won’t ever phone out-of-the-blue to discuss a council tax rebate. If you receive a call of this nature, put the phone down straight away.
  • No legitimate organisation will ask you to pay an advanced fee in order to receive money, so never give them your card details.
  • If you think you have been a victim of fraud, hang up the phone and wait five minutes to clear the line as fraudsters sometimes keep the line open. Then call your bank or card issuer to report the fraud. Where it is possible use a different phone line to make the phone call.
  • Phone calls from Daventry District Council will be displayed as 01327 871100. If you are unsure about a caller claiming to be from DDC, please contact the Council to verify the identity of a Council Official by phoning the main number on 01327 871100.

 

action fraud

IF YOU ARE WORRIED THAT YOU MAY HAVE BEEN A VICTIM OF FRAUD OR IF YOU NEED TO REPORT A FRAUD, PLEASE CALL ACTION FRAUD ON 0300 123 2040 OR USE THE ACTION FRAUD REPORTING TOOL, VIA THE ACTION FRAUD WEBSITE – www.actionfraud.police.uk.

 

 

 

 

 

Anti-Fraud Hint #36

Protect Yourself From Bogus Electrical Websites

Action Fraud, the National Crime Intelligence Bureau has passed on this warning.

There has been a recent series of incidents whereby fraudsters either phone or attend the home address of elderly members of the public, claiming to be police officers.

The fake officer/s will claim that they are investigating a fraud which they believe the elderly person to be a victim of. The fake officer/s will then request the bank cards and personal identification numbers (PIN) of the victim and claim these are needed for investigation purposes. If the first contact was made by a phone call, the fake officer/s will tell the victim that someone will be over to collect the evidence. In one case the victim was instructed to attend their local bank and withdraw all of the money from their account. The suspect was left alone in the victim’s house whilst the victim carried out the instructions.

Protect yourself:

  • Before letting anyone into your home who claims to be from any law enforcement agency, ask to see their identity card and check it by calling 101.
  • Ask if they can attend at a pre-arranged time when a family member or friend can also be present.
  • If you receive a phone call from a police officer,  ask for their name and force and tell them you will call them back. Wait a few minutes and then use 101 to call them back through their force’s switchboard and verify their identity.
  • The Police will never ask for your PIN or passwords. Do not give this information to anyone.
  • The Police will never request that you withdraw/transfer any money to them.

action fraud

IF YOU ARE WORRIED THAT YOU MAY HAVE BEEN A VICTIM OF FRAUD OR IF YOU NEED TO REPORT A FRAUD, PLEASE CALL ACTION FRAUD ON 0300 123 2040 OR USE THE ACTION FRAUD REPORTING TOOL, VIA THE ACTION FRAUD WEBSITE – www.actionfraud.police.uk.

 

 

 

 

 

Anti-Fraud Hint #35

Protect Yourself From Bogus Electrical Websites

Action Fraud, the National Crime Intelligence Bureau has passed on this warning.

Fraudsters have set up a high specification website template advertising various electrical goods and domestic appliances. These goods are below market value and do not exist. The fraudsters will request your card details via the website; however the purchaser will then receive an email stating the payment failed and they must pay via bank transfer.

The fraudsters entice the purchaser and reassure them it is a legitimate purchase by using the widely recognised Trusted Shop Trustmark. The fraudsters are using the Trustmark fraudulently and have not been certified by Trusted Shops and therefore the purchaser is not covered by the Trusted Shop money-back guarantee.

Protect yourself:

  • Check the authenticity of the websites before making any purchases. Conduct a ‘whois’ search on the website which will identify when the website has been created, be wary of newly formed domains. You can conduct this search using the following website – opens in a new windowhttps://who.is/.
  • Carry out online research in relation to the website, company name and the business address provided to identify any poor feedback or possible irregularities.
  • Check the Trusted Shops Facebook page where warnings about websites using their Trustmark are published. If you are in doubt about the legitimacy of a Trustmark then you can contact Trusted Shops on 0203 364 5906 or by email service@trustedshops.co.uk. They will confirm whether they have certified that website.
  • Payments made via bank transfer are not protected should you not received the item. Therefore always try to make the payment via PayPal or a credit card where you have some payment cover should you not receive your product.
  • If the item advertised seems too good to be true, then it probably is.

 

action fraud

IF YOU ARE WORRIED THAT YOU MAY HAVE BEEN A VICTIM OF FRAUD OR IF YOU NEED TO REPORT A FRAUD, PLEASE CALL ACTION FRAUD ON 0300 123 2040 OR USE THE ACTION FRAUD REPORTING TOOL, VIA THE ACTION FRAUD WEBSITE – www.actionfraud.police.uk.

 

 

 

 

 

Police Update

PCSO Carl Barton Looks Back Over The Summer

The last six months in Woodford Halse has been very good in relation to crime. I am pleased to report a “crime free summer” marred by only one incident, minor damage to a motor vehicle. There have only been seven reported crimes this last six months.

There have been issues with parking in and around the village. Parking spaces are at a premium due to the amount of vehicles on the road. I regularly have to remind people to be mindful of where they park their vehicles and not to cause an obstruction. On one occasion I had to remove a vehicle for parking on the zig zags of a crossing and causing an obstruction.

I have held regular Police Surgeries in the library. The feedback I received were vehicles speeding in the village and people parking inconsiderately. I have conducted several speed checks to combat this.

Around 200 new homes are being built on the Byfield Road. There were concerns around heavy goods vehicles passing through the village. Highways have offered to provide HGV diversionary signs for placement by the Parish Council.

And lastly, the annual Regatta boat race was held on Friday 26th June. This is a very good event and for the second year running, the police took part. This year we had a  four man boat team with the police cadets running. They did very well in the circumstances. We hope to do better next year.

Police Surgeries

More surgery dates. Come along to Woodford Halse Library:

  • Tuesday 21st December 2015, 3.30 – 4pm
  • Tuesday 5th Jan 2016, 3.30 – 4pm
  • Tuesday 26th Jan 2016, 3.30 – 4pm

Don’t Forget

If anyone has information regarding crime, please contact Northamptonshire Police on 101 or Crime Stoppers) (remain anonymous): 0800 555 111

And, of course you can always contact myself, all dealt with in confidence.

 

PCSO 7005 Carl Barton

Tel: 101 ext 778004

Mobile: 07557 778004

Email : carl.barton@northants.police.uk

 

Address Police Station, New Street, Daventry, Northamptonshire. NN11 4BS

If calling from outside Northamptonshire please call 03000 111 222

Follow us on twitter @NorPolDavRS

Northamptonshire Police – Putting Communities First

Crimestoppers 0800 555111 – a non-police organisation you can contact anonymously about crime

 

 

 

Latest Police News

Our PCSO Carl Barton’s  October Report on Local Crime & Police Issues

CRIME

There were two reported crimes in Woodford Halse in October.

  • A theft of a wallet in the changing rooms of Woodford Football Club
  • A theft from an open van, an angle grinder was stolen.

If anyone has information regarding these crimes, please contact Northamptonshire Police on 101 or Crime Stoppers) (remain anonymous): 0800 555 111

And, of course you can always contact myself, all dealt with in confidence.

PROTECT YOURSELF FROM THEFTS FROM CARS

Dark evenings often mean we are in a rush to get out of our cars and into our warm homes. Don’t forget to remove all property from the cab of the car.

Thieves are on the lookout for anything they can sell on! The sight of a spare coat or bag in the car could make a thief think it’s worth breaking in to check for cash.

 

PCSO 7005 Carl Barton

Tel: 101 ext 778004

Mobile: 07557 778004

Email : carl.barton@northants.police.uk

 

Address Police Station, New Street, Daventry, Northamptonshire. NN11 4BS

If calling from outside Northamptonshire please call 03000 111 222

Follow us on twitter @NorPolDavRS

Northamptonshire Police – Putting Communities First

Crimestoppers 0800 555111 – a non-police organisation you can contact anonymously about crime

 

 

 

Anti-Fraud Hint #34

Talk Talk Cyber Attack : Advice For Customers

Action Fraud, the National Crime Intelligence Bureau has passed on this warning.

Talk Talk, the phone and broadband provider, has been the victim of a cyber attack on their website commonly referred to as DDoS – distributed denial of service attack. This has led to hackers accessing Talk Talks servers and stealing personal data, which could affect over four million customers. It is currently unknown exactly what data has been stolen but Talk Talk has stated that there is a chance that some of the following data could have been accessed:

  • Name and addresses
  • Dates of birth
  • Email addresses
    Telephone numbers
  • Talk Talk account information
  • Credit card and banking details

Protect yourself:

  • Be wary of any emails claiming to be from Talk Talk asking for additional information such as passwords even if they are able to tell you specific account details – this could be a phishing email and sent to gain access to your account.
  • If you have opened an email attachment please ensure you change the passwords for all your bank, email and online shopping accounts.
  • As well as e-mails be wary of any telephone calls claiming to be from Talk Talk that ask for additional information or want to gain remote access to your computer. Again they may tell you specific details about your account. If you get such a call do not give any details, terminate the call, use a separate telephone line/mobile phone and call Talk Talk back on one of their known numbers to ascertain if the call is genuine.
  • Monitor your bank accounts for any unusual activity that you believe may be fraudulent.

 

action fraud

IF YOU ARE WORRIED THAT YOU MAY HAVE BEEN A VICTIM OF FRAUD OR IF YOU NEED TO REPORT A FRAUD, PLEASE CALL ACTION FRAUD ON 0300 123 2040 OR USE THE ACTION FRAUD REPORTING TOOL, VIA THE ACTION FRAUD WEBSITE – www.actionfraud.police.uk.

 

 

 

 

 

Anti-Fraud Hint #33

Police Email Spam

Action Fraud, the National Crime Intelligence Bureau has passed on this warning.

There is email in circulation that appears to have been sent from a legitimate Lancashire Constabulary email address. The email appears to come from ‘Lyn Whitehead’ and is asking the recipient to pay an invoice that is attached to the email.

The email has not been generated from inside the Constabulary or by the Constabulary. This email has not been sent from Lancashire Constabulary. A third party supplier to the Constabulary has had their data breached, as a result of the breach this Lancashire Constabulary email address has been spoofed and used to generate spam to recipients far and wide.

This type of email is commonly referred to as spam, and if you have received it you MUST NOT open it. Instead delete it from your email system to avoid infecting your device.

Protect yourself:

  • Do not click or open unfamiliar links in emails or on websites
  • Make sure you install and use up-to-date anti-virus software
  • Have a pop-up blocker running in the background of your web browser
  • If you have opened the attachment and ‘enabled macros’ it is very likely that all your personal data will have been breached. You MUST change all your passwords for personal accounts, including your bank accounts.

If you believe you have become a victim of this get your device checked over by a professional.

If you think you have been a victim of this type of email you should report it to Action Fraud, the UK’s national fraud and cyber crime reporting centre.  www.actionfraud.police.uk

If you do make a report please provide as much detail as you can about the email and any effects it has had on your computer. Additionally if your Anti-Virus software detects any issues in relation to this email please provide us with the details.

More information can be found on Lancashire Constabulary website
opens in a new windowhttp://www.lancashire.police.uk/news/2015/october/email-virus-alert.aspx
You can get more advice on this by visiting the following website which give details on the most common Internet Scams  http://www.cyberstreetwise.com/common-scams.

action fraud

IF YOU ARE WORRIED THAT YOU MAY HAVE BEEN A VICTIM OF FRAUD OR IF YOU NEED TO REPORT A FRAUD, PLEASE CALL ACTION FRAUD ON 0300 123 2040 OR USE THE ACTION FRAUD REPORTING TOOL, VIA THE ACTION FRAUD WEBSITE – www.actionfraud.police.uk.

 

 

 

 

 

Anti-Fraud Hint #32

Pension Frauds

Action Fraud, the National Crime Intelligence Bureau has passed on this warning.

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) has been alerted to a pension scam whereby cold callers continue to target members of the public aged 50 to 60 years old to release and transfer their pension early. Suspected firms who advertise and arrange pensions are offering investments in alternative commodities such as hotel developments or property in Cape Verde, and operate as unregulated collective investment schemes.

Often, the cold calling ‘pension companies’ involved are neither regulated nor qualified to give financial advice and classify themselves as a ‘trustee’, ‘consultant’ or an ‘independent advisor’ and offer exceptionally high return rates for investors.

Some victims have signed documents that authorises a limited company to be set up using their personal details, including utilising a Small Self–Administered Scheme (SSAS). Whilst SSAS accounts and limited companies are essential for legitimate schemes, the fact that victims are unaware that this will happen suggests that the scheme may not have been fully explained to them, increasing the likelihood that there may be an element of fraud involved.

Protect yourself:

action fraud

IF YOU ARE WORRIED THAT YOU MAY HAVE BEEN A VICTIM OF FRAUD OR IF YOU NEED TO REPORT A FRAUD, PLEASE CALL ACTION FRAUD ON 0300 123 2040 OR USE THE ACTION FRAUD REPORTING TOOL, VIA THE ACTION FRAUD WEBSITE – www.actionfraud.police.uk.

 

 

 

 

 

Anti-Fraud Hint #31

Council Tax Frauds

Action Fraud, the National Crime Intelligence Bureau has passed on this warning.

Fraudsters have been phoning victims telling them that they have been placed in the wrong council tax bracket for a number of years and are entitled to a rebate. They normally say that this rebate should be worth about £7,000. Once the victim is convinced, the fraudster tells them that in order to receive the rebate they will need to pay an administration fee in advance. The payment they ask for varies between £60–£350. The victim provides the details and makes the payment, but then is no longer able to make contact with the person they spoke to on the phone. When they phone their council about the rebate and the fact that they are in the wrong tax bracket, the council will confirm that they know nothing about it and that they have been contacted by fraudsters.

The fraudsters have mainly been targeting both male and female victims who are aged 60 and over and live in the Sussex area, but it is likely that the fraudsters will also start to target victims in other areas.

Protect yourself:

  • Never respond to unsolicited phone calls.
  • Your local council won’t ever phone out-of-the-blue to discuss a council tax rebate. If you receive a call of this nature, put the phone down straight away.
  • No legitimate organisation will ask you to pay an advanced fee in order to receive money, so never give them your card details.
  • If you think you have been a victim of fraud, hang up the phone and wait five minutes to clear the line as fraudsters sometimes keep the line open. Then call your bank or card issuer to report the fraud. Where it is possible use a different phone line to make the phone call.

action fraud

IF YOU ARE WORRIED THAT YOU MAY HAVE BEEN A VICTIM OF FRAUD OR IF YOU NEED TO REPORT A FRAUD, PLEASE CALL ACTION FRAUD ON 0300 123 2040 OR USE THE ACTION FRAUD REPORTING TOOL, VIA THE ACTION FRAUD WEBSITE – www.actionfraud.police.uk.

 

 

 

 

 

Anti-Fraud Hint #30

Freecycle Frauds

Action Fraud, the National Crime Intelligence Bureau has passed on this warning.

Fraudsters are targeting online advertising platforms where items are acquired for free. The fraudsters will list items on the website and advise any purchasers that they have recently moved from the area they were originally living in and can arrange a courier to dispatch the items for a fee.

The payment requested for this service is usually via Money Transfer such as MoneyGram or Western Union, or an e-money voucher. The items they were promised are not received and any attempts to contact the individual to gain a refund are unsuccessful.

Protect yourself:

  • Stay within the auction guidelines stipulated on the website.
  • Ask to view the item in person.
  • Be cautions of making advance payments to a stranger via Money Transfer or e-money products.
  • If the item advertised seems too good to be true, it probably is.

action fraud

IF YOU ARE WORRIED THAT YOU MAY HAVE BEEN A VICTIM OF FRAUD OR IF YOU NEED TO REPORT A FRAUD, PLEASE CALL ACTION FRAUD ON 0300 123 2040 OR USE THE ACTION FRAUD REPORTING TOOL, VIA THE ACTION FRAUD WEBSITE – www.actionfraud.police.uk.

 

 

 

 

 

September Police News

Our PCSO Carl Barton’s Report on Local Crime & Police Issues

CRIME

There was just the one reported crime for the month of September, the theft of a motor cycle on Hinton Road. (Actually recovered by the owner on 8th October)

MOTORING

On 7th October, Carl and his colleagues from the Safer Community Team were in the village doing speed checks. No offences were committed on the day.

