I am somewhat confused regarding the PANWA situation - this is an understatement!
I believe that HINWA have required that PANWA be shutdown. Hopefully PANWA members have been given an opportunity to engage with HINWA.
Sorry to add to any confusion - but I am where I am!
Cllr Bob Ayer
|Sometime overnight on the 21/03/2018 to 22/03/2018, there has been a burglary reported to police. The incident took place at the allotments on WATERWORKS ROAD, PETERSFIELD. Person's Unknown have broken into a number of allotment sheds and various items have been stolen.
If you have any information about this occurrence please call 101 and quote the following reference number: 44180106636
Please ensure that your property is kept locked and secure at all times. If you are away from your property for a long period it is a good idea to get a neighbour to keep an eye on your property until your return.
Please follow the below link for crime prevention advice regarding keeping your homes secure:
Please check your belongings to see if you can identify any unique etched code if so please sign up to immobilise at www.immobilise.com a national property register, this is free to sign up.
Please ensure you are vigilant at all times, calling police to report any suspicious activity, not just around your own property but anything suspicious in your residential area and community. In an emergency use 999 or 101 for non emergency. It is not too late to report any suspicious activity to police.
Message Sent By
We are today warning young people about a new and growing fraudulent scam – predominantly targeting students – called credit muling.
People are being targeted online on social media platforms by job adverts. This is normally on Facebook but we have also had reports using Snapchat and other social media apps. The majority of victims we have encountered in Hampshire have been university students.
How it works:
The victim responds to the advert online and is advised that they need to meet their would-be manager and that they are also required to undergo a credit check. A small deposit of money is placed in the victim’s account to confirm they have an active bank account.
Victim is then advised they need to obtain a business mobile phone contract. They are told to go to a mobile phone shop and take out a new phone contract in their name, using their personal details.
The suspects go with the victims to the shop and wait outside. Once the phone has been obtained, it is handed over to the scammer who then has a phone to use registered in their name together with the victims’ personal details - which can be used to commit identity fraud.
This crime has been reported across the country and is typically part of a broader organised crime operation.
How to protect yourself:
- Only seek employment opportunities from reputable employment agencies or direct job recruitment posts on official company websites;
- Never assume any job advert on social media is genuine. Always take time to verity any information that you see. Trust your instincts – if it sounds too good to be true, it often is;
- Potential employers would never ask you to receive funds into your bank account to check the credit worthiness of your bank or ask you to purchase high value items for them in your name;
- Your debit or credit card is yours – don’t let a stranger take it off you. You should only ever have to hand it over at your bank. If it’s cancelled, you should destroy it yourself.
How to spot the signs of a credit muling scam:
- Someone contacts you on social media or in person offering employment or a quick and easy way to make some money;
- Someone asking you to meet the manager in the street without going through any formal application or job recruitment process;
- Somebody offering to pick you up or asking you to take them to mobile phone or other shops;
- Someone asking for your bank details and offering to transfer money into your account in order for you to take out mobile phone contracts;
- Someone asking you for your banking and other personal information;
- Someone asking you to hand over your phone and wallet;
- Someone asking you to purchase high value items in your name for them.
How to report it:
- If suspects are near-by or have recently been with you, you should report this by calling the police on 999 or 101;
- If you think you have been a victim of this type of crime in the past you can report it to Action Fraud at www.actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040, text phone 0300 123 2050.
For further info and alerts on cyber-enabled frauds, please follow on Twitter @HCCyberProtect and @ActionFraudUK
The National Crime Agency is warning local retailers and the public about a batch of counterfeit Bank of Ireland £50 notes that are being passed by Irish men in Hampshire.
For further info: https://www.hampshire.police.uk/news/witness-appeals/alert-businesses-over-fake-irish-banknotes/
Message Sent By
Phil Rogers (Police, Corporate Communications Officer, Hampshire Corporate Communications)
Dear Petersfield Residents
We are sending out this Hants Alert so that you can be aware of a new trend of Gift Card fraud.
ITUNES GIFT CARDS FRAUD
Police are warning people of a trend that has hit the UK where fraudsters contact victims claiming to be from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) and other corporate companies. They then trick them into paying bogus debts and taxes using iTunes gift cards.
Over the past few months fraudsters have been tricking victims into buying iTunes Gift Cards and asking them to read out/send the serial code for payment in various types of fraud.
Victims are being contacted in a variety of methods by fraudsters claiming to be from HMRC and are told they owe an outstanding debt. In the hundreds of cases reported to Action Fraud in the past month, the fraudsters all ask for payment in iTunes gift card voucher codes.
Fraudsters are now moving onto iTunes gift cards to collect money from victims because they can be easily redeemed and easily sold on. The scammers don’t need the physical card to redeem the value and instead get victims to read out the serial code on the back over the phone.
Fraudsters are contacting victims in three ways:
- Voicemails: Fraudsters are leaving victims automated voicemails saying that they owe HMRC unpaid taxes. When victims call back on the number provided, they are told that there is a warrant out in their name and if they don’t pay, the police will arrest them.
- Spoofed calls: Fraudsters are cold calling victims using a spoofed 0300 200 3300 number or foreign numbers and convincing them that they owe unpaid tax to HMRC.
- Text messages: Fraudsters are sending text messages that require victims to urgently call back on the number provided. When victims call back, they are told that there is a case being built against them for an outstanding debt and they must pay immediately.
One victim had reported purchasing over 15 iTunes gift card vouchers from Argos at £100 pounds each and handing them over to fraudsters on the phone after receiving an automated voice message. Another victim handed gift card voucher codes worth £15,000 after receiving a cold call.
This new trend that has only surfaced in the UK over the past month has been used by scammers in the USA who have been posing as police, attorneys, debt collectors and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) agents, communications companies.
- How to protect yourself:
- HMRC will never use texts to tell you about a tax rebate or penalty or ever ask for payment in this way.
- Telephone numbers and text messages can easily be spoofed. You should never trust the number you see on your telephones display.
- If you receive a suspicious cold call, end it immediately.
- No government body, legitimate business, banks etc will ask for payment by ITunes vouchers.
- If you are unsure, or something doesn’t seem right, don’t do it. Get advice.
PCSO MORNING 16171
Chief Inspector Clare Jenkins of Hampshire Constabulary gave a presentation to East Hampshire District Council on 21st September on current priorities and challenges and the work being done by the Police across the District.
C/Insp Jenkins leads East Hampshire and Havant districts. She took up this role in late 2016. Her policing career, which began in the early 1990s, has also included work in safeguarding, custody investigation, Operation Fortress and the Operational Change Programme.
The presentation was detailed and of a very high standard and was very well received by the Council and which was followed by questions, all of which were handled very well.
I am very fortunate to see more than most of our Police, wearing my Community Safety hat - we are very fortunate to have Hampshire Constabulary looking after our District.
Councillor Bob Ayer, PANWA.
As part of the national plans in relation to the move to Critical, we are reminding the public not to be surprised if they see additional police officers - including armed officers - in busy locations in Hampshire such as train stations, shopping centres and other crowded places.
We urge the public to be vigilant and to report any suspicious activity to the police by calling the confidential anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789321 or in an emergency by dialling 999.
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