For all non-emergency calls contact Lincolnshire Police on 0300 111 0300
Grantham police station: (01476) 402222
Stamford police station: (01780) 752222
Spalding police station: (01775) 722233
Bourne police station: (01778) 394892
Crimestoppers: 0800 555111
 

In terms of geographic area, Lincolnshire Police is one of the largest forces in the United Kingdom covering 2,284 square miles. The population of the area covered is approximately 646,000.
For the latest releases and appeals issued by Lincolnshire Police, visit the News Centre.
Lincs Police Twitter: https://twitter.com/lincspolice
 
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Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)

In December 2015 the UK was hit by three severe storms resulting in widespread flooding across the North of England and Scotland.
 
The NFIB would like to make flood victims aware of the possible threat that Rogue Traders and Bogus Trades People pose to them. Buying on your doorstep can be convenient. However, a salesman who uses clever tactics can pressurise you into buying something you actually don’t want or something that’s poor value for money.

 
Protect yourself against bogus trades people fraud
  • Always ask for identification before letting anyone you don't know into your house.
  • Check credentials, including a permanent business address and landline telephone number. The mobile phone numbers given on business cards are often pay-as-you-go numbers which are virtually impossible to trace.
  • Take control by asking the questions. Ask for references from previous customers or to see examples of their work.
  • Don’t sign on the spot – shop around. Get at least three written quotes to make sure you’re not being ripped off.
  • If in any doubt, ask the person to leave or call the Citizens Advice consumer helpline on 03454 04 05 06. 
If you do decide to buy:
  • Always get any agreement you make in writing.
  • Beware when filling in forms or when speaking to the salesperson, and ensure you don’t reveal confidential details that a fraudster could use to assume your identity or take control of your finances. This may allow a fraudster to steal money from your account or order goods and services in your name.
  • Usually, you have a seven-day cooling off period. So if you decide to cancel the contract, act fast.
  • Think very carefully about having any work done or goods delivered during the cooling off period. You may have to pay, even if you change your mind.
  • Never pay for work before it has been completed, and only then if you are happy with it.

If you believe that you have been a victim of fraud you can report it online http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/report_fraud or by telephone 0300 123 2040.
CHARITY BAG SCAM ALERT
 
Sent on behalf of Lincolnshire Trading Standards
 
WARNING
 
Please be cautious whom you are giving your items to via doorstep collections.
 
SCAM
 
The attached flyer was left with a blue plastic sack at an address in Bayswood Avenue, Wyberton Fen, Boston, for collection this coming Saturday 6th Feb.
There is no registered charity number.  They are not a registered charity.
The bags may be distributed to other areas cross Lincolnshire.
 
ACTION
 
Bin the bag!!

GP/Doctors Surgery Telephone Scam Alert 
 
WARNING

Police forces have become aware of a fraud circulating targeting elderly and vulnerable members of the community.
 
SCAM DETAILS

The targeted person receives a telephone call from a caller who purports to be from the GP surgery and is asking for an appointment to discuss the person’s mobility needs.
During the appointment, the older person is persuaded to buy mobility aids which are either unnecessary or inappropriate and always expensive.
 
ACTION
 
Your GP surgery will never ring you to sell items that you haven’t asked for or need
If you receive a call like this, please call Tel; 101 to report the details.
Never give out personal details over the telephone and always hang up and wait for the dialling tone to check the identity of a caller.

Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)

Fraudsters are sending out virus infected emails that claim a package has been seized by HM Revenue & Customs upon arrival into the United Kingdom. The official looking scam emails claiming to be from Royal Mail contain a link to a document which will install malicious software on your computer designed to steal credentials like account names, email addresses and passwords.
 
An example email reads:
Title:
"Your parcel has been seized.
Royal Mail is sorry to inform you that a package addressed to you was seized by HM Revenue & Customs upon arrival into the United Kingdom.
A close inspection deemed your items as counterfeit and the manufacturers have been notified. If your items are declared genuine then they will be returned back to you with the appropriate custom charges.
You may have been a victim of counterfeit merchandise and the RM Group UK will notify you on how to get your money back. Please review the attached PDF document for more information. 
Document (RM7002137GB).Zip
Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused."
 
To help the spread of the virus, the email also says:
“you will need to have access to a computer to download and open the Zip file”. If you receive one of these emails, do not click on any links or download any attachments and report it to Action Fraud.
 
Protect Yourself
Royal Mail will never send an email asking for credit card numbers or other personal or confidential information.
Royal Mail will never ask customers to enter information on a page that isn’t part of the Royal Mail website.
Royal Mail will never include attachments unless the email was solicited by a customer e.g. customer has contacted Royal Mail with an enquiry or has signed up for updates from Royal Mail.
Royal Mail have also stressed that they do not receive a person’s email address as part of any home shopping experience.If you believe that you have been a victim of fraud you can report it online: http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/report_fraud or by telephone: 0300 123 2040

Table Top Sale/Lincolnshire Police Property Marking at the Pinchbeck Library

This is a message from PCSO Sally Pusey. On Saturday 6th February 2016 a table top sale is being held at the Pinchbeck Library in Knight street, if you would like to book a table please contact Barbra Camps from Pinchbeck Parish Council. I will be bringing along the Mobile Police Station and will on hand to POST CODE peoples valubles, ie Lap Tops, phones etc. I will also be Post Coding Bicycles. Please come down and speak to me about any community concerns you may have. Look forward to seeing you.

