If you have information about
any crime, phone the police on
101 or you can call anonymously
to the independent charity
CRIMESTOPPERS 0800 555 111.
For general information about
Neighbourhood Watch nationally
If anyone is
the victim of a crime, or even
sees a suspicious incident, we
would like to know as
Neighbourhood Watch so that we
can advise the other parishes on
our network i.e. Churchstanton,
Pitminster, Buckland St Mary,
Corfe and Yarcombe. This very
rarely happens and we do need
CORNWALL ALERTis a
two--‐way community messaging system operated by Devon and Cornwall
Police. The system advises subscribers as to what is
happening in their area and allows them to respond directly with any
information. The system is designed to allow people who
register to choose the type of information they would like to receive
concerning crime and anti--‐social behaviour, witness appeals, crime
prevention, community events and local good news.
Subscribers will not be notified about every crime or incident that
happens in their community. The aim is to send relevant
information where it is believed it will reduce the opportunity for
crime and anti--‐social behaviour or will help Devon and Cornwall Police
solve a crime. See
Tractor Battery Theft
A tractor battery has been stolen between
Stockland and Dalwood today, 23rd November 2018. The vehicle and
occupants were seen and described as a small green Fiesta-type car with 3
occupants, one male about 20, one middle aged and another older.
This has been reported to the police. Any sightings or information
to the police please - you can find all the ways to contact them at
If you can help the police with any information regarding the theft yesterday,
the police report number is CR10828578. Obviously they can link the
information to the investigation much quicker with this number.
It seems that battery theft is prevalent because of the scrap value of the lead
in a battery and because individual batteries are usually unidentifiable.
In 2017 there was a spate of battery theft including theft from the Wilmington
Batteries were stolen from temporary traffic lights in February this year.
It helps if you mark expensive batteries with your postcode or a dab or two of
paint and take a photo on your phone. It won't always deter thieves BUT it makes
it much easier to prove if the police do catch someone in possession.
Copper Tank Theft
On Tuesday 20th November at 1420hrs, a white
male drew up to premises in the Stockland area in a white van with chevrons on
the back. The male approached the front door of a property with some
leaflets - when there was no response he picked up, without consent, a copper
tank which he then put in his van and drove off. The male was
wearing a blue mixed bobble hat, blue jeans and a blue t-shirt with a red and
blue North Face logo.
If any members of the public have any information relating to this incident or
saw anyone fitting that description in the area, they are asked to contact the
Police on 101, quoting ref CR/109717/18 or to email the Axminster Neighbourhood
Police Team at
Message sent by: Chris
Bolsover (Police, PCSO, Axminster)
Action Counters Terrorism - trust your instincts
Report suspicious activity to www.gov.uk/ACT or 0800 789
March 2018: There is no increase in the
threat level for international terrorism in the UK, which remains at ‘severe’,
nor is there any specific threat within Devon and Cornwall. However
in support of the national effort to tackle the ongoing threat Devon & Cornwall
Police / Dorset Police urges the public to help them tackle terrorism and save
lives by reporting suspicious behaviour and activity. Communities
defeat terrorism, and your actions could save lives.
Never worry about wasting police time. No call or click will be
ignored. What you tell the police is treated in the strictest
confidence and is thoroughly researched by experienced officers before, and if,
any police action is taken. Any piece of information could be
important, it is better to be safe and report. Remember, trust your
instincts and ACT, because Action Counters Terrorism.
How can I report something suspicious?
Reporting is quick and easy. You
can report in confidence online via our secure form:
you can call the police confidentially on 0800 789 321. All reports
are kept confidential and you can report anonymously. In an
emergency always call 999.
What should I report?
You can report suspicious activity or
behaviour – anything that seems out of place, unusual or just doesn’t seem to
fit in with everyday life.
