Kingsley Village
in the heart of Cheshire

Message sent by
Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)

 

There has been a recent series of incidents whereby fraudsters either phone or attend the home address of elderly members of the public, claiming to be police officers.

The fake officer/s will claim that they are investigating a fraud which they believe the elderly person to be a victim of. The fake officer/s will then request the bank cards and personal identification numbers (PIN) of the victim and claim these are needed for investigation purposes. If the first contact was made by a phone call, the fake officer/s will tell the victim that someone will be over to collect the evidence. In one case the victim was instructed to attend their local bank and withdraw all of the money from their account. The suspect was left alone in the victim’s house whilst the victim carried out the instructions.
 
Protect Yourself

  • Before letting anyone into your home who claims to be from any law enforcement agency, ask to see their identity card and check it by calling 101.
  • Ask if they can attend at a pre-arranged time when a family member or friend can also be present.
  • If you receive a phone call from a police officer,  ask for their name and force and tell them you will call them back. Wait a few minutes and then use 101 to call them back through their force’s switchboard and verify their identity.
  • The Police will never ask for your PIN or passwords. Do not give this information to anyone.
  • The Police will never request that you withdraw/transfer any money to them.

If you believe that you have been a victim of fraud you can report it online http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/report_fraud or by telephone 0300 123 2040.

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Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)

 

Fraudsters have set up a high specification website template advertising various electrical goods and domestic appliances. These goods are below market value and do not exist. The fraudsters will request your card details via the website; however the purchaser will then receive an email stating the payment failed and they must pay via bank transfer.

The fraudsters entice the purchaser and reassure them it is a legitimate purchase by using the widely recognised Trusted Shop Trustmark. The fraudsters are using the Trustmark fraudulently and have not been certified by Trusted Shops and therefore the purchaser is not covered by the Trusted Shop money-back guarantee. 

Protect yourself:

If you believe that you have been a victim of fraud you can report it online http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/report_fraud or by telephone 0300 123 2040.

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Message sent by PCSO Phil Brandreth

Good afternoon,

There have been a number of reports of a suspicious white van with two males on board in the Kingsley area going door to door trying to sell residents a generator. Unfortunately no vehicle registration has been passed over. The males are quite persistent and are asking for payment via cheque or online payment.

If you have had these males at your address or seen something similar in your area please call 101 and report it or email your local officer on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..police.uk

Many thanks

PCSO Phil Brandreth

Message sent by PCSO Phil Brandreth

Good Morning,

There has been a report of a male calling at properties in the Kingsley area. The male was trying to sell pictures / drawings and also asking for money. The male claimed he was deaf and wanted £10 per drawing.

If you have had anything similar at your property please email PCSO Phil Brandreth on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If cold callers ever come to your address and you are unsure who they are and the company they work for, then always ask for ID and if you are still suspicious call Cheshire Police on 101.

Many thanks

Phil Brandreth
PCSO 21596
Chester LPU

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Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)

 

Cyber Attack
Talk Talk, the phone and broadband provider, has been the victim of a cyber attack on their website commonly referred to as DDoS – distributed denial of service attack. This has led to hackers accessing Talk Talks servers and stealing personal data, which could affect over four million customers. It is currently unknown exactly what data has been stolen but Talk Talk has stated that there is a chance that some of the following data could have been accessed:

  • Name and addresses
  • Dates of birth
  • Email addresses
  • Telephone numbers
  • Talk Talk account information
  • Credit card and banking details

 
Protect yourself

  • Be wary of any emails claiming to be from Talk Talk asking for additional information such as passwords even if they are able to tell you specific account details – this could be a phishing email and sent to gain access to your account.
  • If you have opened an email attachment please ensure you change the passwords for all your bank, email and online shopping accounts.
  • As well as e-mails be wary of any telephone calls claiming to be from Talk Talk that ask for additional information or want to gain remote access to your computer. Again they may tell you specific details about your account. If you get such a call do not give any details, terminate the call, use a separate telephone line/mobile phone and call Talk Talk back on one of their known numbers to ascertain if the call is genuine.
  • Monitor your bank accounts for any unusual activity that you believe may be fraudulent.

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