The UK as a whole has seen a change in the type of crimes committed, Knife crimes, car thefts using advanced technology, thefts using scooters, car-jacking, terrorism, acid attacks, Online Scams and fraud, Agricultural thefts. But there are many other crimes that happen right under our eyes such as abuse, forced labour and driving under the influence of drink or drugs. We should be aware of these crimes happening on our doorstep, we must be on the look out for the signs and know who to report them to.
DONT IGNORE IT HOPING IT WILL GO AWAY - IT WON'T !
Report any strange activity, let's try to help stop it !
Thieves are using the Coronavirus in many ways as a lever to try to get your money.
They are using the publics fear to force you to part with money.
'MAGICAL CURES' or 'TESTING KITS'.
There are as yet no cures, and testing kits will only be available via Government / NHS
'PRESCRIPTION COLLECTION or HELP WITH SHOPPING'.
Unless you know the person well, do not allow anyone to collect your prescriptions.
Thieves are knocking on doors saying they will do your shopping, asking you for the money 1st.
Only allow someone you know to shop for you, only give money after you receive goods and get a receipt.
'COVID-19 DECONTAMINATION or DEEP CLEANING SERVICES'
Offers of the above are allowing 'Distraction Burglaries' to take place.
They are using these offers to gain entry into your premises.
'GRANTS, LOANS, REDUCTIONS, REFUNDS'.
Any official refunds or reductions will be made direct into a Bank Account that is already on file, it would not be refunded or paid to a Bank Card.
Only apply direct to Government / Council / HMRC / Banks for Grants, Loans or deferments, you would not be asked to pay out any money to get these!
We may feel uneasy about reporting neighbours, family or friends who ignore the rules,
BUT THEY ARE IN PLACE TO SAVE LIVES !
If we ignore their breach, it could mean that lives are lost,
MAYBE YOUR LIFE !
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Due to the many injuries to animals, pets and livestock, and also devastating fires caused by crashing lanterns, the Chinese style Sky Lanterns often released at parties and celebrations have been banned by ALL councils in Wales.
PLEASE RESPECT THIS AND DO NOT RELEASE THEM !
Lets keep Wales Safe!
The UK's 999 Emergency system is very busy and often overstretched.
For non life threatening problems dial 101 or contact one of the agencies below.
Find out what 'County Lines' mean and how to spot the crime in your area
More than 4,000 men and women have given their lives in the service of their communities while wearing the uniform of a watchman, beadle, parish constable or police officer. The formation of the Bow Street Runners in 1749 was the start of modern policing but the earliest record of death on duty dates back to 1547. This Digital Memorial remembers and memorialises all these officers
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'Do I have to give my name?',
'I dont want them to know it was me!',
'They nmight find out I said something!'
'I dont want to go to court'.
Find out how Crimestoppers works and put your mind at rest!
Only information is taken and recorded, not your name, not your phone number, not even what sex you are.
Meter cheating means tampering with the meter, so it doesn’t record how much gas or electricity is being used or trying to bypass the meter completely. This is theft and can lead to a fine or prison sentence. It is also dangerous and risks serious injuries to innocent people and major damage to property. It’s too dangerous to ignore. https://www.stayenergysafe.co.uk if you spot energy theft anywhere, report it anonymously now. Call 0800 023 2777 📞 or visit our online reporting form below
When we hear the words 'Slavery' or 'Forced Labour' our minds go to the third world countries, yet this is happening right on our doorstep and we need to stop it.
Do you see groups of people standing around waiting to be collected very early in the morning and brought back late at night?.
This is just one of the signs we should be looking out for, but there are many more.
If you suspect forced labour maybe happening, report it and let the Police investigate.
A powerful short video that shows the methods used by employers creating a circle that cannot be broken.
Credit to: International Labour Organization
Showing signs of injury, abuse and malnourishment
They look unkempt, are often in the same clothing and have poor hygiene
Appearing to be under the control and influence of others
Living in cramped, dirty, overcrowded accommodation
They have no access or control of their passport or identity documents
Appearing scared, avoiding eye contact, and being untrusting
They’re collected very early and/or returned late at night on a regular basis
May have inappropriate clothing / lack of safety equipment for the work they are performing,
May be isolated from the local community and their family
Credit to: Crimestoppers UK
Nowhere seems safe anymore, fraudsters are intent ontaking our money using any means they can, hardly a day goes by without a telephone call for PPI or an accident claim, and the email box is full of threatening blackmail style messages.
If something seems to good to be real, then it normally isn't !
Be aware of the latest scams around and NEVER give out your bank details over the phone.
Below we will publish known scams as we are made aware of them, keep checking back !
The National Trading Standards Scams Team has funded and started a scams initiative designed to help you become more aware of current scams in operation through online and face to face training.
