RIVERSIDE & BELMONT: firstname.lastname@example.org 31/1 Tuesday midnight / 5.45 a.m. Ray Park Road. Burglary. Offenders entered the house using a house key. The owner has no idea how they obtained a key. They became aware of the burglary when their dog barked and they went downstairs to let him out and found the front door open. Handbag and car keys stolen from the hallway table along with the blue Range Rover Evoque from outside. Fortunately the car was fitted with a tracker and recovered from a road in Slough, displaying fake plates. 1/2 – 2/2 Raymond Road. A line has been drawn along the passenger side of a car with a permanent marker. 31/1 – 1/2 Raymond Road. Car ENTERED BY UNKNOWN MEANS – car searched and LAPTOP stolen from the boot.
FIRST, some advice Honor, at Trading Standards about protecting your telephone number and stopping it from getting onto sales/marketing/’suckers lists’.
When filling out any forms which require a telephone number (but for no apparently necessary reason), then instead of filling out your own telephone number, enter 0333 88 88 88 88 (3x3s and 8x8s).
This will direct them to a recorded message, advising them to contact you by email only. Further information can be found on http://www.truecall38.co.uk/
NEXT from Linda
I have received a text from ‘Her Majesty’s Passport Office’ saying that my new passport will take 3 – 6 weeks !
I have not applied for a new passport, as my current passport is current. Is this a new scam ?
I have not heard about this before. You know it is not genuine, as it is not you, that has asked for the new passport !
I have to say, I would contact the Passport Office, using a correct and verified telephone number, to check this out. It may be someone, pretending to be you, claiming - they / you – have lost your passport and asking for a new one. If they have, the next time you travel, there could be a problem if your current passport, has been cancelled. If it is – you won’t know anything about it, as you didn’t make the claim, but could be stopped at an airport !
NEXT a scam to Parish Churches in Cornwall – our members are all over the UK – if you are a member of a local faith group – can you make them aware ?
Hi jeff, It looks as though our colleagues at the local Parish Church down here in Cornwwall, have today been targeted by people intent on fraudulently obtaining money from them. The individuals operating the scam, have done a lot of research. They found out the name of the local vicar and sent an email that purports to be from him, to his finance officer, by name ! It asked her to make a payment of more than £12,000 to a named company. Fortunately, she immediately saw through it as the amount was substantial. They wanted to make other Parishes aware of this and to be on their guard. Although the email said it came from the local vicar, if you hovered your mouse over it, you could see that it actually came from: email@example.com The email gave the company name for the payment along with a sort code and bank account. The scam email asked the finance officer to email back immediately the transaction had gone through ! As soon as that email was received the money would have been transferred out of that account immediately and lost ! Please spread this message as widely as you can. Jeremy Thanks Jeremy – Job done.
NEXT from Susan – the Microsoft / BT Windows Scam still going strong. Hello Jeffrey
I have now had 3 calls, purporting to come from Microsoft, telling me there is something wrong with my computer.
I have politely refused to have anything to do with them and put the phone down. I am sure that Microsoft would not phone me, would you agree?
I do not bank but have recently become acting treasurer for a local organisation and so need to access their bank accounts. However I do not do any transfers, all is done with cheques. Best wishes
Susan Many thanks Susan – this is of course a scam. Microsoft or BT have no access whatsoever to your computer to know whether or not you run a Microsoft Product or have an Imac running Apple software. They don’t even know if you have a computer unless you tell them ! Hence the advice: NO CONVERSATION - JUST PUT THE PHONE DOWN.
Whatever you do, never allow anyone to ‘proxy’ your system to run a diagnostic. If they ask you to type something in and press run, you are handing over the entire access and contents of your computer to them. If Like Susuan you do online banking – even if you write cheques – they can copy all the bank details and then do online transactions……and transfers !