Terrorists need to plan, so behaviours that don’t seem right fall into five
categories: research, gathering materials, storing materials, hostile
reconnaissance and financing. Some examples of suspicious activity or behaviour
. Do you know someone who looks at extremist material, including on the
so-called Dark Web, or shares and creates content that promotes or glorifies
. Have you noticed someone embracing or actively promoting hateful ideas or an
extremist ideology? Meetings, training and planning can take place
. Do you know someone who travels but is vague
about where they’re going?
. Do you know someone with passports or other documents in different names, for
no obvious reason?
. Gathering materials
Suspicious materials can be ordered online as well as in store. Have
you noticed someone receiving deliveries for unusual items bought online?
. If you work in commercial vehicle hire or
sales, has a sale or rental seemed unusual?
' Have you noticed someone buying large or unusual quantities of chemicals,
fertilisers or gas cylinders for no obvious reason?
. Have you noticed someone acquiring illegal firearms or other weapons or
showing an interest in obtaining them?
. Storing materials
Terrorists need to store equipment while preparing for an attack.
Have you noticed anyone storing large amounts of chemicals, fertilisers or gas
. Have you noticed anyone storing illegal firearms or objects that could
potentially be weapons?
. Hostile Reconnaissance
Observation and surveillance help terrorists plan attacks. Have you
witnessed anyone taking pictures or notes of security arrangements or CCTV?
Cheque and credit card fraud are ways of generating cash. Have you
noticed any suspicious or unusual bank transactions?
If you’d like more information or resources, visit www.gov.uk/ACT or follow
Counter Terrorism Policing on social media: Facebook Twitter YouTube
Tool & Knife Sharpening Rogue Traders
Devon and Somerset Trading Standards have
received reports which suggests rogue traders offering tool/knife sharpening are
operating in the Devon area. We would advise residents to exercise
caution before agreeing to any work offered by unsolicited doorstep callers.
Work can often be of poor quality and cost more than first agreed.
If you need to have tools etc sharpened or any general maintenance works
undertaken, take time to get three quotes from reputable businesses you trust
and make your decision on who to use in your own time. Get
recommendations from family or trusted friends or via
If someone knocks on your door and you are not
sure, don't open the door. If you are concerned rogue traders are
operating in your area, always report it. If you are concerned
someone is at risk, always call the Police. Would recipients of
Community Messaging make your elderly and vulnerable neighbours aware of this
message. Thank you.
This is a message sent via Devon and Cornwall
Alert. This information has been sent on behalf of Action Fraud (National Fraud
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 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
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. The letters are essentially a sophisticated
phishing attempt and serves as a warning to consumers to question written
correspondence from their banks.
If you are ever suspicious about correspondence from your bank
you should call the customer serviced number on the back of their card.
To report a fraud and cyber crime, call us on 0300 123 2040 or visit
New 105 Phone Service
This document includes information on a new service launched in September
2016 - the national 105 number to ring regarding Power Cuts.
This new service enables people to ring 105 to get information on Power Cuts in
their area or to report welfare concerns in the face of power interruption.
Theft From Vehicle In Yarcombe
June 27th 2016: This message relates to Crime ref 42975/16.
Police received a report of theft from a vehicle parked in the car park at a
Nature Reserve in Yarcombe in Honiton. A window was smashed and a
handbag stolen. Drivers are reminded to remove all items of value
from vehicles before leaving them unattended. Thank you.
May 2016: Police have received a report of a
letter purporting to be from The People's Postcode Lottery. A letter
sent to a resident in Torrington told of them winning an substantial amount and
gave serial numbers to tickets bearing their name and giving contact details.
If you are a member of The Peoples Postcode Lottery, do not be fooled.
If you receive such a letter, there are indications on the letter that do show
it is a scam. Do not ring any of the numbers given on the letter or
give any personal, banking or card details. If you are unsure as to
the authenticity to letters of this nature, go to your local Police Station for
assistance in confirming a scam. Thank you.
