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July 16, 2019

Dorset Police HQ Open Day Saturday 20 July 2019

Dorset Police HQ Open Day
On Saturday 20 July from 11am – 4pm we will be opening up Dorset Police HQ (DT2 8DZ) to the public! Come along and meet our:

Dog unit
Drone unit
Traffic unit
Safety camera team
Neighbourhood policing team
Firearms unit
Safer schools team
Forensics team
Search team
Marine section
Public order unit
Ropes team
Cyber-crime team
Rural crime team
999/101 Call handling team
Recruitment and volunteering team
Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner

There will be displays from our police dogs, drone team, ropes team, method of entry officers (chain sawing and knocking doors down) and we will even be throwing petrol bombs at officers to show how they deal with disorder!

Alongside our displays and information stands, you can also have a go at securing evidence and solving crime with our CSIs, try on some police uniform and equipment and shoot some paintball guns in our firearms range!

These are just some of the amazing things you’ll be able to do on the day!


More information on our website
https://www.dorset.police.uk/news-information/dorset-police-hq-open-day/

See you there!



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Adrian Lowes (Dorset Police, Neighbourhood Alert Assistant, Dorset)

June 28, 2019

Cctv Appeal- Shoplifting In Christchurch

CCTV appeal following shoplifting incident in Christchurch

Officers investigating a shoplifting incident in Christchurch are issuing CCTV images of the suspect.

At around 2.50pm on Friday 21 June 2019 a man entered Currys on Stony Lane, selected two pairs of headphones and concealed them in his trousers. When he was challenged by staff he became verbally aggressive before he left the store. It was reported at the time that staff saw the handle of what is believed to be a knife, however no blade was seen.

Officers attended the incident and carried out a search of the area but no arrests were made.

Police Constable Louise Rowswell, of Christchurch police, said: “As part of my investigation I have found a suspect on CCTV and I am appealing to anyone who recognises this man to please contact Dorset Police.”

Images can be viewed here via link to Dorset police website:

https://www.dorset.police.uk/news-information/article/7849

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 55190032485. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org.



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Adrian Lowes (Dorset Police, Neighbourhood Alert Assistant, Dorset)

June 12, 2019

HMRC Alert

How To Stay Safe Online - Part 1


This month, Dorset Police Cyber Protect Officer Chris Conroy looks into how social media can be used against us – and what we can do to protect ourselves.


It was my birthday a few days ago. 32. Not a big birthday, admittedly, but that didn’t stop the stream of notifications from my friends and family. I got some really lovely messages on my Facebook, some mildly offensive ones, and a whole load of two word “happy birthday” posts. Among all the noise, however, one message stood out.

It was a simple “Hello. How are you doing today?” and it came from a family member. That in itself, of course, isn’t that strange. Sure, it’s not a conventional “happy birthday”, but we’ll let that slide.

It was what came next that threw me.

“I’m just wondering if you heard about the good news going on. It’s all about the PCH program.”

It goes on… Apparently, the PCH program have randomly selected me, as well as my family member, and I am in line to receive $90,000! Well, happy birthday to me!

But, of course, something isn’t quite right. The language he’s using. The prize being in dollars. The fact there are now two accounts in his name in my messages… It becomes pretty clear their account has been cloned. Their name, their profile picture, their basic details… everything had been taken in order to set up a fake account.

That account was made for one purpose. To defraud everyone in that family member’s list of friends out of their hard earned cash.

Thankfully, your friendly neighbourhood Cyber Protect Officer didn’t fall for it. But what if the fraudster had targeted someone else? Someone a little more trusting, or a little less cyber aware?

Cybercriminals can be incredibly convincing, and it’s easy to see how some people fall victim. Especially when the messages appear to be coming from a trusted contact.

So I thought I’d take the time to put together a brief summary of the ways hackers and scammers use our social media profiles against us.

Fear not! It might make for pretty bleak reading, but there are tips along the way to make social media as safe as possible!

