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HMRC Warns on Tax Return Scams

HMRC Warns On Tax Return Scams

t has come to my attention that there has been a number of emails circulated by possible scammers pretending to be from Inland Revenue for Tax Rebate. On the email they will tell you that you are owed money back as you paid too much tax. There is a link you would click on where you will be directed to a page to enter your personal details. I have been told there is a section where they will ask for your card details and the 3 digit security code that’s on the back of your card. Under no circumstances should you give out any personal details and I would advise you to contact the Inland Revenue directly. For more information please visit the link below.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/hmrc-warns-on-tax-refund-scams

Alternatively you can also contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or report online via link below.

https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/report_fraud

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PCSO Ali Haq
Wigston Police Station

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Ali Haq (Leicestershire Police,PCSO,South Leicester)

Scammers reveal how they trick victims into sharing their bank account details using App that makes it look like the bank calling

Scammers reveal how it takes just 82 SECONDS to trick a victim into sharing their account number – using an app that makes it look like a genuine call from the bank

  • Man dubbed Britain’s Greatest Fraudster reveals how scammers can trick victims into sharing their bank details in less than two minutes
  • They use a free-to-download app that allows them to change the number recipients see on their phones
  • SpoofCard also lets the user change the background noise 
  • Tony Sales said he would use it to make it seem like he worked for a bank
  • If the victim trusted him they would easily hand over their personal details in just 82 seconds
  • App is legal to use in the US – but it is illegal to use in the UK 

Some of Britain’s biggest fraudsters have revealed how it takes less than two minutes to scam victims into sharing their bank account details over the phone – using an app that’s illegal to use in the UK.

In Channel 5 series Undercover: Nailing The Fraudsters, Tony Sales, who has been dubbed ‘Britain’s greatest fraudster’, reveals how the the app – called SpoofCard – allows criminals to change the number that appears on a victim’s phone.

He said it can be used to display a bank’s contact number, with scammers then able to con victims into sharing their personal details and gain access to their bank accounts, stealing sometimes thousands of pounds. The process can take as little as 82 seconds, he admits.

SpoofCard – which is free to download but requires users to buy credits – also provides artificial background noises to disguise a fraudster’s location, so they can trick victims into believing they are in a busy office.

 

Protecting your church – use the direct to the police reporting tool under Reporting Crime on the front screen of your App

Protecting England’s Heritage

Heritage crime has significant impact on rural communities. Historic England’s Head of Heritage Crime and Policing Advice, Mark Harrison, explains the measures being taken to protect England’s heritage.

Historic England defines heritage crime as, ‘Any offence which harms the value of England’s heritage assets and their settings to this and future generations.’

Harm caused to a heritage asset by crime or anti-social behaviour will often have both direct and indirect impacts. For example, the loss of historic fabric from a listed building through vandalism or theft will not only have a direct impact by damaging the fabric of the heritage asset itself but may also have an indirect impact such as social or economic loss to the amenity of an area.

The problem of crime and anti- social behaviour relating to historic buildings, archaeological sites (both maritime and terrestrial) is not a modern phenomenon. It has been documented and recorded for hundreds, if not thousands, of years. However, what is new is the sheer scale and extent of the criminality.

For example, in 2012, English Heritage (now Historic England) published research, which revealed that in 2011, 18.7% of all listed buildings were physically affected by criminal activity. That is over 70,000 listed buildings! For almost 30,000 listed buildings, the impact was classified as ‘substantial’.

More generally, around 20% of listed buildings are harmed by crime every year. This figure is almost double for listed places of worship.

Our understanding of the threats posed to heritage sites, buildings and cultural property continues to improve. The following types of crime have been identified as the most prevalent:

  • Architectural theft – in particular metal and stone;
  • Criminal damage – vandalism, graffiti and in particular damage caused by fire;
  • Unlawful metal detecting (‘nighthawking’);
  • Unlawful disturbance and salvage of historic maritime sites;
  • Anti-social behaviour – in particular fly-tipping and off-road driving/riding;
  • Unauthorised works to a listed building or scheduled monument;
  • Illicit trade in cultural objects.

For more than 100 years, and through a succession of statutory measures, Parliament has recognised the need to protect England’s irreplaceable stock of historic sites and buildings, and more recently its shipwrecks, military remains and cultural objects.

This has included the introduction of specific offences to counter the threats of theft, damage and unauthorised works and alteration.

The challenge set for the authorities charged with the protection of the nation’s heritage is clear: the historic and cultural environment should be passed to the next generation in as good, if not better, condition as we find it.

In 2010, Historic England, in collaboration with the National Police Chiefs’ Council (formerly the Association of Chief Police Officers), the Crown Prosecution Service and a number of local planning authorities, recognised the need for a structured and coordinated approach to prevent and investigate crime and anti- social behaviour within the historic environment.

This was a significant development and highlighted the level of concern and commitment across the heritage and law enforcement sectors to address the issues.

Significant progress has been made over the last seven years. The Heritage Crime Programme has stimulated an awareness of the existence and significance of protected heritage assets at a national and local level.

