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.
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Within the past 24 hours a number of businesses throughout the UK have received extortion demands from a group calling themselves ‘Lizard Squad’.
 
Method of Attack:
The group have sent emails demanding payment of 5 Bitcoins, to be paid by a certain time and date. The email states that this demand will increase by 5 Bitcoins for each day that it goes unpaid.
 
If their demand is not met, they have threatened to launch a Denial of Service attack against the businesses’ websites and networks, taking them offline until payment is made.   
 
The demand states that once their actions have started, they cannot be undone.
 
What to do if you’ve received  one of these demands:
  • Report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040 or by using the online reporting tool
  • Do not pay the demand
  • Retain the original emails (with headers)
  • Maintain a timeline of the attack, recording all times, type and content of the contact
 
If you are experiencing a DDoS right now you should:
  • Report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040 immediately.
  • Call your Internet Service Provider (ISP) (or hosting provider if you do not host your own Web server), tell them you are under attack and ask for help.
  • Keep a timeline of events and save server logs, web logs, email logs, any packet capture, network graphs, reports etc.
Get Safe Online top tips for protecting your business from a DDoS:
  • Consider the likelihood and risks to your organisation of a DDoS attack, and put appropriate threat reduction/mitigation measures in place.
  • If you consider that protection is necessary, speak to a DDoS prevention specialist.
  • Whether you are at risk of a DDoS attack or not, you should have the hosting facilities in place to handle large, unexpected volumes of website hits.

Community Safety Alert

Lincolnshire Police surveyed our Horse Watch members during 2015, asking for them to raise any concerns as a horse rider/owner in Lincolnshire.  One of the most important issues raised was how drivers and horse riders should act when they meet on our roads.

In response to their concerns we have decided to promote the new initiative from the British Horse Society DEAD? OR DEAD SLOW? which aims to educate both riders and drivers.

In the five years since the launch of its horse accidents website, over 2,000 reports of road incidents involving horses have been reported nationally to the charity. Of these, 36 caused rider deaths, and 181 resulted in a horse dying from their injuries or being put to sleep. 75% of accidents happened because the vehicle passed the horse without allowing enough space.

The majority of these incidents happened on a minor road and in a rural area. Nearly half of the horses involved were used to riding on the roads more than once a week.

The launch of the campaign, Dead Slow, follows a number of high profile petitions calling for greater protection for horse and rider on the roads following the injury of horse carriage master Mark Evans and the death of his horse Wil, who was hit by a car in Wales (February 2016) as he pulled a funeral cortege.

Please take just a few minutes of your time to view the dead or dead slow video, remember the key is to slow down to 15 miles per hour, and pass widely, view here

Lee Hackett, BHS Director of Policy, said: “We are asking drivers to slow down to 15mph when they see a horse on the road. A lot of people aren’t sure how to safely pass a horse when driving, and so we have produced a video showing exactly how it should be done.

The BHS encourages horse riders to wear Hi-Viz gear at all times on the road. Even in bright sunlight it can be hard for a driver to see a horse.

Kevin Clinton, Head of Road Safety at the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, said: “Horses are large, powerful animals and they can easily panic and bolt if startled. This is dangerous for the horse, the rider and other road users.

 All drivers should be aware that they may come across a horse being ridden at any time, especially in rural areas.

The British Horse Society

The British Horse Society works closely with Government and local authorities, cycling groups and commercial transport firms to educate and change driver behaviour. Working tirelessly to ensure that all equestrians have access to riding outdoors without having to negotiate traffic on the roads, a key focus of the Society is the protection off road routes.

The associated video clip is promoted by kind permission of the British Horse Society and should not be copied without their permission.  You are permitted to ‘share’ this information.



A new investment fraud trend is targeting members of the public who are seeking to sell their wine investment.  Fraudsters agree to purchase the victim’s wine, but instead transfer the stock into their own account without paying the victim.  The fraudulently obtained wine is then believed to be sold on to other, unsuspecting victims. 
 
How does it work?
Fraudsters set up fake companies and websites as well as exploit the names of legitimate, established companies to facilitate this fraud.  They cold-call the victims and offer to purchase their wine for significantly more than the actual market value. 
 
