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November 17, 2017

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Communications Team (Dorset Police, CED, Dorset)

A BT internet scam is affecting residents in Dorset

Many reports have been made from residents across Dorset stating that people claiming to be from BT Open Reach are asking for remote access to computers to 'make checks' on things like connection speed, routers and security software.

These people are convincing and quite insistent.

To offer reassurance about the legitimacy of the request, people are being provided with a telephone number to call. Once the number given is dialled it is answered by a supposed BT operator. Please be aware – this is not a trusted way to verify a caller’s identity. Always use the company contact number found on a utility bill or correspondence from that company. Never trust a number given to you over the phone to confirm identity.

Please don't engage with these people, just terminate the call.

Please, pass this message to your friends and family members. Stay alert and be aware of this newest scam.
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Communications Team (Dorset Police, CED, Dorset)

Scam warning - Residents are being asked to pay tax due to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) in iTunes vouchers.

Dorset Police has been made aware of a scam whereby individuals are being contacted, in a variety of methods, and told they owe an outstanding debt to HMRC.

In one day, 13 reports were made to Dorset Police from residents, primarily in the North and East of the county.

Detective Inspector Neil Wright, Force Volume Crime Unit, said: "I urge residents to be aware of this trend affecting Dorset. Tell your loved ones, your neighbours and your colleagues.

"This is a scam. HMRC will never ask you for iTunes vouchers or anything else similar as payment for unpaid tax.

"If you receive a suspicious call just hang up. Don't engage with these people as it just gives them more opportunities to pull you in."

iTunes gift cards are becoming more popular as a way to collect money from victims because they are easy to redeem and quick to sell on.

You do not need to be in possession of the physical card to redeem the value. Often victims are asked to read out the serial code on the back over the phone which instantly credits their account.

A HMRC spokesperson said: “HMRC takes security extremely seriously. We are aware that some people have received telephone calls from individuals claiming to be from HMRC. We have a well-known brand, which criminals abuse, to add credibility to their scams.

“We recommend if you cannot verify the identity of a caller, do not speak to them. We encourage you to check GOV.UK for information on how to avoid and report scams, recognise genuine HMRC contact and make payments to HMRC.”

If you are suspicious of an email or text claiming to be from HMRC, please send it to phishing@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk so it can be checked.

For information and advice about scams in Dorset, go to the Fraud Alert page of our website - dorset.police.uk/fraud. Scams should be reported to Action Fraud (the national fraud and cyber crime reporting centre) on 0300 123 2040.

Alternatively you can sign up to Action Fraud Alert to receive direct, verified and accurate information about scams and fraud in your area by email, recorded voice and text message.

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Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) has identified a number of reports where job seekers are being targeted by fraudsters trying to obtain personal and banking details from them, or requesting money to secure accommodation.

Individuals registering with job seeking websites or searching for jobs on The Student Room website are being contacted by bogus recruitment companies/businesses asking them to complete application and interview forms which request personal details and banking details, as well as copies of identity documents.

In some instances the applicant is invited along for interview, either in person or over the phone, to make the process look as legitimate as possible. This is impacting on students and graduates looking for work both in the UK and overseas. Some job seekers, as well as divulging personal details, have paid money to the fraudsters in order to secure a bogus rental property alongside the job offer.

How to protect yourself:

Check emails and documents from the recruiter for poor spelling and grammar – this is often a sign that fraudsters are at work.
If visa fees are mentioned, ask the embassy representing the country where you believe you will be working how to obtain a visa and how much it costs. Check that the answers the potential employer or recruiter gave you are the same – if they’re not, it may be a sign of fraud.
Carry out thorough research to confirm that the organisation offering you the job actually exists. If it does exist, contact the organisation directly using contact details obtained through your own research or their website to confirm the job offer is genuine.

What to do if you’re a victim:

If you think your bank details have been compromised or if you believe you have been defrauded contact your bank immediately.
Stop all communication with the ‘agency’ but make a note of their details and report it to Action Fraud.
Warn the operators of the job website you used that their site is being used by fraudsters.
If you have been affected by this, or any other type of fraud, report it to Action Fraud by visiting http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/ or by calling 0300 123 2040.