Can you help us trace a vehicle?
 
Lincolnshire Police are currently seeking the whereabouts of the following vehicle:
Vauxhall Corsa Breeze 3 door saloon - Gold/yellow colour
Reg plate last known as N3 SLE.  We are also aware that vehicle may have plates S998 GNU.
 
Last seen in the Holbeach area, but could be parked/located anywhere in the wider Spalding area.
If you can help us trace this vehicle please call tel: 101 quoting incident 409 18th January.

My house was burgled today.
It was quite distressing to find someone had been in my house.  They knew I wasn’t in there because there was no radio on or obvious signs of being occupied.

The list of items taken includes:

Gold watch value £1000.00
Gold chain with padlock value £150.00
My mums wedding ring value £ priceless
My dad’s wedding ring value £ priceless
Sony PlayStation value £350
IPad value £160
Laptop value £200
Diamond ring value £600.00
Cash (I kept in a cup in the cupboard) value £80.00
Girl ornament value £60

I don’t think the police will ever get these back because I didn’t think I would be burgled so I didn’t take any pictures of my jewellery, I didn’t keep the serial numbers safe so the officers could put them onto www.immobilise.com for me as stolen items.  Someone is going to have a profitable hit from my house.

Let this be a lesson to you:

Don’t let your property seem unoccupied – leave on a radio and timer switch for a light to come on

Ensure all windows and doors are securely locked

Take pictures of all your valuable items, so you can prove they belong to you if located at a later date.  The police can register stolen items if they have these details.  This helps second hand shops to check for stolen items from criminals and gives an alert to the shop.

Register all your serial numbers from cameras, laptops, mobiles onto www.immobilise.com.  If your goods turn up in another county, that police force can see who owns every item and can return it and also prosecute anyone found with the items!!

Don’t forget once you have claimed on your insurance, the criminals might be back, so follow the advice above and be secure.

Burglaries happen every day in Lincolnshire – don’t let your house be the next to be visited by a criminal.

Horse Watch Members Alert
 
Tragically, on Sunday 17th January, a horse perished after falling into water while it was being ridden.
Two horses were being ridden on the river bank when one horse lost its footing on the softened grass and plunged into the water with its rider. 

The second rider managed to pull the horse’s rider from the water who only suffered minor injuries.  Sadly the horse did not survive the incident.
Please take care when riding near dykes and rivers as the ground may be unstable for the weight of the horse to be supported due to the levels of rain we have recently received.

Details of our latest enforcement activity as part of Operation Galileo:

Since 1st September there have been 156 men arrested or reported for summons and so far this season. (compared to 65 for the whole season September to March last year). 15 vehicles have been seized. 63 other men have been dealt with by other enforcement action such as Direction to Leave, traffic offences, etc.
  • On 9th January five men from the West Midlands, suspected of hare coursing in Metheringham, were given a formal direction to leave the county.  There was insufficient evidence for a prosecution.
  • On 8th January four men from Somerset were reported for hunting with dogs in Bourne and a Subaru Legacy was seized. They had earlier been given a formal direction to leave the county which they chose to ignore and so had a long walk home.
  • On 7th January a silver Nissan Terrano was seized by police after being abandoned by suspected hare coursers in Frithville.
  • On 7th January four men from Derbyshire and Cleveland, suspected of being involved in hare coursing, were given a warning to leave the county.  There was insufficient evidence for a prosecution.
  • On 7th January a man from Derby was given what is called a ‘Section 59 warning’ about their manner of driving off-road in Walcott.
This means that if they are seen in similar circumstances in the next 12 months the vehicle can be seized.Force lead for rural crime, Chief Inspector Jim Tyner said:
"I am often asked what happens to the seized vehicles. Three Subaru Forresters seized from suspected hare coursers in October have been scrapped.  A Nissan Terrano and a Vauxhall Frontera seized in November have also been scrapped.  Several other vehicles seized for no insurance are going through the administrative procedure and most will be scrapped.  If the owner produces a valid current insurance certificate they can reclaim their vehicle but they have to pay the recovery and storage fees.  They are still prosecuted for the original offence of no insurance at the time they were stopped.  A Subaru Legacy, a Nissan Almeira, a Mitsubishi Shogun and another Subaru Forrester seized under the Hunting Act are currently held pending the prosecution of the drivers.

"Operation Galileo continues and I remain determined that we use all legislative powers available to us to deal with the scourge of hare coursing".

A message from The Police and Crime Commissioner for Lincolnshire, Alan Hardwick.
 

It is really important for me understand your views on how we should focus our resources over the coming year and I would urge you to complete the consultation via the link below.  Your views are essential, not just in assisting me in setting my budget but also to inform the on-going conversations I and the Chief Constable are having with Government.  We will continue to work positively with Government to deliver a fair deal for Lincolnshire in the new funding formula when it is introduced.
Take part - HERE
.
**UPDATE**

There are now less than two weeks to go before the consultation ends and I wanted to take this opportunity to ask to you take part if you haven’t already
  
It is really important for me understand your views on how we should focus our resources over the coming year and I would urge you to complete the consultation via the link below.  Your views are essential, not just in assisting me in setting my budget but also to inform the on-going conversations I and the Chief Constable are having with Government.  We will continue to work positively with Government to deliver a fair deal for Lincolnshire in the new funding formula when it is introduced.
Take part here.

