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Clearly nothing about Bedhampton Area because of lack of reported "criminal" incidents. We need to report everything to 101 even if it is a protracted and frustrating process. If nothing is reported then the perception will be that Bedhampton is quiet and peaceful and as a consequence already limited resources will not be allocated. 

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There are 6 new scams to be aware of, scroll down the page.

  

Tenancy Deposit Scheme Alert
 

Action Fraud have received several reports where fraudsters are claiming to be landlords of properties offered for rent online. Prior to a viewing the suspect requests that the individuals pay a deposit and sometimes a month’s rent upfront, claiming that this money will be put into the Tenancy Deposit Scheme, and is therefore protected under government legislation.
 

After the individual pays the money, the suspect sends a bogus email purporting to be from the Tenancy Deposit Scheme confirming they have received their deposit. However, this is not the case as the money was sent directly to an account associated with the suspect and the victim is left out of pocket and without the home they had thought to be putting a deposit on.
 

What You Need To Do

  • Always make sure you, or a reliable contact, has viewed the property with an agent or landlord before agreeing to rent a property.
  • Don’t be rushed or pressured into making a decision. Only transfer funds when you’re satisfied a genuine property, safety certificates and valid      contract are in place.
  • Only pay for goods or service by bank transfer if you know and trust the      person. Payments via bank transfer offer you no protection if you become a      victim of fraud.
  • Once you’ve paid your deposit, you can check whether it’s protected by entering your tenancy deposit certificate code on TDS website (www.tenancydepositscheme.com).

     

Lonely Hearts Romance Fraudster Alert

The NFIB have become aware of techniques used by romance fraudsters against people using dating sites. Not only will they steal your heart they will steal your money and your identification. 

When you think you’ve met the perfect partner through an online dating website or app, but the other person is using a fake profile to form a relationship with you. They’re using the site to gain your trust and ask you for money or enough personal information to steal your identity. 

A dating fraudster, previously involved in deceiving people that wanted a friendship explained how they would create fake accounts with social media platforms so that their details matched and could be searched. By appearing to be a real person their fake persona could be corroborated by prospective partners searching their background and believe them to be genuine. The fraudster said:

“People like to live in fairy tales to say it won’t happen to me. I make sure all my conversations are bespoke. I will show insecurity myself about trusting people and this helps allude to them that I’m genuine.”

The fraudster will also utilise as many accessible online research tools to explore people’s information for their own personal gain or sell onwards. The fraudster elaborated and explained:

“I use various online directories to find out about the person. Once I have enough, I use it to milk everything I can using their details or sell them on to other fraudsters via the dark web”

When asked how people could check if a person is real. The romance fraudster offered advice for others searching for a relationship. They told us that after you see a picture of them: 

“Ask for them to send you another photo of themselves posing with their thumbs up or waving. It’s like a form of 2 factor authentication and makes it hard to do if it’s not an original picture”

What you need to do

· Avoid sharing too many personal details when on online dating profiles. Revealing your full name, date of birth, or full home address may lead to your identity being stolen.

· Never respond to any requests to send money, or have money transferred into your account by someone you don’t know and trust. These types of requests should always raise a red flag. If something feels wrong then it is usually right to question it.

· Pick a reputable dating website or app, and use the built-in messaging service. Fraudsters want to quickly switch to social media or texting so there’s no evidence of them asking you for money.

Message Sent By

Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)

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OP SCEPTRE
 

The intention is to take dangerous knives off of the streets.

 You may think the rest won't apply to you but in fact it does. Please see the information below to help you not make the mistake of taking an illegal knife out in the public.
 

Can I carry a lock knife? 

Lock knives are not classed as folding knives and are illegal to carry in public without good reason. Lock knives:

  • have blades that can be locked and refolded only by      pressing a button
  • can include multi-tool knives - tools that also contain      other devices such as a screwdriver or can opener

What about antique or traditional knives? 

It is illegal to bring into the UK, sell, lend, hire or give anyone a sword – including samurai sword – with a curved blade over 50cm. There are some exceptions, such as antiques and swords made to traditional methods before 1954.
 

TRADEMAN?

Can I carry a knife for work? 

