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Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)

 

Action Fraud has received several reports from victims who have been sent convincing looking emails claiming to be from Amazon. The spoofed emails from “This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.” claim recipients have made an order online and mimic an automatic customer email notification.  
The scam email claims recipients have ordered an expensive vintage chandelier. Other reported examples include: Bose stereos, iPhone’s and luxury watches. 

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Dan Hind (Police, Media, Chesh Engagement Unit)

The ‘Little Book of BIG Scams’ has arrived in Cheshire, providing all the information you need to help minimise the chances of becoming a victim of fraud. 

The booklet provides a comprehensive guide on fraud prevention, explaining some of the most common scams in existence and providing essential advice on how to reduce the chances of being scammed.

Policing the areas of Northwich, Winsford, Tarporley, Sandiway & Cuddington

 

News Bulletin

 

Northwich Local Policing Unit

Policing the areas of Northwich, Winsford, Tarporley, Sandiway & Cuddington

Voicemail: 0845-458-6378

17th July 2016

 

Pokeman Go “App” has arrived in the UK

 

Mobile phone fixed in hand, moving quickly from landmark to landmark and cheering spontaneously in the street.

Millions of people are joining the new phenomenon – Pokemon Go – which is sweeping through the country after its launch this week.

People are crowding round prominent buildings in their communities, eager to catch the fictional creatures from the cult cartoon and video game series.

The aim of the game is to capture, battle, and train virtual Pokémon who appear throughout the real world via the device’s GPS system and camera. It uses the location of the player’s phone/device to pin-point where the nearest checkpoints (called PokéStops) and animated Pokémon characters are.

The player can then follow the game on their phone/device, whilst walking in the real world, to try and catch them all.

Pokémon have so far appeared in a variety of locations across the region, though the game has only just been officially released in the UK this week.

Supermarkets, restaurants, gardens and parks have unwittingly found themselves included in the online game, which sees random venues across the UK become the ‘home’ of animated Pokémon characters for players to collect.

This craze is going to grow with more and more people getting addicted to the game particularly children.

 

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Ian Harding (Police, PC, Chester LPU PC)

 

BRITISH GAS RANSOMWARE ALERT

The information contained within this alert is based on a number of reports made to Action Fraud. The purpose of this alert is to increase awareness of this type of ransomware, which can occur when a British Gas bill email is opened. We are raising awareness of this ransomware to members of the public, regional police forces, businesses and governmental agencies to help people stop themselves and others becoming victims.

ALERT CONTENT

Fraudsters are spamming fake British Gas utility bill emails that link to a virus that takes over victim’s computers.

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Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)

 

Inheritance fraud usually occurs when you are told that someone very rich has died and you are in line to receive a huge inheritance. A fraudster who claims to be a Business Relations Manager from an overseas bank or legal official contacts you through email or a letter stating that a person sharing your family name has died and left behind a vast amount of money. The fraudster suggests that as you share the same family name as the deceased, you can be the beneficiary of the estate and rather than handing any ‘Inheritance Tax’ over to the government you can split the inheritance with the fraudster.
 
The fraudster will emphasise the need for secrecy and warn you not to tell anyone else about the deal. To hurry you into making a hasty decision, they will also stress the need to act quickly. 
 
If you respond to the fraudster, they will ask you to pay various fees – for example: taxes, legal fees, banking fees etc. – so they can release your non-existent inheritance. Each time you make a payment, the fraudsters will come up with a reason why the inheritance cannot be paid out unless you make another payment. If you ask, they will also give you reasons why the fees cannot be taken from your inheritance and have to be paid up front.
 
If you become reluctant to pay a fee or suggest you cannot afford it, the fraudsters will put pressure on you by reminding you how close you are to receiving a sum of money much greater than the fees you’ve already handed over, and of how much you’ve already paid out. The fraudsters may also ask for your bank details so they can pay the inheritance directly into your bank account. If you hand over your bank details, the fraudsters can use them to empty your account.
 
You could be a victim of inheritance fraud if:
 

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