Fraudulent documents, such as purchase agreements, are used to facilitate the fraud and are sent to the victims via post and email.  Some fraudsters have gone as far as setting up fake escrow services in order to fool the potential sellers that the payments have been transferred.   
 
The fraudsters send the victims instructions to transfer their wine into storage accounts held within legitimate bonded warehouses.  The victims are informed that upon doing this they will be paid the agreed amount.  The use of storage accounts held within legitimate bonded warehouses adds an air of legitimacy to the process but in actual fact these storage accounts are controlled by the fraudsters.     
 
Once the wine is transferred into the new storage accounts the suspects break off all contact with the victims.  The wine is then moved again, normally within days and often abroad, and, needless to say, the victim never receives the money from the agreed sale.
Protect Yourself
  • Never respond to unsolicited phone calls – if in doubt, hang up
  • Always check that the details of the organisation or company contacting you (such as website, address and phone number) are correct – the fraudsters may be masquerading as a legitimate organisation
  • Never sign over your wine (or any other investment) to another party without first checking they are authentic
  • Don’t be fooled by a professional looking website, as the cost of creating a professional website is easily affordable
  • Escrow services are regulated by the FCA under the Payment Services Directive 2009.  Only deal with a registered Authorised Payment Institution.  You can check the FCA register online at www.fca.org.uk/register
  • Consider seeking independent legal and/or financial advice before making a decision
If you have been affected by this, or any other scam, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040, or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk


Fraudsters are targeting members of the public who are expecting to make a payment for property repairs. The fraudsters, via email, will purport to be a tradesman who has recently completed work at the property and use a similar email address to that of the genuine tradesman. They will ask for funds to be transferred via bank transfer and once payment is made the victims of the fraud soon realise they have been deceived when the genuine tradesman requests payment for their services.

Protect Yourself:
  • Always check the email address is exactly the same as previous correspondence with the genuine contact.
  • For any request of payment via email verify the validity of the request with a phone call to the person who carried out the work.
  • Check the email for spelling and grammar as these signs can indicate that the email is not genuine.
  • Payments via bank transfer offer no financial protection; consider using alternative methods such as a credit card or PayPal which offer some protection and avenue for recompense.
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
 

Possible company scam
We have been advised that a person stating that they work for ‘Sustainable Homes’ has been offering quotes for Air Conditioning in the Lincolnshire region.

Scam details
A person known as ‘Rick Elliott’ (may use other names) calls to make an appointment to provide a quote for a new air conditioning unit.  On arriving at the property he provides a glossy magazine and asks for a deposit (around £1000.00) for the unit costing £5,000.
Even though the client uses his right to cancel the contract within the cooling off period, the cheque has still been cashed.  We have been unable to contact the person from the details given in the brochure and literature.
Enquiries are ongoing.
If you have been contacted by this company please ring tel: 101 and report the details quoting incident 237 09/04/2016
Please Note: We do not believe this person has any connection to the Surrey based company of the same name. 
 
If you are contacted by a cold caller over the telephone please consider these points:
 
Do I really need the work/equipment being offered, if I haven’t already asked for a quote
Will the person provide a written contract/quote
Have I obtained other quotes to ensure the price being quoted is reasonable
Have I obtained any references for this company or checked them on companies house to see if they are a registered company
If you are unsure of the company/person do not enter into or sign any agreement
If a person refuses to leave your property, this is an offence and you should ring Tel: 101 to ask for assistance
If you would like to report a suspicious company, contact Trading Standards. 
Company Registrations

To check if a company is registered and legal visit the website: www.companieshouse.gov.uk

Lincolnshire Safer Communities Trading Standards.

For advice please call 03454 04 05 06. Trading Standards nationally has an agreement with Citizens Advice Consumer Service to help you report a problem or obtain free, confidential and impartial advice and guidance on consumer issues.
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday, 9:00am to 5:00pm (excluding bank holidays and public holidays)
Visit the website: click here 
 
Action Fraud
 
To report scams and Internet security issues. Ring 0300 123 2040 or visit the website: www.actionfraud.police.uk

From 6th April 2016 it will be a legal requirement for ALL dogs to be micro chipped and contact details up-to-date.
 
