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Courier Fraud

Courier fraud is a crime in which the victim is tricked in advance into handing over cash, bank cards or other valuable items to a courier who visits them in person.

How does Courier Fraud happen?

Courier fraud occurs when a fraudster contacts victims by telephone claiming to be a police officer or bank official. The caller sounds plausible and may confirm the victim’s name and address, basic information which could be obtained easily.

In some instances, after trust has been gained, the fraudster will claim money has been withdrawn from the victim’s account by staff within the bank. They persuade them to go their local branch and take out a large sum of money from their account. The fraudsters then send someone to collect the money from the victim’s home address.

What can I do to protect myself?

The police or banks would not contact people in this way.

• If you get a call like this hang up.
• If you need to contact your bank to check wait five minutes as fraudsters can stay on the line even after you have hung up, or use a different line altogether.
• Never give any of your details over the phone.
• Install a call blocker on your phone. Telephone companies can assist with call blocking technology to help restrict these types of calls. We would recommend that people talk this through with their vulnerable or elderly family and friends to help prevent this activity.

Please help us by spreading the message. We ask then you pledge to #tell2 people you know so, especially the elderly or vulnerable, so that we can try to prevent other people falling victim to this scam.

Please do not report crime or Incidents via ‘Neighbourhood Link’ as the messages are not always monitored.

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Rebecca Spilane (Leicestershire Police, Economic Crime Unit,Fraud Vulnerability Officer,Leicestershire)

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Lockdown means tighter COVID-19 restrictions are now in place across the country, including here in Rutland. In Rutland, 111 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in the latest week (28 December to 3 January). This is an increase of 38 compared to the previous week and equates to 278 cases per 100,000 people. The total number of confirmed cases in Rutland since the start of the pandemic is 830

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Operation Galileo for 20/21 across 20 police forces in the UK is now launching

We’re launching Operation Galileo for the 2020/21 season by making life even more difficult for hare coursers thanks to a partnership with 20 police forces from across the UK.

By working with other forces across the country we can share information and intelligence on offenders who cause the greatest harm to our rural communities.

The last two seasons have seen the fewest number of incidents on record in Lincolnshire, a concerted effort to encourage timely reporting from the local community, and use of technology such as Police Drones and the What3Words App for accurate locations. With 873 incidents during the 2018/19 Season and 1043 incidents last year, there is still more work to be done, but it is clear support from local residents is having a real impact.

Prevention continues to be the focus of Operation Galileo, supported by more sophisticated prosecution and intelligence gathering capabilities.

Lincolnshire has continued to invest in its ability to use drones and has them available for use in rural areas 24hrs a day. Many other forces now possess drones and can monitor hare coursers trespassing without them knowing, and present the evidence at court more than ever before.

Chief Inspector Phil Vickers, the force’s lead for rural crime, says:

“We are in good shape for this season. Last season was very positive and we are looking at building on that, while also improving our efforts to fight other rural crimes such as theft of machinery and dangerous driving.

“People who live in our rural communities play a vital part in helping us gather intelligence, and we really need their support.”

Reade more here:

Extraordinary General Meeting Rutland Neighbourhood Watch Association