Dodgy Tarmac Operators
April 2016: Police have received two reports of males
offering to tarmac driveways in the Woodbury Salterton area on 27th and 28th
April. Two males dressed in high visibility clothing state they are
working for the Council and have spare materials and offer to tarmac driveways.
The males will only take cash for the shoddy work and have escorted one victim
to the bank for payment. No quotes or paper work were supplied to
the victims and excessive sums are charged for very poor quality work.
These males are driving a grey Nissan Nivara pickup, registration number
FN65FWZ. Please have nothing to do with these males and look out
for neighbours who may be approached. If you have a call from these
males please contact the Police straightaway quoting Log No. 319 of 28th April
2016. Thank you.
Royal Mail Scam Email
Feb 2016: 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 claiming to be from
Royal Mail contain a link to a document which will install malicious software on
your computer designed to steal credentials like account names, email addresses
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
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.
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.
If you believe that you have been a victim of fraud you can
report it onlineor by telephone: 0300 123 2040
Burglar Alarm Scam
January 2016: An elderly resident of Marsh has received
a call from a Burglar Alarm company who claimed to be working on behalf of the
Yarcombe Parish Council, carrying out surveys of properties for the
installation of Burglar Alarms. On enquiry she was told the cost was
£99.00 per survey. No such arrangement has been made with the
Council and you are advised to terminate any such call.
Theft of Gas Cylinders
Police received a report of the theft of Orange Calor Gas Cylinders from
Farleigh Trinity Field on Old Chard Road in the Monkton areas of Honiton.
Heavy chain link fencing was cut for access between 1900-2200hrs on Thursday
14th January 2016, a white transit was seen in the area between these times.
Rural property owners are asked to be aware of this incident and be vigilant.
Report any suspicious activity you see to police, dialling 999 if offenders are
still in the area at the time of your call, trying to note any vehicle
description and registration. Thank you
Bogus Electrical Websites
Check the authenticity of websites before making any
purchases on electrical goods and domestic appliances especially if the price is
well below the retail price. Conduct a 'who is' search of the
website. Check the Trusted Shops facebook page.
Surprise gifts or packages from couriers
You may receive a telephone call from scammers advising you that a package is
being delivered via a courier and requires your signature. By very
wary of accepting any surprise gifts or packages from couriers which you neither
expected or personally ordered especially if it involves any kind of payment as
a condition of receiving the gift. Never accept anything if you do
not personally know or there is no proper identification of who the sender is.
You may be advised by the courier that a payment is due and that they only
accept payment via credit or debit cards. Using their hand held
device will give them your card details and your PIN number enabling them to use
your data at ATM machines.
Scam re EU Grants
Farmers are being warned to be extremely wary of any
suspicious calls, texts or emails as fraudsters specifically target the
agricultural sector when EU grants begin to arrive in bank accounts this month.
From December farmers start to receive funds from the Basic Payment Scheme
(BPS). Information about these payments is publically available
meaning criminals are able to target directly victims and make their approaches
appear more convincing. Be very wary of any phone calls, texts or
emails asking for personal or financial information or to transfer money to
another account. If you receive such a call hang up, wait 5 minutes
and ring your bank to alert them of this scam using a phone number that you
trust. Never disclose your 4 digit card PIN to anyone including the
bank or police. Never disclose your password or online banking
codes. Never disclose personal details unless you are certain you
know who you are talking to.
Fraud in Honiton
Police are asking the public to remain alert to a new type of
fraud occurring in the area. This follows an incident in the car
park of Lidls on Wednesday 25th November 2015 where a gentleman was scammed out
The male suspect is described as Italian, quite tall and with black hair.
He has a pronounced nose and jaw and thick rimmed glasses, and was wearing a
dark grey jacket and tan coloured shoes. The male was driving a
The offender will ask the victim to come and help them with directions, usually
to a nearby airport, and in return will offer 'gifts' of items of clothing from
the back of his car. These items are believed to be counterfeit
goods. The offender will then persuade the victim that they need to
give him money for these 'gifts' and will often use 'confidence trickster'
techniques to either fool or pressure victims into handing over the cash.