Here we go…


1) Harvesting details from our profiles.

Have you ever taken the time to consider what you’re putting on your social media profiles?

Sometimes the hackers don’t have to hack at all. Sometimes we hand our information over on a silver platter.

Some people are surprisingly liberal with what they share on social media, with dates of birth, addresses and phone numbers being quite common. If people share too much data, scammers can piece things together to stand a reasonably good chance of impersonating someone.

Another thing to consider is your password. I’d like to think everyone is using long, strong, complex passwords, but the reality is most are probably still using some combination of a name (a child, pet, or place for example) and the year they were born. Can people figure those details out from your posts? All those puppy pictures and birthday messages could be giving away more than you thought.

Solution:

Think about what you’re sharing. If you wouldn’t share it with a stranger, don’t share it on social media. Take the time to check your privacy settings. Setting your account to private means only approved contacts or friends can see what you post, meaning you’re safe from prying eyes.


2) Fake friends:

You’ve got your profile set to private, and no one but trusted friends and family can see what you’re posting. Excellent!

This, however, is a relatively small barrier for a scammer to overcome if you don’t pay attention to your friend requests.

I’ve lost count of the times I’ve received friend requests from people around the world. Maybe I’ve prematurely shut the door on some wonderful friendships. More likely though, I’ve just avoided the start of a sextortion scam, or blocked someone from snooping on my profile.

Sextortion - for those who aren’t aware - is a particularly nasty scam that can have devastating consequences. It relies on a victim accepting a friend request and getting into conversation with their attacker. The attacker pretends to be an attractive young male or female, and builds up a rapport with their victim.

As the trust builds, the scammer tries to convince the victim to remove their clothes in front of their webcam, or more. Then the scammer strikes. They tell their victim they’ve recorded everything, and a demand is made for a sum of money, with the threat of posting the video online if they don’t pay.

The ramifications can be huge, with responses ranging from mild embarrassment and financial loss to suicide.

Solution:

Do not accept friend requests from people you don’t know and trust, and be guarded with what information you share with strangers.

Do not allow anyone to pressure you into doing something you’re not comfortable with. If you are unfortunate enough to fall victim to a sextortion scam, we do not recommend paying. There is no guarantee the scammer won’t come back and demand more money. Call the police in confidence on 101, and we can help.


3) Phising and Malware:

Phishing is something we more commonly associate with emails. Badly worded messages promising payouts from a Nigerian General, refunds due from HMRC, or mysterious purchases made on our Amazon accounts, for instance.

However, cybercriminals have cottoned on to the fact that social media is a veritable goldmine of potential victims. All a phishing attack needs to guarantee success is enough victims to target. Eventually, they’ll find someone who will fall for their scam.

There are many ways a phishing link can be delivered. On a Facebook newsfeed, a direct message, a post on your wall… the possibilities are endless.

One particular example that sticks in our minds was delivered through a Facebook competition in which users were encouraged to like and share a post for their chance to win an £85 gift voucher for a major supermarket chain.

On doing this, the users were sent a message containing a link supposedly taking them to a site from which they could download their gift voucher. But clicking this link actually took them to a website that tried to install malicious software on their computer.

Solution:

Be careful where you click. Take the time to check the source of any link you stumble upon, particularly if it’s offering something that seems too good to be true.

A quick pro tip - if you hover your mouse over any link or button in an email or website, the true address should be displayed in the bottom corner of your screen. If the link claims to be from a reputable company, but the true address looks wildly different, it’s probably a scam.

A quick point about the “like and share” competitions on Facebook – genuine companies often use these to grow their online presence. Don’t assume they are all fake. However, at the same time, don’t assume they’re all real!

Before you like and share, click into the page. Have a look around and see if it looks genuine. The “About” section of any Facebook page will tell you how old the page is, and whether it has been called something different in the past. We’ve seen scam pages change their name from that of a reputable jewelry store to that of a reputable pizza company, which should be a big red flag.