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Communications Team (Dorset Police, CED, Dorset)

Fraud and scams are unfortunately a very real threat in Dorset at the moment.

Dorset Police is aware of a HMRC scam asking individuals to use ‘iTunes vouchers’, or similar products, to pay any tax due. Some people have received telephone calls from people claiming to be from HMRC; these bogus callers may encourage you to provide bank account or personal details for alleged tax debts, in exchange for ‘tax advice’ or a bogus refund.

We have had 13 reports of HMRC scams in North and East Dorset on Thursday last week.

If you cannot verify the identity of the caller, please do not speak to them. Please report any incidents like this to Action Fraud.

HMRC will never request tax debts to be paid in payment vouchers and we are clear that they cannot be used to pay tax.

November 4, 2017

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News Office (Dorset Police, Communications and Engagement, Dorset)

Detectives investigating reports of a rape near Christchurch have issued an update.

The incident was reported to have occurred in a wooded area near to Hinton Admiral Train Station at around 4pm on Monday 14 August 2017.

The victim – a local woman aged in her 20s – reported that she was sexually assaulted by a man near to a makeshift shelter in the woods to the south of the train line off Station Road. It is understood that they were known to each other.

A 30-year-old man from the New Milton area was arrested on suspicion of rape and released under investigation. Following a detailed and thorough investigation a decision has now been made that no further police action will be taken. The woman has been updated.

Dorset Police remains committed to investigating all reports of sexual offences and encourages any victims to report matters so they can be investigated.

If a victim is not sure whether he or she wishes to report the matter to the police, they can do so anonymously via Dorset’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre – The Shores – where you can receive expert support and care. The Shores can be contacted on 01202 552056.

October 24, 2017

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Lisa Parker (NHWN, Register Administrator, England & Wales)

Here’s the latest October edition of our popular e-newsletter Our News.
Click the link below.

Please do not reply to this e-mail as your response will not be read.
If you need to update your details on Neighbourhood Alert please login to Neighbourhood Alert and change them. If you have any queries regarding how to do this or need help with other technical Neighbourhood Alert queries contact support@neighbourhoodalert.co.uk

Please note that our national Neighbourhood Watch office in Leicester cannot accept reports of crime or anti-social behavior.
It is important that your local police force has an accurate picture of crime in your area so they can allocate policing resources accordingly. They can only do this if you report crimes that have occurred.
Call 999 if

you’re reporting a crime that’s in progress,
there is a likelihood of the offender being apprehended if police officers respond immediately.
if someone is in immediate danger.

Call 101 to contact your local Police force for all non-emergency calls to your local police force.
To report crime completely anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
Report all incidents of fraud to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or report it online at http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/

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Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) and Action Fraud have recently noticed that Fraudsters have been setting up fake adverts on social media (including Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp) and job browsing websites to dupe people into believing they are recruiting for prospective models.

Once victims show interest in the job, the fraudsters contact potential victims on the false promise of a modelling career and subsequently advise the victims to come in for a test shoot.

The fraud can then potentially be carried out in two ways;

Firstly, the fraudsters can pressurise the victims in sending an upfront fee to book a slot for the test shoot. Once they have received the upfront fee, the victim will never hear from the fraudsters again.

The second possible method is that the fraudsters will take the advance fee that the victim sends for a photo shoot and arrange a photo shoot with the victim. After the photo shoot, the fraudsters will contact the victim after a few days and convince them that their shoot was successful and offer them a job as a model. The victim will then be asked to sign a contract and pay another upfront fee, usually to secure the modelling contract.

Fraudsters are also creating fake adverts for supposed modelling opportunities for children which do not exist. Fraudsters will inform parents or guardians that a potential career in modelling awaits their child. This tactic convinces the parent or guardian to sign up their child and send an advance fee.

The suspects will also convince the victim that in order to become a model, they will need to have a portfolio. The fraudsters will recommend a number of packages and stress that if a package is not paid for in advance, the process of becoming a model cannot continue.