You can also send in any scams that you recieve by email or on the phone.
You can register your landline and mobile for free with the Telephone Preference Service, this will reduce the amount of unwanted telephone marketing calls you receive.
The Telephone Preference Service (TPS) is a free service. It is the official central opt out register on which you can record your preference not to receive unsolicited sales or marketing calls. It is a legal requirement that all organisations (including charities, voluntary organisations and political parties) do not make such calls to numbers registered on the TPS unless they have your consent to do so.
TIP: You can tell almost immediately that it is a sales call as there is a few seconds of silence after answering the call, the message you hear is pre-recorded so there is no point in talking to it, as soon as you hear the voice of the call center operator say 'I am a member of the TPS, I have recorded your number and I am going to report you, take me off your call list'. They normally then disconnect very sharply. The TPS website has a reporting feature.
There are many quiz style posts that do the rounds on Facebook, they may seem fun or pass a few minutes here and there, but they have an underlying purpose, to obtain your information!. Who creates them?, after all they do not show any advertising, and are not linked to any group or individual, they just regularly appear, changing their guise around specific holidays such as Halloween Easter and Christmas.
'They must be safe as my friend has completed it!' - Did they? or was it someone pretending to be them. Did they think the same when they completed the quiz before sending it to you?. THESE QUIZZES ARE FAR FROM SAFE !
Just clicking on them adds your name and email address to junk mail lists that are then sold on to others, thats most probably where most of your junk mail comes from. The information you unwittingly give when completing the quiz is stored, added together with information from other quizzes or games, building up a picture of your idendity that can then be used to hack accounts, use your finance details to order goods.
Take a look at the article below.
DONT DO THESE QUIZZES, AND DO NOT SEND THEM ON TO FRIENDS AND FAMILY
Fraudsters are aware that its the time of year we receive our new council tax demands in the post, and they are using this to cold call on Powys residents offering them help in re-banding so they will pay lower rates, or claiming rebates. They inform you that to do this they need your bank details to take the lower payments. Twitter has reports of some residents being swindled out of £14,000 over the last week. If someone telephones you with this offer hang up straight away, and if they knock at your door tell them you are busy and close it, then telephone the police. Residents wishing to report such calls and get practical advice should contact the Citizens Advice Consumer Services helpline on 03454 040506
A similar email regarding Council Tax Refunds are being sent out.
The Council would refund direct to your Bank Account , not to a Card.
They would already have your bank details too.
Similar scam bills are being sent out under the guise of mayny utility companies, such as BT and other electric supply companies.
Action Fraud received over 100 reports in the last week about fake emails purporting to be from TalkTalk. The emails state the recipient's talktalk account is in credit and they owed a refund. The links in the emails take you to malicious websites.
DO NOT click on any of the links or open any attachments in suspicious emails, and never respond to messages that ask for your personal or financial details.
There are various parcel scams around claiming to be from Ebay, Amazon, Fedex, UPS, Hermes, DPD or Yodel. Fake cards are placed through your door, or you receive an email or phone call to say they have tried to deliver a parcel and that you need to rearrange delivery, they then ask for a delivery payment which requires you to give them your bank details. Phone the widely published number of the delivery agent and NOT the number shown on the card and check with them to see if it is legitimate.
If you have not ordered anything recently by post then you know it is a scam!
Cyber criminals are sending victims their own passwords in an attempt to trick them into believing they have been filmed on their computer watching porn and demanding payment via Bitcoin. They obtain passwords from old data breaches, so if you get one of these immediately change any login process you have used with this password. DO NOT PAY ANY MONIES !
Further details can be found on the ActionFraud website (click picture)
Credit to: ThioJoe
Luckily this man is aware of the scammers plot, and wastes a lot of their time by playing with them, that might not stop them but the delay at leasts stops them ringing others who are more vulnerable.
Credit to: The Basic Plot
Tickets to concerts are frequently offered on social media such as Facebook, stating that they are unable to attend due to a variety of reasons such as Illness or a death in the family. Some may be real, but others are hoping you will feel sorry for them and believe them and pay for fake tickets or unusable tickets that have for some reason been cancelled. This happens a lot when concert dates have been changed. Always check with the company hosting the show before paying out for a ticket.
The coming UK Adele concerts are generating many fake tickets, some being offered for as much as £25,000. Always buy from a trusted source and never from social media.
Similar to the concert ticket scam above, there are many scams offering you free cruises, free holidays or weekends away. These scams are often on social media such as facebook from people who have evidently become too ill to travel, or by fake companies offering them as a prize or as a winning entry to a competition. These holidays, trips or cars do not exist, what they are really after is your bank details and they will ask for them to pay for a refundable security deposit, for a administration fee or for additional expenses not previously mentioned.