Also, think about how plausible the prize is. Why would a supermarket just give away gift vouchers? Add up all the likes, shares, and potential winners, and they’d be out of pocket by millions!


There you have it. Part one of the six ways social media can be used against us. If you found it interesting, come back next month to find out how criminals take control of our friend’s accounts, how apps can syphon off your data, and how things live on in cyber space, even after being deleted.

In the meantime, if you want to ensure you’re as safe as possible, make sure you use long, strong, secure and unique passwords for your social media accounts. This will help prevent someone guessing their way into your account.

Once your passwords are in order, make sure you turn on Two Factor Authentication. This acts as a safety net. Even if someone gets your password, they can’t get in to your account.

Don’t forget, if you represent a business or community group, you can get in touch to arrange a free, impartial cyber security presentation. Email us at
cybercrimeprevention@dorset.pnn.police.uk

https://www.dorset.police.uk/help-advice-crime-prevention/scams-fraud-cyber-crime/cyber-crime/


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

June 8, 2019

HMRC Alert

What you need to know


Action Fraud has experienced an increase in the reporting of malicious calls and voicemails, to members of the public purporting to be from Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (HMRC).

Fraudsters are spoofing genuine HMRC telephone numbers to deceive their victims over the phone. The fraudsters state that as a result of the victim’s non-payment of tax or other duty, the victim is liable for prosecution or other legal proceedings in order to settle the balance. The fraudsters suggest victims can avoid this, by arranging payment to be made immediately by methods such as bank transfer or by purchasing iTunes gift cards.
If the victim is hesitant or refuses to comply, the suspect makes a threat such as immediate arrest, sending bailiffs to the victim’s address or, in some cases, deportation.
Often, the period for which the tax is allegedly due is distant enough to guarantee the victim will have little, if any, paperwork or ability to verify the claims. Once the money is paid the suspects sever all contact with the victim.
In genuine cases, HMRC will initially make direct contact with you via post/letter and potentially follow up that letter with a phone call at a later date.
If HMRC contact you via telephone they will quote the reference number on the initial letter you should have received. HMRC will not discuss something you are not already aware of, like a tax investigation, and will NOT demand immediate payment.


It is vital that the public exercise caution when receiving messages or telephone calls of this nature.

What you need to do

Always question unsolicited requests for your personal or financial information. Just because someone knows your basic details (such as your name and contact details), it doesn’t mean they are genuine. Instead, contact the company directly using trusted methods such as a known email address or phone number.
Legitimate organisations wouldn’t ask you to pay taxes, bills or fees using an iTunes gift card, or any other type of voucher. If you’re contacted by anyone that asks you to do this, you’re likely the target of a scam
Don’t be rushed or pressured into making a decision. Under no circumstances would a genuine bank or some other trusted organisation force you to make a financial transaction on the spot.
Report Phishing attempts. If you receive a call, text or email of this nature and have not lost money, you can report this as phishing report it to Action Fraud at actionfraud.police.uk


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Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)

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Appeal Following Banking Phone Scam

Officers are appealing for witnesses and urging residents to remain vigilant following three phone scams across East Dorset.

At around 4.30pm on Saturday 1 June 2019 an elderly man received a phone call on his landline from a man claiming to be from Lloyds Bank who stated that there had been fraudulent activity on both the victim’s and his wife’s bank accounts.

The fraudster arranged for his colleague to attend the victim’s address off Ringwood Road in Verwood to collect the bank cards. At 6pm a man arrived at the address in a white Mercedes car but he was challenged by the victim’s son and he made off empty handed.

A similar incident was reported to have occurred on Monday 3 June 2019 when an elderly woman living in Wick Lane in the Southbourne area of Bournemouth received a phone call from someone purporting to be from her bank.

