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Whittlesey and District Neighbourhood Watch

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Distraction Burglaries

We are urging members of the public to be vigilant following two distraction burglaries in the Stanground and Fletton area in the last 24 hours.

It has been reported that a women in her 40's entered two homes and asked for a glass of water and to use their phone as her car had broken down.

On both occasions handbags were taken.

Police are asking people to be vigilant and check in on vulnerable relatives and neighbours. Do not let people into your home if you don't know who they are. Check ID carefully and make enquires using telephone numbers from your own enquiries, not telephone numbers supplied by the person at the door.

Anyone with information should report it by calling 101 and quoting #Op Cabot.

Telephone Scam Calls

We have been notified of a telephone scam in which the suspect uses Visa Verification as their cover. The intended victim (IV) received a call on their landline.

The caller stated their name was Christopher Williams and that they were from Visa Verification. The caller asked to speak with the wife of the IV (so the caller already knew the name and telephone number prior to calling). Neither the IV or his wife have a Visa bank card so alarm bells sounded immediately.

The caller confirmed the card in question was in the name of the intended victims wife.

The caller wanted to confirm that the following transactions had indeed been made by the intended victims wife using the Visa card.

Netflix £17 for 1 year

John Lewis £37

Argos for £40

H&M ?

Of course they hadn’t because they don’t have a Visa card.

The call was terminated.

The IV then dialled 1471 and noted that the suspect number had a local STD code of 01223, the number was dialled but unavailable. The number displayed on the phone does not necessarily mean it is genuine. It is most likely a very different number that originated from over the internet. The IV called Visa Verification on a UK number 0800 891725.

They confirmed that Visa would never ring a customer in such circumstances. They also confirmed that they were aware of this type of scam.

For further information about avoiding scams, please visit www.actionfraud.police.uk and www.cambridgeshireinsight.org.uk/capasp/

Friends Against Scams

Cambridgeshire Neighbourhood Watch has signed up to a partnership called Cambridgshire and Peterborough Friends Against Scams (CAPASP). We are determined to help communities stand up to scammers as we know this is one of the few areas of crime which is increasing. Scams are often not reported and can happen to anyone especially to the vulnerable and elderly.

Read more: Friends Against Scams