Over a two year period (September 2015 – August 2017), an average of 28 reports of advance fee modelling frauds have been received per month by the NFIB. In August 2017, 49 Action Fraud reports of this fraud type were received and may continue to rise. The total loss in August 2017 alone was over £71,000.

Tips for staying safe:

Carry out your own research prior to paying any type of advance or upfront fee.

Be wary if you are asked to pay for a portfolio, as many legitimate agencies will cover that cost.

Don't give your bank account details or sensitive information to anyone without carrying out your own research on the relevant agency.

If you have been affected by this, or any other type of fraud, report it to Action Fraud by visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040.

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Marisa Charles (Police, Corporate Communications Officer, Hampshire)

It's Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, therefore we are reminding people of the measures they can take to protect themselves from high value gold theft and burglaries.

The rising price of gold means that jewellery is a serious target for thieves. Stolen items are often melted or sold on quickly.

Here is some key advice for people to protect their homes:

• do not leave valuables on display in your home so that they can be seen from outside
• if possible, keep your high value gold in a commercial safety deposit box rather than at home
• if you do keep your jewellery at home, store it in a good quality safe that has been secured to the floor or the wall
• use immobilise.com to keep an inventory of your jewellery, and include photographs and value of each item
• when leaving your home, ensure doors and windows are locked, and use timer switches to make sure your home looks occupied

Please see below for some personal safety advice:

• when wearing jewellery in public, be cautious and discreet to avoid attracting unwanted attention
• always travel to and from your celebration in a group using well-lit streets. Try to avoid walking alone. If you drive, keep your car locked and remember where it is parked
• if you are leaving or arriving at a safety deposit box facility, be vigilant and go with another family member. Secure jewellery in a closed bag

October 12, 2017

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Stan Mackrell (Dorset Police, PCSO 6119, Highcliffe and Walkford, Mudeford and West Highcliffe)

Breaking Information -- there has been an 'attempted break' to a property in the Laurel Close/Woodfield Road, area of West Highcliffe, over the past 2 hours.

The offenders, of which there were two, made off, and are described as late teens, early twenties, one wearing grey clothes, the other wearing black clothes.

If anyone has any information in relation to the above matter, please ctc Dorset Police quoting I11:0396..... Please remain extra vigilant at all times, and report anything suspicious via our 101 number.

Please remain vigilant at all times, and report any supsicious activity to Dorset Police via the 101 number.

September 30, 2017

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Sarah Burton (Dorset Police, PCSO 6093, Central Christchurch)

Christchurch Borough Council and Dorset Police are holding a Cycling Safety and Crime Prevention event tomorrow at 2 Riversmeet from 10am til 1pm.

Come along and find out:

How to keep your bike secure

Learn all about Crime Prevention and security from Sheducation

Meet your local Fire Service

Advice about Bikeabilty.

September 17, 2017

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Amy Crowfoot (Dorset Police, Communications and Engagement Department, Dorset)

The below message is sent on behalf of SafeWise. For any further enquiries, please contact them directly:

Dorset Driver Gold (DDG) at SafeWise Bournemouth and SafeWise Weymouth

Driving skills and confidence sessions helping people aged 65+ drive safely for longer. The theory session costs just £10 per person and lasts up to 3 hours, breaks and refreshments are included – the next theory dates are listed below:

SafeWise Bournemouth Monday 2nd October – 1.30pm
SafeWise Weymouth Tuesday 14th November – 10am
SafeWise Bournemouth Thursday 7th December – 1.30pm

The practical session costs £45 per person and lasts up to 90 minutes. Once your booking form and payment have been received you will be given details to arrange your drive directly with one of our Dorset Driver Gold Approved Driving Instructors (ADIs).

If you take up a practical and theory session the cost is just £50

For more information please visit the Dorset Driver Gold webpage (safewise.org/dorset-driver-gold/) or contact the DDG Administrator on ddg@safewise.org , ring or text 07713 499 777 (we will call you back) or leave a message at SafeWise head office on 01202 591330.