The caller claimed someone had been trying to get into her bank account and they needed to collect her bank card. A man attended and collected the card. The victim then contacted her bank and established the offender was not from the bank.

The same day an elderly woman was contacted by someone claiming to be from Barclays Bank stating an attempt had been made to get money from her account. She was told to put her bank card in an envelope and a man attended her address in the Buttercup Drive area of Christchurch and collected the envelope.

All the victims have cancelled their cards and enquiries are underway to establish whether any money has been taken from the accounts.

Inspector Phil Swanton, of Dorset Police, said: “In each of these incidents the offenders targeted vulnerable people and purported to be from their bank.

“A full investigation is underway and I would urge anyone who was in these areas at the relevant time and saw someone acting suspiciously to please contact us. We are keeping an open mind as to whether these incidents are linked.

“I am also very keen to hear from anyone who has been contacted in similar suspicious circumstances.

“Please remember, the bank will never send someone to your home to collect your bank cards or ask for your PINs. If someone calls you claiming to be from your bank and you are unsure of their validity, we would urge you to ask for their name, hang up and contact your bank directly.

“I would ask anyone with elderly family members to please talk to them about these types of scams and help provide them with advice on what to do if they are in any doubt."

For more information, visit - https://www.dorset.police.uk/help-advice-crime-prevention/scams-fraud-cyber-crime/

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 55190032485. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

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Shirley Craft (Dorset Police, Neighbourhood Alert Officer, Communications and Engagement)

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Staying Safe Online - New Web Address For More Info

Hello

We had a fantastic response to our recent message, in which Dorset Police Cyber Protect Officer Chris Conroy gave advice about how to avoid falling prey to online fraudsters.

Unfortunately, many people weren't able to access the web link contained within the article. If anyone now wants to find more information about staying safe online, please try visiting this page:

https://www.dorset.police.uk/help-advice-crime-prevention/scams-fraud-cyber-crime/cyber-crime/

Or you can get in touch with Chris and his team directly by e-mailing cybercrimeprevention@dorset.pnn.police.uk


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

May 29, 2019
Banks Refund Scam Victims - But Remember To Stay Safe From Fraudsters

My name is Chris Conroy, and I am the Cyber Protect Officer for Dorset Police.

It’s my job to make sure the people of Dorset are best placed to defend themselves against cyber crime. You’ll usually find me out and about delivering presentations to community groups and businesses around the county, or over on our social media pages, giving useful tips on how to stay safe online.

However, today you find me here, writing my first guest blog for the Police and Crime Commissioner. And what better way to start it than by bringing you some good news?

Last year, a whopping £354 million was lost to what’s known as “authorised push payment fraud”. This isn’t the good news, obviously… that’s coming shortly.

These are scams in which customers are tricked into actually making a payment, rather than the money simply being stolen. Historically, banks would only pay out if they were clearly at fault. As such, only £83 million was recovered, meaning the UK public lost £251 million.

This week, however, marks a turning point for victims of fraud, as a new voluntary code takes effect. From now, payment providers who are signed up to the voluntary code will judge each case against a set of criteria to determine whether a customer should be reimbursed after falling for a scam, and anyone who has taken reasonable care, or has any element of vulnerability, is much more likely to receive a refund of the lost money.

Eight major banks, covering 17 brands, have committed to implementing the code with immediate effect. They are:
• Barclays
• HSBC (including First Direct and M&S Bank)
• Lloyds (including Halifax, Bank of Scotland and Intelligent Finance)
• Metro Bank
• Nationwide
• RBS (including NatWest and Ulster Bank)
• Santander (including Cahoot and Carter Allen)
• Starling Bank

TSB have taken this one step further, and state that they guarantee a refund for anyone who is an innocent victim of fraud. Pretty good, right?

It’s really encouraging to see banks stepping up and helping victims of fraud, but it is worth pointing out that the code does not apply in cases where victims have been “grossly negligent”. At this time, it’s not entirely clear what constitutes gross negligence, so it seems as good a time as any to remind people how to avoid falling victim in the first place.