A message from The Police and Crime Commissioner for Lincolnshire, Alan Hardwick.
 

Thank you to everyone who has taken part in the consultation so far. I had over 500 replies in the first 48 hours. However I am keen to hear from as many people as possible so if you haven’t already, please be a part of this and take a few moments to give your view. You can access the survey here - http://www.lincolnshire-pcc.gov.uk/Get-Involved/Budget-Consultation-2016-17.aspx
 
Many of you that have taken part already have used the opportunity to say Merry Christmas to me and to the police officers of Lincolnshire. For this I thank you and of course return my best wishes to you and your families.

Drones – a leaflet for your guidance
 

Definition: Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVS), also known as drones, radio controlled aircraft, remotely Piloted Aerial Systems (RPAS), Small Unmanned Aircraft (SUA) or Small Unmanned Surveillance Aircraft (SUSA) are aircraft either controlled by ‘pilots’ from the ground or increasingly, autonomously following a pre-programmed mission.
 
As some of our members may be receiving a ‘drone’ for Xmas, please read the attached pdf for information on how to keep within the guidance on flying such an item.
 
Further information may be found by visiting: Civil Aviation Authority Website: www.caa.co.uk

The leaflet is available for download by clicking HERE.

Theft of Quad Bikes
Two incidents of theft of quad bikes have recently been reported to Lincolnshire Police-

Incident 233 26/11/15
On 26/11/15, between 10:30 to 13:00 hrs, a green coloured YAMAHA 660 GRISLEY quad bike was stolen in the Norton Disney area.   The bike was stored undercover in an insecure shed.

Incident 135 28/11/15
A red HONDA FORMAN 'off road' quad bike (no registration number) with a sprayer attachment on the rear was stolen between 14:45 hrs Fri 27/11/15 and 07:00 hrs on Sat 28/11/15 from the Barff Lane area, Welton. 

If you have any information relating to the incident(s) above contact Lincolnshire Police, 101 (non emergency) or 999 in an emergency, quoting incident number . 

PLEASE TAKE PRECAUTIONS TO SECURE OR IMMOBILISE VEHICLES OR EQUIPMENT

Police are appealing for help in finding a vulnerable missing man.

Hedley Graeme Mutton (41), who is known as Graeme, was last seen leaving the Peter Hodgkinson Centre, in Greetwell Road, Lincoln, around 10am on Tuesday morning.
Graeme is 5' 11" tall, of slim build, with short dark spikey hair. He was wearing jeans, a dark zip-up jacket with a hood, and grey trainers.
Graeme is from Market Deeping but has links to the West Midlands so it is possible he may have left the county, possibly by train.
If you have seen Graeme, or have any information which may assist the enquiry, please call Lincolnshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 394 of 24 November.

Cyclists members group only
 
We currently have a stock of Bike Register kits that will enable the owner of a cycle to mark on their bike, via a stencil, a unique serial number for registration onto the Bike Register database.  Please note our kits are the UV marker ink, which will not be visible on your bike unless a UV light is used.

The kit acts as a visual deterrent for anyone looking to steal your cycle.
This means that should your bike be lost or stolen any police officer can ring bike register to find who the legal owner of the cycle is.  The blue ink version kit currently sells on the bike register website for £19.99
https://www.bikeregister.com/  permanent marking kit.
It is also recommended that you register the serial number onto Immobilise.com too.
We have a limited number of FREE kits for you as a LincsAlert member and these can be collected from the following stations ONLY:
Lincoln (West Parade), Grantham, Boston, Stamford, Horncastle, Skegness, Sleaford, and Spalding.
It might be prudent to ring your local station (Town Enquiry Officer) Tel: 101, to see if they have stock available prior to visiting.
When visiting your station, please contact the front desk and ask for a kit.  Ideally these will be issued one per person.

Thank you for supporting Lincolnshire Police.

ACTION FRAUD (ACTION FRAUD, ADMINISTRATOR, NATIONAL)

Fraudsters have set up a high specification website template advertising various electrical goods and domestic appliances. These goods are below market value and do not exist. The fraudsters will request your card details via the website; however the purchaser will then receive an email stating the payment failed and they must pay via bank transfer.

The fraudsters entice the purchaser and reassure them it is a legitimate purchase by using the widely recognised Trusted Shop Trustmark. The fraudsters are using the Trustmark fraudulently and have not been certified by Trusted Shops and therefore the purchaser is not covered by the Trusted Shop money-back guarantee.