LifeDrive theory sessions at SafeWise Bournemouth – various dates

LifeDrive is designed to reduce accidents by helping younger drivers to understand why collisions happen and how to avoid them, developing their skills and experience with free post-test theory and practical sessions. This FREE scheme is open to all young people aged between 17 and 25 who live in Dorset and have passed their driving test within the past four years.

A FREE £50 Amazon voucher is given to everyone that completes the course! The next LifeDrive dates are:

Tuesday 19th September 2017
Wednesday 18th October 2017
Thursday 23rd November 2017
Thursday 7th December 2017

For more information, look at our LifeDrive page (safewise.org/education/life-drive/)

ScootWise, Mobility Scooter Training at SafeWise Bournemouth – Friday 13th October 2017

SafeWise are working in partnership with the Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group to deliver safety awareness courses for mobility scooter users in Dorset. The sessions are designed for those already using a mobility scooter or those that are looking to buy a mobility scooter now or in the future. The sessions cost £10 per person. All sessions must be pre-booked due to limited places available.

For more information, including booking instructions please look at our ScootWise page (safewise.org/education/scootwise/)

August 21, 2017

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Stan Mackrell (Dorset Police, PCSO 6119, Highcliffe and Walkford, Mudeford and West Highcliffe)

We have received a report of a break to groundsmans shed/store at Highcliffe Castle Golf Club overnight, where £3-4k worth of equiment was taken -- if anyone has any information in relation to this theft please call us quoting Incident 'I21:0094'.

We had a minor malicious fire started in the area of the Cliffhanger Restaurant, where a table and bench were set alight, Dorset Fire extinguished this short-time.

We are seeing an increase in scams yet again -- more importantly it MO, is a similar scam to that used last year -- where the 'intended victim' receives a call from a person(s) stating they atre from the police, and have arrested someone in possession of the 'victims' credit/debit cards etc, and they wish to check the 'intended victims' accounts etc, the only difference from last yeatrs version. is that the officers (offenders) state they are from either, Christchurch or Bournemouth police station -- do NOT fall for this one, it is the same scam, but with the edges rounded or smoothed.

Please remain vigilant at all times, and report any supsicious activity to Dorset Police via the 101 number.

August 17, 2017

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Stan Mackrell (Dorset Police, PCSO 6119, Highcliffe and Walkford, Mudeford and West Highcliffe)

We have been made aware of two scam calls in the Highcliffe area of Christchurch since 09:30hrs today.

Both mirror those that had a profound affect on many elderly and vulnerable people across the country, who lost a lot of money over the same period last year.

The scam is once again perpetrated by offenders who claim to be police officers, who have arrested a person in possession of the 'intended victims' back and/or credit cards, and try to glean banking, pin or account detailing, claiming the information will assist in bringing the alleged offenders to justice... This is not the case --- it is an attempt at getting at the 'intended victims' accounts etc, and access/remove their money etc... Both callers claimed to be officers from both Bournemouth and Christchurch Police Stations, this was obviously not the case, luckily both intended victims were aware of the scam from our, and actions frauds advice last year, and either hung up or asked an awkward question, which led to the perpetrators cutting their calls. No money or banking details were passed by either party.


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News Office (Dorset Police, Communications and Engagement, Dorset)

Detectives are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward following reports of a rape near Christchurch - with a man being arrested.

The incident was reported to have occurred in a wooded area near to Hinton Admiral Train Station at around 4pm on Monday 14 August 2017.

The victim – a local woman aged in her 20s – reports that she was sexually assaulted by a man near to a makeshift shelter in the woods to the south of the train line off Station Road. It is understood that they were known to each other.

A 30-year-old man from the New Milton area was arrested on suspicion of rape and is currently assisting police with their enquiries.

Detective Sergeant Leo Glendon, of Bournemouth CID, said: "Our specially-trained officers are supporting the victim following the report to police.

"I am appealing to anyone who was in the area around the time of the incident and saw anything suspicious to please contact Dorset Police."