The most asked questions answered here:

Will compulsory micro chipping for dogs be government-controlled? 
The Micro chipping of Dogs (England) Regulations 2014 will be enforced by local authorities, police constables, community support officers and any other person which the Secretary of State may authorise to act as an enforcer of the regulations.
Is compulsory micro chipping now proof of ownership/keepership? 
No, micro chipping will not be proof of 'ownership'. The words 'owner' and 'ownership' have been replaced by the words 'keeper' and 'keepership' for this very reason.
Will compulsory micro chipping mean legal 'Keeper / Ownership'? 
The words 'legally responsible' are used if your dog strays, bites or causes any unjust damage. As the keeper of the dog you are 'liable' for the dog that is registered to you. Therefore, as the 'keeper' you will be held responsible if your dog has been found to commit such an act, however the 'keeper' will be protected from prosecution if their dog attacks a burglar or trespasser on their land.
 
How long has a person got to get a dog micro chipped if they get one after April 2016?
From the 6th of April 2016, all dogs must be micro chipped and registered to an approved database by the time they are 8 weeks old.
If a keeper of a dog which is not micro chipped gets served with a notice requiring them to have the dog chipped, they will have 21 days to do this.
 
At what age is a dog exempt?  
There are no exemptions with regarding to age. A dog will be legally exempt from being micro chipped only when a vet certifies that it cannot be microchipped for health reasons. This needs to done on a form approved by the Secretary of State.
What is the minimum age a puppy has to be before being chipped?   
There is no minimum age specified in the regulations. The puppy only has to be micro chipped and registered to an approved database by the time they are 8 weeks old. The government advises that the dog be healthy enough to be implanted and sufficient time is allowed for the database to process the registration in order to ensure that the dog is compliant with the regulations by the time they are 8 weeks old.
 
Is there a fine/penalty if I don’t get my dog micro chipped?   
Yes. Under the regulations, your dog is considered micro chipped when you (1) implant the dog with a chip and (2) register your details on an approved database. If you do not get your dog micro chipped or your details registered on an approved database, then it will be considered as not complying with the regulations and a notice may be served. If the keeper does not microchip their dogs within 21 days of the served notice, then you will be liable to pay a fine of £500.
 
Is there a fine/penalty if I don’t keep my database details up to date?
Yes. Under the regulations, your dog is considered micro chipped when you (1) implant the dog with a chip and (2) register your details on an approved database.
If any keeper subsequently moves, changes contact telephone number, etc. then the dog is no longer considered micro chipped under the regulations and enforcement can be taken and a notice served. If the keeper does NOT get their details up to date within 21 days of the served notice, then you will be liable to pay a fine of £500.
 
What is the purpose of a microchip database?
When a pet is micro chipped the unique Microchip Number and your contact details along with important information on the pet – need to be held in a secure location / and be accessible 24/7 365 by any Authorised Agent finding the pet.
Petlog is the UK’s largest lost and found database for micro chipped pets.  Its customer care team are based in the UK and available 24/7 365, operating to ISO 9001/2 standards and is managed by the Kennel Club.

What documentation will be issued to the registered keeper? 
The keeper will be able to download their confirmation of registration via the website for their microchip number and Petlog ID upon validation of registration.
 
Why do Microchip databases charge fees for amending / changing details?
The fee that is paid at the point of microchip implantation does not go to the databases; this is the reason why databases request a fee when a change of details is required - to ensure the promise of a 24/7, 365 lifetime service to its customers.
 
Will the microchip expire?
The microchip will have an expiry date on the packaging but this is purely for implantation purposes and not an expiry date for the function of reunification.
 
If there is more than one Microchip database – how do I know where my details are being stored – do I get a choice?
We always recommend that before having your pet micro chipped – you ask what microchip is being used and which database it is aligned to. Your pet’s details and your contacts details are very important – and you should consider where this information is being stored – and the service level that accompanies this.
 