This follows a previous report where a lone gentleman was also targeted near
Turks Head on Wednesday 18th November.
If anyone is approached by a male matching this description Police advise them
not to engage and call 101 if you feel pressured or the situation is suspicious.
Victims of fraud are urged to log a report with Action Fraud via their website
Financial Phone Scam
Devon and Cornwall Police have received reports relating to a
professionally run national scam. This has led to many vulnerable
people, who are often elderly, being ruthlessly defrauded out of thousands of
pounds. There have been a considerable number of victims nationwide,
including many locally in the Devon and Cornwall area. The average
age of victim appears to be 70 years old, with losses ranging between £4,000 -
The offenders call unsuspecting victims pretending to be an
official body, such as the police or bank. At present the common
theme is for the caller to claim to be a Metropolitan police detective.
The offenders then convince the victim that there has been some form of
fraudulent activity with their bank account. They sometimes claim to
have someone in police custody who was found with the victims bank details, or
that their account has, or is being used, to withdraw substantial sums of money.
The caller requests bank account details, PIN numbers and other details as a
matter of urgency to prevent further substantial losses.
The caller often invites the victim to hang up the phone and
call their bank or local police to confirm events. What the victim
is unaware of is that the caller has maintained an open phone line, so on
re-dialling the victim is actually connected to and conversing with the same
offenders throughout the whole process. Once having attained all
bank details the caller eventually tries to convince the victim to package their
bank cards, seal them in an envelope and wait for a courier to arrive and
collect. On occasion the caller also convinces the victim to visit
their bank and withdraw substantial sums of cash from their accounts and await
further instructions, usually involving a courier as described. The
offenders sound professional, use decoding electronic devices as part of the
process and even have automated messages and background music if on hold; it is
a sophisticated and well planned operation which gives the impression of being
If you believe a member of the public is in the process of
being defrauded or has been the victim of this type of incident, please contact
Devon and Cornwall Police on 101 immediately.
Help Trace This Man
This message relates to Crime Reference 75188/15.
Police are trying to locate the owner of a black 4 door saloon car with a broken
driver side wing mirror which was described as hanging off. The
driver was described as having grey hair worn in a pony tail and wanted in
connection with an offence that took place in the Seaton area on Thursday 29th
Anyone recognising this vehicle and its owner is asked to call the 101 no:
firstname.lastname@example.org or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800
555 111 quoting crime ref 75188/15.
Theft from shed in Chard
Overnight between the 31st of October and the 1st of November 2015, unknown
persons have entered a shed at Buckland St.Mary, Chard and have removed items
from within including a chain saw and loppers.
Heating oil theft
Look after your Heating Oil! Theft of heating oil has been an issue
for rural areas for some time, but it can be a particular problem at this time
of year as home owners get their supplies for the winter months.
Coupled with rises in the cost of fuel; oil has become a much more attractive
target for thieves.
Consider the position of the tank; can it be viewed easily from the house?
If it is close to a road or pathway it is more at risk. Think about
using prickly, thorny plants to hide the tank from view, traces of blood or
ripped clothing may help to identify the offender.
Be aware of oil levels and check them regularly. Remote oil level
gauge alarms are available and cost between £60 and £95; they will set off an
audible alarm if the oil level in the tank suddenly drops or falls below a
quarter full. Update: unfortunately the Bobby Scheme no longer fit
Heating Oil Alarms as part of their range. Please see details below
regarding companies that supply alarms.
Use good quality padlocks and lockable fuel caps. A thief will not
want to spend a long time trying to attack your tank. Look for
closed shackle padlocks, as they will be more difficult to break.
Look for quality marks and attack tested products ( see
If you have a plastic tank, consider screening it with a barrier.
