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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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
Euro Millions FIFA World Cup Super Lottery scam alert

We have been made aware of a scam which is currently being posted throughout the Lincolnshire region

Please make any vulnerable persons known to you aware of the scam and to dispose of any letters received and not make contact with the senders.

 
FIFA have confirmed that any such correspondence has no connection with or authorisation from FIFA.

If you have any information please call either the police on 101, Crime Stoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or Action Fraud free of charge on 0300 123 2040.


 
Royal Mail Email Scam
A scam email is currently 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.

 
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.

 
Advance Warning of Road Closures - Wolds area - Cadwell Park

We have the National Cycle Championships being held at Cadwell Park on the 25th June (Thursday) 2015.

We are expecting congestion in the area as attendees arrive for the time trials as well as members of the public wishing to spectate.

The cycle trials will be taking place on public roads outside Cadwell Park with road closures in place throughout the day.

You are advised to avoid the area between 08:00 and 19:00 where possible.

You can view the public road route on the attached PDF.  If you are unable to open this document, you can view the document on the LincsAlert website.

 

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DOMESTIC CCTV LAW 2015 -  IMPORTANT CHANGES

A recent ruling in Europe has resulted in a change in the way domestic or household CCTV is governed in the UK and applies to new and existing domestic systems.

If your CCTV system covers, even partially, any areas beyond the boundaries of your property, such as neighbouring gardens or the street, then it will no longer be exempt from the Data Protection Act (DPA) under the domestic purposes exemption. This does not mean that you are breaching the DPA but it does mean that you are subject to it.

CCTV systems filming even limited views of a public space are now required to be registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office and will be subject to a number of other requirements such as the use of specific signage. Owners must also be aware that if their system covers an area beyond their home’s boundary they will also be subject to many of the same requirements in terms of the protection and provision of data as larger organisations.

For more advice on what this means for you and what you should do to make sure that you operate your system legally, please visit the Information Commissioner’s Website ico.org.uk/for-the-public/cctv/

or email the Crime Reduction Team
Crime-Reduction@lincs.pnn.police.uk

- 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)

Fraudsters often target ‘goods for sale’ adverts on popular online auctions sites, so watch out whenever you’re selling anything online. 

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.

 
Lincolnshire Police have today received a report of an unsolicited phone call being received from a male purporting to be a Police Officer from the Metropolitan Police.

THIS IS A SCAM - FRAUDSTERS WANT YOUR MONEY!

Please terminate the call. Do NOT divulge any personal information.

Police or banks will NEVER call and ask you for PIN numbers or ask you to withdraw or transfer cash.

They will NEVER send a courier to your home address.

If you receive a call like this please report to 101 from a different phone line as the offender may stay on the line even though you have hung up your phone.



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