DEVON AND CORNWALL POLICE FRAUD ALERT Police in Devon and Cornwall are seeing increasing victims of Bank and Police Impersonation Style Frauds, this is where people are receiving calls from individuals claiming to be from a person’s bank, local branch, the banks fraud department, the Financial Conduct Authority, or a Police Officer from a fraud department. As a result of the call people are often told their accounts have been compromised or the individual is asked to assist with an investigation by moving or using their money to catch the fraudsters. People are often asked to transfer their funds to a new account to safeguard their money or are requested to purchase items or withdraw cash in a story given of it helping investigations. People are often told staff at their local bank branch are involved in the scam and are told not to talk to anyone about it as it may compromise the Fraud Investigation. Devon and Cornwall Police would like to make people aware of these types of scams to hopefully stop more people falling victim. Read more here: FRAUD ALERT LINK
SLING YOUR HOOK CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED BY NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH TO TACKLE SCAMS – July 2021
WHY ‘SLING YOUR HOOK’?
The campaign taps into the psychology that scammers use to hook people in, helping you stay one step ahead and protect yourself and your loved ones against the increasing variety of scams happening every day. We’ve identified the following five behaviours scammers commonly use:
• They imply they’re doing you a favour (reciprocity)
• They indicate everyone else is doing this (social proof)
• They say your only chance is to act now (urgency)
• They act like they’re similar to you, so you like them and want to please them (connection)
• They ask you to do one little thing which makes you do more (commitment).
We also know that often victims of scams report that in hindsight they felt something wasn’t quite right at the time. This campaign aims to raise awareness of the tactics scammers use and encourages people to ‘stop and think’ if something doesn’t FEEL, SEEM, LOOK or SOUND right. This allows them time to trust your gut instinct and help prevent becoming a scam victim.
“Everyone likes to feel special. But watch out! If a stranger is going out of their way for you, something fishy may be going on instead. Scammers like to offer one-off deals and favours. Don’t be afraid to tell them no.” John Hayward-Cripps, CEO of Neighbourhood Watch Network
How can you support this campaign?
• LEARN: Visit our scams website pages to learn more about common scams, preventing scams, reporting scams, supporting victims and a scams campaign toolkit
• SHARE: Follow us on our Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / LinkedIn channels and share our posts
• JOIN THE CONVERSATION: Join us for an online talk (details below)
We are delivering a series of scams awareness online talks in partnership with the Dedicated Card and Payment Crime Unit (DCPCU), the National Trading Standards Scams Team (NTSST) and Avast.
Anyone can attend, but we are now running waiting lists only for all the webinars apart from one! Last week we ran an online talk on ‘Exploring the psychology behind scams and how scammers are so effective at their crimes’. It was so popular we have decided to re-run it on 27th July, 5pm. Click here to book your place. Please note – this event will not be recorded.
NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH NETWORK, Central Support Team
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Scam calls with matching numbers
The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) is warning the public to be vigilant of scam calls that appear to be coming from numbers similar to their own. Commonly, the first seven digits (07nnnnn) match the victim’s own number. The calls impersonate well-known government organisations, or law enforcement agencies, and will ask the recipient of the call to “press 1” in order to speak with an advisor, or police officer, about unpaid fines or police warrants.
In May 2021, Action Fraud received 2,110 scam call reports where the caller’s number matched the first seven digits of the victim’s own phone number. Of these, 1,426 (68%) referred to HMRC or National Insurance.
Victims have also reported receiving these types of calls, and messaging, via widely-used messaging apps, such as WhatsApp.
What you need to do:
Government and law enforcement agencies will not notify you about unpaid fines or outstanding police warrants by calling or texting you. Do not respond to any calls or texts you receive about these.
Always take a moment to stop and think before parting with money or your personal information, it could prevent you from falling victim to fraud. Remember, it’s okay to reject, refuse or ignore any requests. Only criminals will try to rush or panic you.
If you receive a suspicious text message, you can report it by forwarding the message to 7726. It’s free of charge.
Suspicious telephone/mobile calls can be reported to Action Fraud via their website: actionfraud.police.uk/report-phishing
For more information about how to protect yourself online, visit www.cyberaware.gov.uk and www.takefive-stopfraud.org.uk and follow @DC_CyberProtect on Twitter.
Devon & Cornwall Police – Scam Involving Mobile Phones
This scam involves a resident receiving a cold call from someone purporting to be from a mobile phone company giving details of an offer on a mobile phone contract with a new handset.
A mobile phone is then delivered to the resident which is different from the one offered in the original call, the resident receives another call from the fraudster stating that the wrong phone was sent and an address is given for it to be sent to.
Please be wary of this scam. If you are looking for a new contract or mobile phone please do not take the word of a cold caller as genuinely being from that Company, do not give any personal information.
After receiving a cold call please wait ten minutes before making another call, or make sure the line has cleared by phoning a friend/family member.
If you believe you may have been a victim to this scam please phone the Company that the phone has been sent from, by finding the number from a reliable source.
If you have given out any financial information please phone your bank or building society immediately and then make contact with Action Fraud https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/ or telephone 0300 123 2040.
If you have concerns please phone 101 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Do You Know What A Ghost Broker is? Read on and don’t be their next victim.
“Ghost brokers” are fraudsters who sell fake or invalid car insurance policies. Victims are sold fake insurance documents for a policy that does not exist, or for a genuine policy that has been set up using false details to lower the price of the premium. Please click on the link to find out more:
Police appeal for information after two men cause extensive damage to shop 31 March 2021
Police are appealing for information after extensive damage was caused to a convenience store in Willand, near Cullompton, during an attempted burglary in the early hours of this morning, Wednesday 31 March.
At around 3.50am two men arrived in a white Seat Leon car at the Co-op on Four Cross Avenue and used equipment to cause an explosion to get at the cash machine.
The men then used pickaxes to try and gain entry to the front of the shop. The men fled the scene in their vehicle in the direction of Cullompton, when disturbed by a passing motorist.
Nothing was taken but substantial damage, estimated to be in the region of several thousand pounds, was caused to the shop.
One of the suspects is described as a man with a large build, wearing a black hooded top, a grey face mask, a grey or dark striped T-shirt, black trousers and black Nike trainers with a white tick.
The other suspect is described as being a man, wearing a black jacket, black face mask, black trousers and trainers, possibly with red laces.
Police would like to hear from anyone who saw any suspicious people or vehicles in the area in the days prior to the incident, or who has CCTV or dashcam footage of the car en route to, or leaving the scene this morning.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 101 or via email at email@example.com quoting crime reference CR/024966/21.
Introduction by Cllr Bob Evans on his role as a Councillor Advocate:
“As a District Councillor my role has many opportunities that can be used to help and inform the Communities I serve, one such opportunity is to enrol as a Councillor Advocate with the Police and Crime Commissioners office. This will allow information be passed both ways, ie local knowledge of issues and concerns from Police to the Community and from the Community to the Police via myself, this is not a Golden bullet to stop all crime but an excellent opportunity to inform and be informed.
The scheme will provide a consistent flow of information that will be passed to the administrator of the Willand PC web pages for publication in this new section, I hope you find it informative and helpful”.
MDDC Councillor, Lower Culm
Telephone: 01884 824082
Useful Contact Details:-
If a crime is in progress residents should always contact the police on Emergency telephone 999.
Reporting a crime or a suspicion to Devon and Cornwall Police (non-emergency)
Police enquiry office:
Reporting a crime anonymously to CrimeStoppers
Telephone: 0800 555111
Reporting safeguarding concerns to Adult’s Services
You can find details of local Adult’s Services contacts on the Devon and Cornwall Police website.