The law recognise that there are certain trades and types of employment that require an employee, workman or member of staff to possess an knife or an object which can, in certain circumstances, be considered an offensive weapon.
It would be up to you to defend an allegation of possessing a blade by arguing that the knife is a tool of your trade.
Stanley knives are a common tool in the working environment, as is a knife for a chef.
 A folding pocket knife which has a blade which is less than 3 inches in length can legally be carried.

 WORK IN OR RUN A SHOP?

What are the laws around selling knives? 

It is an offence to sell the following to anyone:

  • flick-knives, gravity knives, belt buckle knives
  • swordsticks containing a blade
  • push daggers, butterfly knives
  • kyotetsu shoge (a rope, cord or chain fastened to a      hooked knife)
  • hand and foot claws, hollow kybatan with spikes,      shuriken or death star
  • kusari gam a (a rope, cord, wire or chain fastened at      one end to a sickle)

The law doesn’t apply to:

  • folding pocket knives if the cutting edge of the blade      is less than 7.62cm (three inches)
  • replacement cartridges for safety razors, where less      than 2mm of the blade is exposed

It is an offence to sell the following to anyone under 18:

  • any knife, knife blade or razor blade
  • any axe
  • any other article that has a blade or is sharply      pointed and is made or adapted for use for causing injury to the person

It is an offence to advertise a knife in a way that:

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An ongoing TV Licensing phishing campaign, first identified by the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) in September 2018, continues to be reported to Action Fraud in high numbers. Fraudsters are sending the public fake TV Licensing emails that are designed to steal their personal and financial information. Since April 2018, Action Fraud has received over 900 crime reports with victim losses totalling more than £830,000.

How you can protect yourself:

  • Don’t click on the links or attachments in suspicious      emails and never respond to messages that ask for your personal or      financial details.
  • Don’t assume a phone call or email is authentic, even      if someone knows your basic details (such as your name or address).      Remember, criminals can spoof phone numbers and email addresses to appear      as companies you know and trust, such as TV Licensing.
  • Your bank will never call and ask you for your PIN,      full banking password, or ask you to transfer money out of your account.

What to do if you’ve fallen victim:

  • Let your bank know as soon as possible and monitor your      bank statements regularly for any unusual activity. 
  • If you suspect your identity may have been stolen you      can check your credit file quickly and easily online. Use a reputable service      provider and follow up on any unexpected or suspicious results. 
  • If you have been a victim of fraud or cyber crime,      report it to Action Fraud at actionfraud.police.uk, or by calling 0300 123 2040.

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Fraudsters send fake Virgin Media emails threatening “automatic disconnection”
 

Action Fraud has received over 100 reports about fake emails that purport to be from Virgin Media. The emails threaten the recipient with “automatic disconnection” due to “invalid billing information”. The links in the emails lead to genuine-looking phishing websites that are designed to steal your Virgin Media account login details.
 

Don’t click on the links or attachments in suspicious emails, and never respond to messages that ask for your personal or financial details.
 

For more information on how to stay secure online, visit www.cyberaware.gov.uk 

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PHISHING and TV PROVIDER DISCOUNT FRAUD.

What is phishing?

Fraudulently sending emails purporting to be from reputable  companies in order to trick individuals into revealing personal information, such as passwords and financial information. Phishing can also be carried out over text messages (smishing) and phone calls (vishing).

Links

Don’t click on the links in unsolicited emails and texts.

Attachments

Don’t open the attachments in unsolicited emails.

Your information

Don’t reveal personal or financial information as a result of unsolicited emails, texts or calls. 

   

Hampshire Constabulary Fraud Warning:

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) have noticed an increase in Action Fraud reports  where fraudsters are offering a discount on Television service provider   subscriptions. Fraudsters are cold-calling victims, purporting to be from a Television (TV) provider offering a discount on their monthly subscription. Victims have been told the following: their subscription needs to be renewed; that part or all, of the TV equipment has expired and they are due an upgrade on the equipment/subscription. In order to falsely process the discount, the   fraudster asks victims to confirm or provide their bank account details. The scammers may also request the victim’s identification documents, such as scanned copies of passports. 