According to OFTEC advice any screening hedge or trellis must be spaced 600mm
from the tank or 760mm if it is part of a boundary and no fire barrier is
erected. Alternative options include a metal cage or grill with
lockable access point across the top. A specialist product called
‘Tank guard’ surrounds the tank with a metal enclosure; the sheet metal
enclosure has lockable access doors, to allow filling and maintenance plus
internal anchorage points fixing it to the concrete base. A tank
guard costs less than one tank full of oil and will last many years.
CCTV may help to deter thieves if there is very little natural surveillance.
Before you spend money on equipment make an assessment of your needs.
If you have outside security lighting, ensure that the system works and that the
light sensors have been adjusted correctly to detect movement.
Deter thieves from entering your property by using good perimeter security such
as good fencing and strong lockable gates. Maintain boundaries and
perimeter fencing/ hedges.
Be vigilant by noting unusual / out of place vehicle registration numbers, and
report suspicious activity to the Police.
OFTEC also offer advice and guidance to those using and storing oil. Contact
There is an 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.
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
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,
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.
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 and £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.
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 straightaway.
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
If you believe that you have been a victim of fraud you can
report it online or by telephone on 0300 123 2040.
Doorstep Crime and Rogue Traders
It is important to know your rights and to raise awareness of
You have a right to cancel a contract you’ve entered into at home.
Traders must give a consumer a ‘Notice of Right to Cancel’ which allows the
consumer a cooling off period of 14 days.
You must also be given written information on how to cancel a contract.
This must contain information on your rights to cancel and is relevant to any
contract that you take up in your home over the value of £35.00.
You can cancel a contract after work has started, but only if you are still
within the cancellation period. (This is if you have agreed with the
trader to start works before the end of the 14 days cooling off period.
The trader must get the consumer’s written agreement on this early start).
Q: If you spot a couple of men /women up a ladder on your elderly neighbour’s
roof, what should you do?
A: Never ignore it. You should speak to your neighbour - and check they are
happy with the situation. It’s good advice to make a note of the
description of the workers and their vehicles.
If you have any suspicions or are concerned about
door-to-door callers, please call the Police on 101. If you think a
crime is in progress always call 999.
Did you also know:
A trader breaks the law if they visit your home and refuse to
leave when requested to do so.
Claiming a product is available for a limited time to pressure a sale, is
Inaccurately claiming you are at risk if you don’t buy the goods, is illegal.
On the evening of Saturday 26th September 2015 a new white
BMW 5 series car with blacked out rear windows was seen acting suspiciously in
Farringdon. The male driver was stopping and looking in all the
field gateways between Farringdon Church and Farringdon Cross. We
would ask residents to report any further suspicious activity to the police
immediately; and ask Farmers and Land Owners to check their gateway security.
Parcel Mule Alert
September 2015: 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:
agree to receive packages at your address
for someone that you do not know and trust.
cautious of unsolicited job offers or
opportunities to make easy money.
accepting a job offer, verify the company
details provided to you and check whether
they have been registered in the UK.
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.
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.
Assault in Honiton
Police in Honiton are investigating an assault
that occurred around 03:30 to 04:00 hours on Sunday 30th August 2015, on Kings
Road in Honiton leaving the victim requiring surgery. The victim was
walking down the hill towards the High Street when a vehicle approached him on
the opposite side of the road. The vehicle was travelling uphill
away from town - towards Axminster. Police are investigating the
possibility that the victim was injured by an air weapon pellet or 'bb' gun
pellet. The vehicle seen in the area at the time was described as a
dark blue or purple colour with blacked out windows, the same length as an
estate car - but taller.
Police are appealing to anyone who has any knowledge or information regarding
the assault or similar vehicle, to please contact them on the 101 no: or email
email@example.com quoting Police Log 697 30/08/15, or
contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
Pets (Puppies) For Sale Alert
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
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
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!
Avoid Being A Victim Of Bogus Websites
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.