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk, via email 101@dorset.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55170126069. Alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

August 12, 2017

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Stan Mackrell (Dorset Police, PCSO 6119, Highcliffe and Walkford, Mudeford and West Highcliffe)

Good afternoon

A residential burglary took place yesterday between 12:00 and 16:00hrs in the Yarrow Close Area, of the Hobourne Estate, West Highcliffe.

POE (Point of Entry) was to the rear of the property through an open window, having moved a fence panel -- an untidy search was undertaken by the offender(s), with both cash and Jewellery taken -- exit was the same way as the entry.

Enquiries are ongoing --- I am hoping this is not going to become an increasing trend for the NPT area, please remain vigilant at all times, with some added impetus in view of the forgoing.

Always lock up your home, sheds and garage, even if you are only going out for a short period, close and secure all windows, if at all possible...and arm any alarms....


Mudeford and Highcliffe NPT

August 10, 2017

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Stan Mackrell (Dorset Police, PCSO 6119, Highcliffe and Walkford, Mudeford and West Highcliffe)

Good Afternoon,

Just returned from a tour around our NPT area -- and spoken with a couple of our members/residents.

Just a couple of pointers more than anything else:-

1. Highcliffe -- We have had sporadic reports over the past few months in relation to sus persons' interferring with, and removing clothing items etc, that have been destined for our local village charity shops, this seems to be occurring in the ealrly hours of the morning generally between 00:30 and 02:30hrs. If the opportunity arises take down any registrations without placing yourselves at risk obviously. We can then attempt to trace the offenders, and speak with them.

2. Mudeford -- We have received a couple of reports of youths trespassing in the grounds of Mudeford Junior School during the evening. There is scheduled work (if it hasn't already started) over the summer to improve school facilities, and thus this may be generating additional attention.

3. Avon Beach -- Pinebeach Nursing Home (now derilict), We have had a couple of further reports relating to youths gainind further access to the site, with more damage being caused, and the proerty left insecure to the rear via the fire escapes.. The LA (Community Safety) have been advised and I gather will be getting back in touch with the owners, planning remains in limbo.

If you see any suspicious activity related to any of the above aspects pplease report these via the 101 number.

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PCC Communications (Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner, Communications and Engagement, Dorset)

Recruitment is currently live for Independent Custody Visitors (ICVs): volunteers who report on the welfare of detainees and ensure they have been given their rights.

ICVs are volunteers from a wide spectrum of backgrounds with a variety of skills and experiences. The ICVs make random, unannounced visits to custody suites in pairs and report their findings.

To allow potential applicants to find out more information about the role, the OPCC will be running a live web chat this Thursday 10 August 2017 at 6:30pm and run for an hour. Set yourself a reminder to join the chat here: https://www.dorset.pcc.police.uk/get-involved/web-chat/

ICVs make an average of one visit per month. So far this year, the ICVs have made a total of 57 visits to police custody, meeting 286 detainees.

Police & Crime Commissioners have responsibility for the appointment and overseeing of ICVs. Dorset PCC Martyn Underhill said: “People detained in police custody can be extremely vulnerable and ICVs provide a crucial service. IPCC statistics released yesterday show that since 2006/7, the number of deaths in or following police custody has almost halved, while the number of recorded apparent suicides following custody has decreased nationally. ICVs play an integral role in contributing to the maintenance of high standards in police custody, by ensuring detainees’ legal rights are respected and their welfare is protected."

There are currently 18 ICVs operating in Dorset. Colin Ellis, who started volunteering at the end of last year, said: “I saw the role as opportunity to give something back to the community; supporting the rights of those detained by the police and supporting the police in their ongoing efforts to ensure those in custody are treated fairly and properly.

“It’s a real eye opener to what police are dealing with. You certainly meet a diverse range of people and you never know what you’re going to be faced with. This is what sets it apart from other volunteer roles. It also offers the opportunity to learn and develop while providing a valuable service.”

Volunteers must be over 18 years old, speak English and have no other involvement in the Criminal Justice System. They must have been a UK resident for three years or more and crucially, must be currently living or working in Dorset.

Those interested in applying should email pcc@dorset.pnn.police.uk. More information can be found at www.dorset.pcc.police.uk/get-involved/volunteering/custody-visiting/


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