 

PCSO 7005 Carl Barton

Tel: 101 ext 778004

Mobile: 07557 778004

Email : carl.barton@northants.police.uk

 

Address Police Station, New Street, Daventry, Northamptonshire. NN11 4BS

If calling from outside Northamptonshire please call 03000 111 222

Follow us on twitter @NorPolDavRS

Northamptonshire Police – Putting Communities First

Crimestoppers 0800 555111 – a non-police organisation you can contact anonymously about crime

 

 

 

Anti-Fraud Hint #30

Parcel Mule Alert

Action Fraud, the National Crime Intelligence Bureau has passed on this warning.

People are being targeted to become “Parcel Mules” as part of a reshipping scam, which results in them handling stolen goods and losing out financially.

Victims are predominantly recruited through job advertisements and dating websites. They are persuaded to have items delivered to their addresses, and to pay for postage before sending the items elsewhere. Victims are contacted through Freelancer websites and invited to become a “Freight Forwarder” as an employment opportunity. The work is advertised as processing packages and forwarding them to clients.

The items being delivered have been purchased through fraudulent means, including the use of stolen/fraudulently obtained cards. The items being delivered are often pieces of electrical equipment or high value goods such as trainers, perfume and the latest phones.

If you act as a “mule” you are not only handling stolen goods, but also losing out financially. You will not get paid the promised salary and you pay for the postage and delivery of the packages personally. Additionally, you will have provided enough of your personal details to allow identity theft to occur.

How To Protect Yourself:

  • Do not agree to receive packages at your address for someone that you do not know and trust.
  • Be cautious of unsolicited job offers or opportunities to make easy money.
  • When accepting a job offer, verify the company details provided to you and check whether they have been registered in the UK.
  • Be wary of someone that you have met only online who asks you to send money or to receive items.
  • Protect your privacy and do not give your personal details to someone that you do not know and trust.

action fraud

IF YOU ARE WORRIED THAT YOU MAY HAVE BEEN A VICTIM OF FRAUD OR IF YOU NEED TO REPORT A FRAUD, PLEASE CALL ACTION FRAUD ON 0300 123 2040 OR USE THE ACTION FRAUD REPORTING TOOL, VIA THE ACTION FRAUD WEBSITE – www.actionfraud.police.uk.

 

 

 

 

 

Anti-Fraud Hint #29

TV Fraud : Avoid Bogus Web Sites

Action Fraud, the National Crime Intelligence Bureau has passed on this warning.

Fraudsters have created a high specification website template advertising flat screen televisions for sale which are below market value and do not exist. Payment is being requested via bank transfer and will offer no protection to the consumer when the television does not arrive.

Protect yourself:

  • Payments made via bank transfer are not protected should you not receive the item.
  • Always make payment via a credit card or PayPal where you have some avenue of recompense should you not receive your product.
  • Conduct some online research on the website, company name and business address to identify any poor feedback or irregularities.
  • Check the authenticity of websites before making any purchases. A ”whois” search on the website will identify when the website has been created, so be wary of newly formed domains. This search can be conducted using the following website – https://who.is/
  • If the item advertised seems too good to be true, it probably is

 

action fraud

IF YOU ARE WORRIED THAT YOU MAY HAVE BEEN A VICTIM OF FRAUD OR IF YOU NEED TO REPORT A FRAUD, PLEASE CALL ACTION FRAUD ON 0300 123 2040 OR USE THE ACTION FRAUD REPORTING TOOL, VIA THE ACTION FRAUD WEBSITE – www.actionfraud.police.uk.

 

 

 

 

 

Anti-Fraud Hint #28

Pets (Puppies) For Sale Alert

Action Fraud, the National Crime Intelligence Bureau has passed on this warning.

opens in a new windowRottweiler Puppies

Rottweiler Puppies (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Action Fraud has noticed a rise in reports concerning the purchase of pets, in particular puppies, advertised for sale via popular online auction websites.

The fraudsters will place an advert of the pet for sale, claiming to have recently moved abroad and the need to re-home the puppies.

Once a sale is agreed and payment is made, usually by money transfer or bank transfer, the pet does not materialise. The fraudster will usually ask for further advanced payments for courier charges, shipping fees or vet bills.

Protect yourself:

  • Stay within the auction guidelines. Be wary of paying fees via a Money Service Bureau, such as MoneyGram and Western Union.
  • Consider conducting research on other information provided by the seller; for example a mobile phone number or email address used by the seller could alert you to any negative information associated with this number online.
  • Request details of the courier company being used and conduct enquiries regarding the company.
  • Agree a suitable time to meet face to face to agree the purchase.
  • Be wary. If you think the purchase price is too good to be true then this is probably an indication that it is!

 

action fraud

IF YOU ARE WORRIED THAT YOU MAY HAVE BEEN A VICTIM OF FRAUD OR IF YOU NEED TO REPORT A FRAUD, PLEASE CALL ACTION FRAUD ON 0300 123 2040 OR USE THE ACTION FRAUD REPORTING TOOL, VIA THE ACTION FRAUD WEBSITE – www.actionfraud.police.uk.

 

 

 

 

 

Latest Police News

Our PCSO Carl Barton’s Report on Local Crime & Police Issues

CRIME

Crime is down in Woodford Halse. There has been no reported burglaries, theft of, or criminal damage in the village for just over  two months now and long may it continue.

HGV’s

There have been concerns from residents of HGV’s driving through the village during the development of the new house builds on the Byfield Road. Highways have been contacted and although there is no weight limit or width restriction in the village, they have agreed to send some temporary advisory signing to indicate “Unsuitable for Heavy Goods Vehicles” which will be given to the Parish Council to be erected at appropriate locations within the village to deter HGV’s accessing unsuitable routes for the duration of the development works within the village.

PARKING

Can I just remind you that the white lines outside the chemist and the post office are there for a reason. Parking on these lines will cause an obstruction to a dropped kerb, inconvenience other road users and cause an unnecessary obstruction to pedestrians. If caught you could receive penalty points and/or a fine of up to £60. You have been warned.

SURGERIES

I hold police surgeries in the village library on the first and last Tuesday of the month, 3.30pm until 4.pm. Feel free to pop in to talk about crime prevention or  anything that may concern you, all in the strictest confidence.

PCSO 7005 Carl Barton

Tel: 101 ext 778004

Mobile: 07557 778004

Email : carl.barton@northants.police.uk

 

Address Police Station, New Street, Daventry, Northamptonshire. NN11 4BS

If calling from outside Northamptonshire please call 03000 111 222

Follow us on twitter @NorPolDavRS

Northamptonshire Police – Putting Communities First

Crimestoppers 0800 555111 – a non-police organisation you can contact anonymously about crime

 

 

 

Anti-Fraud Hint #27

Rental Fraud in Student Accommodation Alert

Action Fraud, the National Crime Intelligence Bureau has passed on this warning.

Seasonal rental fraud is an emerging trend with students looking for suitable accommodation around August, before the start of the new term.

Fraudsters use a variety of websites to advertise available properties to rent. often at attractive rates and convenient locations. Adverts will seem genuine, accompanied by a number of photos and contact information to discuss your interest.

Due to demand, students will often agree to pay upfront fees to secure the property quickly, without viewing the property, only to discover that the fraudster posing as the landlord does not have ownership of the property, or often there are already tenants living there.

Protect Yourself

  • Only use reputable letting companies.
  • Do some online research such as using Google maps to check the property does exist.
  • Make an appointment to view the property in person.
  • Always view the property prior to paying any advance fees.
  • Look out for warning signs, such as landlords requesting a ‘holding deposit’ due to the property being in high demand.
  • A landlord will usually conduct some due diligence on any successful applicant. Be wary of handing over cash without the landlord requesting employment or character references.

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IF YOU ARE WORRIED THAT YOU MAY HAVE BEEN A VICTIM OF FRAUD OR IF YOU NEED TO REPORT A FRAUD, PLEASE CALL ACTION FRAUD ON 0300 123 2040 OR USE THE ACTION FRAUD REPORTING TOOL, VIA THE ACTION FRAUD WEBSITE – www.actionfraud.police.uk.

 

 

 

 

 

News from your PCSO

July 2015 was another good month in relation to reported crimes in Woodford Halse. Carl is very pleased to announce there were no reported crimes.

Carl has also pointed out  that, as you know, parking spaces in and around the village are at a premium due to the amount of vehicles on the road. He wants to remind people to be mindful of where they park  and to not cause an obstruction as he recently had to remove a vehicle for parking on the zig- zags on Church Street.

Carl will be holding Police Surgeries in the library on Tuesday 25th August 2015, Tuesday 8th September 2015 and Tuesday 29th September 2015. Feel free to drop in to discuss any issues in confidence.

Our PCSO is Carl Barton : PCSO 7005

Daventry Rural | Safer Community Team | Northamptonshire Police

Telephone 101 | Ext 778004

Facsimile 01327 303144 

Email carl.barton@northants.police.uk

Address Police Station, New Street, Daventry, Northamptonshire. NN11 4BS

If calling from outside Northamptonshire please call 03000 111 222

Follow us on twitter @NorPolDavRS

Northamptonshire Police – Putting Communities First

 Crimestoppers 0800 555111 – a non-police organisation you can contact anonymously about crime

 

 

 

Anti-Fraud Hint #26

Rugby World Cup 2015 Tickets Alert

Action Fraud, the National Crime Intelligence Bureau has passed on this warning.

Action Fraud, together with the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau and the City of London Police, are working in partnership with Rugby World Cup 2015 organisers to disrupt those entities seeking to sell Rugby World Cup 2015 tickets without permission from the official provider.

We would like rugby fans and the general public to be aware that they should only purchase tickets from official sources and avoid being scammed.

Purchase tickets from an official source and avoid losing your money.

England Rugby 2015 Limited (“ER2015”) is the organising committee of Rugby World Cup 2015, due to take place in England and Cardiff from 18 September 2015 until 31 October 2015. Rugby World Cup Limited (“RWCL”) is the Tournament owner of Rugby World Cup 2015.  RWCL/ER2015 wants to ensure that the public is not misled, by unauthorised ticket sellers, into believing they have purchased genuine Rugby World Cup 2015 tickets.

Where can you buy official match tickets?

Tickets for the general public may only be purchased from ER2015 via official website at: https://tickets.rugbyworldcup.com
Where can you buy Official ticket-inclusive hospitality packages?

These can only be purchased through the official hospitality programme, operated by Rugby Travel & Hospitality Ltd (“RTH”) at www.rugbyworldcup.com/hospitality.

Where can you buy Official ticket-inclusive Supporter Tours (i.e. travel packages)?

RTH has appointed a number of Official Travel Agents (“OTAs”) from across the globe to provide official Rugby World Cup ticket-inclusive supporter tours and a list of such OTAs is available at: http://supportertours.rugbyworldcup.com/travel_agents_list.aspx).

How do you ensure that you are buying Rugby World Cup 2015 match tickets, supporter tours or hospitality packages from an official channel?

To check whether a company or a certain website is an official Rugby World Cup 2015 channel, use the ‘Official Checker’ tool which is located at www.rugbyworldcup/buyofficial.

Can you buy official Rugby World Cup 2015 tickets, supporter tours or hospitality packages elsewhere, other than as outlined above?

There is no guarantee that Rugby World Cup 2015 tickets (and/or ticket inclusive packages) purchased from any source other than RWCL, ER2015, RTH (or those listed above) are genuine tickets (and/or ticket-inclusive packages).

Fans who purchase tickets and/or ticket-inclusive packages from unauthorised sellers run the risk of paying over the odds for a non-existent ticket, ending up disappointed by not getting to see the match they paid to see, and risk having their personal and credit card details stolen for use in other crimes.

Points to note about unauthorised activity:

  • It has been shown from the 2012 Olympics and other major events in the UK that ticket touts are often linked with other forms of criminality.
  • The unauthorised sale, or offer for sale, of Rugby World Cup 2015 tickets (and/or ticket-inclusive packages) may constitute an infringement of the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 or Fraud.
  • All official Rugby World Cup 2015 tickets are subject to ER2015’s ticket terms and conditions, located at: http://www.rugbyworldcup.com/ticketing/t-c
  • Tickets are STRICTLY NON-TRANSFERABLE and MUST NOT BE SOLD OR OFFERED, EXPOSED OR MADE AVAILABLE FOR SALE, OR TRANSFERRED OR OTHERWISE DISPOSED. ER2015 reserves the right to cancel without refund any tickets which ER2015 reasonably believes have been or are intended to be resold, offered, exposed or made available for sale, or transferred or otherwise disposed in breach of the ticketing terms and conditions.
  • Any person attempting to use Rugby World Cup 2015 tickets which have been resold in breach of the ticket terms and conditions risks being refused entry to or ejected from the relevant match venue.

How do I report unauthorised use of Rugby World Cup assets?

  • To report the sale of unauthorised general public tickets, please contact ER2015 at legal@england2015.com.
  • To report the sale of counterfeit Rugby World Cup 2015 tickets or the unauthorised sale of ticket-inclusive supporter tour/hospitality packages, please contact rwcrightsprotection@img.com

TICKETS PURCHASED OR OBTAINED FROM ANY OTHER SOURCE SHALL BE VOID AND MAY BE SEIZED OR CANCELLED WITHOUT REFUND OR COMPENSATION.

 

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IF YOU ARE WORRIED THAT YOU MAY HAVE BEEN A VICTIM OF FRAUD OR IF YOU NEED TO REPORT A FRAUD, PLEASE CALL ACTION FRAUD ON 0300 123 2040 OR USE THE ACTION FRAUD REPORTING TOOL, VIA THE ACTION FRAUD WEBSITE – www.actionfraud.police.uk.

 

 

 

 

 

Anti-Fraud Hint #25

Advanced Fee Fraud Alert

Action Fraud, the National Crime Intelligence Bureau has passed on this warning.

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau has been alerted to an Advanced Fee Scam whereby mainly persons of Asian descent are targeted by the suspects who cold call the victim, purporting to be from the Home Office UK Visa and Immigration department, and inform them that a case has been received by the department against the victim, sometimes with a request to deport.

A request is then made for money to be paid mainly by Ukash vouchers or MoneyGram. Occasionally, money is requested to be paid into a bank account.

Also on occasion, victims have been asked to provide bank account details.

A telephone number is given which is a genuine contact number for the Home Office to give the call a form of legitimacy.

The UK Visa and Immigration department would not make any request for payments in this form.

Protect yourself:

  • Never respond to any such communication;
  • Any unsolicited contact followed by a request for an advance payment/fee is a good indication that someone is trying to defraud you. Do NOT pay any fees unless you are 100% certain of what you are paying for!!!
  • Never, ever disclose your bank details.

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IF YOU ARE WORRIED THAT YOU MAY HAVE BEEN A VICTIM OF FRAUD OR IF YOU NEED TO REPORT A FRAUD, PLEASE CALL ACTION FRAUD ON 0300 123 2040 OR USE THE ACTION FRAUD REPORTING TOOL, VIA THE ACTION FRAUD WEBSITE – www.actionfraud.police.uk.

 

 

 

 

 

Anti-Fraud Hint #24

Rio 2016 Olympics Lottery Scam Alert

Action Fraud, the National Crime Intelligence Bureau has passed on this warning.

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) has received intelligence regarding two new Lottery Fraud letters/email attachments (Scam 1 & Scam 2) using the 2016 Rio Olympics as a theme.

The scams try to trick people into believing they have won the following:

Scam 1: An online lottery prize of £650,000 and a trip to Brazil to watch the Olympics as the recipient’s email address was chosen out of a possible ten million at random.

Scam 2: An online lottery prize of £820,000 and a trip to Brazil to watch the Rio Carnival and the Olympics as the recipient’s winning numbers 8 17 34 38 42 and 51 were selected.

