NHW – another warning, please read and don’t press 1 on your phone keypad!

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30/10/20 9788 Somerset: Telephone Scams

Dear Members,

We have seen a vast increase in the number of telephone scams in recent weeks from fraudsters claiming to be from HMRC, TV Licencing, Amazon, Utility Companies and many others. What do most of these have in common? When they call you be it an automated call or a person on the phone, most will eventually ask you to press number 1 on your keypad to be connected to a particular department (Please do not do this).

Why did that department not contact you in the first instance? Because they need you to press 1.

The most likely outcome is you will be connected to a premium rate phone line charging an extortionate rate for absolutely nothing at all.

Please take care and be wary of any unexpected phone calls.

If you receive a call and you think it is fraudulent then please report it to Action Fraud at this link below:

https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/contact-us

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NHW – new alert

27/10/20 7164 Forcewide – Latest Penalty Charge Scam emails

We have been sent copies of the latest Penalty Charge Scam emails (see attached). Although these can look official, they are designed to panic recipients into making a quick payment with the threat of the “fine” being quadrupled in a few days.

There are some simple checks you can make to ensure that you are getting genuine emails:

1. Is the email from an official email address? This one originates in Morocco and has a personal email address. geomedia.ma

2. Is the email written with good grammar and spelling? the date and timestarted below

3. Is it correctly spaced?

4. Does it state exactly where the “offence” took place?

5. Are you able to contact them? 0343 222 3331 temporarily unavailable

6. NEVER click on any links in the email

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27/10/20 7164 Forcewide – Operation Drive Insured 2020

Please read the attached document, which gives information about our latest campaign, Operation Drive Insured 2020, which runs between Monday 26 October to Sunday 1 November. This campaign illustrates the impact uninsured drivers can have on people’s wellbeing. Some drivers knowingly driver without insurance, but are you mistakenly uninsured?

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23/10/20 9788 Somerset: PCC launches poll to seek views on police enforcement of coronavirus regulations.

Dear Members,

Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens has launched a one-question poll to understand local people’s views on police enforcement of the regulations set out by Government to reduce the spread of Coronavirus. Please see the attached document for more information and how to register your view.

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13/10/20 9788 Somerset – National campaign launched to prevent romance fraud

Dear members,

Police forces across the country are working together to fight romance fraud after a 26% increase in reports to the police and Action Fraud.

In one year, scammers are estimated to have stolen over £66 million. Please see the attached document for more information on how to prevent this crime.

Remember, as one victim said: “When Romance turns to Finance – Beware!”

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12/10/20 9788 Somerset: Rogue trader warning after Weston-super-Mare couple lose £2,000

Dear members,

I wanted to share the below message with you all, as although this occurred in and around Weston-Super-Mare, this could happen in any of our NHW areas at any time.

Homeowners are being warned to be wary of rogue traders following an incident in Weston-super-Mare.

A couple, aged in the 70s and 80s, contacted a firm they found on a price comparison website offering a guttering cleaning service.

Two men turned up in a van at a property in the Hillside area of town at approximately 10.30am on Monday 7 September.

After inspecting the guttering, they told the couple the roof also required fixing before quoting a price of £3,500 for the job. They claimed to need a £2,000 cash payment to purchase materials, before returning to carry out the work.

Having received the cash, they left and never returned to the address.

Both men were white. One was described as wearing a dark black stretcher style earring with very short dark hair. The other appeared older and spoke with Irish accent.

Enquiries have been carried out and show a vehicle we are hoping to track down as part of our investigation. The van is described as being a white Ford Transit, with roof bars and a side bar.

Following this incident, residents are encouraged to take note of the following crime prevention advice, particularly regarding being alert to rogue traders and distraction burglaries:

•Never open the door to an unexpected caller until you’ve checked their identification – use a door chain or viewer, intercom or a ‘smart’ doorbell. Genuine callers expect it.

•If you’re not sure, don’t open the door.

•Never agree to have work done or part with money on your doorstep and ideally get written quotes from at least two traders for any work. Always agree a start and finish date and agree a price before any work starts on your home.

•If you are suspicious of a caller tell us straight away – ring 999 if you feel threatened or intimidated, otherwise call 101.

•Store any high value items such as jewellery, passports and cash in a properly secured and hidden safe or bank vault.

•Keep windows and doors secured if you’re not in the room and never keep large sums of money in the house.

•If you see someone calling door-to-door, but only on frail or elderly neighbours, call 999 straight away.

•Ask a trusted neighbour to help you deal with unexpected callers.

•Look out for vulnerable and elderly neighbours and make sure they know what to do when they receive an unexpected caller.

•Join Neighbourhood Watch.

•If you think you’ve been deceived, are concerned about a trader or have any doubts call 101 or Citizens Advice Consumer Services.

Anyone who can help with our investigation, recognises seeing the van photographed or has experienced a similar incident, is asked to call 101 and give reference number 5220203810.

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NHW appeal

08/10/20 9788 Somerset: Renewed appeal for man missing for two months.

We’re renewing our appeal to trace Lawrence Kemp from Glastonbury who has now been missing for more than two months.

Officers are increasingly concerned for the welfare of Lawrence, who was reported missing on Monday night, 3 August.

He has left home without his wallet, bank cards, cash, motorbike or van. He hasn’t been in touch with family members since late on Saturday night, 1 August and hasn’t been into work, which is out of character.

Lawrence is 32 years old, white, about 170cm (5ft 8ins) tall and slim with a shaven head and a bushy brown beard. He has a tattoo on his right forearm that says “Fear kills happiness” and a tongue piercing. When last seen he was wearing a bright blue checked shirt with a lighter blue T shirt underneath.

The last confirmed sighting of him is in the early hours of Sunday 2 August in Benedict Street, Glastonbury.

Specialist police teams have carried out searches in and around Glastonbury, supported by dog handlers and a drone operator, but have found no trace.

His family have said: “Lawrence’s disappearance is highly out of character. As a family we are beyond worried, and are desperate to know if he is safe and well. He is a much loved son, brother, uncle and brother-in-law, who we are all used to seeing at least weekly.

“Lawrence’s nephews and nieces are concerned and struggling to understand why and where he has gone, they miss him terribly. Please if anyone knows anything tell the police or Missing People charity.”

Lawrence, if you see this, please call your family, or ring 101. Everyone just wants to know that you are safe.

If you know where Lawrence is now, call 999 quoting reference 5220174041, or ring 101 with any other information.

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