Kingsley Village
in the heart of Cheshire

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Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)


Royal Mail Email Scam
A scam email is currently being sent to victims fraudulently claiming to be from the Royal Mail. Attached to the email is the CryptoLocker virus.
The victim receives an email purporting to be from the Royal Mail stating that they are holding a parcel/letter for the victim. The victim is then required to contact the Royal Mail to arrange for the item to be resent/collected.

By following the instructions within the email the CryptoLocker virus is subsequently downloaded to the victim’s computer. This virus encrypts files on the victim’s system and requests a ransom be paid in order for the files to be decrypted.

Additional incentive is added for early repayment as the ransomware states that the cost of decrypting the files will increase the longer the fine is outstanding.
Protect yourself:

  • Look at who the email is addressed to. Is it generic or specifically addressed?
  • Look at the quality of the images included on the email. Are they of sufficient high quality that they could come from Royal Mail?
  • Do not open attachments from unsolicited emails regardless of who they are from.
  • Do not click on the link supplied. Instead, go to the relevant website and log in from there.
  • Check the address of any email received to see if it appears legitimate.

If you believe that you have been a victim of fraud you can report it online or by telephone 0300 123 2040.

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Message sent by Phil Brandreth (Police, PCSO, Western Rural NPU)

Monthly Newsletter    June 2015
Western Rural Police Team 
Twitter  @WesternRuralNPU
Message from Inspector Keith Curbishley
Your local officers are engaged this month on an operation to target wildlife crime. Such activity is very varied and attracts people from out of the area who will often have a much wider criminal background and commit other crimes whilst in the area. Offences such as digging badger sets, collecting birds eggs, fishing without the correct permissions and licenses, shooting or ‘lamping’ without the landowners permission, allowing pet dogs to run free amongst livestock and worry sheep are just some examples of illegal activities which occur in the countryside, 24 hours a day. Please support your local officers by reporting issues straight away.


Please see the following from Phil Brandreth, Police Community Support Officer:


“A Kingsley resident has got into contact with PCSO Phil Brandreth and would like residents to be aware that they were victim to an attempted fraud which they have reported to their bank and action fraud. The company called up the residents claiming to be ‘Talk Talk’ and stated that there were software problems and they would like to reimburse the resident and compensate them. The company kept the resident on the phone for over an hour. They require bank account details over the phone to proceed with the call and compensation. If you have any calls like this please report it as soon as possible.”


Hope this is ok


Many thanks


Phil Brandreth

Police Community Support Officer 21596

Western Rural Neighbourhood Policing Team

Frodsham Police Station


01606 362 545

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Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)


People nationwide are receiving cold calls and are being persuaded to invest in 'Fine Art'.

Concerns around this include:
• How the commodity is being offered, such as how the cold callers persuade victims to part with their money.
• Hidden costs charged to the victims to view the product, shipping costs or additional fees to store the item.

How to protect yourself:


  •  If the investment sounds too good to be true it probably is.
  •  Hang-up on investment cold calls. Legitimate companies will not ring-up and offer you an investment out of the blue.
  •  Do not give out personal financial information to cold callers
  • Check whether the art dealer is a member of a trade association, such as The Society of London Art Dealers (SLAD), The Association of Art and Antique Dealers (LAPADA), The British Art Dealers Association (BADA) or Confederation of International Dealers in Art Work (CINOA).
  •  Request copies of old receipts, invoices and question the history of the previous owner of the art investment, to check if the product is genuine before investing.

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Message sent by Jennifer van Deursen (Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner for Cheshire, PCC Office, Cheshire PCC)

Today, Police & Crime Commissioner John Dwyer is launching his ‘Have Your Say’ Survey to find out about how the people of Cheshire feel about the service from the police and where their priorities should be.
Police & Crime Commissioner for Cheshire, John Dwyer said: “The Constabulary has launched its public service commitments to be there whenever and wherever they’re needed. I hold the Chief Constable to account and need to know what the public think about policing. The results of the survey will be used to inform my next Police & Crime Plan. 
“I will also be asking what people would be prepared to pay for policing to help inform my thinking about next year’s police budget.
“I encourage everyone to take a few minutes to fill in the survey.”


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