Protect yourself:
Check the authenticity of the websites before making any purchases. Conduct a ‘whois’ search on the website which will identify when the website has been created, be wary of newly formed domains. You can conduct this search using the following website - https://who.is/.
Carry out online research in relation to the website, company name and the business address provided to identify any poor feedback or possible irregularities.
Check the Trusted Shops Facebook page where warnings about websites using their Trustmark are published. If you are in doubt about the legitimacy of a Trustmark then you can contact Trusted Shops on 0203 364 5906 or by email service@trustedshops.co.uk. They will confirm whether they have certified that website.
Payments made via bank transfer are not protected should you not received the item. Therefore always try to make the payment via PayPal or a credit card where you have some payment cover should you not receive your product.
If the item advertised seems too good to be true, then it probably is. If you believe that you have been a victim of fraud you can report it online http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/report_fraud or by telephone 0300 123 2040.

Message sent by: Antonietta Gordon (Support, PCSO NC21 The Suttons, Holbeach)

Good Morning, this is a message from PCSO Toni Gordon of The Sutton's Neighbourhood Policing Team on Tuesday 10th November 2015.
Just a quick message to say that there has been a report of Hare Coursing in the area this morning around the Deeping St Nicholas area.  The report shows a green possibly silver Suzuki Vitara with 2 males and dogs.
If anyone sees this vehicle or has any information then please contact Police on the 101 number quoting incident 93 10/11/2015.
Thank You

Lincs Alert message from Lincolnshire Police Headquarters, Community Safety Department.

We have been made aware by a concerned resident that an Alarm company are “cold calling” Lincolnshire residents, trying to sell them intruder alarm systems. 
If you do get a sales call please be mindful of the information that you pass to them.
When considering security systems for your home or business.
Don’t deal with cold callers or telesales enquiries, you should avoid doing doorstep or telephone business.
Many traders who call at your door are honest and genuine; however, some are not and can be extremely persuasive.  If you have serious doubts about the legality or sales techniques being employed by this type of Security Company, or if they are using hard selling tactics which include unduly raising the fear of crime, pressure selling, unclear contracts and overpriced security systems, contact Lincolnshire Trading Standards for advice, tel 03454 04 05 06.
Be aware that not all costs may be shown and ask yourself, How much is:
Installation costs, what am I getting?
Servicing – how much, how often?
Have monitored – upfront or monthly payments?
How long will I pay for it, minimum 3-5years?Please be aware that all alarm companies that install systems in our county which promise a Police response to alarm activations must be registered with one of the two national inspectorate bodies which are the NSI and the SSAIB.
You can check if an alarm company is inspectorate approved by contacting the NSI on telephone number 01628 637 512 (website: www.nsi.org.uk) and the SSAIB on telephone number 0191 296 3242 (website: www.ssaib.org)
For further information on intruder alarm advice for domestic properties please visit the following websites: www.securedbydesign.com
And www.consumerdirect.gov.uk/watch
Community Safety & Crime Reduction advice can be found on Lincolnshire Police force website: www.lincs.police.uk or by clicking on the following link: http://lincs.police.uk/Advice

Store withdraws licence appeal as campaign gathers momentum
 
A Spalding off licence which was caught selling counterfeit bottles of whisky and vodka as well as illicit cigarettes has withdrawn an appeal against a decision to revoke its premises licence
Europe Store, based in Holbeach Road, had its licence revoked by South Holland District Council’s Licensing Committe
e back in August.
The decision was made after Police and Trading Standards officers visited the store on June 19 and discovered 79 bottles of smuggled alcohol and 1,420 illicit cigarettes
The committee agreed that the store’s licence holder Alan Ahmad had ‘seriously breached’ the premises licence and in keeping with government legislation, gave him 21 days to appeal
Mr Ahmad initially appealed the ruling but last week confirmed he had decided to withdraw from doing so. As a result, Mr Ahmad will pay the council’s costs in the matter, meaning district tax payers won’t be hit in the pocket
Cllr Angela Harrison, chair of the Licensing Committee said: “This reinforces our message to traders as part of our new ‘Stamp it Out campaign’ to crackdown on illegal alcohol
“For any traders breaking the law we will find you and deal with you. Don’t run the risk of losing your licence and going out of business.”
As part of ‘Stamp it Out’, officers from the Licensing Team are visiting licensed premises in the run up to Christmas.
Working alongside Lincolnshire Police and Trading Standards, the principal aim is to check for smuggled alcohol which is undercutting legitimate businesses and defrauding the government of funds for vital services
They’re also checking the compliance of licence conditions and offering guidance to ensure that operators are working in a responsible and legally compliant manner
 
Since the start of the operation, the majority of premises inspected have been operating responsibly
As part of the campaign, we’re calling on the public to keep a look out for illegal drinks, cigarettes and operations in the district
It’s easy to spot smuggled alcohol – if drinks are illegal they won’t have a small round Excise Duty stamp on the bottles, as shown
Anyone who spots smuggled alcohol, cigarettes on sale, or inappropriate licensing conditions in South Holland
can contact our Licensing Team on 01775 761161
 

SCHOOLS LIAISON VOLUNTEER ROLES

Neighbourhood Policing Teams regularly go into their local schools and deliver training/information packages on a variety of subjects.
The Community Safety Department aim to produce corporate training/information packages to ensure that the correct and relevant information is being delivered to schools across the county.
You will initially help to develop and implement these packages, and eventually assist in their delivery in schools either locally or across the county.
Please see the attached role profile which gives further details of the vacancy.  This is a multiple person role.
If you are interested please contact the Volunteer 1000 Team on:
01522 947244 or email to 1000volunteerchallenge@lincs.pnn.police.uk  giving your contact details.