The fraudsters are using the   following telephone numbers: "08447111444", "02035190197" and "08001514141". The fraudster’s voices are reported to sound feminine and have an Asian accent. 

Later victims make enquiries and then discover that their TV service provider did not call them and that the   fraudster has made transactions using the victim’s bank account details.
 

What YOU need to do:-
 

Don’t assume a phone   call or email is authentic: Just   because someone knows your basic details (such as your name and address or even your mother’s maiden name), it doesn’t mean they are genuine. Criminals can exploit the names of well-known companies in order to make their scams appear genuine. 

Don’t be rushed or pressured into making a decision: a genuine company won’t force you to make a financial decisions on the spot. Always be wary if you’re pressured to purchase a product or service quickly, and don’t hesitate to question uninvited approaches in case it’s a scam. 

Stay in control: Have the confidence to refuse unusual requests for personal or financial information. Always contact the company yourself using a known email or phone number, such as the one written on a bank statement or bill. 

Visit Take Five (takefive-stopfraud.org.uk/advice/)   and Cyber Aware (cyberaware.gov.uk) for more information about how to protect   yourself online




Further Alerts

FIFA World Cup Tickets and Warm Weather Advice.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup will take place from 14th June – 15th July 2018.  The worldwide demand for match tickets is expected to be significant. Action Fraud have been alerted to several websites which are offering World Cup Tickets for sale, some at highly inflated prices. A FIFA spokesperson said:

“FIFA regards the illicit sale and distribution of tickets as a very serious issue and it has been reminding all football fans that FIFA.com/tickets is the only official and legitimate website on which to buy 2018 FIFA World Cup tickets.”

“FIFA has received various complaints and enquiries by customers of non-authorised ticket sales platforms, and has consistently confirmed that these companies cannot guarantee access to the stadiums as the respective tickets may be cancelled. Insofar customers are at risk of investing a high amount of money (also for travelling and accommodation) without having the certainty to actually be able to attend the matches.”

FIFA have also warned that “any tickets obtained from any other source, such as ticket brokers, internet auctions or unofficial ticket exchange platforms, will be automatically rendered void and invalid”. 

Action Fraud received over six hundred reports and intelligence submissions in relation to the previous World Cup so it’s vital that football fans exercise caution when considering a purchase or making a transaction.

Protect yourself:
 

• Don’t take the risk. Tickets for the World Cup 2018 can only be purchased directly from FIFA. For more information, please visit www.FIFA.com/tickets.  

• A FAN ID is required for fans to be able to enter the 2018 FIFA World Cup stadiums. Exercise caution if using a third party to obtain your FAN ID for you. You may be charged inflated costs for the service and your personal details may be compromised. For more information, please visit www.fan-id.ru

• Visit the Take Five website for the latest guidance on how to avoid becoming a victim of fraud.

• For useful advice and information on the World Cup please visit the Government Guidance Pages; https://www.gov.uk/guidance/be-on-the-ball-world-cup-2018

Message Sent By
Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)


The warm weather has made an appearance at last! Whilst I’m sure we’re all pleased it’s here, it can provide opportunities for “Billy Burglar” and his friends.

As such, please see some advice below to help prevent your home being burgled or things being stolen from your car:

Homes, Sheds / Garages etc

  • Don’t leave windows open when you go out, and even close them if you’re leaving the room for a time. It doesn’t take long to reach in through an open window.
  • Don’t leave valuables on display and especially not on windowsills or within reach from the outside.
  • Store high valuable items in a hidden safe which is bolted to the floor / wall.
  • If you’re doing some landscaping this year, think about putting pea shingle or similar on the drive and on the ground near windows – you can hear people walking on it.
  • Keep side gates closed and locked.
  • Keep your sheds and garages closed up and locked.
  • Don’t leave tools out overnight – you’d be surprised how useful a garden spade is to a burglar.
  • Keep the hedges / trees etc trimmed to a reasonable level. Whilst people like to have privacy from the open road, so too does a burglar.
  • If you have an alarm, make sure it’s on when you’re out or sleeping. If you don’t have one, maybe consider getting one fitted.