In order to collect the winnings the recipient is requested to contact:

Scam 1:
Mr Dima Robert
MillMan Street, WC1N 3JB. London A5200.
Tel: +447035973561
Email: RioOlympics2016@represnetative.com

Scam 2:
‘UK Pay out Officer’
Email:paymaster-office@bol.co.br
+44 7937428753

Protect yourself from lottery fraud:-

  • Never respond to any such communication. If you have not entered a lottery then you cannot have won it.
  • Official lotteries in other countries operate in much the same way as the UK’s National Lotto.
  • No official lotteries that we know of contact people to tell them of their win.
  • We do not know of any official lottery operators who ask for fees to collect winnings. Any request for a fee payment is a good indication that someone is trying to defraud you.
  • Never disclose your bank details or pay fees in advance.
  • If they have provided an email address to respond to, be very suspicious of addresses such as @hotmail.com or @yahoo.com or numbers beginning with 07 because these are free to get hold of.
  • Genuine lotteries thrive on publicity. If they ask you to keep your win a secret, it is likely to be a fraud.
  • Many fraudulent lotteries have bad spelling and grammar – see this as a warning that fraudsters are at work.

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IF YOU ARE WORRIED THAT YOU MAY HAVE BEEN A VICTIM OF FRAUD OR IF YOU NEED TO REPORT A FRAUD, PLEASE CALL ACTION FRAUD ON 0300 123 2040 OR USE THE ACTION FRAUD REPORTING TOOL, VIA THE ACTION FRAUD WEBSITE – www.actionfraud.police.uk.

 

 

 

 

 

Anti-Fraud Hint #23

Scam Emails from British Gas & The Ministry of Justice

TorrentLocker “Ransom Ware”

Action Fraud, the National Crime Intelligence Bureau has passed on this warning.

A scam email is currently being sent to victims fraudulently claiming to be from British Gas or The Ministry of Justice. The attached document or link leads to the TorrentLocker ransomware which encrypts files on the victim’s system and requests a ransom be paid in order for the files to be decrypted; one reported amount has been £330 worth of Bitcoins.

Some anti-virus vendors are apparently detecting this and stopping the pages and or documents from being opened.

Protect yourself

  • If you receive an email that you are suspicious of do not follow any links or open attachments until you can verify that the email is genuine. To do this contact the organisation that the email has come from by sourcing the number independently from the email received.
  • If you believe the email to be fake, report it to your email provider as spam.
  • Ensure your anti-virus software is up to date this will help to mitigate the potential for virus to be downloaded. It should be noted that anti-virus software is constantly being updated and may not stop all viruses especially if they are new or been adapted. It has been reported that some anti-virus vendors are detecting this and stopping the pages and or documents from being opened.
  • If you have opened an attachment or followed a link which you believe to be suspicious it is recommended that you run your anti-virus and/or take your machine to a reputable company to have it cleaned.
  • In cases where files have been encrypted it can be very difficult to retrieve them, and in most cases they will be lost. It is recommended that you always back up all files on a separate device or cloud storage to ensure they are not lost. Please remember that if a device is attached to the infected machine the files on this could also be encrypted with the virus so ensure they are kept separate.

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IF YOU ARE WORRIED THAT YOU MAY HAVE BEEN A VICTIM OF FRAUD OR IF YOU NEED TO REPORT A FRAUD, PLEASE CALL ACTION FRAUD ON 0300 123 2040 OR USE THE ACTION FRAUD REPORTING TOOL, VIA THE ACTION FRAUD WEBSITE – www.actionfraud.police.uk.

 

 

 

 

 

Anti-Fraud Hint #22

Courier Fraud

Action Fraud, the National Crime Intelligence Bureau has passed on this warning.

Courier fraudsters have been identifying themselves to victims on the telephone as “Detective Constable Martin Benton of New Scotland Yard Fraud Department”. The fraudsters will invent a story regarding fraudulent activity on your card and request your bank/card details.

No such person exists at the Metropolitan Police. If you receive a call from someone purporting to be this individual, terminate the call immediately.

Protect yourself against courier fraud:

  • Your bank will never send a courier to your home
  • Your bank and the police will never collect your bank card
  • Your bank and the police will never ask for your PIN
  • If you receive one of these calls end it immediately

Victim Advice:

  • If you have handed over any details to the fraudster, call your bank and cancel your cards immediately.
  • ​If you want to call your bank, then do it from another telephone.

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IF YOU ARE WORRIED THAT YOU MAY HAVE BEEN A VICTIM OF FRAUD OR IF YOU NEED TO REPORT A FRAUD, PLEASE CALL ACTION FRAUD ON 0300 123 2040 OR USE THE ACTION FRAUD REPORTING TOOL, VIA THE ACTION FRAUD WEBSITE – www.actionfraud.police.uk.

 

 

 

 

 

News from your PCSO

June 2015 was a good month in relation to reported crimes in Woodford Halse. There were only two reported crimes in the month; shoplifting in the Co-op and criminal damage to a vehicle.

Police Boat in the 2015 Regatta

Police Boat in the 2015 Regatta

Carl held a couple of surgeries in the library and the feedback he is getting is that speeding and people parking inconsiderately tend to be the major issues in the village. For this reason Carl intends to ran a couple of speed checks in July.

As most of you know the Regatta boat race was held on Friday 26th June. This is a very good event and for the second year running, the police took part. This year we had a four man boat team with the police cadets running. They did very well in the circumstances and hope to do better next year

Our PCSO is Carl Barton : PCSO 7005

Daventry Rural | Safer Community Team | Northamptonshire Police

Telephone 101 | Ext 778004

Facsimile 01327 303144 

Email carl.barton@northants.police.uk

Address Police Station, New Street, Daventry, Northamptonshire. NN11 4BS

If calling from outside Northamptonshire please call 03000 111 222

Follow us on twitter @NorPolDavRS

Northamptonshire Police – Putting Communities First

 Crimestoppers 0800 555111 – a non-police organisation you can contact anonymously about crime

 

 

 

Anti-Fraud Hint #21

Light / Lite Loans Alert

Action Fraud, the National Crime Intelligence Bureau has passed on this warning.

Fraudsters are targeting individuals who have recently expressed an interest in an online loan. Unsolicited calls are made by fraudsters who appear to be calling from a genuine company. They state that the recently applied for loan has been agreed, but an “advance fee” is required before the money can be transferred.

Once these “fees” have been paid, either directly to the fraudsters’ bank accounts or through a money service bureau, they are unrecoverable.

In many cases, fraudsters have asked for multiple upfront “fees” to address issues arising with the loan.

Protect yourself:

  • Authentic credit companies do not charge fees in advance.
  • Be wary of anyone calling who says they represent a credit company.
  • Report any instances of a credit company attempting to request fees in advance of a loan to the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).

There are some more details here: opens in a new windowhttp://www.choose.net

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IF YOU ARE WORRIED THAT YOU MAY HAVE BEEN A VICTIM OF FRAUD OR IF YOU NEED TO REPORT A FRAUD, PLEASE CALL ACTION FRAUD ON 0300 123 2040 OR USE THE ACTION FRAUD REPORTING TOOL, VIA THE ACTION FRAUD WEBSITE – www.actionfraud.police.uk.

 

 

 

 

 

Anti-Fraud Hint #20

Wine Investment Fraud

Action Fraud, the National Crime Intelligence Bureau has passed on this warning.

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) wishes to remind investors that fraudsters are still active and are using various methods to dupe victims into investing in fine wine.

Whilst it might be easy to identify a fraudulent investment in non-existent fine wine, there is another tactic which is much harder to detect that relies on limited knowledge of the investor in this specific area.

In many cases, the fraud relates to the value of the wine as opposed to the existence of the wine. Therefore, fraudsters will be able to prove to the victims that they have the wine in stock, however the wine in stock will be significantly cheaper than the inflated price the fraudsters ask the victims to pay.

Whilst it may look like a ‘real deal’, the dramatically inflated prices make the promise of any returns unrealistic.

Assessments of reports show that fraudsters charge victims an average of 47% more than the comparative market values at the time of sale.

The brokers who typically cold call victims boast that an increasing market in China will guarantee tax free profits. When questioned about risk, fraudsters will convincingly say that it is “extremely low”.

How to protect yourself against investment fraud:

  • If you’re considering any type of investment, always remember: if it seems too good to be true, then it probably is. High returns can only be achieved with high risk.If you get a call out of the blue, be wary; if in doubt don’t be polite, just hang up.
  • Take the time to seek independent legal or financial advice before making a decision.
    Always check the credentials of the company you’re dealing with.
  • Check for known fraudulent organisations at the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).

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IF YOU ARE WORRIED THAT YOU MAY HAVE BEEN A VICTIM OF FRAUD OR IF YOU NEED TO REPORT A FRAUD, PLEASE CALL ACTION FRAUD ON 0300 123 2040 OR USE THE ACTION FRAUD REPORTING TOOL, VIA THE ACTION FRAUD WEBSITE – www.actionfraud.police.uk.

 

 

 

 

 

Anti-Fraud Hint #19

Royal Mail Email Scam

Action Fraud, the National Crime Intelligence Bureau has passed on this warning.

A scam email is currently being sent to victims fraudulently claiming to be from the Royal Mail. Attached to the email is the CryptoLocker virus.

The victim receives an email purporting to be from the Royal Mail stating that they are holding a parcel/letter for the victim. The victim is then required to contact the Royal Mail to arrange for the item to be resent/collected.

By following the instructions within the email the CryptoLocker virus is subsequently downloaded to the victim’s computer. This virus encrypts files on the victim’s system and requests a ransom be paid in order for the files to be decrypted.

Additional incentive is added for early repayment as the ransomware states that the cost of decrypting the files will increase the longer the fine is outstanding.

Protect Yourself

  • Look at who the email is addressed to. Is it generic or specifically addressed?
  • Look at the quality of the images included on the email. Are they of sufficient high quality that they could come from Royal Mail?
  • Do not open attachments from unsolicited emails regardless of who they are from.
  • Do not click on the link supplied. Instead, go to the relevant website and log in from there.
  • Check the address of any email received to see if it appears legitimate.

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IF YOU ARE WORRIED THAT YOU MAY HAVE BEEN A VICTIM OF FRAUD OR IF YOU NEED TO REPORT A FRAUD, PLEASE CALL ACTION FRAUD ON 0300 123 2040 OR USE THE ACTION FRAUD REPORTING TOOL, VIA THE ACTION FRAUD WEBSITE – www.actionfraud.police.uk.

 

 

 

 

 

Anti-Fraud Hint #18

Flight Ticket Fraud Alert

Action Fraud, the National Crime Intelligence Bureau has passed on this warning.

People looking for cheap flight tickets are being targeted by fraudsters. New websites are continuously being created with slight changes to the company names with the intention to deceive the public. They offer tickets at bargain prices and usually request payment via bank transfer. The tickets do not appear and the money is kept by the fraudsters.

Protect Yourself

  • Where possible, buy from well-known company names. If you’ve never heard of a company, conduct some due diligence.
  • Use the internet. Type the name of the company/site you are buying from and look for reviews of what others customers are saying about the company. Bad customer service feedback usually finds their way online quite quickly.
  • Use companies that are ATOL or ABTA Registered. You can check this here: www.abta.com/find a member or here: www.caa.co.uk.
  • Check the authenticity of flight booking websites before making any reservations. A “whois” search on the website will identify when the website has been created, so be wary of newly formed domains. This search can be conducted using http://who.is
  • Never send money to bank accounts. If possible pay using a credit card – that way you have some protection and avenue for recompense.
  • Sign up to Action Fraud Alert www.actionfraudalert.co.uk to keep you updated with what’s going on.

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IF YOU ARE WORRIED THAT YOU MAY HAVE BEEN A VICTIM OF FRAUD OR IF YOU NEED TO REPORT A FRAUD, PLEASE CALL ACTION FRAUD ON 0300 123 2040 OR USE THE ACTION FRAUD REPORTING TOOL, VIA THE ACTION FRAUD WEBSITE – www.actionfraud.police.uk.

 

 

 

 

 

Anti-Fraud Hint #17

Fake Bailiff’s & Phantom Debts

Action Fraud, the National Crime Intelligence Bureau has passed on this warning.

Action Fraud has seen an increase in the number of small to medium sized businesses being contacted by fake bailiffs requesting payments for a phantom debt.

The scam involves the business being cold called from someone purporting they are bailiffs working on behalf of a court, attempting to recover funds for a non-existent debt. The caller will then request payment by means of bank transfer and if this is refused, will threaten to visit the premises to recover the debt that is owed.

A range of different businesses are being targeted; including Nurseries, Manufacturers, Hotels and Taxi Services.

Protect Yourself

  • Confirm what the debt is regarding; bailiffs are only used to recover certain debts such as council tax, child support and compensation orders.
  • Bailiffs are not used to recover debts relating to private advertisement; these would be collected by debt collectors.
  • Debt collectors do not have the same legal powers as bailiffs and will not have special court authorisation to act. For more details regarding this, please look at the opens in a new windowCitizens Advice website.
  • Double check with the Court or originating company to confirm whether the suspects are legitimate; if you use a landline make sure you hear the dial tone prior to dialling as the suspects could still be on the line.
  • Request details of the debt in writing to access its legitimacy.
  • Do not feel rushed or intimidated to make a decision based on a phone call.

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IF YOU ARE WORRIED THAT YOU MAY HAVE BEEN A VICTIM OF FRAUD OR IF YOU NEED TO REPORT A FRAUD, PLEASE CALL ACTION FRAUD ON 0300 123 2040 OR USE THE ACTION FRAUD REPORTING TOOL, VIA THE ACTION FRAUD WEBSITE – www.actionfraud.police.uk.

 

 

 

 

 

Police Surgery Dates

June, July & August

Carl BartonCome along and meet your PCSO to discuss local concerns or get crime prevention advice.

Woodford Halse Library  3:30 to 4:30pm

  • Thursday 25th June
  • Thursday 30th July
  • Thursday 25th August

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Police Want Your Views

National Rural Crime Survey

  • Do you feel the police are visible enough?
  • What are your views on police response in your area?
  • Is crime under-reported?
  • How does crime and the fear of crime impact your community?
  • Are you concerned about threats to wildlife?

16370_nrcn_flyer_header_500The National Rural Crime Network wants your views on how the police should help to protect rural areas – give them your views on policing and crime.

Act now to make your voice heard!

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In response to concerns from people living and working in rural areas, the National Rural Crime Network is launching the biggest ever survey of rural policing and crime.

In the face of shrinking budgets, it is important for the National Rural Crime Network to better understand your experiences of policing and crime in your area. Have you suffered financial loss, been concerned or worried about safety or feel the focus is generally on urban areas? You can complete this survey anonymously.

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The aim is for the National Rural Crime Network to use the results of the survey to improve awareness of crime in rural areas and encourage crime prevention, inform government policy and help ensure funding is not disproportionately lost from rural areas. The results from the survey will inform the police and their partners in their work, helping to ensure the right services and resources are available to rural communities.

They can only do this with your help.

For the 10-15 minutes it will take, your response will make a difference to policing, crime and community safety in rural areas. I appreciate that you may not live in a rural area so apologies if you feel that this survey doesn’t apply to you – but you may still have views about rural crime if for instance you work in a rural area, have family and friends who live there etc. and we would like you to get the chance to have your say.

Act now to make your voice heard!

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Anti-Fraud Hint #16

The Not So Fine Art of Investment Fraud…

Action Fraud, the National Crime Intelligence Bureau has passed on this warning.

Mona_Lisa,_by_Leonardo_da_Vinci,_from_C2RMF_retouchedPeople nationwide are receiving cold calls and are being persuaded to invest in ‘Fine Art’.

Concerns around this include:

  • How the commodity is being offered, such as how the cold callers persuade victims to part with their money.
  • Hidden costs charged to the victims to view the product, shipping costs or additional fees to store the item.

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Protect yourself:

  • If the investment sounds too good to be true it probably is.
  • Hang-up on investment cold calls. Legitimate companies will not ring-up and offer you an investment out of the blue.
  • Do not give out personal financial information to cold callers.
  • Check whether the art dealer is a member of a trade association, such as The Society of London Art Dealers (SLAD), The Association of Art and Antique Dealers (LAPADA), The British Art Dealers Association (BADA) or Confederation of International Dealers in Art Work (CINOA).
  • Request copies of old receipts, invoices and question the history of the previous owner of the art investment, to check if the product is genuine before investing

IF YOU ARE WORRIED THAT YOU MAY HAVE BEEN A VICTIM OF FRAUD OR IF YOU NEED TO REPORT A FRAUD, PLEASE CALL ACTION FRAUD ON 0300 123 2040 OR USE THE ACTION FRAUD REPORTING TOOL, VIA THE ACTION FRAUD WEBSITE – www.actionfraud.police.uk.