COUNCIL TAX SCAM

Fraudsters have been phoning victims telling them that they have been placed in the wrong council tax bracket for a number of years and are entitled to a rebate. They normally say that this rebate should be worth about £7,000. Once the victim is convinced, the fraudster tells them that in order to receive the rebate they will need to pay an administration fee in advance. The payment they ask for varies between £60–£350. The victim provides the details and makes the payment, but then is no longer able to make contact with the person they spoke to on the phone. When they phone their council about the rebate and the fact that they are in the wrong tax bracket, the council will confirm that they know nothing about it and that they have been contacted by fraudsters.
The fraudsters have mainly been targeting both male and female victims who are aged 60 and over and live in the Sussex area, but it is likely that the fraudsters will also start to target victims in other areas.
Protect Yourself:
Never respond to unsolicited phone calls.
Your local council won’t ever phone out-of-the-blue to discuss a council tax rebate. If you receive a call of this nature, put the phone down straight away.
No legitimate organisation will ask you to pay an advanced fee in order to receive money, so never give them your card details.
If you think you have been a victim of fraud, hang up the phone and wait five minutes to clear the line as fraudsters sometimes keep the line open. Then call your bank or card issuer to report the fraud. Where it is possible use a different phone line to make the phone call.If you believe that you have been a victim of fraud you can report it online http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/report_fraud or by telephone 0300 123 2040.

PENSION SCAM ALERT

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) has been alerted to a pension scam whereby cold callers continue to target members of the public aged 50 to 60 years old to release and transfer their pension early. Suspected firms who advertise and arrange pensions are offering investments in alternative commodities such as hotel developments or property in Cape Verde, and operate as unregulated collective investment schemes.
Often, the cold calling ‘pension companies’ involved are neither regulated nor qualified to give financial advice and classify themselves as a ‘trustee’, ‘consultant’ or an ‘independent advisor’ and offer exceptionally high return rates for investors. 
Some victims have signed documents that authorises a limited company to be set up using their personal details, including utilising a Small Self–Administered Scheme (SSAS). Whilst SSAS accounts and limited companies are essential for legitimate schemes, the fact that victims are unaware that this will happen suggests that the scheme may not have been fully explained to them, increasing the likelihood that there may be an element of fraud involved.
Protect yourself:
Further advice can be found at:
http://www.fca.org.uk/your-fca/documents/protect-your-pension-pot
http://www.fca.org.uk/consumers/financial-services-products/pensions/protect
http://www.thepensionsregulator.gov.uk/individuals/dangers-of-pension-scams.aspx
Ensure that you request that the risks and growth rates are explained and that you fully understand them before transferring your pension
Check whether the pension arrangement company is registered with the FCA. Registered companies can be checked using the FCA register online at: https://register.fca.org.uk/
Remember that if the offer seems too good to be true, then it generally is
If you believe that you have been a victim of fraud you can report it online http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/report_fraud or by telephone 0300 123 2040.

TRUST HOUSE SERVICE (RAPE AND SEXUAL ABUSE)
 
The Trust House is a service available for specialist rape and sexual abuse support located in Grantham, Lincolnshire.
Members of the public can self-refer into the services provided as shown on the attached leaflet together with a rapid counselling option.
If you or a person you know has been affected by these issues, please do consider getting in touch to access their invaluable services.
This service is run independently of Lincolnshire Police and all your details will be kept confidential

CRACKDOWN ON FRAUD LAUNCHED
 

South Holland District Council has teamed up with other Lincolnshire authorities to launch a joint crackdown on fraud, starting with false applications for council tax discount or support.
The Lincolnshire Counter Fraud Partnership is made up of all seven districts and the county council. The group takes the issue extremely seriously, and have come together to raise awareness, share resources and expertise, and pool intelligence.
The partnership will be looking at all types of fraud against councils including false claims for housing, Blue Badge claims and financial mismanagement of grants and contracts.
If you suspect any fraud against a Lincolnshire council, please report it to the confidential hotline on 0800 0853716 or email whistleblowing@lincolnshire.gov.uk.
For more information visit www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/fraud

MINISTRY OF JUSTICE SCAM ALERT
 
Once again we are getting reports that this scam is operating in our region.
A telephone call is received from a bogus Ministry of Justice official stating that you are owed a sum of money but to receive the funds you need to pay an admin charge by Pay safe vouchers.
Various reasons are given as to why you are owed money such as PPI repayment.
Do not purchase any pre-payment vouchers, as once the code numbers are given of each voucher,  the scammer will be able to cash these without providing any details of their of identity.
This time the scammer wanted to collect them in person and made several calls to try and persuade the person to go and purchase the vouchers.
The scammers name on this occasion was given as Steve Anderson and the person who would collect the vouchers was Julie Shaw.  Numbers used were 0208 123 5114 and 0203 198 8103, if you have any relatives which have a call blocker please add these numbers to their list.
If you have details of a current fraud, please report to:
Action Fraud  Telephone: 0300 123 2040

VEHICLE SAFETY ON OUR ROADS
 
As a Community Safety Officer, I often drive around our Lincolnshire roads as part of either traveling to and from work or as part of my duties.
On several occasions recently I have come across vehicles that have stopped by the roadside for various reasons but without taking any steps to ensure they are as safe as possible while stationary.
I have prepared an extract from the Highway Code to reiterate what you should do when stopping your vehicle on a motorway or highway.
Were you aware that the Highway Code can be used in a court of law against you if you failed to observe the correct procedures when driving a car?
For newly passed or experienced drivers, it is helpful to remind ourselves what we should do when driving or assisting others that may need our help.
See this attached PDF for more information.