First and foremost, stop and think. A common tactic used by fraudsters is to use social engineering techniques to get you to act against your better judgement. A bank won’t pressure you to act fast, or apply time limits to anything. If you feel you are being rushed to hand over information, stop. Do not let anybody make you do something you don’t entirely understand, or aren’t comfortable doing.

It’s worth remembering that your bank will not contact you out of the blue to ask for sensitive information like your PIN or password. Nor will they ask you to move money into a new account.

Take care with emails. If you receive an unsolicited email, be wary of clicking any links or attachments. “Phishing” emails are a common tactic used to gather sensitive information from victims. Always question uninvited approaches asking for personal details, in case it’s a scam.

If you receive an unexpected message from your bank, or a company, consider calling them directly using a telephone number you know and trust, rather than by calling a number in an email or text message.

For more tips like these, take the time to check out the Take Five to Stop Fraud campaign. There, you will find helpful advice and resources to help you stay safe from fraud, as well as helping to educate friends and family.

For further advice about all things cyber crime, head on over to www.dorset.police.uk/cybercrime. And if you are part of a community group, or a local business, feel free to get in touch to arrange a cyber crime prevention talk! I’m available daytime, evenings and weekends, and it’s completely free of charge.

Get in touch at
cybercrimeprevention@dorset.pnn.police.uk.

I hope to hear from you soon! Until next time, thanks for reading.

Chris

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


May 24, 2019
Scam Warning - Fake Talktalk Emails

Watch out for these FAKE TalkTalk emails about a refund

Action Fraud has received over 100 reports this week about fake emails purporting to be from TalkTalk. The emails state that the recipient’s TalkTalk account is in credit and that they’re owed a refund. The links in the emails lead to malicious websites.

Don’t click on the links or attachments in suspicious emails, and never respond to messages that ask for your personal or financial details.


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Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)


May 24, 2019
Do It Online This Bank Holiday Weekend

This bank holiday weekend, Dorset Police wants to remind residents and visitors to the area should they need to contact the police and it’s not an emergency to Do lt Online.

During public and school holidays the number of people out and about, and visiting Dorset increases. This can often lead to a rise in calls to our 101 non-emergency number, which inevitably can impact on call waiting times people might experience when calling 101.

So why call when you don’t have to? By visiting our website – dorset.police.uk, anyone wishing to contact us with non-emergency queries or reports can easily do so by using our online contact methods – Report Online, Request a Call Back and AskNED, making it easier and more convenient to ask or tell us something.
Report Online - if you want to report a crime or tell the police about something that’s already happened and it’s non-urgent, report it online. Simply fill in the details on the online crime reporting form (dorset.police.uk/do-it-online#report) and then once submitted your information/crime report will be logged.

Request a Call Back - to request a call back from Dorset Police, just complete the details on the request a call back form selecting the time period which suits you best, then wait for us to call you.

AskNED - our online directory which provides the answers to all your non-emergency questions. Simply visit dorset.police.uk/AskNED enter your question, select your location and AskNED will provide you with the answer.

Alternatively queries and reports can be emailed to our 101 Email - 101@dorset.police.uk. The email will reach the Force’s command centre just the same as calling and can be used for used to report all non-emergency crime and give the police any information about crime in your area.

Jane Jennings, Head of Contact Management, said: “We want people to have a good bank holiday and half-term in and around the area, and we hope they don’t need to contact us, but if they do, and it’s not an emergency we would ask them to consider using the online methods available.

“We have many online ways to contact us which are easy to use and available 24/7, meaning people can contact us at their convenience and without needing to wait on the telephone to speak to someone.

“We realise that not everyone has access to the internet and some people would prefer to speak to a person but by encouraging people to use our online methods means we can manage our demand more efficiently and prevent long waiting times for people choosing to call us.