 

 

 

 

 

Anti-Fraud Hint #15

Watch out for spoofed PayPal emails

Action Fraud , the National Crime Intelligence Bureau has passed on this warning.

Fraudsters often target ‘goods for sale’ adverts on popular online auctions sites, so watch out whenever you’re selling anything online.

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How does the fraudster operate?

The fraudster will contact the seller to say that they want to buy the advertised item.
The seller then receives what looks like a genuine PayPal email, to confirm that the money has been paid by the buyer into their account.

With confirmation of payment, the seller will then send the item to the buyer’s address. The seller will later find that the PayPal email is fake and that the money has not been paid. The seller ends up losing out twice as not only do they not have the money, but they no longer have the item to sell.

Protect yourself:

  • Check your PayPal account to ensure that the money has been paid in and has cleared into your bank account before you send the item to the buyer.
  • Do not be bullied or rushed into sending items before you know that the payment has cleared – a genuine purchaser will not mind waiting a day or two for you to send them their item.
  • If you are selling a vehicle, think carefully when selling to overseas purchasers – especially if they tell you they will send an extra payment for shipping – check that the funds have cleared before arranging this.

IF YOU ARE WORRIED THAT YOU MAY HAVE BEEN A VICTIM OF FRAUD OR IF YOU NEED TO REPORT A FRAUD, PLEASE CALL ACTION FRAUD ON 0300 123 2040 OR USE THE ACTION FRAUD REPORTING TOOL, VIA THE ACTION FRAUD WEBSITE – www.actionfraud.police.uk.

 

 

 

 

 

Gnomes Going Home

Update From Northamptonshire Police

Stolen Property Recovered – There was a good response to appeal for people to come forward to claim suspected stolen items. More than 30 people have so far come forward to claim garden ornaments, tools and house signs which are believed to have been stolen after Northamptonshire Police released a video containing images of hundreds of items recovered by officers. Read more here.

Man banned from entering Daventry town centre – As part of an interim antisocial behaviour order, Lee White, who is homeless, has been banned from begging or trying to dishonestly gain money from people, acting in an antisocial manner in Daventry town centre. Click here to view photograph of Lee White

Anti-Fraud Hint #14

Spam emails pretending to be from Apple iTunes

Action Fraud , the National Crime Intelligence Bureau has passed on this warning.

Action Fraud and the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) have been made aware that there are currently a number of emails being sent out that appear to be coming from Apple iTunes, detailing a recent purchase.

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The email states that if customers did not purchase the item they should click on the link provided to obtain a refund. Once redirected to a web page they are asked to fill out their card and other personal details. This is a spam email with links to a malicious web page that is being used to harvest personal details, possibly in order to access victim’s bank accounts.

Protect yourself: 

  • Double check where the email has come from before clicking on the link
  • Check your iTunes account for recent activity
  • Consider contacting iTunes separately to double check your account activity
  • Remember iTunes will not request your personal details via email or through attached links
  • If you have filled in one of the forms, do not use online banking until you have had your computer checked out by an expert. Also consider contacting your bank to make them aware of the situation – money held in your account may be at risk.

IF YOU ARE WORRIED THAT YOU MAY HAVE BEEN A VICTIM OF FRAUD OR IF YOU NEED TO REPORT A FRAUD, PLEASE CALL ACTION FRAUD ON 0300 123 2040 OR USE THE ACTION FRAUD REPORTING TOOL, VIA THE ACTION FRAUD WEBSITE – www.actionfraud.police.uk.

 

 

 

 

 

Anti-Fraud Hint #13

Be aware of spoof emails claimin​g ‘buyer protection’

Action Fraud , the National Crime Intelligence Bureau has passed on this warning.

Online auction websites are being used by fraudsters to advertise vehicles for sale which do not exist.

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The fraudster advertises on an auction website and gets their victim to agree to purchase a vehicle, making sure that all correspondence is done via email.  The victim then receive emails which claim to be from genuine payment merchants or auction websites which state that the  money they have paid for the vehicle will be held in an ‘escrow account’.

The email indicates the money will be released to the seller, once the person has confirmed that they’re happy with the purchase. The email says that this will provide the person with ‘buyer protection’. In reality these emails are fraudulent, they don’t come from the named companies and the bank accounts are controlled by fraudsters.

Protect yourself: 

  • Always stay within the terms and conditions of the auction websites.
  • Remember that PayPal do not include vehicles under their buyer protection.
  • Meet the seller ‘face to face’ and view the vehicle before parting with any money.
  • Be vigilant of emails that purport to be from genuine companies and check the ‘domain’ name of the email address for any inconsistencies.
  • Check feedback online by searching the associated phone numbers or email addresses of the seller.
  • If the vehicle is below market value consider whether this is an opportunity which is too good to be true!

IF YOU ARE WORRIED THAT YOU MAY HAVE BEEN A VICTIM OF FRAUD OR IF YOU NEED TO REPORT A FRAUD, PLEASE CALL ACTION FRAUD ON 0300 123 2040 OR USE THE ACTION FRAUD REPORTING TOOL, VIA THE ACTION FRAUD WEBSITE – www.actionfraud.police.uk.

 

 

 

 

 

Anti-Fraud Hint #12

Beware: Cloned National Savings & Investments website

Action Fraud , the National Crime Intelligence Bureau has passed on this warning.

Fraudsters have set up a bogus website claiming to be the official site of National Savings & Investments (NS&I) and are contacting members of the public, cold calling them and offering them the chance to invest in 65+ Bonds (also known as Pensioner Bonds).

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Members of the public who are searching for the official website (for example on search engines) may be directed to the fake one which then asks them to supply contact information.

Victims are then receiving a follow up e-mail and/or phone call from the fraudsters who are requesting evidence of identity documents and bank account details either over the phone or by sending the victims fake forms to fill out. A common name that appears on the emails sent by the fraudsters is ‘Kevin Archer’.

Avoid being a victim of fraud:

  • Do not pass personal or banking information to companies that cold call you.
  • Please note that the only domain name (website address) that is legitimate is www.nsandi.com
  • National Savings & Investments (NS&I) do not make sales calls to potential customers (cold calls) so do not enter into discussion with cold callers claiming to be NS&I.

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau is committed to tackling all types of fraud and the Cyber Prevention and Disruption Team aims to do this by disrupting and taking down fake and fraudulent websites.

 

IF YOU ARE WORRIED THAT YOU MAY HAVE BEEN A VICTIM OF FRAUD OR IF YOU NEED TO REPORT A FRAUD, PLEASE CALL ACTION FRAUD ON 0300 123 2040 OR USE THE ACTION FRAUD REPORTING TOOL, VIA THE ACTION FRAUD WEBSITE – www.actionfraud.police.uk.

 

 

 

 

 

News from your PCSO

Combating Fraud

Can I remind you that no bank, building society or police officer will ever ask for your pin number over the phone. Only criminals do this.

Unfortunately scams of this kind continue to rob people. Just hang up! Don’t immediately try to ring your bank on the same phone because the fraudsters keep your line open and you will be speaking to them – but they will pretend they are your bank staff.

Can you report people standing in the road and flagging down passing motorist. The person may ask for money for fuel, sometimes offering their jewellery as a deposit, or they might ask for a lift to the petrol station. Note their vehicle and personal details and ring 101 straight away.

Emergency (crime in progress):999

Any other contact with Northamptonshire police 101

Crime stoppers (remain anonymous): 0800 555 111

Cold Callers Doorstep Action Network

(DAN): 0345 23 07 702

Environmental Warden re fly tipping & dog fouling etc

07917 271157

 

 

Anti-Fraud Hint #11

SELLING YOUR VEHICLE

Action Fraud , the National Crime Intelligence Bureau has passed on this warning.

If you are selling your car via a classified advertisement or auction site, be aware of this  fraud scam.

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Fraudsters may contact you through your advert, normally by text message and provide you with a link to a fraudulent website.

  • The website may look professional and similar to the “original” website that you advertised on.
  • It will explain that there is a ‘potential purchaser’ for your car.
  • It will ask you to pay a small “arrangement” fee to ensure the purchase takes place by using an e-money method; which could be via UKASH or PAYSAFE vouchers, for example.
  • It will instruct you to purchase the vouchers and may even provide you with a link to a list of the shops in your area that sell them.
  • You are then asked to input the unique codes from the e-money product that you have just purchased.
  • Once you have entered the details your money is gone!

Protect Yourself

However urgently you wish to sell your car, do not be misled because of a need to sell it!

  • Do not pay an advanced fee for the sale of your vehicle.
  • Meet face to face for an agreed sale and only accept cash.

IF YOU NEED TO REPORT A FRAUD, PLEASE CALL ACTION FRAUD ON 0300 123 2040 OR USE THE ACTION FRAUD REPORTING TOOL, VIA THE ACTION FRAUD WEBSITE – www.actionfraud.police.uk.

 

 

 

 

 

Anti-Fraud Hint #10

Adobe and LinkedIn Phishing Emails.

Action Fraud , the National Crime Intelligence Bureau has passed on this warning about emails that pretend to be from either the LinkedIn social messaging web site or from Adobe.

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Current spam email campaigns are trying to infiltrate or infect email accounts by pretending to come from either Adobe or LinkedIn Support. The emails from LinkedIn claim ‘irregular activities have prompted a compulsory security update’. With the Adobe emails attempt to direct the user to the latest updates

Phishing is an attempt by a fraudster to steal valuable information by pretending to be a company that you know and use. It relies on people to think the message is genuine. Victims are initially sent an email that will have either a link to a website, or contains an attachment. What the fraudsters want you to do is click on the link or attachment so that they can steal valuable information from your computer, like your bank account or credit card details

Protect Yourself:

  • Look at who the email is addressed to – many will say “Dear user” or “Dear valued customer” and will not be addressed directly to you.
  • If there are images included in the email they may be of a poor quality but will try to look like the company they are trying to represent.
  • The message may have a few spelling mistakes.
  • Do not click on the link supplied. Instead, go to the relevant website and log in from there.

IF YOU NEED TO REPORT A FRAUD, PLEASE CALL ACTION FRAUD ON 0300 123 2040 OR USE THE ACTION FRAUD REPORTING TOOL, VIA THE ACTION FRAUD WEBSITE – www.actionfraud.police.uk.

 

 

 

 

 

Make Northants Safer

“The Safest Place In England”

Northamptonshire Police and Crime Commission, Northamptonshire Police and Northamptonshire County Council Public Health Department are working together to make Northamptonshire the ‘Safest Place in England’.

As part of that, work on a new Violence Strategy for the County has begun.

The development of the Strategy is being led by Northamptonshire Police and Crime Commission, Northamptonshire Police and Northamptonshire County Councils Public Health Department in consultation with other organisations.

Before an overall strategy is created, they are seeking the public’s views to understand what areas of violence they should include, how the public thinks they should classify violence and what the public wants prioritised.

Please click on the link below to take part in the survey. It will only take about five minutes.

The deadline for the survey is Friday 27 March.

www.surveymonkey.com/s/violencepublic2015

More PCSO Surgeries

The following police surgeries will take place at the library on these dates and times.

IMG_20150312_153332Thursday 16th April: 3.30 – 4.30

Thursday 30th April: 3.30 – 4.30

Thursday 21st May: 3.30 – 4.30

If you want to talk to Carl Barton, our PCSO, about anything from crime prevention to the loss of a mobile phone, he will be there for you on these dates.

Did You See This Accident?

Appeal Following A Serious  Accident on the A14

A 28-year-old man has been left with life changing injuries after a road traffic collision on the A14 westbound yesterday afternoon (March 9th).

The man was driving a white Renault Master van at about 3.20pm between junction 1 and Catthorpe Interchange, when it was in collision with the back of a green Scania LGV being driven by a 50-year-old man.

The air ambulance landed to take the injured motorist to University Hospital Coventry where he is in a serious condition.

Police would like to speak to anyone who may have witnessed the incident.

Anyone with information or who witnessed this incident is asked to call the Drivewatch Hotline on 0800 174615.

Alarm Sales Warning

Northampton’s Trading Standards Warn On Telephone Sales.

Trading Standards has been contacted by consumers who have received unsolicited telephone calls from companies offering to install security systems.

Initial contact is made by telephone cold-calling residents to arrange an appointment; however although the security system may be free or available at a nominal cost, the ongoing maintenance costs are high and there may be a cancellation fee. In addition, the business may say that they are working with the Police, or make claims that owners of their alarms will receive an instant response should the alarm be activated, when this may not be the case.

Trading Standards advise that consumers should not purchase security systems, or any other goods or services from businesses that are cold-calling either on the telephone or at the door.

Instead, consumers who are considering investing in an alarm system should obtain quotes from at least three security companies who are subject to independent inspection by a recognised body, either NSI ( opens in a new windowNational Security Inspectorate) or SSAIB ( opens in a new windowSecurity Systems and Alarms Inspection Board) or who are members of the Buy With Confidence scheme.

The Buy with Confidence scheme is a Trading Standards trader approval scheme where all members have been stringently vetted to check for legal compliance. The scheme has members from all trade sectors. Details of members can be found by visiting:
www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/approvedtraders, telephone 0300 126 1000
or by email bwc@northamptonshire.gov.uk.

In addition, any consumers who are concerned about a caller at their door or suspect that distraction burglars or rogue traders are operating in their area should call the dedicated Doorstep crime Action Network (DAN) on: 0345 23 07 702.

Consumers should remember that “If you’re not sure, don’t open the door”.

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Anti-Fraud Hint #9

Fraud of the Rings.

Action Fraud , the National Crime Intelligence Bureau has passed on this warning about a scam that exploits people’s good nature and willingness to help those apparently in trouble.

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Please look out for a fraud which is being reported around the South-East of England at the moment.

Whilst driving, the victim is flagged down by a man (or men) next to a broken down vehicle. The man states that he needs money to get petrol. As payment, the man offers the victim one to three “gold” rings and may also provide a business card suggesting links to Berlin, Germany or Glasgow, Scotland. The amount of cash taken is between £20 and £300. However, the rings are worthless and definitely not precious.

Offences are occurring on ‘A’ roads and slip roads at major junctions in the South of England. One victim reports seeing the same offender(s) back at the same spot (the A41 bypass near Tring, on this occasion) two days later at approximately 12:50pm.

All suspects are described as male and with dark hair. The description of the “broken down” vehicle varies.

Offenders seem to target men over the age of 55.

Prevention advice:

  • Do not accept jewellery as payment!

 

 

 

 

Anti-Fraud Hint #8

How to avoid being a victim of online auction scams.

Action Fraud , the National Crime Intelligence Bureau has passed on this warning about on-line auctions.

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Online auction sites are regularly targeted by fraudsters advertising desirable items for sale which are below market value, but do not exist. Fraudsters use a variety of techniques to persuade the potential buyer that the item is genuine and that any advanced payment will be protected or reimbursed should the product be faulty or not received.

Protect yourself:

  • Stay within the auction guidelines stipulated on the website.
  • Payments made via bank transfer, money transfer or e-money are not protected, should you not receive the item.
  • View the item in person if possible.
  • If the item advertised seems too good to be true, it probably is.

 

 

 

February Crime Report

Update from our PCSO, Carl Barton

February’s Reported Crimes

Crimes reported this month were 2 as opposed to 5 last month.

Following on from the crime spike in December and January due to garage and shed breaks-ins, offenders were arrested. One appeared in court and was given a two year conditional discharge.

1st Feb Attempted garage break-in, Ashe Way.
28th Feb Reported criminal damage to vehicle. Byfield road.

Carl Barton our PCSO will be holding monthly surgeries in the Library.

You can contact Carl as follows: 

Carl Barton | PCSO 7005 |

Daventry Rural Safer Community Team | Northamptonshire Police
Telephone: 101  | mobex 778004 | Mobile  07557778004
Email:  SCTDaventryRural@northants.police.uk
Address:  Daventry Police Station, New Street, Daventry   NN11 4BS

CRIMESTOPPERS: 0800 555 111

Call anonymously with information about crime

 

 

Anti-Fraud Hint #7

Alert: Never Talk About Your Bank Account To Strangers.