POLICE OFFICER COURIER FRAUD ALERT - PLEASE READ URGENT

We have a courier fraud currently active in Lincolnshire (and nationally) whereby a person is contacted by a police officer stating that your bank account or bank cards have been subject to a fraudulent activity and must be cancelled.
The caller is actually giving out personal information of the persons bank details as a way of gaining the persons trust.
They state that the victim must visit their bank and remove all cash from their account immediately and keep in safe holding till a ‘police officer’ can collect it for safe holding till the ‘fraud’ is investigated. The victim is asked NOT to speak to their bank as the staff may be part of the fraud case.
We have just had an 80 year old couple who withdrew £4,000 from their bank account and held this at home waiting for the ‘police officer’ to arrive.
We were alerted to this and have apprehended a 16 year old male who was acting as courier.
Please ensure that that any relatives, friends and neighbours are aware of this fraud – they do not have to be elderly or vulnerable as the fraudsters are targeting ALL age groups.
 We need to stop this happening.  Over the last few weeks over 20 incidents have been reported to us in our region.  The fraudsters are typically getting £2,000 to £4,000 each time they are successful.

This type of fraud can and does fund illegal activity overseas. The national name for this fraud is OP SOLITUDE and you can report any instances on Tel: 101.

TAXI DRIVERS – WE NEED YOUR HELP

If you are a taxi driver, please report any suspicious activity whereby persons from out of the local area are asking for directions to residential locations and are collecting a package and then asking to return back to a train station immediately. 
You may be fed information that they are collecting a package from their auntie or relative.
We would like to speak to any such individuals to verify their reason for such a visit and eliminate them from any suspicious circumstances.
Do not hesitate to contact us on TEL: 101 and report such occurrences.

ACTION FRAUD

a rise in reports concerning the purchase of pets, in particular puppies, advertised for sale via popular online auction websites.
The fraudsters will place an advert of the pet for sale, claiming to have recently moved abroad and the need to re-home the puppies.
Once a sale is agreed and payment is made, usually by money transfer or bank transfer, the pet does not materialise. The fraudster will usually ask for further advanced payments for courier charges, shipping fees or vet bills.
 
Protect yourself:
  • Stay within the auction guidelines. Be wary of paying fees via a Money Service Bureau, such as MoneyGram and Western Union.
  • Consider conducting research on other information provided by the seller; for example a mobile phone number or email address used by the seller could alert you to any negative information associated with this number online. 
  • Request details of the courier company being used and conduct enquiries regarding the company
  • Agree a suitable time to meet face to face to agree the purchase.
  • Be wary. If you think the purchase price is too good to be true then this is probably an indication that it is!

ACTION FRAUD (ACTION FRAUD, ADMINISTRATOR, NATIONAL)

Fraudsters have created a high specification website template advertising flat screen televisions for sale which are below market value and do not exist. Payment is being requested via bank transfer and will offer no protection to the consumer when the television does not arrive.
 
Protect yourself:
Payments made via bank transfer are not protected should you not receive the item.
Always make payment via a credit card or PayPal where you have some avenue of recompense should you not receive your product.
Conduct some online research on the website, company name and business address to identify any poor feedback or irregularities.
Check the authenticity of websites before making any purchases. A ”whois” search on the website will identify when the website has been created, so be wary of newly formed domains. This search can be conducted using the following website - https://who.is/
If the item advertised seems too good to be true, it probably isIf you believe that you have been a victim of fraud you can report it online at http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/report_fraud or by telephone on 0300 123 2040.

FRAUD REPORT

Fraudsters have created a high specification website template advertising flat screen televisions for sale which are below market value and do not exist. Payment is being requested via bank transfer and will offer no protection to the consumer when the television does not arrive.
Protect yourself:Payments made via bank transfer are not protected should you not receive the item.
Always make payment via a credit card or PayPal where you have some avenue of recompense should you not receive your product.
Conduct some online research on the website, company name and business address to identify any poor feedback or irregularities.
Check the authenticity of websites before making any purchases. A ”whois” search on the website will identify when the website has been created, so be wary of newly formed domains. This search can be conducted using the following website - https://who.is/
If the item advertised seems too good to be true, it probably is. If you believe that you have been a victim of fraud you can report it online at http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/report_fraud or by telephone on 0300 123 2040.

WHICH CRIMES WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE TACKLED?
 
