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RUTLAND NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH BRIEF
Alert message sent 20/03/2017 11:11:00
Information sent on behalf ofLeicestershire Police
RUTLAND NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH BRIEF
Local Crime Alert Since the last Neighbourhood watch brief we have had one report of criminal damage to a vehicle in Johnson Road, Uppingham. Two tyres have been slashed.This incident occurred between 13/03/2017 18:00 & 14/03/2017 08:00. One report of the theft of money from Church Street Car Park, Oakham. Individual changes money for another and later notices money missing from wallet. This incident occurred on 17/03/2017 at 16:50. One report of a burglary non dwelling to a property in Church Street, Ryhall. Half glass door found damaged at the rear of premises and alarm activated. No property appears to have been taken. This incident occurred on 18/03/2017 at 18:47. Events Beat Surgery/Property Marking Event at Lyndon nature reserve on 24th March between 10:00 & 11:00. Beat Surgery at Tesco, South St, Oakham on 28th March between 10:00 & 11:00. Beat Surgery outside Whissendine Primary School, Main St on 4th April between 15:15 & 16:00. Latest News Scams New anti-virus activation scam - After buying brand new computers victims have reported being been unable to activate their antivirus software subscription, which led them to following links to fake antivirus websites. After entering contact information, victims have been called by fraudsters who ask for payment to install the anti-virus. This method has also been used by fraudsters when victims have attempted to renew their antivirus subscription. Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) tax rebate scams - Victims have received phishing emails/texts purporting to be from HMRC about tax rebates. After either downloading a file attached to the emails or clicking on a link, devices have been infected with Dridex (a type of banking malware) or Locky ransomware (which locks devices and demands a ransom) from a hacked website. When victims click on the link in the HMRC spoofed texts they are redirected to a registration page requesting personal details. The emails and texts appear genuine and the victims who have provided their personal details have consequently had direct debits, mobile phone contracts and new bank accounts set up using their personal information. HMRC would never contact people using these methods. Parking fine letters – Victims have been receiving letters from scammers claiming to be the police/parking authorities informing them they have been spotted illegally parking and have to pay a fine. This also includes victims receiving penalty notices for hired vehicles contracted in their names. In most of these cases the victim’s identity has been stolen. Wine investment fraud and recovery - Recovery Room fraud is a method where criminals contact victims of previous frauds, often by cold calling, and claim to be able to recover previously lost funds for an upfront, advance fee. When Recovery Room fraudsters contact victims of wine investment fraud they will usually claim to be a legal professional such as an insolvency practitioner or a representative of another investment firm. Check out the Action Fraud website for all the latest news and how to avoid these scams. http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/
Anyone with information about a crime in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland can call Leicestershire Police by dialing 101 (calls cost 15p) or call Crimestoppers free and anonymously on 0800 555 111.