Cars & Vans

  • Take your valuables out of the car or van when you leave it. Don’t rely on ‘hiding’ things under the seat or in the boot. Consider who may be watching you hide these things.
  • Make sure windows are up, sunroofs are closed and the doors are locked when you leave the vehicle. Try the door handles once in a while, as central locking can go wrong.
  • Remember – take your phone with you! With many people using them as a sat nav or for music, it’s easy to forget it’s still in the car.
  • Park in busy public places rather than a quiet beauty spot if you can, as there will be more people to see any crime happening.

Other General Advice

  • Register for a free account on www.immobilise.com and log all the serial numbers of your valuables, such as phones, computers & bikes.
  • Keep your Apple and/or Google account up to date and turn on the device tracking options. If your phone is stolen, you can lock it along with wiping it and tracking it. Being able to track a device can sometimes help us get it back to you.
  • Be mindful of what you put on Social Media. Don’t advertise your holiday, as a burglar can use this to learn that a house is empty for a while.
  • Consider joining a Neighbourhood Watch scheme. Take a look at www.havantneighbourhoodwatch.com/

If you see anything suspicious, don’t hesitate to call us on 101. If you feel a crime is being committed or someone is in danger, call us on 999.

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Neighbourhood Policing Teams.

Update, 15th April 2018.

Dear Neighbours,

I have been made aware of the following. This is therefore the real, on the ground situation, which if you heard the Home Secretary's recent statements definitely flies in the face of what she says.

Unfortunately,our local team is working days Sun / Mon; then off Tue & Wed. Usually, they would ask other teams (Neighbourhoods from other Havant areas) to cover whilst they are unable to do so, but the team on this weekend are from the Town. The ASB etc in the town is far worse than our situation, and most notably they are also down to around 2 officers (from around 5). This is due to staff moving on (who will be replaced) and staff on sick leave. Consequently, it is highly unlikely that there will be any proactive presence over at least the next 4 evenings.

The cuts to policing - for that despite the Home Secretary's view is what they are - are having an effect. Havant neighbourhood teams combined have been reduced to around 60% of staffing levels for some time, and there is no sign of improvement. As such, the NPTs have to grade incidents based on Threat, Harm, Opportunity and Risk. This sees them going to the highest risk incidents first, and has really seen a decline in the amount of prevention work that the NPTs are able to conduct. Compared to a few years ago, in addition to less people, the NPT are also having to undertake more of the work that had previously been carried out by Specialist Teams, which have either been disbanded or, at best, reduced in size). For instance NPTs now have to manage certain risks of missing people and also carry out all medium risk domestic abuse follow-ups.

Nevertheless, our NPT will try to attend at Bidbury Mead at the relevant times this coming Thursday to Sunday evenings (19 - 22 Apr) to prevent any issues and move people on where needed.

I appreciate that this does not make for comfortable reading. Under Government policy / directives (?), it is apparent that their emphasis on 'other' policing - ie cybercrime - is a fine objective, but this should not be to the severe detriment of neighbourhood policing - especially with ASB and Burglaries on the increase. So, if one feels strongly enough about this subject, it would appear that it needs to be raised at a political level - Councillors and MP, as well as the Police and Crime Commissioner.

Kind Regards

John (Prime)

NHW

Online Marketplace Fraud Advice For Sellers

       

Action Fraud has received several reports indicating that   sellers of items on online marketplace websites are falling victim to fraud  by bogus buyers. Typically, the bogus buyers contact the seller wanting to purchase the item for sale and advise they will be sending the requested  amount via PayPal or other electronic payment method. The seller then  receives a fake, but official looking email stating they have been paid more   than the asking price and to send the difference back to the buyer’s bank   account. In reality, no money has ever been sent to the seller; the bogus   buyer has spoofed an email and purported to be an online payment company. All   contact is then severed with the seller. 

It is important to remember that selling anything could make you  a target to these fraudsters however the NFIB has identified that those  offering sofas, large furniture and homeware are particularly vulnerable.

Protection   Advice

Don’t   assume an email or phone call is authentic. Remember   criminals can imitate any email address. Stay in control. Always use a  trusted payment method online, such as Paypal, and have the confidence to  refuse unusual requests for payment like bank transfers.