“We would also ask people to consider whether it’s the police they actually need to contact. We receive many calls about fly tipping, stray dogs, noisy neighbours or illegally parked cars around a quarter of calls to us are for information –and many of these are not police matters and should be directed towards other agencies.

“We would encourage people to click before they call and ask themselves whether they can find the answer on our website or by using our online directory AskNED which has answers to hundreds of commonly asked questions.”

In an emergency always call 999.



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Shirley Craft (Dorset Police, Neighbourhood Alert Officer, Communications and Engagement)

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330K Saved From The Hands Of Fraudsters Thanks To New Partnership

A new partnership between local banks and Dorset Police has prevented over £330,000 getting into the hands of fraudsters in the first four months of this year.

The scheme, known as the ‘banking protocol’; trains bank staff to spot when someone is about to fall victim to a scam and try to prevent them from withdrawing cash or transferring money to a fraudster, with an immediate police response to the bank.

Dorset Police responded to 34 calls between January and April this year where £331,682 of potential victims’ money could have been handed over to fraudsters. The average age of those people targeted was 75 years old, with 56 per cent being men.

The oldest person to have been targeted was a 96-year-old man from Bournemouth who was visited by a fraudster in his home, known as ‘Mike’. The victim was asked to give the fraudster £2,000 in order to receive £12,000 in return. Upon visiting the bank on his own to withdraw the money, staff raised the alarm with Dorset Police and the transaction was prevented.

In another incident, a woman in her late 80s from Dorset was targeted when fraudsters claiming to be from BT, called to say her internet had been hacked and they needed to access her computer remotely. Once accessed, the victim was told not to tell anyone about it as the fraudsters were from the ‘Against Crime Agency’ and were trying to catch the hackers targeting her computer.

The fraudsters claimed they needed her help and said they had placed £10,000 into her current account to trace the hackers. It later transpired that the additional £10,000 in her current account had been transferred from her ISA account, without her knowing. Fraudsters then asked her to transfer £8,000 into an overseas account, which was blocked as a result of the banking protocol.

The victim said: “You never realise how easily you can be drawn into a scam. Even when the police were there in the bank trying to prevent the transaction, I continued to lie about the situation and told the story the fraudsters had given me.

“When I got home and thought about what I was doing, I took a chance on ignoring the hackers and called the police back to explain everything.

“The support I received from Dorset Police was superb. The police officer was gentle, reassuring and comforting and didn’t blame me for my actions. Fortunately, I only lost a small amount of money through a Western Union transfer, rather than the thousands they were trying to get out of me.

“Although you may be concerned about a message that has come through on your computer, don’t believe anybody about anything. Always report to the police if you think you could be being scammed.”

Inspector Phil Swanton, responsible for fraud investigation within Dorset Police, said: “We recognise this type of criminality has a significant impact on victims.

“With fraudsters hiding behind computer screens around the world, bringing offenders to justice is incredibly challenging and therefore we’re doing all we can to prevent these offences happening in the first place.

“The banking protocol is a great example of partnership working between the major banks and Dorset Police to protect our residents.”

Katy Worobec, Managing Director of Economic Crime, UK Finance, said: “This rapid response scheme is giving bank staff the tools they need to protect vulnerable customers from scams, while helping local police catch fraudsters and bring them to justice.

“The banking industry will keep taking action on all fronts to combat fraud, working closely with our partners in law enforcement to crack down on the criminal gangs responsible.”


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Kristian Ward (Communications Officer, Communications and Engagement, Dorset Police)

May 16, 2019
Theft From Motor Vehicles


There have been a number of reports of vehicles being broken into over night in the Juniper Drive, Saffron Drive and Celandine Close area of Highcliffe.
It is unknown how entry has been gained and there is no damage to the vehicles, however items of varying degrees of value (laptops to small change) have been stolen from within the vehicles.

Please ensure that all items are removed from your vehicles over night and vehicles are kept locked.