South Holland residents are being invited to have their say on crime in the district and what issues they would most like to see tackled.
The East Lincolnshire Community Safety Partnership (ELCSP) is inviting residents to complete its latest community safety survey to help identify the issues that the group will focus on in 2016.
The ELCSP is a statutory body comprising District (South Holland, Boston and East Lindsey) and County Councils, Police, Fire & Rescue, Probation and Health.      
The partnership is required to undertake an annual review of crime and community safety issues and produce a plan to outline how it will tackle crime and anti-social behaviour to make people feel safer.
Those taking part in the latest survey will be in the running to win £30 worth of high street shopping vouchers.
Cllr Gary Taylor, portfolio holder for community, said: “It’s vitally important that we ask our community for their views on issues which affect their safety, this survey gives us the opportunity to ensure we are addressing our community’s needs.”    
Last year the partnership worked on issues residents identified through the survey including:
Programmes to engage young people in positive activities and away from anti-social behaviour (such as Activate in South Holland).
‘Safezones’ in each district to educate people about safe drinking levels, personal safety and deterring violence.
Introducing a ‘voluntary code of conduct’ for off licenses in Spalding Town Centre to promote responsible management of alcohol sales.
Operations Cyclone and Shout to tackle cycle thefts and shoplifting in Boston Town Centre. 
The ELCSP is now focussing on issues raised in last year’s survey including anti-social behaviour, violent crime, domestic abuse, alcohol misuse and theft. 
Your views this year will fine tune the crime-fighting priorities for 2016.
The survey is available to complete online up until Friday, October 30, visit This link or South Holland 
If you would prefer to complete a paper copy, these can be obtained from the reception at South Holland District Council’s offices in Priory Road, Spalding.

Each year up to 25,000 British Muslims travel for Hajj, to Saudi Arabia, spending around £125 million on their pilgrimages.
 
Muslims shopping around for the best deal on a trip to Mecca, both in their local community and increasingly online, are attracted by travel packages including flights, accommodation and visas, which appear to offer good value for money. Some operators advertise large reductions but fail to provide the service(s) offered.
Individuals are asked to pay in cash or make a direct bank transfer prior to their trip and are told they will receive their tickets and travel documents nearer to the departure date. For some they never arrive, or the travel accommodation is far below the standard that had been agreed and paid for.
 
Protect Yourself:
Do your research – don’t book without carrying out some basic checks on your travel company.
Make sure your travel company is a member of a recognised trade body, such as ABTA.
If you are booking a flight based package, make sure your travel company is ATOL (Air Travel Organisers’ Licensing) protected by the Civil Aviation Authority.
Get everything in writing.
Do not pay the travel company by cash or by direct bank transfer into an individual’s account.

ACTION FRAUD

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) has received intelligence regarding two new Lottery Fraud letters/email attachments (Scam 1 & Scam 2) using the 2016 Rio Olympics as a theme.
 The scams try to trick people into believing they have won the following:

Scam 1: An online lottery prize of £650,000 and a trip to Brazil to watch the Olympics as the recipient’s email address was chosen out of a possible ten million at random.

Scam 2: An online lottery prize of £820,000 and a trip to Brazil to watch the Rio Carnival and the Olympics as the recipient’s winning numbers 8 17 34 38 42 and 51 were selected.
In order to collect the winnings the recipient is requested to contact:
 
Scam 1:
Mr Dima Robert
MillMan Street, WC1N 3JB. London A5200.
Tel: +447035973561
Email: RioOlympics2016@represnetative.com
 
Scam 2:
‘UK Pay out Officer’
Email:paymaster-office@bol.co.br
+44 7937428753
 
Protect yourself from lottery fraudNever respond to any such communication. If you have not entered a lottery then you cannot have won it.
Official lotteries in other countries operate in much the same way as the UK’s National Lotto. 
No official lotteries that we know of contact people to tell them of their win.
We do not know of any official lottery operators who ask for fees to collect winnings.  Any request for a fee payment is a good indication that someone is trying to defraud you.
Never disclose your bank details or pay fees in advance.
If they have provided an email address to respond to, be very suspicious of addresses such as @hotmail.com or @yahoo.com or numbers beginning with 07 because these are free to get hold of.
Genuine lotteries thrive on publicity. If they ask you to keep your win a secret, it is likely to be a fraud.
Many fraudulent lotteries have bad spelling and grammar – see this as a warning that fraudsters are at work. If you believe that you have been a victim of fraud you can report it online http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/report_fraud or by telephone 0300 123 2040

ACTION FRAUD

A scam email was being sent to victims fraudulently claiming to be from British Gas or The Ministry of Justice. The attached document or link leads to the TorrentLocker ransomware.
This malware encrypts files on the victim’s system and requests a ransom be paid in order for the files to be decrypted; one reported amount has been £330 worth of Bitcoins.
It has been reported that some anti-virus vendors are detecting this and stopping the pages and or documents from being opened.
 
Protect yourself:

If you receive an email that you are suspicious of do not follow any links or open attachments until you can verify that the email is genuine. To do this contact the organisation that the email has come from by sourcing the number independently from the email received.
If you believe the email to be fake, report it to your email provider as spam.
Ensure your anti-virus software is up to date this will help to mitigate the potential for virus to be downloaded. It should be noted that anti-virus software is constantly being updated and may not stop all viruses especially if they are new or been adapted.  It has been reported that some anti-virus vendors are detecting this and stopping the pages and or documents from being opened.
If you have opened an attachment or followed a link which you believe to be suspicious it is recommended that you run your anti-virus and/or take your machine to a reputable company to have it cleaned.
In cases where files have been encrypted it can be very difficult to retrieve them, and in most cases they will be lost. It is recommended that you always back up all files on a separate device or cloud storage to ensure they are not lost. Please remember that if a device is attached to the infected machine the files on this could also be encrypted with the virus so ensure they are kept separate. 
If you believe that you have been a victim of fraud you can report it online http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/report_fraud or by telephone 0300 123 2040.