How will owners know their dog’s microchip is registered with Petlog?
When a pet is micro chipped the keeper will be given documentation by the implanter for them to keep, this contains the microchip number and database with contact details of where their record will be held.
The implanter will also forward this information directly to the respective database, where all the details will be held. If the keeper of the pet does not receive confirmation of registration within 14 days they should check the paperwork given by the implanter on the day, contact the relevant database.
If the keeper knows the microchip number they can easily go online to check if the dog is registered
on the Petlog Microchip Look Up.
 
How can owners “keepers” check the details on their dog’s microchip are up to date?
Easy, online at place the pet’s microchip number in theLook Up a Microchip search. If the microchip number is one that is registered with Petlog the keeper can create an account or login and then check the details recorded with Petlog.

What is Petlog’s procedure for changing details in situations where both previous owner and new owner might not express consent, such as when a dog is unclaimed from the pound, or if the previous owner has died?
On most occasions both parties can be put in touch with each other and a resolve made.
In the case of the death of a previous keeper, the database has a process to deal with this, and will be happy to discuss with the customer in this unfortunate event. In respect of other keepership issues, on the rare occasion that consent is not given then the record is ‘locked’ and can only be dealt with by a member of our Customer Care Team. The primary role is to reunite lost pets with their keepers. When keepership issues arise, if they cannot be reconciled by agreement between two conflicting parties, the dispute over keepership will then become a civil matter.
 
(Information provided by Petlog.)

You should also remember that -
A dog should also have a collar and tag as this is still a legal requirement and a microchip doesn't replace the need for a collar and tag. If your dog has a collar and ID tag with the owners contact details - it is more likely that the dog will be returned without being collected as a stray and fees incurred.

Police warning for Cyclists using Cycling Apps
Dorset Police have issued a warning to cyclists who share their route with other cyclists through the cycling apps.
They urge all cyclists to be mindful of the information which they
share over the internet and how this can be interpreted by criminals.
Changing your privacy settings on an app will make it hard for would be thieves to pinpoint the bike when not in use.  Having an exclusion zone around the place where you live to restrict that data being shown will prevent a potential thief from knowing your home location.
(Information via Bike Register)

Diesel theft West Pinchbeck
Good afternoon this is PCSO Colin Abbotts from Spalding North Rural policing team.
There has been a theft of tractor diesel from a farm on Leaveslake Drove West Pinchbeck.
Offender broke lock from container to get to fuel. Can all farms please check fuel storage tanks to ensure they are secure

Horse Watch Alert - update
Lincolnshire Police appealed for information regarding the theft of equine related equipment in the two incidents listed below.
I am pleased to confirm that the majority of the equipment stolen has now been located and returned to the owners.
Enquiries are ongoing regarding the two incidents.
Incident 47 23 Feb relates to stables in the Goulceby area of Louth whereby rugs, grooming kits and medical items were removed from the premises.
 
Incident 91 23 Feb relates to stables in the Gautby area of Horncastle whereby a large quantity of horse related equipment has been removed. 
In order to reduce the possibilities of this type of theft, please follow the tips below:
Basic security measures
 
Please ensure that your tack is not left in a location that is unlocked and easily accessed.
Do not leave wheel barrows available to transport equipment off site
Ensure your saddles are security marked – contact the Community Safety Dept at Police Headquarters to arrange a site visit to assess your tack security requirements.Email: besafe.besecure@lincs.pnn.police.uk

Bogus Callers

Good evening this is a general crime prevention message, a reminder about bogus callers.
Bogus callers can be male or female and any age. They may present themselves unexpectedly at your front door with an excuse to try and trick their way inside. These excuses can be anything e.g asking to use your telephone, looking for a lost kitten, or being from the water board.

Genuine callers will have identification and be happy to wait outside while you make a phone call to verify that they work for the company they state.
You may want to consider setting up passwords with utility companies.
Don’t let strangers asking for help inside your home.
Don’t agree to have any work done by somebody who knocks at your door
You may have heard this message many times before, but it is always worth a reminder. Please do pass it on to any friends or relatives including those who may be vulnerable.

Anyone acting suspiciously can be reported to us on 101. In an emergency use 999.

And finally remember one thing - IF IN DOUBT KEEP THEM OUT.
 
Thank you
Spalding Neighbourhood Policing Teams.

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
 
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".
 
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.
 
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.

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

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.

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.