Action Fraud is warning people about banking scams.

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Fraudsters are targeting people by “cold calling” them on the telephone.

The scam starts with the following simple activity:

1. They will state that they are from the Bank Fraud department, the Police or other Law Enforcement.

2.They will tell the victim that fraud is being carried out on the victim’s bank account and that to prevent it they need to carry out any of the below activities:-

  • Need to access your bank accounts online.
  • Need to hand over your pin numbers and bank cards to a courier/official sent to collect them.
  • Need to hand over money to A courier/ official sent to collect them.
  • Need to transfer your money to another “safe” bank account(s) which they provide details of.

3. In order to prove their own credentials they will often ask you to telephone the “fraud” number you may have on the back of your bank card, or they may even ask you to telephone the Police to check that there is an official investigation, or telephone your own bank once the phone call to them is terminated.

Do not be fooled!

Do not telephone anyone at that stage as the phone line remains open and you are simply telephoning them back without realising. They will then continue with your assistance in stealing your money by any of the above methods.

PROTECT YOURSELF

  • The bank or the police will never telephone you “out of the blue” to ask you to transfer money into another account or hand over any of your money or bank cards. It is your money!!
  • The bank or the police will never ask for your personal bank account details, or pin numbers over the phone.
  • If you really want to check the credentials of a caller then go into your bank and ask to speak to the bank manager or use another phone to call the bank or police.
  • If you are still unsure then attend a police station.
  • Never discuss your banking details with strangers who call you!

 

 

Police Warning

Police Urge Motorists to Report Suspicious Behaviour After Man Flags Down Car

Police in Northamptonshire are urging people to report suspicious activity, following recent reports of people standing in the road and flagging down passing motorists.

If someone stops, the person then asks for money for fuel, sometimes offering their jewellery as a deposit, or they might ask for a lift to the nearest petrol station.

On Wednesday (18 February), shortly after 10am, a woman reported being flagged down by a man in Courteenhall Road, between the A508 and Blisworth village. The man, who was standing near a green saloon type car, asked for money for fuel. The woman refused the request and reported it to the police.

So far this month, police have received a further 10 reports of this type of incident at locations across the county.

Sergeant Lorna Clarke said: “We would urge anyone who witnesses this type of incident to take down as much detail as possible, especially the type of vehicle and the registration number, as well as a description of the person involved.

“Please ring the police immediately so that we can track down these people and prevent any offences being committed. Please call us on 101 unless you feel at all threatened by this behaviour, in which case call 999.”

Anyone with information can call Northamptonshire Police on 101. Alternatively, they can call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or use the anonymous online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Latest Police News

An Update from Northants Police

This month’s news covers….

  • Sobriety bracelets pilot
  • A Warning on Sharing Bank Details
  • Trying To Return Stolen Bikes
  • Faith & Community Led Crime Reduction
  • Business Security
  • Drugs Awareness Day
  • Trading Standards News

Sobriety bracelets conference at the University of Northampton – Representatives from police forces and criminal justice partners from across the country joined members of Northamptonshire Police, the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner and the Institute for Public Safety Crime and Justice last week to discuss the recent pilot of sobriety bracelets. opens in a new windowRead more

Don’t share bank details – People are being reminded not to share their bank details with anyone over the phone, following a spate of suspicious calls. Five reports were received in one afternoon where members of the public had been called by someone purporting to be a police officer. opens in a new windowRead more

Police trying to trace owners of stolen bikes – Police are trying to find the owners of two mini quad bikes, an off-road motorbike and a bicycle in a bid to unite them with their property after they were recovered by police following search warrants in Northampton and are believed to be stolen. opens in a new windowRead more

Commissioner promotes faith and community led crime reduction – The Office of Faith Based and Community Initiatives (OFBCI), the first office of its kind in the country, has unveiled ground breaking work, undertaken over the past year, to engage and involve the faith and community sector in crime reduction. opens in a new windowRead more

How secure is your business? – Northamptonshire Police will host a business security conference at its headquarters on Tuesday, 24 February The event is the first of its kind and is aimed at giving local businesses the guidance they need to enable them to protect their business from cyber attack, which can be devastating. opens in a new windowRead more

Pupils speak to Jimbo at drugs awareness day – A former cannabis and cocaine user who almost died following a drugs binge has visited a Daventry school to speak to pupils about a night out which left in intensive care and with a permanent brain injury. opens in a new windowRead more

Latest Trading Standards News – The latest Trading Standards Newsletter has details of safety concerns, consumer rights and recent prosecutions for trading offences. opens in a new windowRead more

Anti-Fraud Hint #6

Alert: Watch out for free trial scams and pop-ups

Action Fraud is warning people about free trial scams.

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Action Fraud has seen an increase in the amount of victims signing up for free trials for unapproved or misleading pharmaceuticals or supplements.

The scam usually involves a ‘pop up’ on your computer or a text message advertising a free 14-day trial. In signing up to this trial you are asked for your credit or debit card details and after the 14 days have elapsed, recurring payments are taken.

Recurring payments or continuous payment authorities are similar to a direct debit, but can be much harder to cancel or identify who is debiting your account. In most cases victims are finding it extremely difficult to cancel the subscription and the products are either not delivered or are inferior.

Some of the common pharmaceuticals or supplements being advertised in this way include teeth whitening products, food supplements and slimming tablets.

Protect yourself:

  • If you want such products speak to your GP or a local pharmacist.
  • Be vigilant of free trials and always read the Terms and Conditions.
  • Conduct basic online research of the company before registering your details and financial information.

It is important to remember that in most free-trial cases because you have paid for a product and received it, this cannot be recorded as a fraud. If you have already entered your card details on one of these websites, call up your bank immediately to stop these payments and give us a call on 0300 123 2040 for advice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anti-Fraud Hint #5

Alert: “We Are Holding A Parcel In Your Name” Scam.

Action Fraud is warning people about fraudulent parcel advice postcards.

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Scam postcards are being delivered to UK residents’ homes claiming that a parcel containing “jewellery” is waiting for the homeowner.

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The personally addressed postcards say:

“The office is attempting to reach you. To claim this parcel and accept this offer, you must telephone the number below immediately and arrange for a delivery. The item is prepaid, but a processing and delivery free of £10 must be remitted. This fee can be paid only by telephone and only with a credit card (VISA or MasterCard). This is your only notification”

If you call the 020 number you are asked to pay £10 by credit card. Victims who have reported this to Action Fraud have said that the automated service told them the package would be delivered the same day, but did not receive anything.

Action Fraud has received several reports of this recently occurring fraud and this information has been assessed by National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) resulting in disruption of the fraudster’s phone number.

Also be on the lookout for slight variations of this scam – which use different phone numbers and delivery items.

Protection and reporting advice

If you receive one these postcards:

  • Do not call the number provided.
  • Do not give your card details.
  • If you receive a delivery card through your letterbox which you do not believe is genuine and which asks you to dial a premium rate number, you can contact PhonepayPlus on 0800 500 212 (Mon-Fri, 8am-6pm) for further guidance.

If you receive one of these delivery cards:-

  1. Do not pay any money
  2. Report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040 or by using their online reporting tool.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anti-Fraud Hint #4

Pension Changes are coming in April 2015; avoid the fraudulent investment risks.

Action Fraud is warning people to take care with the upcoming changes to pensions legislation.

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HMRC have advised that from April 2015, people over the age of 55 will be given the flexibility of taking a number of smaller lump sum pension pots. 25% of the sum will be tax-free, with the remaining pension fund charged at marginal rate of income tax.

If you take out money from your pension fund before the age of 55, the normal tax rules apply. Action Fraud is concerned that fraudsters will take advantage of these rule changes by offering to invest pensions on the victim’s behalf. Be very wary of such offers.

Avoid losing your hard-earned cash:

  • Do not invest with companies which cold call you, offering extremely high returns. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
  • Seek financial advice from the Citizens Advice Bureau, who work alongside the Treasury delivering the ‘Pension Wise’ service. opens in a new windowFurther information can be found here.
  • If you wish to invest your savings in a company, please ensure you seek advice from an FCA registered and authorised advisor.
  • Be aware of callers offering a free pension review service by phone call, email and text message and do not invest in unregulated markets such as overseas property developments, storage units or forestry.

 

 

 

 

 

Anti-Fraud Hint #3

Top safety tips to help avoid job scams.

opens in a new windowGet Safe Online, opens in a new windowSafer Jobs and Action Fraud are warning people to take precautions whilst looking for jobs online, to avoid falling victim to scammers.

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There are a number of different ways in which job-seekers could be defrauded. These range from direct financial scams to misleading job descriptions.

Safer-Jobs, the recruitment industry’s counter fraud forum, provide free advice to ensure that people have a safer job search. They suggest several steps which any other job-seeker should take when dealing with a potential employer:

1. Never part with money – employers should pay you, not the other way round. If asked to pay for security checks, visas, training, or anything else, you should research the job, the company, and never use any associated company suggested to you without conducting independent thorough research.

2. Never take it on face value – have you received an ‘out of the blue’, ‘too good to be true’ job offer? Be sceptical and ask questions. Why and how have you been contacted, what is the job, did you apply? Be wary of any non-business, generic email address (such as hotmail and yahoo), poorly written job adverts or job descriptions, and emails or contact at unusual times of the day (unless pre-arranged).

3. Never do everything online – whilst technology is a great enabler to help people find work, at some point your job discussion should lead to an interview or a meeting. Hiring agents who keep the relationship solely on email must be treated extremely cautiously.

4. Never fail to do research – find out about the company that the job is with and do your research! Check landline telephone numbers and call the end employer to check the job exists. Use social media and sources such as Companies House and LinkedIn to dig deeper into the organisations and people you are interacting with.

5. Never phone them for an interview – premium rate phone scams are common. This is where an individual calls a pay-for number thinking it’s an interview, when actually they are paying for every minute they stay on hold. If an employer wants you to work for them, they will call you.

6. Never accept money for nothing – with money mule scams on the increase, beware of any employer promising ‘get rich quick’ or ‘earn thousands working from home’. When cheques begin arriving it is easy to be fooled into being used as a money mule.

7. Never provide personal details – be suspicious of any requests for personal data ahead of an interview or registration meeting (if an agency). Until you have the job, keep bank details safe and only provide identity details once you have met face to face.
For more information visit:
www.actionfraud.police.uk/node/288
opens in a new windowwww.getsafeonline.org
opens in a new windowwww.safer-jobs.com

 

 

 

 

January Crime Report

Update from our PCSO, Carl Barton

January’s Reported Crimes

Crimes reported this month were 5 as opposed to 9 last month.

Woodford is still suffering from garage breaks and residents are advised to keep their garages/sheds locked at all times and to regularly check them.

 

3rd Jan Shed break. Anscomb Way.
23rd Jan Criminal damage to vehicle. Byfield road.
26th Jan Criminal damage to vehicle. Oak Drive.
29th Jan Criminal damage to vehicle. Byfield Road.
29th Jan Garage break. Scrivens Hill.

You can contact Carl as follows: 

Carl Barton | PCSO 7005 |

Daventry Rural Safer Community Team | Northamptonshire Police
Telephone: 101  | mobex 778004 | Mobile  07557778004
Email:  SCTDaventryRural@northants.police.uk
Address:  Daventry Police Station, New Street, Daventry   NN11 4BS

CRIMESTOPPERS: 0800 555 111

Call anonymously with information about crime

 

 

Anti-Fraud Hint #2

Congratulations…. You’ve Won The Lottery!!!……Or Have You?

Hints on Lottery Scams from Action Fraud.

A lottery scam takes place when criminals pretend that you have won a prize, often a lottery.  The people most likely to fall victim to this tend to be over the age of 60 (although younger people do fall victim too) – but we know that it is often close family members of victims who spot the tell-tale signs of the fraud.

Criminals will normally get in touch by letter or email and will try to engage you into dialogue with them.  Once they have convinced you that they are “genuine”, they will ask for a fee to be paid to release your winnings.  This fee could be to pay taxes or duty, or for a solicitor, banker or judge to authorise the transaction.  NO GENUINE LOTTERY WILL EVER ASK FOR ANY SORT OF FEE TO BE PAID.

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Often this first fee will be small, but once they know you are willing to pay it they will ask for more and more money, with ever-changing excuses as to why they need it.  Victims can end up losing tens of thousands of pounds over the course of months or even years.

Many of you reading will be surprised that this type of crime takes place.  After all, why would anyone fall prey to scam like this when they never entered any such lottery in the first place?  Why would they have to pay money when they are supposed to have won millions of pounds?  The sad truth is that these criminals are incredibly persuasive and prey on people who are very trusting.  Therefore, even if you know that you would not get defrauded like this, please spread this message widely to friends, family and to people within your community.

Prevention:

  • If you have not entered a lottery or a prize draw, you have not won it.
  • Delete any emails which detail you winning money or being in a position to make a fortune
  • Spread the message amongst people you come into contact with, especially older people in your family, and look out for any unusual behaviour, for instance someone paying money via money service bureaux, like Western Union or MoneyGram, or buying Ukash vouchers.

If you believe you have become the victim of a fraud or cyber crime, or have received a suspicious email, find out how to report it here.

 

 

 

Anti-Fraud Hint #1

Hints on Passwords from Action Fraud.

Fraudsters regularly hack into personal online accounts to obtain details which will allow them to defraud you. To prevent fraudsters, it’s very important to use strong passwords when setting up and accessing online accounts and online banking.

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Acknowledgements to Splashdata.com

 

Passwords should be memorable enough not to have to write them down and long enough to be unique and hard to guess, which will ensure they are less vulnerable to being stolen. If it is not possible to remember passwords a password manager could be used to store them securely.

Protect yourself:

  • Make sure passwords are memorable so that you don’t have to write them down. Make sure they are unique.
  • Th!nk ab0ut how you could change the l3tters in your n0rmal passw0rds to make them more difficult to gue55!
  • Use long, non-dictionary words and use different ones for each of your personal accounts and online banking. Make sure you change them regularly.
  • Make sure passwords are not stored on devices that have shared access by other people, for example in internet cafes and when using other public Wi-Fi.

If you believe you have become a victim of account hacking, change your passwords immediately and report to Action Fraud: www.actionfraud.police.uk/report_fraud

Police Seek Advisors

Have Your Voice Heard

policeAre you…

  • Living or working in Daventry or South Northamptonshire?
  • Actively involved in your community?
  • Interested in what the police are doing in Daventry and South Northamptonshire?
  • Able to offer advice to the police and the Police and Crime Commissioner about issues affecting the community you represent or work in?

….Then we want to hear from you.

You can become an Independent Advisory Group member for Daventry and South Northamptonshire.

You will be reimbursed £15 per meeting.

Please find details about how to apply here opens in a new windowhttp://www.northantspcc.org.uk/#!/Volunteer/24184

Want To Be A Special?

New Dates Available

police specialsNorthamptonshire Police has released details of the first of this year’s upcoming Application and Competency Awareness Evenings and those interested in becoming a special constable are urged to book a place to avoid disappointment.

The events provide advice and guidance about the application and recruitment process and are being held across the county at the locations below.

Places can be booked at www.northants.police.uk/SpecialConstabulary and the team can be emailed at SpecialsRecruitment@northants.police.uk with any questions.

Dates (Rushden and Corby dates omitted) are as follows:

  • Northampton, Force HQ, Wootton Hall, NN4 0JQ on 8 January, 6.30-9.30pm
  • Daventry, Council Chamber, Lodge Road, NN11 4FP on 15 January, 6.30-9.30pm
  • Northampton, Force HQ, Wootton Hall, NN4 0JQ on 24 January, 4.00-7.00pm
  • Brackley, Brackley Town Council, Town Hall, NN13 7AB on 4 February, 6.30-9.30pm
  • Northampton, Force HQ, Wootton Hall, NN4 0JQ on 9 February, 6.30-9.30pm
  • Northampton, Force HQ, Wootton Hall, NN4 0JQ on 28 February, 4.00-7.00pm
  • Northampton, Force HQ, Wootton Hall, NN4 0JQ on 14 March, 4.00-7.00pm
  • Northampton, Force HQ, Wootton Hall, NN4 0JQ on 26 March, 6.30-9.30pm

 

December Crime Report

Update from our PCSO, Carl Barton

December’s Reported Crimes

Unfournately there were ten reported crimes for the month of December. Most of which were garage and shed breaks.