Over 8,000 law enforcement and heritage professionals and local community activists have been provided with the advice, training and expertise they require to protect the historic environment in their local areas.

A growing number of police services have identified officers to act as single points of contact for matters relating to heritage and cultural property crime – a function that is often aligned with the investigation of offences within the rural and natural environment.

This network of specialist officers, police staff and support volunteers is helping to provide an effective and efficient response to heritage crime, which has been supported by the publication of Heritage Crime: A Guide for Law Enforcement Officers.

In addition, several partnership campaigns have been launched to target specific heritage crime threats. These include:

  • Operation Chronos – for unlawful metal detecting, sometimes referred to as ‘nighthawking’;
  • Operation Crucible – for theft of metal from protected historic sites and buildings;
  • Operation Birdie – for unlawful interference and salvage from historic wreck sites.

In parallel, the Crown Prosecution Service has identified specialist prosecutors to act as Wildlife and Heritage Crime Coordinators.

Across the country, local history and archaeological societies, sub-aqua and metal- detecting clubs are developing Heritage Watch schemes to seek to inspire and encourage communities to be more aware and vigilant about the threat of heritage crime within their local areas and to report any suspicious activities to the police.

The value of our built and cultural heritage cannot be judged in pounds and pence alone.

The impact of theft from historic buildings and archaeological sites, including those situated in the maritime environment, has far-reaching consequences.

NCRN has identified heritage crime as one of the six declared objectives:

“To encourage and support the activities of those involved in making rural communities across England and Wales become and feel safer, as well as assisting them in the protection and preservation of heritage assets and their settings.”

Our understanding of the extent and scale of the problem will continue to develop as the intelligence-gathering and assessment processes develop.

An increased level of understanding will allow for the effective implementation of appropriate preventative and enforcement measures and activities needed to reduce heritage crime, and, where offences do occur, will help us to identify those responsible and to bring them to justice.

If you see anything suspicious please report it through the link of reporting crime  on the Rutland App where it will go directly to the police.

Heritage Crime reporting through the Rutland App

You will have noticed if you have downloaded the Rutland NHW App, some changes which we hope will provide for better communications and ease of use.

Under Reporting Crime is a link for Heritage Crime.  An email link which will enable you to provide a written report of suspicious behaviour together with photographs of vehicles or individuals, of if you have it, video.

Heritage Watch Schemes are being introduced to allow the public to report and share information on any suspicious/illegal behaviour encountered at heritage sites in their community. Please see the additional links for more information and to see whether your local area is part of the Heritage Watch Scheme.

 

What is heritage crime?

 

Heritage crime, as defined by Historic England, is any offence which harms the value of heritage assets and their settings.

 

Heritage assets are sites which are considered to have value to the heritage of England. Such sites include –

  • Listed buildings
  • Scheduled monuments
  • World Heritage Sites
  • Protected marine wreck sites
  • Conservation areas
  • Registered parks and gardens
  • Registered battlefields
  • Protected military remains of aircraft and vessels of historic interest
  • Undesignated but acknowledged heritage buildings and sites.

 

This offence may take place indirectly through other crimes; those that are posing the largest threat to heritage sites are –

 

  • Criminal damage – vandalism, graffiti **and arson
  • Architectural theft – ** in particular metal and stone
  • Unlawful metal detecting – ** often referred to as ‘Nighthawking’.
  • Anti-social behaviour- ** in particular fly-tipping and off-road driving
  • Illicit trade ** in cultural objects
  • Unauthorised works to a listed building or scheduled monument

Please see the links in related websites for further information

http://www.nationalruralcrimenetwork.net/best-practice/protecting-englands-heritage/

How can I report heritage crime?

 

If you witness any criminal activity/suspicious behaviour taking place at a heritage site, you should report this to your local police force.

Most police forces have a liaison officer who will coordinate issues related to heritage crime in their area. You can contact them via 101 or, wherever there is an immediate danger to life or property and an emergency response is required, via their 999 number

If you wish to report your suspicious digitally and you have the Rutland NHW App downloaded, the click on the link and complete your report on Heritage Crime.  (This can be downloaded from this website should you wish.  Just click the link.  The App is free to download and contains no adverts).

You should also contact ** Historic England and/or your Local Authority’s Conservation Department to make them aware of any damage to a designated heritage asset e.g. a listed building or a scheduled monument.

Heritage Watch Schemes are being introduced to allow the public to report and share information on any suspicious/illegal behaviour encountered at heritage sites in their community. Please see the following links for more information and to see whether your local area is part of the Heritage Watch Scheme.

 

https://historicengland.org.uk/advice/caring-for-heritage/heritage-crime/report/

 

How can I prevent heritage crime?

One of the most effective ways to prevent crime reoccurring is to report it.

The Heritage Crime Prevention Measures provides guidance on reducing the threat of crime to historic buildings and sites throughout England. Some of the measures suggested include –

  • Use of CCTV
  • Monitor exits
  • Use of physical security e.g. locks, bolts, fencing
  • Raise public awareness of heritage crime throughout the community
  • Remove temptation; any valuables should be moved off site if unoccupied
  • Set and display rules