Also please ensure as the weather gets warmer please remember to secure doors and windows overnight and when leaving the house.

Any problems or concerns please contact Dorset Police on 101 or www.dorset.police.uk


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


May 2, 2019
Cctv Appeal After Theft Of Elderly Womans Purse In Highcliffe


Officers investigating the theft of an elderly woman’s purse in Highcliffe have issued CCTV images of the suspect.

At 9am on Sunday 24 March 2019 a man entered Highcliffe Launderette on Lymington Road and stole a purse from a handbag belonging to a local woman aged in her 80s.

Police Constable Jan Steele, of Dorset Police, said: “Following enquiries I am now in a position to issue CCTV images of the suspect and I would ask anyone who recognises this man to please come forward.”

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 55190044384.

Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

Please note the majority of images will be available to view via a link to the Dorset Police website rather than being included in the main text of the message.

To view images please go to the Dorset Police website www.dorset.police.uk Click on News & Information

Message Sent By
Shirley Craft (Dorset Police, Neighbourhood Alert Officer, Communications and Engagement)


March 14 2019
Scam Warning - Fake Tv Licensing Emails


An ongoing TV Licensing phishing campaign, first identified by the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) in September 2018, continues to be reported to Action Fraud in high numbers. Fraudsters are sending the public fake TV Licensing emails that are designed to steal their personal and financial information. Since April 2018, Action Fraud has received over 900 crime reports with victim losses totalling more than £830,000.

How you can protect yourself:

Don’t click on the links or attachments in suspicious emails and never respond to messages that ask for your personal or financial details.
Don’t assume a phone call or email is authentic, even if someone knows your basic details (such as your name or address). Remember, criminals can spoof phone numbers and email addresses to appear as companies you know and trust, such as TV Licensing.
Your bank will never call and ask you for your PIN, full banking password, or ask you to transfer money out of your account.

What to do if you’ve fallen victim:

Let your bank know as soon as possible and monitor your bank statements regularly for any unusual activity.
If you suspect your identity may have been stolen you can check your credit file quickly and easily online. Use a reputable service provider and follow up on any unexpected or suspicious results.
If you have been a victim of fraud or cyber crime, report it to Action Fraud at actionfraud.police.uk, or by calling 0300 123 2040.


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Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)


March 7 2019
Witness Appeal - Following Reported Assault - Christchurch


Officers investigating reports of an assault in the Highcliffe area of Christchurch are appealing for any witnesses to come forward.

The incident occurred sometime between 4.45pm and 5pm on Saturday 2 March 2019.

A man aged in his 50s was jogging in Hinton Wood Avenue when he became involved in an incident involving two youths on pedal cycles.

It was reported that the youths followed the man on their bikes as he ran toward Lymington Road and into Wharncliffe Road, before heading down Beacon Drive and into Ranelagh Road.

In Ranelagh Road the man was allegedly challenged by a man and woman who arrived on the scene in a white vehicle. He reported that he was assaulted by this man and woman as well as one of the youths and sustained head injuries that required an assessment in hospital.

A 36-year-old local woman and a 33-year-old local man have been arrested on suspicion of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and have been released under investigation as officers continue to make enquiries.

Police Constable Paul Mellor, of Dorset Police, said: “Our investigation into this incident is ongoing and I am appealing to anyone who witnessed this altercation, or who has any information that can assist our enquiries, to contact us.”

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 55190032485. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org.


Message Sent By
Shirley Craft (Dorset Police, Neighbourhood Alert Officer, Communications and Engagement)


March 7 2019
Fake Pet Advert Warning From Action Fraud


Warning from Action Fraud: Fraudsters are posting advertisements for non-existent animals and pet accessories online.

They’ve received thousands of reports with victims reporting a total loss of over £3 million.

For further details: https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/news/pawsforthought



Message Sent By
Phil Rogers (Police, Corporate Communications Officer, Hampshire Corporate Communications)


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