|Victims receive a telephone call from someone purporting to be a bailiff enforcing a court judgement, attempting to recover funds for a non-existent debt. The fraudsters state the debt originates from the victim not paying a magazine advertisement subscription.
A variety of magazine names and publishers are being used by the fraudsters, who also commonly use the names of certified Bailiff Enforcement Agents such “Scott Davis”, “Stephen King” and “Mark Taylor”. These are names of certified Bailiff Enforcement Agents employed by debt enforcement companies.
Once the money has been transferred, victims are not provided with receipt details of the payment or contact details. Later when victims make enquiries, they’ll discover that the debt did not exist, and often that no advertisement was placed.
This type of fraud is nationwide. Since 2017, there have been 52 Action Fraud Reports relating to this fraud. From the reports received, there is a range of different businesses and individuals being targeted.
2. Stay in control: always question cold callers: always contact the companies directly using a known email or phone number.
3. Don’t be rushed or pressured into making a decision: a legitimate company will be prepared to wait whilst you verify information.
If you have been affected by this or any other type of fraud, report it to Action Fraud by visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040.
Visit Take Five (takefive-stopfraud.org.uk/advice/) and Cyber Aware (cyberaware.gov.uk) for more information about how to protect yourself online.
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Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)
|False claims of Telephone Preference Service:
Fraudsters are cold-calling victims, falsely stating that they are calling from one of the well-known UK telecommunication service providers. They call victims claiming to provide a ‘Telephone Preference Service’ – an enhanced call-barring service, which includes barring international call centres.
The fraudsters ask victims to confirm/provide their bank account details, informing them that there is a one-off charge for the service. Victims instead see monthly debits deducted from their accounts, which they have not authorised. The fraudsters often target elderly victims.
In all instances, direct debits are set up without following proper procedure. The victim is not sent written confirmation of the direct debit instruction, which is supposed to be sent within three days.
On occasions when victims attempted to call back, the telephone number provided by the fraudster was either unable to be reached or the victim’s direct debit cancellation request was refused.
During 2017, there were 493 Action Fraud Reports relating to this fraud.
There is only one Telephone Preference Service (TPS). The TPS is the only official UK ‘do-not-call’ register for opting out of live telesales calls. It is FREE to sign-up to the register. TPS never charge for registration. You can register for this service at http://www.tpsonline.org.uk
The information contained within this alert is based on the results of research carried out by the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) concerning incidents of fraud One of the key objectives of sharing fraud data between the NFIB and partners is to prevent fraud
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Sam Hancock (Police, Cyber Protect Officer, Leicestershire)
|RUTLAND NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH BRIEF
Local Crime Alert
Since the last Neighbourhood watch brief we have had one report of theft from a vehicle in Main Rd, Glaston. Unknown person(s) have removed both number plates. This incident occurred between 25/02/2018 23:05 & 03/03/2018 16:09.
Beat Surgery at Uppingham Methodist Church on 9th March between 10:00 & 11:00
Beat Surgery at The Barrowden Village Shop on 10th March between 10:00 & 11:00
Beat Surgery at Oakham Library on 14th March between 14:00 & 15:00
Beat Surgery at The Noel PH, Whitwell on 27th March between 18:30 & 19:30
CSE Awareness Day Sunday 18th March 2018 – Speak out against Child Sexual Exploitation.
Let’s work together to keep children safe. Protecting children from sexual exploitation is everyone’s business.
Say something if you see something.
Help & Advice:
Leicester City Council – 0116 454 1004
Leicestershire County Council – 0116 305 0005
Rutland County Council – 01572 758407
Red Telephone Kiosks – Thieves looking very official, dressed as workmen, are touring neighbouring areas trying to steal red telephone kiosks. If you have one in your area, please try to monitor it and get close neighbours involved too. Two vehicles associated with these individuals are a small white VW van and a white Ford Transit. The Transit’s rear is painted with red and white stripes, like Highway maintenance vehicles. Both are on 60 plates. They were recently seen with a pneumatic drill and were trying to excavate the box from its surroundings. If you see anyone ‘working on a telephone box’ please call 999.
Anyone with information about a crime in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland can call Leicestershire Police by dialing 101 (calls cost 15p) or call Crimestoppers free and anonymously on 0800 555 111
|People are being called by Asian sounding lady, from HMRC, to say that the person has not paid tax on their pension and the case is in court today and they must make payment.
This call is then supposedly put through to senior manager Mr Ralph Buck, also Asian sounding man, who then goes on to say he is trying to help them sort this out, but that if they don’t the Police will be coming to arrest them today and their car and home will be taken from them to clear this debt.
Also they are told that their bank account will be frozen by the courts from tomorrow if this is not paid today.
When the victim ask how they can pay, they are told that they have to go to their main HMRC office, which is normally miles away, and when they say they can’t this man offers to help by getting them to purchase “some vouchers which he can transfer to the court on their behalf”.
He tells them they have to follow two rules:
1. They must not disconnect the line – or will be held in contempt of court.
2. They must not tell anyone that they are buying the vouchers to clear a tax bill, else he can’t help you.
They are then told to give their national insurance number, date of birth and mobile phone number – which they then ring and keep the person on the phone, obviously so that they cannot get advice from family or friends.
The person is then given instructions to go to a Sainsbury’s store and buy Itunes vouchers and then scratch off the numbers and give them the details, the whole time they are told to keep their mobiles connected to the person so they can hear the conversation and make sure they don’t break rule 2.
You would hope after getting £500 from the victim that would be the end of it, but oh no these very brazen criminals then call back the next day on a landline number saying that although the court has accepted their payment, they won’t cancel the warrant for their arrest and that the Police could arrive anytime to arrest them, unless they pay a further £400 to cancel the warrant in the next hour.
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Will Ryan (Police, Enquiry Officer, Rutland)