 

1st December Theft of pedal cycle, Sidney Road.
5th December Shed break, Station Road.
9th/10th December Burglary garage block, Church Street.
18th December Attempted burglary garage block, Church Street.
20th December Shed break, Phipps Road.
20th December Garage break, Hinton Road.
24th December Attempted burglary, Anscome Way.
23rd December Theft from motor vehicle, Fardon Road.
24th December Garage break, Scrivens Hill.

You can contact Carl as follows: 

Carl Barton | PCSO 7005 |

Daventry Rural Safer Community Team | Northamptonshire Police
Telephone: 101  | mobex 778004 | Mobile  07557778004
Email:  SCTDaventryRural@northants.police.uk
Address:  Daventry Police Station, New Street, Daventry   NN11 4BS

CRIMESTOPPERS: 0800 555 111

Call anonymously with information about crime

 

 

Latest Police News

Update from our PCSO, Carl Barton

November’s Reported Crimes

 

4th November Garden shed broken into on Adams Road.
7th November Theft of a boiler in Laburnum Close
12th November Criminal damage to a vehicle on Station Road.
18th November Theft from a vehicle on Phipps Road.
21st November Shoplifting at the Co-Op. Offender dealt with.
30th November Garage broken into on Church Street.

You can contact Carl as follows: 

Carl Barton | PCSO 7005 |

Daventry Rural Safer Community Team | Northamptonshire Police
Telephone: 101  | mobex 778004 | Mobile  07557778004
Email:  SCTDaventryRural@northants.police.uk
Address:  Daventry Police Station, New Street, Daventry   NN11 4BS

CRIMESTOPPERS: 0800 555 111

Call anonymously with information about crime

 

 

Kids On-Line Safety

Consultation Deadline Extended – Win £100.

policeLynne Rosher (C0997) (Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner , News Publishing Co-ordinator, Northamptonshire ) has passed on this reminder….

For the attention of all Parents and Carers

Don’t miss out on the chance to win a £100 shopping gift voucher!

The deadline to take part in a consultation being run by the Northamptonshire Police and Crime Commission has been extended to Friday 21 November.

The survey offers parents and carers the opportunity to help shape a new strategy to tackle online crime which affects children and young people across the county.

Social media has become part of our everyday lives but there are risks attached. These range from bullying and harassment through to child sexual exploitation.

We know that online crimes are under-reported. This consultation will help the Police and Crime Commission understand the perceived risks and behaviours of young people and their parents so that a programme of education and prevention and can be implemented.

Police and Crime Commissioner, Adam Simmonds, said: “Social networking sites feature in virtually every single case our cyber-crime detectives investigate.

“It is vital that we take positive action to tackle online exploitation, and this consultation is a crucial part of that.

Surveys have been devised to capture young peoples’ experiences of being online and how they are affected by them, their perceptions of the risks they face and what they would do if they felt something they came across was inappropriate.

Parents and carers are also being asked to complete the survey, to enable the commission to find out how much they understand about the risks children face when they are online.

If this subject is relevant to you, please take a few moments of your time to help us by completing the survey and forwarding this request on to family and friends.

The survey is available online now – just click into the following link

opens in a new windowhttp://www.northantspcc.org.uk/#!/GetInvolved/23393

Closing date: Friday 21 November

A paper copy of the survey is also available. To request this, or if you have any other questions about this consultation, please contact Marie Rose marie.rose@northantspcc.pnn.police.uk

Policing “Have Your Say”

From, Carl Barton, PCSO 7005, Daventry Rural Safer Community Team, Northamptonshire Police …..

Here are the dates and venues for  Woodford’s Policing “Have Your Say” Events:-

 

Co-op Car Park, Woodford Halse Wednesday 22nd October 2.45pm-3.45pm
Co-op Car Park, Woodford Halse Tuesday 4th November 2.45pm-3.15pm
Co-op Car Park, Woodford Halse Wednesday 12th November 2.45pm-3.45pm
Co-op Car Park, Woodford Halse Wednesday 26th November 2.45pm-3.45pm
Co-op Car Park, Woodford Halse Wednesday 17th December 2.45pm-3.45pm

 

Latest Police News

Update from our PCSO, Carl Barton

September’s Reported Crimes

 

1st September Criminal damage to vehicle. Adams Road.
16th September Criminal damage to vehicle. Byfield Road.
17th September Criminal damage to vehicle. Byfield Road.
18th September Criminal damage to vehicle. Byfield Road.
18th September Burglary dwelling. Suspect arrested.
21st September Criminal damage to vehicle. Byfield Road.
22nd September Criminal damage to vehicle. Elem Drive.

There have been seven reported crimes  for September. Four reported criminal damage to vehicle’s in Byfield Road relate to the same victim.

Carl is trying to set up a Community Street Watch.  Carl needs  a minimum of six people  and one co-ordinator to patrol in pairs of two around the village. You will be given high-vis jackets with Police logo and a name badge.  If you are interested please contact PCSO Carl Barton, telephone: 07557778004 or opens in a new windowsee more details here.

 

 

Help Fight On-Line Crime

Help tackle online crime and improve online safety : win £100

The Northamptonshire Police and Crime Commission wants the attention of all Parents and Carers and children aged between 5 and 18.

The Commission is currently running a consultation aimed at children and young people across the county, which will help shape a new strategy to tackle online crime.

Complete the survey and be in with a chance of winning a £100 shopping gift voucher!

Social media has become part of our everyday lives but there are risks attached. These range from bullying and harassment through to child sexual exploitation.ceop logo

We know that online crimes are under-reported. This consultation will help the Police and Crime Commission understand the perceived risks and behaviours of young people and their parents so that a programme of education and prevention and can be implemented.

Police and Crime Commissioner, Adam Simmonds, said: “Social networking sites feature in virtually every single case our cyber-crime detectives investigate. It is vital that we take positive action to tackle online exploitation, and this consultation is a crucial part of that.”

Surveys have been devised to capture young peoples’ experiences of being online and how they are affected by them, their perceptions of the risks they face and what they would do if they felt something they came across was inappropriate.

Parents and carers are also being asked to complete the survey, to enable the commission to find out how much they understand about the risks children face when they are online.

If this subject is relevant to you, please take a few moments of your time to help us by completing a survey, encouraging children to complete the age appropriate surveys and forwarding this request on to appropriate family and friends.

The surveys are available online now – just click into the following link – and remember, by completing a survey, you will be able to take part in a prize draw to win a £100 shopping voucher.

opens in a new windowhttp://www.northantspcc.org.uk/#!/GetInvolved/23393

Closing date: Friday 24th October

Paper copies of the survey are also available. To request this, or if you have any other questions about this consultation, please contact Marie Rose by email at marie.rose@northantspcc.pnn.police.uk

You can watch Adam Simmonds explaining his ideas in this video….

 

PCSO August Update

Latest news from our local PCSO.Carl Barton

Here’s the latest policing news from Carl Barton, our local PCSO. Don’t forget you can always view the latest details of local reported crimes here: opens in a new windowNeighbourhood Watch Crimes & Outcomes.

 

I am pleased to say there has only been one reported crime for the month of August.

 

Reported crimes in Woodford for the month of August

26th August

There was criminal damage caused to Woodford United Football Club.

Unknown persons have driven on to the Football pitches in their motor vehicle. They drove around the pitch and attempted to drive through the goal. In the process they hit the goal post and bent it.

Anyone with any information to the above incident can contact Crime stoppers (remain anonymous) on 0800 555 111

Or, if anyone knows anything about these crimes please call Northamptonshire Police on 101.

PCSO Carl Barton – Daventry Rural Safer Community Teams

Northamptonshire West Area, Northamptonshire Police

Telephone: 101 Mobex 778004

Mobile: 07557778004

Address: Daventry Police Station New Street Daventry NN11 4BS

email: Carl.Barton@northants.police.uk

 

 

Latest Police News

Update from The Police & Crime Commissioner

Appeal for witnesses to robbery

Police are appealing for witnesses following a robbery in Daventry on Saturday 23 August between 6.30am and 7am in an alleyway between Kingsley Avenue and Windsor Close. Read more

Want to know about becoming a special? 

Why not pop along for a chat with recruitment officers at Daventry leisure centre from 10am to 12pm and at the Eydon village fete, Eydon Community Sports Field from 12pm to 5.30pm on Sunday 31 August.

We are also offering those thinking about becoming a special constable the opportunity to attend a free fitness check, to ensure they are fit enough to pass the required fitness tests.

The fitness test is being held in the gym at Force Headquarters on Monday 1 September at 5.30pm and 6.30pm and can be booked by emailing fitness instructor Zoe Furlong at zoe.furlong@northants.police.uk but places are limited.

Phone scam

Police urge people to be on their guard following two new incidents – Police are repeating crime prevention advice about a continuing phone scam where people are manipulated into parting with their credit and bank card details. Read more

Northamptonshire launches Government’s Best Use of Stop and Search

Northamptonshire Police has launched two key elements of the Best Use of Stop and Search scheme, Home Secretary Theresa May said today. While stop and search is undoubtedly an important police power, when it is misused it can be counter-productive. It can be an enormous waste of police time and, when innocent people are stopped and searched for no good reason, it is hugely damaging to the relationship between the police and public.  Read more

Appeal for witnesses to collision on M1

Police are appealing for witnesses to a collision on the M1, near junction 15, on Friday evening (22 August). The collision happened at about 4.50pm on the northbound carriageway, about half a mile north of junction 15.  Read more

Community Panel Cancelled

A Message from our PCSO

PCSO Carl Barton has asked for this message to be passed on….

police“After some consideration, the Community Panel Meeting planned for Tuesday 2 September has been cancelled due to consistently poor attendance.  It is our intention to look at other options to capture the views and issues across the whole of the Staverton Beat such as conducting a ‘Street a Week’ survey, bringing the mobile police station to the various villages, holding coffee mornings etc.

I am sure you will agree that, due to only two villages being represented at the meetings, it is time for a re-assessment.

If you have any ideas that you would like to bring to our attention then please let us know.”

Northamptonshire Police – Putting Communities First

To tell us your priorities and influence what we do – click here

CRIMESTOPPERS: 0800 555 111

Call anonymously with information about crime

 

 

Woodford PCSO July Update

Latest news from our local PCSO.

Here’s the latest policing news from Carl Barton, our local PCSO.Carl Barton Don’t forget you can always view the latest details of local reported crimes here: opens in a new windowNeighbourhood Watch Crimes & Outcomes.

HOW SECURE IS YOUR HOME?

We have had a few pedal cycles stolen over the last few months. Cycles need to be locked away and not left on show in front gardens.

An open window may let in more than a cool breeze! Around 1 in 3 burglaries in Northamptonshire are committed through doors or windows that have been left open or unlocked.

Although Woodford Halse is a very safe village, don’t make it easy for thieves.

Reported crimes in Woodford for the month of June & July

1st June

Theft of pedal cycle. Barnett Crescent.

12th June

Burglary in building. Great Central Way.

Criminal damage. Great Central way.

14th June

Attempted burglary. Co-op.

20th June

Attempted burglary. Brookside.

28th June

Theft of pedal cycle. Manor Road. Cycle recovered.

22nd July

Burglary in a dwelling, Townsend.

If anyone knows anything about these crimes please call Northamptonshire Police on 101.

PCSO Carl Barton – Daventry Rural Safer Community Teams

Northamptonshire West Area, Northamptonshire Police

Telephone: 101 Mobex 778004

Mobile: 07557778004

Address: Daventry Police Station New Street Daventry NN11 4BS

email: Carl.Barton@northants.police.uk

 

 

Latest Police News

Update from The Police & Crime Commissioner

Appeal Following Traffic Accident

A man suffered a badly broken leg in a road traffic collision on the A45 near Daventry on Saturday 19 July.

The 26-year-old man was driving a silver Vauxhall Corsa on the A45 towards Daventry, near the junction with Poets Way, between 6.30am and 7am, when it left the road and was in collision with a tree.

Police would like to speak to anyone who may have witnessed the collision or who may have any information regarding it.

Anyone with information or who witnessed this incident is asked to the Drivewatch Hotline on 0800 174615. opens in a new windowRead more

Officers Remember A Colleague

Officers from Northamptonshire cycle in memory of fallen colleagues -Officers from Northamptonshire Police took part in a 170 mile bike ride in aid of a charity which helps the families of officers from across the country who have lost their lives on duty. opens in a new windowRead more

 

Latest HM Inspector of Constabulary Report On Northants Police

Northamptonshire Police provides good value for money to the county’s residents and is at the forefront of finding innovative ways to make the best use of resources, a key report published by the HMIC has shown. opens in a new windowRead more

New Police and Fire Joint Operations Planning

Police and Fire operational planning teams have come together to form a combined team of specialist officers and staff, as part of the ongoing work to bring greater integration between Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service and Northamptonshire Police. opens in a new windowRead more

 

Police Youth Project Wins Top Award

Northamptonshire’s JAM team has received a prestigious award from the Howard League for Penal Reform. The accolade was presented by Her Royal Highness Princess Anne. opens in a new windowRead more

Volunteers Sought For New Police Control Room Monitoring Scheme

Northamptonshire Police is seeking volunteers to help monitor the service provided by the force’s control room. Volunteers will make unannounced visits to the control room at police headquarters, to monitor and listen to calls from the public and give feedback about how they felt they were dealt with. opens in a new windowRead more

 

Community Panel : May

Minutes from May’s Police Community Panel are now available:-

Community Panel Meeting May 2014

The next meeting is 2nd September 2014 and before the next meeting we will try to publish an explanation as to what the Local Community Panel is all about and who can go. Watch this space!

Woodford PCSO May Update

Latest news from our local PCSO.

Here’s the latest policing news from Carl Barton, our local PCSO.Carl Barton Don’t forget you can always view the latest details of local reported crimes here: opens in a new windowNeighbourhood Watch Crimes & Outcomes.

Reported crimes in Woodford for the month of May

18th May:

Criminal damage to old air raid shelter. ASB related, windows smashed and now boarded up.

Theft from motor vehicle. Wing mirror removed from vehicle on Mallard Drive.

27th May

Criminal damage to the Hinton and Fardon rooms. Anti-social behaviour related, small crack in window.

If anyone knows anything about these crimes please call Northamptonshire Police on 101.

PCSO Carl Barton – Daventry Rural Safer Community Teams

Northamptonshire West Area, Northamptonshire Police

Telephone: 101 Mobex 778004

Mobile: 07557778004

Address: Daventry Police Station New Street Daventry NN11 4BS

email: Carl.Barton@northants.police.uk

 

 

Police Community Panel

More Details on Your Local Policing Community Group

The Community Panel for Woodford Halse includes the villages of  Woodford Halse, Staverton, Catesby, Hellidon, Badby, Newnham, Everdon, Fawsley, Charwelton, Byfield and Preston Capes.

To find out more about Community Panels and how you can get involved opens in a new windowsee this short introduction.

Police Support Volunteers

CAN YOU MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN YOUR COMMUNITY?

Volunteering is an excellent opportunity to get involved with different aspects of policing and gain experience of Northamptonshire Police, whether you simply want to help your community or are interested in pursuing a career within the Police Service.

Northamptonshire Police (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Northamptonshire Police is made up of a wide variety of departments and teams, which benefit massively from the assistance and commitment of Police Support Volunteers.
We currently have Police Support Volunteers working alongside Police Officers and Staff in various areas including; Media and Marketing, Forensic Investigations, Serious Acquisitive Crime and a number of our Safer Community Teams.

Becoming a Police Support Volunteer is an excellent opportunity to become involved in different aspects of Policing.

You could gain valuable experience of Northamptonshire Police, whether you simply want to help your community or are interested in pursuing a career within the Police Service.
You can learn more at the opens in a new windowNorthamptonshire Police web site page on volunteering.

If you are interested contact PCSO Carl Barton on 07557778004 or email carl.barton@northants.police.uk.