Fraudsters are targeting individuals who have recently expressed an interest in an online loan.

Unsolicited calls are made by fraudsters who appear to be calling from a genuine company. They state that the recently applied-for loan has been agreed, but an "advance fee" is required before the money can be transferred.
Once these “fees” have been paid, either directly to the fraudsters’ bank accounts or through a money service bureau, they are unrecoverable.
In many cases, fraudsters have asked for multiple upfront “fees” to address issues arising with the loan.
 
Protect yourself:
Authentic credit companies do not charge fees in advance.
Be wary of anyone calling who says they represent a credit company.
Report any instances of a credit company attempting to request fees in advance of a loan to the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).

If you believe that you have been a victim of fraud you can report it online
http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/report_fraud or
by telephone 0300 123 2040.

Royal Mail Email Scam

A scam email was being sent to victims fraudulently claiming to be from the Royal Mail. Attached to the email is the CryptoLocker virus.
The victim receives an email purporting to be from the Royal Mail stating that they are holding a parcel/letter for the victim. The victim is then required to contact the Royal Mail to arrange for the item to be resent/collected.
By following the instructions within the email the CryptoLocker virus is subsequently downloaded to the victim’s computer. This virus encrypts files on the victim’s system and requests a ransom be paid in order for the files to be decrypted.
Additional incentive is added for early repayment as the ransomware states that the cost of decrypting the files will increase the longer the fine is outstanding.
 
Protect yourself:

Look at who the email is addressed to. Is it generic or specifically addressed?
Look at the quality of the images included on the email. Are they of sufficient high quality that they could come from Royal Mail?
Do not open attachments from unsolicited emails regardless of who they are from.
Do not click on the link supplied. Instead, go to the relevant website and log in from there.
Check the address of any email received to see if it appears legitimate. 
If you believe that you have been a victim of fraud you can report it online http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/report_fraud or by telephone 0300 123 2040.

ACTION FRAUD

People looking for cheap flight tickets are being targeted by fraudsters. New websites are continuously being created with slight changes to the company names with the intention to deceive the public. They offer tickets at bargain prices and usually request for payment via bank transfer. These tickets do not materialize and the funds are retained by the fraudsters.

Protect yourself:
Where possible, buy from well-known company names.
If you've never heard of a company, conduct some due diligence.
Use the internet. Type the name of the company/site you are buying from and look for reviews of what others customers are saying about the company.

Bad customer service feedback usually finds their way online quite quickly.
Use companies that are ATOL or ABTA Registered. You can check this here:
http://abta.com/go-travel/before-you-travel/find-a-member
or
http://www.caa.co.uk/application.aspx?catid=490&pagetype=65&appid=2
Check the authenticity of flight booking websites before making any reservations.
A “whois” search on the website will identify when the website has been created, so be wary of newly formed domains.
This search can be conducted using http://who.is     
Never send money to bank accounts. If possible pay using a credit card – that way you have some protection and avenue for recompense. 
Sign up to Action Fraud Alert https://www.actionfraudalert.co.uk/ to keep you updated with what’s going on.
If you believe that you have been a victim of fraud you can report it online http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/report_fraud or by telephone 0300 123 2040.

Crimestoppers warns public against scammers impersonating the charity
 

Crimestoppers has been alerted to a small number of calls where scammers have been impersonating their call handlers and asking for people’s personal information, including their bank details.
The charity has been warned about a group of scammers who have ‘hijacked’ the 0800 555 111 number. The scammers are calling people, saying they are “Crimestoppers at the Home Office” and directing them to the website to clarify the number. They are then asking for personal details.
Crimestoppers has never, and will never, make cold calls to members of the public asking for any personal details, so if anyone does receive a call from someone asking for personal information and claiming to be from Crimestoppers, please report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.

ACTION FRAUD (ACTION FRAUD, ADMINISTRATOR, NATIONAL)

How does the fraudster operate?
The fraudster will contact the seller to say that they want to buy the advertised item.
The seller then receives what looks like a genuine PayPal email, to confirm that the money has been paid by the buyer into their account.
With confirmation of payment, the seller will then send the item to the buyer’s address. The seller will later find that the PayPal email is fake and that the money has not been paid. The seller ends up losing out twice as not only do they not have the money, but they no longer have the item to sell.

Protect yourself:
• Check your PayPal account to ensure that the money has been paid in and has cleared into your bank account before you send the item to the buyer.
• Do not be bullied or rushed into sending items before you know that the payment has cleared – a genuine purchaser will not mind waiting a day or two for you to send them their item.
• If you are selling a vehicle, think carefully when selling to overseas purchasers – especially if they tell you they will send an extra payment for shipping – check that the funds have cleared before arranging this.