AGAIN... IF IT SOUNDS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE, THEN 99.9% OF THE TIME ITS NOT !
Scammers have been calling to say they are your local Police and have apprehended a man using your credit card details. They ask you to confirm your card details and pin number so they can go ahead with prosecution and refund your money.
THE POLICE WILL NEVER ASK YOU FOR CARD DETAILS. Immediately hang up, and if you do have their number report the call to your local Police using 101 or their online website.
There have been recent reports of phone calls allegedly from the tax office telling people that they owe money, and that failure to pay today will result in an issue of a warrant for your arrest and an expensive law suit against you. They threaten to freeze your bank account and push you to immediately go to the bank and withdraw all the money you have ready for them to personally collect within the hour. THE HRMC WILL NEVER MAKE SUCH REQUESTS. Do not withdraw any money or give them any details. If you get a phone call like this, immediately report it to the Police using a seperate phone number, scammers will often hold your line open and then pretend to be the police.
Although reduced due to the installation of cameras and anti-tampering technology, do not let your guard down. Cash Points are still being used by scammers fitting devices to them that copy your card details and pin number. Always check the machine thoroughly and if there is more than one machine compare the two to see if they are the same, check is any of it loose or a different colour.
Also be aware of distraction techniques after you leave the kiosk, never use a machine if someone is standing beside or right behind you, step aside and let them go first so they can not look at the pin code you use. Do not withdraw large amounts all in one go in case thieves are waiting to snatch the money or your purse / wallet from your hand.
Where possible use cash points that are inside shops which scammers find much harder to fit their devices, or go into a shop and get 'cash back' after purchasing your goods.
Scammers are also now targeting parking metres, and getting people to put their cards in to the meters to pay for being 'wrongly parked'. The council does not collect fines this way - watch out for signs on the meter that it has been tampered with, different style of text, different shades of colour, or if it looks different to the next machine.
Action Fraud Alert is advising everyone to be aware of fake police officers or parking attendants who are currently targetting car park users, especially the elderly. They will approach you and tell you that you have parked illegally or been spotted speeding or state some other incorrect breach of rules. They will inform you that you have been reported for this and that a huge fine is to be issued, but give you the option of reducing this with an immediate payment of the fine. They will either ask for cash or direct you to a parking meter where you can use your credit card to make instant payment.
DO NOT PAY CASH OR USE YOUR CREDIT CARD IN THE MACHINE.
These parking meters will have been tampered with to gain control of your credit card.
Find the nearest display board and ring the number shown to check, do not ring any number they give you as this is most probably manned by an accompliss.
If the person pertains to being a Police Officer, both in and out of uniform, then ask to examine their Warrant Card, then ask for his full name, rank, badge number and station and ring 101 to check that they are legitimate.
The new contactless credit cards are opening new ways for theives to obtain your money. They have created new technology devices that will read your card details from within your wallet or purse and even when it is in your pocket or bag.
They use a device that looks like a tablet, and now there are reports of them using an app on a regular smartphone. Watch the three videos to find out more.
This is the new thing these days with people out of work and needing cash. Beware, it's happening in our area.
THIS APPLIES TO BOTH WOMEN AND MEN
BEWARE OF ANY PAPER ON THE BACK WINDOW OF YOUR VEHICLE.
You walk across the parking lot, unlock your car and get inside. You start the engine and shift into reverse. When you look into the rearview mirror to back out of your parking space, you notice a piece of paper stuck to the middle of the rear window. So, you shift into Park, unlock your doors, and jump out of your car to remove that paper (or whatever it is) that is obstructing your view. When you reach the back of your car, that is when the carjackers appear out of nowhere, jump into your car and take off. They practically mow you down as they speed off in your car.
And guess what, ladies? I bet your purse is still in the car. So now the carjacker has your car, your home address, your money, and your keys. Your home and your whole identity are now compromised!, a purse contains all kinds of personal information and identification documents, and you certainly do NOT want it to fall into the wrong hands
If you see a piece of paper stuck to your back window, just drive away. Remove the paper later.
Credit to: TODAY
Car theives no longer break into your car, instead they often let you open them up for them. This video shows some of the tricks they are using.
Credit to: BRIGHT SIDE
Reporting Dangerous Driving and Anti-Social Behaviour on the road
Many of us now carry a mobile phone with the ability to take photographs and short videos. If you witness dangerous driving events or occurances of anti-social behaviour using vehicles, you can now send these to the Police so they can take action.
Try to get a clear shot of the vehicle registration numbers, but do not place yourself at any risk to get a good photograph. and definitely do not take pictures while driving.
Try to hold the camera horizontally if taking a picture or video, this will give a wider shot containing more information.
Similar to Operation Snap run by Dyfed Powys Police shown above, Operation Crackdown is a country wide scheme.
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