 

Crime Prevention Tips

Some Ideas From Carl Barton, Our PCSO

With spring here and summer just around the corner, it’s a good time to take a fresh look at your home security. Here are some useful crime prevention tips to help you protect you and your property, both at home and when out and about:

At home:

  • Keep front and back doors locked at all times and keep keys and valuables out of sight and reach from cat flaps, letterboxes, and downstairs doors and windows
  • If you’re out in the evening make sure you leave a light on and draw the curtains. If it’s dark before you get home, use timer switches to turn on the lights
  • Light up your front door with dusk to dawn lighting – make sure it’s visible from the street
  • Keep valuables out of sight from passers-by
  • When recycling, fold up any cardboard boxes that might advertise your new purchases to thieves

When out and about:

  • When out in your car, look out for Park Mark car parks and make sure you remove all items from your vehicle when you leave it – including the sat nav cradle and suction pads
  • De-clutter your bag – take out only what you need and avoid carrying large amounts of cash
  • When you’re out shopping, keep your bag firmly closed and on your person at all times
  • Carry wallets in inside pockets of jackets or coats, not in the back pockets of trousers
  • When using your card, shield your PIN and take the time to make sure you safely put away your purse or wallet
  • Never leave your bag unattended on the back of trolleys or pushchairs
  • Don’t be tempted to return to your car and drop off your shopping bags – keep them with you or take them home

For more information visit our crime prevention page at www.northants.police.uk

If you have any information about crime or criminals, call the police on 101.

Or call CrimeStoppers, anonymously on 0800 555 111

Community Panel Minutes

Minutes from last January’s Police Community Panel are now available:-

opens in a new windowCommunity Panel Minutes 23/01/14

In future minutes will be published here regularly.

The next meeting is 2nd September 2014 and before the next meeting we will try to publish an explanation as to what the Local Community Panel is all about and who can go. Watch this space!

Woodford PCSO April Update

Latest news from our local PCSO.

This month’s update is earlier than usual as Carl is on leave until May.

Here’s the latest policing news from Carl Barton, our local PCSO.Carl Barton Don’t forget you can always view the latest details of local reported crimes here: opens in a new windowNeighbourhood Watch Crimes & Outcomes.

Reported crimes in Woodford for the month of April

Theft : Between 20.00 hrs on Friday 18th April and 06.00 hrs on Saturday 19th April, a quad bike and motor cycle was stolen from a detached garage in a rear garden in Townsend. Quad bike has been recovered, motor cycle still outstanding at this time..

If anyone knows anything about these crimes please call Northamptonshire Police on 101.

PCSO Carl Barton – Daventry Rural Safer Community Teams

Northamptonshire West Area, Northamptonshire Police

Telephone: 101 Mobex 778004

Mobile: 07557778004

Address: Daventry Police Station New Street Daventry NN11 4BS

email: Carl.Barton@northants.police.uk

 

 

PCSO “Surgeries”

Change of Venue to Co-op Car Park

Carl Barton, our PCSO will now be holding regular local policing surgeries in the Co-Op car park on Wednesday afternoons.

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Next dates are:

  • Wednesday 16th April 2:30 – 4:30
  • Wednesday 14th May 2:30 – 4:30
  • Wednesday 21st May 2:30 – 4:30

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Carl aims to be there most Wednesdays afternoons between 2:30 and 4:30 pm.

Woodford PCSO March Update

Latest news from our local PCSO.

Here’s the latest policing news from Carl Barton, our local PCSO.Carl Barton Don’t forget you can always view the latest details of local reported crimes here: opens in a new windowNeighbourhood Watch Crimes & Outcomes.

Reported crimes in Woodford for the month of March

Attempted Burglary: 15th March, Primrose Walk, Woodford Halse. Ground floor window left insecure.

Theft : 28th March, Ebony Court, Theft of scrap boiler and copper piping.

If anyone knows anything about these crimes please call Northamptonshire Police on 101.

PCSO Carl Barton – Daventry Rural Safer Community Teams

Northamptonshire West Area, Northamptonshire Police

Telephone: 101 Mobex 778004

Mobile: 07557778004

Address: Daventry Police Station New Street Daventry NN11 4BS

email: Carl.Barton@northants.police.uk

 

 

PCC News

Latest “Blue Light” Issue

 

pcc logoAdam Simmonds, Northamptonshire Police and Crime Commissioner, has released his latest bulletin on the work of the PCC’s office.

You can download it here:-

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Northants Police Update

Forensic Marking Kits / Seatbelt Law Action / Domestic Violence Disclosure (“Claire’s Law”) / Better Response to Domestic Abuse 

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The latest update from Northamptonshire Police has been sent through by Lynne Rosher (C0997) (Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner , News Publishing Co-ordinator, Northamptonshire )

Police hand out forensic marking kits to schools –
Police are in the process of rolling-out a crime prevention programme to schools across Northamptonshire. Officers are visiting primary and secondary schools to provide crime prevention advice, as well as introduce the forensic marking solution SelectaDNA.  Read more

Drivers who do not wear seatbelts targeted in week of action –
Drivers who do not wear seatbelts will be targeted in a week of action led by Northamptonshire Police.  As part of a Europe-wide campaign launched today, officers from the county will clampdown on people who fail to abide by seatbelt laws, either by not wearing a seatbelt while driving or by not making sure children are properly secured.  Read more

Force to sign up to Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme –
From Saturday 8 March, Northamptonshire Police will sign up to a Home Office scheme by putting a formal mechanism in place meaning that people can make inquiries about a partner if they are worried that they may have been abusive in the past.  Read more

Police are getting back to basics in tackling domestic abuse –
**Released on behalf of the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO)** – Police need to focus on getting the basics right to improve our response to domestic abuse, says national police lead. Read more

New PCSO : Carl Barton

New PCSO from March 1st

POLICE community support officer Carl Barton will be out on the beat in Woodford Halse next week, when he becomes the village’s dedicated PCSO.

PCSO Carl BartonCarl will take over the role from Saturday, 1 March, replacing PCSO Jane Coaley. Jane will still have links with Woodford Halse as she continues to work in the area on the wider Staverton beat.

Carl has been a PCSO for 11 years, having spent the last four working in Staverton area. He is looking forward to working on his new dedicated beat in Woodford Halse.

He said: “Having worked in the area for the last few years, I already have a good knowledge of the area and I’m looking forward to working with residents and local businesses.

“Speeding is an ongoing issue in the village. It has been chosen by local people as a priority for police to deal with and I will be working with my safer community team colleagues to carry out speed checks and enforcement.”

Anyone wishing to contact Carl or other local officers can contact them on 101 or by email at SCT-DaventryRural@northants.police.uk.

Police Cadet Scheme

Chance for young people to become police cadets

Northamptonshire Police Community Connect have let us know that three open evenings are being held for young people to find out more about becoming a police cadet.

The open evenings will be held in Wellingborough, Daventry and Towcester with staff on hand to offer information about the schemes.

Police cadets meet one night a week to learn about the police service and develop practical skills. The new cadets will also work with local police and become part of their local safer community team, helping out at events and offering crime prevention advice.

LiCadetszzi Betts, cadets and volunteers team leader, said: “This is an exciting time for the cadets’ scheme as we expand in to new towns. We hope as many young people as possible are able to come along to the open evenings to find out more.”

She added: “The cadet scheme is an excellent way for young people to gain experience of policing, develop personal skills, build their confidence, make new friends, understand social responsibility and make a difference in the community.”

Details of the events are:

Tuesday 21 January, 7pm, Wellingborough Police Station, Midland Road, Wellingborough.

Thursday 23 January, 6pm, Daventry Police Station, New Street, Daventry.

Friday 24 January, 6pm, Towcester Leisure Centre, Springfields, Towcester.

The closing date for applications is Friday, 31 January 2014. Thirty places will be available on each scheme and applicants must be aged 16 when the scheme starts in Daventry and Towcester in May 2014. The Wellingborough scheme is also open to 15-year-olds as well as 16-year-olds.

For more information about the cadets visit www.northants.police.uk/cadets or email sav@northants.police.uk.

 

 

Volunteer Northants Police

Watch Liaison Officer

Northamptonshire Police (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Do you have a few hours a week to spare? Would you like to work with the police to help support Street Watch and other ‘Watch’ schemes and share crime and policing information with local communities?

If so, Northants Police would like to invite you to an information evening about a new volunteering opportunity with Northamptonshire Police, which involves the Community Connect messaging service that provides messages for this web site (amongst many).

Volunteer Watch Liaison Officers will help Northamptonshire Police and the Office of Northamptonshire Police and Crime Commissioner establish and maintain a range of ‘Watch’ schemes, using the Community Connect messaging system and other methods to send local information to local people.

Volunteers in this role will work closely with local police and watch schemes to provide regular information to scheme members and the community about what is happening in their neighbourhood. They will be based at their local police station and would need to be able to volunteer three to four hours of their time each week.

You can find more information about the volunteer role here.

If you are interested in joining a growing team of volunteers and would like to find out more about the Watch Liaison Officer role, please come along to the information evening on Wednesday, 15 January.

The event will be held at Police Headquarters, Wootton Hall, Northampton, NN4 0JQ, from 7pm to 8.30pm.

If you would like to attend, please contact Maggie Turner by email at margaret.turner@northantspcc.pnn.police.uk or by telephoning 101, extension 345919.

Phone Scam Alert

Northants Police issue phone scam warning

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Police are issuing crime prevention advice following 12 reports of a phone scam which took place in the county on Sunday 5 January between 1pm and 7pm.

The scam involves a caller attempting to encourage people to part with bank details, including pin numbers. Police are urging people not to part with this information.

During the scam the offender calls the resident, purporting to be a police officer investigating a fraud on their bank account, a fraud investigator from a bank or other bank official. They then ask for account information, including their card numbers, security number and pin number.

If the resident becomes suspicious, the offender suggests that they call 999 or 101 and ask for confirmation that the person is a police officer.

The victim then calls police, but doesn’t realise that the offender has not hung up so goes straight through to them again. In some cases another offender comes on the line and pretends to be working in the police control room and states that they can verify the officer’s details.

The caller is then transferred back through to the first offender who obtains all their details.

In some cases the criminals have sent couriers immediately to the victim’s property to pick up their cards which are then used fraudulently.

In two other incidents the suspect caller, again pretending to be a police officer, stated that they had the victim’s two grandchildren in custody who had been caught using the caller’s credit or bank card.

The offenders are deliberately targeting older victims.

For non urgent incidents please report to Action Fraud, the central reporting and recording system for fraud, on 0300 123 2040 or online at: www.actionfraud.police.uk.

This alert comes from Northamptonshire Community Connect.

Keep Secure at Xmas

Festive Security from Neighbourhood & Home Watch

Northamptonshire Community Connect and the Neighbourhood and Home Watch Network have some suggestions on security at Christmas time.

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With Christmas and New Year just around the corner, you are probably in the process of buying presents and stocking up on supplies for the festive season. However, at this time of year offers rich pickings to criminals.
Here are some useful tips to ensure that you don’t become a victim to an opportunist thief so that you can relax and enjoy the festive season,

Make sure gifts and valuables, wrapped and unwrapped, are out of view and not visible from any windows. This applies in the car as well as in the home.

  • Photograph valuable property and log any serial numbers. Don’t store the information on a laptop, as that might be stolen too – keep it on a memory stick in a safe place.
  • Don’t put gift packaging out for recycling or leave it sticking out of your bin – thieves will notice boxes for branded products like laptops, TVs or accessories that could indicate an expensive piece of kit somewhere in the house. The safest thing to do is to break down any cardboard boxes or fold them inside out so that you cannot see the branding. You can then store them out of sight inside your home until you can dispose of them at a local recycling site.
  • Mark any expensive gifts you receive for Christmas with a UV pen or property marking service. This will make it harder for burglars to sell the items and allow police to return them to you. Call your local policing team on 101 for advice about property marking products. You can register your property with opens in a new windowwww.immobilise.com which is endorsed by a number of police forces.
  • Lock all doors and windows, leave a light on and draw the curtains when you go out at night. Keep your doors and windows locked from the inside even when you are inside your home.
  • Visible burglar alarms, exterior security lighting, timer lighting switches and leaving the radio on help to deter thieves and give the impression that somebody is at home.
  • Bolt and padlock garden gates and make sure you don’t leave ladders out, or other things that burglars could easily use to climb on. Remember to lock your garden shed and store your tools inside; it stops burglars using your tools to break into your house. Consider fitting extra padlocks to gates, sheds and garages. Don’t keep presents in the garage or shed.

If you’re going away, we always recommend asking a trusted neighbour to pop in to your home every now and then to turn the lights on and off, draw the curtains, collect the mail and make the house look occupied. It goes without saying, make sure everything is properly locked up before you leave and the burglar alarm – if you have one – is set. We advise cancelling your newspapers, magazines and milk deliveries. We also recommend that you don’t advertise the fact you are away from your home on Social Networking sites – thieves use Social Media too!

You don’t have to be a member of a Neighbourhood or Home Watch scheme to be a good neighbour, and even if you don’t have much contact with your neighbours, Christmas could be the perfect time to break the ice, have a friendly chat and get to know them a bit better.

Burglars wander around looking for chances. The best opportunity for the police to catch them in the act is for you to spot them before they break in. Wherever you live, remain vigilant and if you see anything suspicious, call 999 immediately. You can also call 101 to contact your police in a non-emergency situation.

The Suzy Lamplugh Trust has also produced a guide on how to keep safe during the Festive season, which can be viewed and downloaded here:

http://www.ourwatch.org.uk/resource_centre/document_library/festive_season_safety/

Police Appeal:Daventry 13/12

Looking for witnesses to an attempted robbery

Police are appealing for witnesses following an attempted robbery in Daventry.
 
The incident took place between 1am and 1.10am on Friday, 13 December.

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A 50-year-old man was walking his dog along the path off the roundabout on Northern Way, in front of the ICON building. He heard a rustling in the bushes and noticed a man standing to his left. The man punched the victim in the head and demanded he hand over his wallet and phone. The victim refused and then noticed another man. After a struggle the two offenders ran off empty handed.
 
One of the offenders is described as a white man, aged 29-32, 6ft 1in, with dark hair and of heavy build. He was wearing black trainers, a red T-shirt and a black hooded top.
 
The other offender is described as a white man, aged 18-24, 5ft 10in, with cropped mousey blonde hair and of athletic build. He was wearing grey tracksuit bottoms, a dark hooded top and silvery white trainers.
 
The victim suffered cuts to his head.
 
Witnesses, or anyone with information, should contact Northamptonshire Police on 101. Alternatively, information can be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
 
News briefs since your last update
 
Since Sunday, 1 December, when Northamptonshire Police launched the Christmas drink drive campaign, 1,429 people have been breathalysed and 52 people have been arrested. Read more
 
A prolific family of car thieves have been ordered to pay back a quarter of a million pounds of their criminal gains. Read more
 
Northamptonshire Police is speaking up for the silent victims of alcohol misuse and domestic abuse by launching a powerful campaign today to tackle alcohol related crime around Christmas and the New Year. Read more
 
Northamptonshire’s special constabulary was out in force this weekend to support Christmas operations and crime prevention campaigns throughout Northamptonshire. Click here 

Woodford PCSO Update

Latest news from our local PCSO.

PCSO Jane CoaleyHere’s the latest policing news from Jane Coaley, our local PCSO.

Reported crimes for the month of November

Theft from Motor Vehicle : Laburnum Close – 24th/25th November – unknown person/s gained access to locked van and took items from within. Nothing seen or heard.

 Criminal Damage to Vehicle : Anscomb Way – 8th/9th November – unknown person/s pushed motorbike over causing damage to the mirror and indicator. Nothing seen or heard.

Theft : Woodford Halse Primary School – between 25th October & 4th November unknown person/s enter the school grounds and take section of lead flashing from the roof causing water damage inside the school.

Dates of forthcoming Surgeries being held at Sure Start, Scrivens Hill:

Thursday 19th December 15.00 – 16.00 hours

(further dates to be arranged in the New Year)

Next Community Panel

The next Community Panel Meeting will be held on Thursday 23rd January 2014 at 6 pm at The Cross Trees Public House, Byfield.

PCSO Jane Coaley – Daventry Rural Safer Community Teams

Northamptonshire West Area, Northamptonshire Police

Telephone: 101 Mobex 778042

 

Northants Policing Update

Latest News from Northamptonshire Police

policeLynne Rosher, C0997 (Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner , News Publishing Co-ordinator, Northamptonshire) has sent us this update for Woodford ward which includes Cannons Ashby, Preston Capes and Woodford Halse.

