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Whittlesey and District Neighbourhood Watch

Whittlesey and District Neighbourhood Watch

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Scam Warning

Since September 2013 Cambridgeshire has suffered almost 100 fraud offences with a similar story. We believe these are orchestrated by several organised crime groups possibly from the London area. 

  • The victim is cold called and informed by someone who identifies themselves as a police officer that their card has been cloned.
  • They either request the victim packages up the cards complete with PIN codes or that they withdraw thousands so that the investigation can be progressed. 
  • The caller asks the victim to confirm their identity by hanging up and calling 999.
  • The caller somehow keeps the line open and assumes the identity of a 999 operator, telling the victim that everything is fine. 
  • The caller then calls the victim back and informs them a courier will be dispatched to collect the parcel. 

 The victims are predominantly vulnerable but only about 1 in 10 are falling for it.  The ones that have fallen for it are often defrauded of thousands of pounds.
The gangs seem to have switched tactics recently and are sending genuine couriers to collect the parcels.

Recently a victim contacted the Police reporting she was waiting at home with £5,000 for a courier to collect
Fenland has recently had two reports of this type of offence. Please be alert. If you have any doubts at all about a caller to your home call the Police on 101  and report your suspicions. 

We need to catch these individuals.

 Many thanks

Carol Aston
Crime Prevention Officer
Covering Fenland and Northern Sector Peterborough
Cambridgeshire Police

Phone Scams

There has been a significant rise in the number of consumers who have been targeted by phone scammers (‘Vishing’) over the last year.

These ‘cold call’ scams typically involve fraudsters deceiving victims into believing they are speaking to a police officer, a member of bank staff, or a representative of another trusted agency, such as a Government department.

Read more: Phone Scams

Doorstep Trading

Rogue doorstep trading is a problem in the UK and the work carried out can sometimes be unnecessary, of a poor standard, and done on the cheap, leaving the householder out of pocket and legally responsible for rubbish which isn’t disposed of correctly.

An example from our area came to our attention when leaflets were delivered in the March and surrounding village areas. The A5 leaflets advertised Lady Gardeners. All kinds work undertaken, including window cleaning and shed clearance. The leaflet provided 2 mobile numbers as contacts and a female name. At least one member of the public made contact and when they attended, the quotes given for the work were extremely high.

 Although the leaflets did not appear to be delivered in Whittlesey, the advice is the same.

Read more: Doorstep Trading

Deter Burglars

Here are some precautions people can take to deter burglers

  • Make sure your home looks occupied. Ideally ask a trusted neighbour to look after house (collecting mail, watering plants looking after pets etc) Let them have a spare key but don’t put name and address on it.
  • Lock all windows and doors, and ensure devices such as alarms are working. Burglars only need a 23cm (9”) gap to get into a premises.
  • Don’t leave valuables on show, pull down blinds or store items out of view wherever possible.
Read more: Deter Burglars

Catalytic Converter Theft

A focus of vehicle related crime has been vehicle / metal related - with catalytic convertors being the favourite.

Catalytic converter thefts typically happen to vehicles that are parked for prolonged periods in car parks, such as shopping centres or company parking areas. Thefts have occured even in broad daylight on busy streets.

Vehicles that sit higher from the ground, such as vans  and 4 X 4s are particularly vulnerable to catalytic converter theft because thieves can slide underneath without having to jack up the vehicle to gain access to the converter. With just a few cuts of a battery-powered saw, the catalytic converter can be stolen in less than a minute.

Read more: Catalytic Converter Theft