Don’t   be rushed or pressured into making a decision.  Always  verify that you have received payment from the buyer before completing a  sale.

Listen   to your instincts. Criminals will try and make unusual  behaviour, like overpaying, seem like a genuine mistake.

Visit Take Five (takefive-stopfraud.org.uk/advice/) and Cyber   Aware (cyberaware.gov.uk) for more information about how to protect yourself  online.

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.

Magazine Advertise Debt Alert

      

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.
 

The fraudsters request that the debt be repaid by bank transfer. If the victim refuses, they threaten to visit the victim’s home or place of work to recover the debt that is owed. 

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 are a range of different businesses and individuals being targeted.

Protection   Advice:
 

1. Listen   to your instinct: just because someone knows your basic   details, such as your name and address, it doesn’t mean they are genuine.

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.

False Telephone Preference Service.

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.

 

Protect yourself:

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.

You will receive postal confirmation of genuine direct debits. If you notice unauthorised payments leaving your account, you should contact your bank promptly.

Always be wary of providing personal information, or confirming that personal information the caller already claims to hold is correct. Always be certain that you know who you talking to. If in doubt hang up immediately.

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.



Running a holiday sale or weekly special? Definitely promote it here to get customers excited about getting a sweet deal.

EARLIER UPDATES

       

We are today warning young people about a new and growing fraudulent scam – predominantly targeting students – called credit muling.
 

People are being targeted online on social media platforms by job adverts.  This is normally on Facebook but we have also had reports using Snapchat and other social media apps. The majority of victims we have   encountered in Hampshire have been university students.
 

How it works:

The victim responds to the advert online and is advised that they need to meet   their would-be manager and that they are also required to undergo a credit   check. A small deposit of money is placed in the victim’s account to confirm   they have an active bank account.
 

Victim is then advised they need to obtain a business mobile phone contract. They are told to go to a mobile phone shop and take out a new phone contract in their name, using their personal details.
 

The suspects go with the victims to the shop and wait outside. Once the phone   has been obtained, it is handed over to the scammer who then has a phone to   use registered in their name together with the victims’ personal details - which can be used to commit identity fraud.
 

This crime has been reported across the country and is typically part of a broader organised crime operation.

How to protect yourself:


  • Only seek employment opportunities from reputable employment agencies or direct job recruitment posts on official company websites;
  • Never assume any job advert on social media is genuine. Always take time to verity any information that you see. Trust your instincts – if it sounds too good to be true, it often is;
  • Potential employers would never ask you to receive funds into your bank account to check the credit worthiness of your bank or ask you to purchase high value items for them in your name;
  • Your debit or credit card is yours – don’t let a stranger take it off  you. You should only ever have to hand it over at your bank. If it’s cancelled, you should destroy it yourself.
     
    How to spot the signs of a credit muling scam:


  • Someone contacts you on social media or in person offering employment or a quick and easy way to make some money;
  • Someone asking you to meet the manager in the street without going through any formal application or job recruitment process;
  • Somebody offering to pick you up or asking you to take them to mobile phone or other shops;
  • Someone asking for your bank details and offering to transfer money into your account in order for you to take out mobile phone contracts;
  • Someone asking you for your banking and other personal information;
  • Someone asking you to hand over your phone and wallet;
  • Someone asking you to purchase high value items in your name for them.

    How to report it:
     
  • If suspects are near-by or have recently been with you, you should report this by calling the police on 999 or 101;
  • If you think you have been a victim of this type of crime in the past you can report it to Action Fraud at www.actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040, text phone 0300 123 2050.


           


 

Your local police are continuing to target motorbikes being ridden illegally and in an Anti-Social way around Havant. We have seen incidents of people riding off-road motorbikes on pavements, across playing fields, and in other places where they cause a nuisance and danger to members of the public.

We continue to appeal for information relating to who is riding these motorbikes, and where they are stored. If you have any information which may be of use to us, please call on 101 and quote Op Herd.

Please also see a recent article here: www.portsmouth.co.uk/news/crime/police-crackdown-aims-to-end-scourge-of-nuisance-yobs-on-mopeds-1-8361488

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