Police News from Around Northamptonshire

A new code, aimed at providing a better experience of the criminal justice system for victims of crime has come into force. The national guidance sets out how police forces, Crown Prosecution Service, Courts Service and Victim Support should work to better support those people who find themselves the victim of crime. Read more

Since the launch of Northamptonshire Police’s annual drink drive campaign on Sunday 1 December, 309 people have been breathalysed, 25 arrested and 18 charged. Read more

Police officers from Northamptonshire and Leicestershire, the National Crime Agency (NCA) and the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) executed seven warrants on Tuesday December 10 at five addresses two of which were in Northamptonshire. Seven people have been arrested in connection with human trafficking offences and benefit fraud. Read more

Police are hoping a Christmas card with a special message to burglars will encourage people to be more aware of their home security during the festive period.  The Christmas card style advice leaflet is part of a Northamptonshire Police campaign to reduce burglary across the county. Read more

Northamptonshire Police is again leading the way with its use of pioneering technology. The force has eight sophisticated new devices which will enable traffic officers to take fingerprints at the roadside and immediately establish whether somebody is wanted for immigration offences. Read more

Police focus on burglary prevention during week of action

Police in Northamptonshire are encouraging people to improve their home security as part of a new campaign to help reduce burglary in the county.

During a countywide week of action, officers will be visiting known criminals, carrying out increased patrols in areas where burglaries are more likely to happen and finding new ways to share crime prevention advice with the public.

Chief Superintendent Paul Fell described some of the activity taking place during the week.

He said: “Much of the activity is about sharing crime prevention advice and we’re also increasing patrols and paying a visit to some of the people we know are involved in crime.

“Our volunteer officers from the Special Constabulary were out and about over the weekend, looking out for suspicious activity and keeping an eye out for any homes left insecure. They were checking homes for unlocked doors and open windows and knocking on doors to let the householder know if they found one.

“We’re continuing to visit all properties in areas where a burglary has happened, providing reassurance and advice to help prevent further crimes. As well as finding out if neighbours saw or heard anything suspicious, it gives officers the chance talk to them about their own home security and remind them of basic security measures.

“Advice leaflets in the guise of a Christmas card will be delivered to homes in hotspot areas, asking people to make sure they lock up properly and take other simple steps to keep their homes and property safe.

“And offenders are not being left out either! Officers will be delivering Christmas cards to people known to commit crime, reminding them that police have their eye on them.

“Finally, we’ll be sharing useful crime prevention advice on social media throughout the week and, on Friday (13 December), one of our crime prevention specialists will be taking over the force’s Facebook page for the day to answer questions and give advice about home security.”

People can join Northamptonshire Police on Facebook at facebook.com/northantspolice or follow them on Twitter @northantspolice.

For more local policing information, visit www.northants.police.uk/sct.

Crime & Policing Update

Latest News from Northamptonshire Police

policeLynne Rosher C0997 (Police, Corporate Communications, Northamptonshire) has sent us this update for Woodford ward which includes Cannons Ashby, Preston Capes and Woodford Halse.

Police News from Around Northamptonshire

Police will be launching their 2013 Christmas drink/drug operation on December 1, with operational activity taking place to clamp down on offenders and prevent serious accidents and deaths on the county’s roads. Read More

Police have launched an operation to ensure Christmas shoppers enjoy a safe shopping experience when they visit town centre stores.  Operation Lapland began on Wednesday 20 November and will run until Monday 6 January 2014. It is managed by police and the Northampton Retail Crime Initiative (NRCI). Read more

A sentence of life in prison with a minimum term of 40 years was today handed out to Anxiang Du. Read more

Volunteers are being sought across the county to join the Northamptonshire Independent Advisory Group to help the police understand the role and impact it has within diverse communities. Read more

A group of 38 police officers and staff will be running for two miles a day for four months in aid of a charity set-up in memory of police officer shot while on duty. Read more

Local people can now report an incident or crime when they call 101.  The Victims’ Voice report identified the lack of an option for people to report an incident or crime when calling the non-emergency number. The phone system has now been changed so there are just three options; if you know the name or extension of the person you wish to speak to, to report a crime or incident and for all other departments and enquiries. Read more

The Police and Crime Commissioner has revealed the 22 organisations who have successfully bid for a cash grant from the county’s Proceeds of Crime fund.  The scheme allocates grants ranging from £500 to £5000 and is being paid for by money that Northamptonshire Police has obtained in the civil court through the Proceeds of Crime Act. Read more

Police are urging people to think twice if they see high-value goods being sold privately at cut prices and are asking them to report anything suspicious to the police. Read more

The Police Commissioners “Blue Light” report is available at:  http://www.northantspcc.org.uk/.

Safer Christmas Fayre.  Police in Towcester are inviting local people to a Christmas fair next week, where they can meet local officers and find out more about home security.

The Towcester Safer Christmas Fayre is taking place on Wednesday, 4 December, at Towcester Town Hall, between 1pm and 3pm.

Staff from the Daventry and South Northamptonshire Community Safety Partnership – which includes Northamptonshire Police, Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service and South Northamptonshire Council – will be on hand to give advice about how to stay safe inside and outside the home.

Visitors to the fair will be invited to complete a short questionnaire giving them the chance to win a £25 gift voucher.

For more local policing information, visit www.northants.police.uk/sct.

Police Advisors Wanted

Independent volunteers sought to advise police

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Volunteers are being sought in Daventry and South Northamptonshire to join an Independent Advisory Group to help the police understand the role and impact it has within diverse communities.

Independent advisory groups are made up of community representatives who act as a ‘critical friend’ to appraise policies, practices and procedures by the police and the Police and Crime Commissioner. The groups provide an ideal forum to gain valuable insight from different sections of the community.

The Daventry and South Northamptonshire group is seeking new members who:

  • are actively involved in their community
  • are interested in what the police are doing in their community
  • are able to offer advice to the police and the Police and Crime Commissioner about diversity and equality issues and issues affecting the community they are representing or working in
  • live or work in Northamptonshire

An administrator is also required for the group to coordinate bi-monthly meetings, paperwork, and to take minutes of the meetings.

The roles are voluntary but expenses will be reimbursed.

Information on how to apply is available online at: www.northantspcc.org.uk/initiatives

The deadline for applications is Monday, 16 December.

Watch Out For Phone Scam

Warning after scam continues to affect people in Northamptonshire

policeLynne Rosher C0997 (Police, Corporate Communications, Northamptonshire) has sent this warning through….

Police are issuing crime prevention advice after a phone scam continues to affect people in Northamptonshire.

The phone scam encourages residents to part with bank details including pin numbers and banks cards and police are urging people never to part with this information.

During the scam the offender calls the resident, purporting to be a police officer, investigating a fraud on their bank account, a fraud investigator from a bank or other bank official. They then ask for account information, including their card numbers, security number and pin number.

If the resident becomes suspicious, the offender suggests that they call 999 or 101 and ask for confirmation that the person is a police officer.

The victim then calls police, but doesn’t realise that the offender has not hung up so goes straight through to them again. In some cases another offender comes on the line and pretends to be working in the police control room and verify the officer’s details.

The caller is then transferred back through to the first offender who obtains all their details.

In some cases the criminals have sent couriers immediately to the victim’s property to pick up their cards which are then used fraudulently.

More recently there has been a variation on the original theme, the caller will request that the victim go to their bank to withdraw money or simply instruct the victim to transfer an amount of money into a specific bank account.

The offenders are deliberately targeting older victims.

Bryan Pye from the fraud and financial investigation team of the East Midlands Special Operations Unit said: “This is a scam which appears to be operating nationally. An arrest was made shortly after a number of incidents occurred in Northampton in July and as a result that investigation is still ongoing. It appears that residents are refusing to give their details but these calls show that the offenders are continuing to target people in Northamptonshire and the surrounding area.

“In previous cases some residents have been conned into handing over their cards and pin numbers, resulting in money being removed from their accounts.

“I would urge people to share this information with their elderly relatives or neighbours so they are aware.”

Advice from police:

  • Police and banks will never ask for your PIN or bank card
  • Police will not cold call about a suspected offence
  • Banks will never suggest that you hand your card to a courier
  • Never give your card details, PIN or bank card to anyone
  • If you receive one of these calls end it immediately

Report any incidents to the police. Always call 999 if the crime is in action.

For non urgent incidents please report to Action Fraud, the central reporting and recording system for fraud, on 0300 123 2040 or online at: www.actionfraud.police.uk

Crime & Policing Update

Latest News from Northamptonshire Police

policeLynne Rosher C0997 (Police, Corporate Communications, Northamptonshire) has sent us this update for Woodford ward which includes Cannons Ashby, Preston Capes and Woodford Halse.

New Incidents

  • A vehicle was broken into in Byfield Road, Woodford Halse on Sunday 27 October.

Other News from Around Northamptonshire

Northampton pub O’Neill’s took the prize for the best town centre bar earlier this week, at the Northampton Best Bar None awards. Read more

Northamptonshire Police is on the way up from league two says the county’s Police and Crime Commissioner. Speaking a year on from his election, the commissioner Adam Simmonds says that almost all types of crime in Northamptonshire have been substantially cut. Read more

Northamptonshire Police dog Herbie and his handler PC Emma Reed attended a star-studded event in London yesterday, Battersea’s Collars and Coats Gala Ball in aid of abandoned dogs. Read more

HMIC report praises region’s ‘effective’ Collaboration: Tuesday 12 November 2013.  Collaboration between the East Midlands’ police forces is effective in the fight against crime and needs to be “continued and expanded”, according to Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC). Read more

A detective from Northampton is once again taking hand-knitted teddies out to India as part of a trip educating and playing with young children who live in poverty. Read more

Police in Northamptonshire embarked on a successful #darkernights Twitterthon recently Between 2-9pm, the Force tweeted messages relating to burglary, robbery and vehicle crime. Read more

 

Tweet On The Beat

Northants Police Twitterthon (!)

Force Twitterthon on burglary, robbery and vehicle crime – Monday 4 November

twitterNorthants Police will be tweeting updates and crime prevention advice around burglary, robbery and vehicle crime in a Twitterthon on Monday 4 November.

Between 2pm and 9pm, the Force will be using Twitter to highlight crimes under investigation, police activity and crime prevention advice.

They will be tweeting @northantspolice #darkernights – and have invited everyone to join in the conversation, help stay safe and keep homes and vehicles secure. Any bright ideas welcome!

Remember, Twitter is not the place to report an emergency – in these circumstances always ring 999.

Assistant Chief Constable Andy Frost said: “This is an innovative approach to getting a message out on crime prevention at a time when, traditionally, darker nights lead to higher rates of offences such as vehicle crime and burglaries.

“The Force’s Twitter feed has more than 16,000 followers and we will be looking to speak to as many people as possible, providing our Twitter audience with a unique insight.”

Police & Crime Commissioner Survey

What Are Your Views on the PCC?

In November 2012, Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) were elected to help cut crime and deliver an effective and efficient police service across England and Wales.

PCCs are expected to engage with the public and ensure that community needs are met as effectively as possible, improve local relationships and increase police accountability.

One year on,  Neighbourhood Watch would like to invite you to participate in their survey to assess your experiences so far.

The survey should take no longer than five minutes, responses will remain anonymous and no specialist knowledge will be required.

The closing date for this survey is Friday 8th November 2013.

To take part in the survey, please click here.

The Neighbourhood Watch movement issued a preliminary PCC survey in March 2013 (the results from this survey can be seen here).

Community Speed Watch

Worried by Local Speeding?

Northamptonshire Police are inviting local communities to become involved in the Community Speed Watch Campaign for 2014/15.

P1010807_edited-1Since April this year, volunteers have generate over 3500 Police speeding warning letters  and over 100 other offences have been identified. The programme gives all year round support invovlving data collection, interactive signs, speed indication devices, use of Police speed detyection equipment and warning signs.

If Woodford wants to be involved we need to collect 500 pledge signatures and have 10 volunteers available for training. The closing date for replies indicating that we would like to be included in the programme is 4th November 2013.

If you are interested in being involved, please contact June Irani on 01327 262808 or by email via the web site here.

 

Crime and Policing Update

policeLynne Rosher C0997 (Police, Corporate Communications, Northamptonshire) has sent us this latest update for Woodford ward which includes Cannons Ashby, Preston Capes and Woodford Halse.

New Local Incidents

  • A property was burgled in Top Farm Court, Woodford Halse on Thursday 10 October.
  • A garage was broken into in Mallard Drive, Woodford Halse between Sunday 29 September and Tuesday 2 October.

Other News From Around Northamptonshire

Local Safeguarding Children Board Northamptonshire (LSCBN) has today published a report following a review into the actions of agencies before and after the death of a young baby. To read a copy of the report, please visit the following link: Click here

Crime across Northamptonshire has fallen by 14.4 per cent since April – nearly 3,500 fewer offences. The latest figures show 20,652 crimes were recorded by Northamptonshire Police. Click here

An organised crime family responsible for running cannabis farms must pay back £56, 000 of their criminal proceeds. Click here

A man from Corby has been sentenced to 12 months imprisonment and is banned from entering any pub, club or bar in Northamptonshire for the next two years. He is also banned from drinking in public for the full two years. Click here

Northamptonshire Police are supporting a national campaign to raise awareness of Hajj fraud. The fraud campaign, launched by the City of London Police on 8 October aims to protect Muslims planning to make the pilgrimage.

Crime and Policing Update

An Appeal for Information

policeOur PCSO Jane Coaley sent us through a request asking to publicise an appeal for information…

“I have received an email regarding the play park and would be grateful if anybody is able to identify the offender/s who vandalised fences on or around 26th August. If anybody does have any information they can either contact me on my mobile or by email (see our opens in a new windowPolicing page) or alternatively they can call Crimestoppers in confidence on 08000 555 111. Thanks to the couple that reported this.”

Latest Surgery Dates & Local Report

We’ve added Jane’s surgery dates for September to December to the Policing page and the August report from our PCSO.

Latest News from Northamptonshire Police

Lynne Rosher C0997 (Police, Corporate Communications, Northamptonshire) has sent us this update for Woodford ward which includes Cannons Ashby, Preston Capes and Woodford Halse.

New Incidents

  • A motorcycle was stolen from Winston Close, Woodford Halse between Friday16 and Saturday 17 August.
  • A motorcycle and pedal bike were stolen from Farndon Road, Woodford Halse overnight on Thursday 5 September, the motorcycle was recovered.

Other News from Around Northamptonshire

Tweety graffiti is helping police in Northamptonshire home in on anti-social scribblers and scrawlers. A Twitter blitz on Operation Illustration, the Force’s countywide campaign to reduce graffiti-related anti-social behaviour, has pointed police in the direction of graffiti hot spots. Read more

Police are advising people to be alert after several thefts have taken place when the victim has been distracted by someone asking for directions. Five incidents have been reported since the end of May and were in supermarket car parks in Northampton, Daventry, Towcester and Wellingborough. Read more

A £25,000 pot of cash seized from criminals is being made available to help combat crime and provide support for victims in a scheme run by the Northamptonshire’s police and crime commissioner Adam Simmonds. Read more

Two men have been charged on suspicion of going equipped with intent to steal, after police made a number of arrests last weekend in connection with fuel thefts. Read more

The lights aren’t on and there’s no-one home – don’t be dim now that daylight hours are shortening! The clocks don’t go back until October, but Northamptonshire Police want home and car owners to be properly prepared in the fight against crime during the autumn and winter months. Read more

A county-wide campaign, from 19 August to 25 August, aimed at speeding motorists, has been a success. Read more

Police seized an Aston Martin DB9 last week for no insurance – the driver had an insurance policy on the car but it wasn’t valid. Read more

Police working on Operation Illustration, looking to scrub away graffiti-based anti-social behaviour in Northamptonshire, are building a picture of the problem areas. Read more

Police took part in a speed enforcement campaign in mid-August. Officers tackled speeding motorists, with a focus on the county’s ‘red routes.’ These are the roads where a high level of fatal or serious injury roads traffic collisions have taken place. Read more

DON’T give your PIN or other personal details out to anyone asking for them in any circumstances. Read more

Northamptonshire police and crime commissioner Adam Simmonds is the new chairman of Northamptonshire’s local criminal justice board. Read more