Payments made via bank transfer are not protected should you not receive the
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
If the item advertised seems too good to be true, it probably is.
If you believe that you have been a victim of fraud you can
report it online or by telephone on 0300 123 2040.
Theft of Ride-on Lawnmowers
August 2015: Somerset is experiencing an
increase in thefts of ride on lawnmowers. In most cases they are
being stolen from secure sheds and barns. We are advising owners to
check and review their security - upgrade locks to those with 'Sold Secure'
approval. Be sure to mark your mowers with an approved marking
system and to register them with
Immobilise.com. Call 101 to report any suspicious activity and
check with any neighbours, who you know have ride on lawnmowers, who may not get
We have been informed about an attempted break-in in Dommett,
Buckland St Mary, at 12.30am today, 11 August 2015. Fortunately it
triggered an alarm which was investigated along with large barking dog by which
time the would be thieves had fled. Other than a jemmied hasp &
clasp nothing appeared to have been taken. Tyre tracks in the field
indicated they came in a 4x4 with a trailer. A new heavier duty hasp
& clasp is now bolted to the door and the field gate is chained and padlocked.
The police would like to ask everyone to keep an eye out for two suspicious
vehicles, one with a trailer, which may or may not be related to the above.
One is a large black pickup and the other a black Range Rover with tinted glass.
The latter was possibly seen driving very slowly past the properties at the top
of Dommett a couple of months ago. If you have any information on
these vehicles please let PC Brown 4769 know at Chard Police Station.
Rental Fraud in Student Accommodation Alert
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.
Only use reputable letting
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
A landlord will usually conduct
some due diligence on any successful applicant. Be wary of
handing over cash without the landlord requesting employment or
Beware of Distraction Thefts
Police have received numerous reports across the Devon and
Cornwall area regarding distraction thefts which have occurred in supermarket
car parks. We believe Asian males are targeting lone females
engaging them in conversation asking for directions to specific locations.
Having been distracted an accomplice enters the victims car and steals cash or
bank cards. Please lock your cars and keep all valuables and
handbags with you if leaving your motor vehicle unattended even for a short
time. We ask you to be vigilant. If you see any
suspicious activity contact the Police immediately noting if you can
descriptions of the offenders or registration numbers of vehicles used. Thank
Rio 2016 Olympics Lottery Scam
July 2015: This is a message sent via The Neighbourhood & Home Watch
Network (England & Wales). This information has been sent on behalf
of Action Fraud (National Fraud Intelligence Bureau). 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:
Mr Dima Robert
MillMan Street, WC1N 3JB. London A5200.
‘UK Pay out Officer’
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. If you believe that you have been a
victim of fraud you can
report it online or by telephone 0300 123 2040.
Wine Investment Fraud
July 2015: 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).
If you believe that you have been a victim of fraud you can
report it online or by telephoning 0300 123 2040.
Guard Your Properties
Devon and Cornwall Police would like to remind residents to be sure that you
secure your properties during the summer months. This includes
making sure that vehicles are kept locked and that windows and doors are secure.
Even if you are still present at your address your property could still be
vulnerable. When having BBQs and leisure time in the garden ensure
that the front of your house and garages are securely closed and locked.
Please do not make yourself an easy target for the opportunist thief.
Another Prize Money Scam
June 2015: People are being approached by letter and by telephone informing them
they have won a large sum of money. They are then being asked to pay
either monies for "insurance" purposes or as "release fees" to get the prize
There is no prize money and this is a variation on previous attempted frauds.
Residents are advised not to make payments and not to provide any personal
information or banking details. Refer any such attempts to the
Police or Trading Standards. Thank you
Royal Mail Email Scam
June 2015: A scam email is currently being sent to victims fraudulently claiming
to be from the Royal Mail. Attached to the email is the
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.
Look at who the email is addressed to. Is it generic or
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
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.
If you believe that you have been a victim of fraud you can
report it online
by telephone 0300 123 2040.