Latest Local Police Alerts

 

Man loses £67,000 after fraudsters hack into his email to divert property purchase payments

The warning comes as a charity worker buying his first home had £67,000 stolen after fraudsters hacked into emails sent between him and his solicitor.

Conveyancing fraud is committed when criminals hack into the email chains between sellers and buyers and their solicitors and estate agents.

Waiting for the right time (usually on the day of sale completion) fraudsters send a spoofed or mimicked email informing the parties that bank account details have changed at the last minute and that money should be put into a different account.

The conveyancing process is particularly at risk because of the frequency of one-off and sizeable transactions. This type of fraud is often referred to as ‘Friday afternoon fraud’ as the majority of completions take place on a Friday.

First-time buyer, Howard Mollett, encountered problems whilst making a down payment on his new property. He emailed his solicitors from the US, where he was working, to make them aware.

Unknown to Mr Mollett, fraudsters intercepted the email and chain of correspondence with his solicitor.

When the time came to transfer funds, fraudsters sent him an email that looked like it was authentic and requested him to send the money to an alternative account.

In total he transferred £74,000 to fraudsters.

More Information Here

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Bogus Traffic Wardens

Individuals pretending to be police officers and traffic wardens are targeting members of the public.

 

• Increased number of reports to Action Fraud of fraudsters claiming to be police officers or traffic wardens.
• A number of reports have been linked to elderly and vulnerable victims.
• If your bank card is retained by an ATM machine, contact your bank immediately to inform them.

Action Fraud has received 33 reports since January 2019 of victims being targeted by individuals purporting to be police officers and traffic wardens. A number of these victims have been elderly and vulnerable.

The victims are being approached while in their car or in a car park and told by the suspect that they have parked illegally or broken a speed limit and that a photo has been taken of their car for evidence. Victims are advised that they will face a substantial penalty fine unless they pay a smaller upfront fee.

Victims, who opt for paying the smaller penalty, will be directed to a parking metre and asked to enter their card and PIN number. The cards are then retained by the machine and the fraudsters look over the victim’s shoulder to get their PIN number.

Protection advice

Pauline Smith, head of Action Fraud, said: “This is a highly planned fraud that takes advantage of the pressure victims feel to pay the fine, especially by those who are elderly and vulnerable.

“It is important that people shield your PIN from view when using an ATM machine. We are urging people to be particularly cautious of anyone claiming to be from an official authority. If in doubt, verify the person’s identity with your local council or police force.”

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Anti-Social Behaviour - PCC Survey

The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner would like to gain a better understanding of the anti-social behaviours that are concerning residents most and the actions they are currently taking on experiencing or witnessing incidents.

Anti-social behaviour covers a wide range of unacceptable activity that causes harm or distress to an individual, to their community or to their environment. In 2018 there were 45,996 incidents of anti-social behaviour across the Hampshire Constabulary policing area. 

Please take the survey and share your views
https://www.surveygizmo.eu/s3/90149970/Your-views-on-Anti-Social-Behaviour

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Focus Group and Consultation Registration - Make Sure your Voice is heard

It is important that as a resident of Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton you have the opportunity to talk to us about your thoughts, views and experiences on local policing, community safety and solutions to improving the life opportunities for all our residents.
Having your voice heard and seeing how you have contributed to positive change for individuals and communities is our goal. We want to provide focus groups and consultation opportunities on a range of themes and topics, all of which feed directly into the work of the Police and Crime Commissioner and his team.

Register our Interest

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Appeal for Information following attempted Robbery in New Milton

We would like to hear from anyone with information after a man was punched during an attempted robbery in New Milton. It took place as the 23-year-old victim was walking in Fernhill Lane, near Ballard Lake, at around 1.45am on Saturday 6 April.  An unknown man came out of the treeline and approached the victim, and asked him to handover his wallet and phone. When the victim refused, he was punched in the face. The man then ran off back towards the trees. The victim sustained a bloodied nose. Nothing was stolen.

The man is described as:

·         white

·         around 5ft 9ins tall

·         aged in his late 20s

·         having ginger/copper-coloured stubble

·         wearing a black Puffa jacket with a fur-lined hood, and blue trainers with a New Balance logo.

Were you in this area at the time? Do you remember seeing anything suspicious? Perhaps you saw a man matching the description given?

A 20-year-old man from New Milton has been arrested on suspicion of robbery. He has been released from custody but remains under investigation.   If you have any information, please contact us on 101, quoting reference number 44190118738.  In an emergency, call 999.

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Fraud Alert - Beware of this local fraud

This week, Hampshire Constabulary have received reports of two incidents of Fraud which occurred on Saturday 23rd March 2019 and Tuesday 26th March 2019 respectively in the Lymington area.

On both occasions, the victims received a phone call from someone pretending to be calling from their bank. They were told that their bank cards needed to be replaced due to an issue and were asked to provide their PIN numbers. Unfortunately, the PIN numbers were provided. The victims were then told that a courier would be sent round to collect their current cards. 

Within minutes of the calls, a male attended the victims addresses and the cards were handed over. Unfortunately, some of the cards have been used to obtain money.

Please consider the following advice to reduce the risk of becoming a victim of Fraud yourselves -

- NEVER give your credit or debit card details over the phone
- Your bank would NEVER contact you to ask you for your PIN, password or other security information.
- If you receive a call from someone purporting to be calling from the bank, Police or any other agency and you aren't expecting it, make reasonable steps to check that the call is genuine before you disclose any personal details, ask the caller for a reference number, end the call and then call the respective agency. They will tell you if they have a record of the call and if they haven't - it will be fraudulent!

It is worth noting that in these two instances, the victims were elderly. With that in mind, please consider passing this information on to any older relatives who may not be in receipt of this alert as they could be more vulnerable to being targetted.

If you or a relative receive a call under these circumstances, please contact Police on 101 immediately.
 In addition to this, please follow the below link to gain a better understanding of Fraud and how to report it -

www.actionfraud.police.uk

Or call 0300 123 2040

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Protect your Home from Burglary

We’ve had reports of cars being stolen during house burglaries and want to remind residents to:

Why not become a creature of habit? Try to get into the habit of following your own course of action when you lock up your home. This will ensure that you don’t forget anything.

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Operation Fortress - Hampshire Constabulary joins national week of action to tackle "County Lines"

Hampshire Constabulary has seized over £28,000 worth of drugs and made 35 arrests during a week of intense activity to tackle ‘County Lines’ drug dealing. Over £12,000 cash was also recovered.

During the week commencing Monday 21 January, along with other forces nationwide, we have taken part in a national week of action led by the National Crime Agency.  Officers have executed warrants, stop searched, conducted safeguarding visits, and worked with local schools to raise awareness of this method of drug supply. Working proactively with our partners at the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit and British Transport Police we have been targeting and disrupting those involved in ‘County Lines’ drug dealing. Officers have also been at the Isle of Wight Ferry terminals with drugs dogs to check passengers travelling between the Isle of Wight and the mainland.

County Lines is the name given to drug dealing which involves organised crime groups from urban centres expanding their drug dealing activity to smaller towns and rural areas. Dealers typically use a single phone line to facilitate the supply of drugs which becomes a valuable asset and is protected with violence and intimidation.  As part of our Fortress plan we are committed to working with our partners to ensure Hampshire and the Isle of Wight is a hostile environment for those seeking to profit from drugs.

We also look to identify those on the edges of criminality due to their own vulnerabilities or dependency on drugs and ensure they are directed to support from partners to take a different path.  The intense week of operational activity in Hampshire and on the Isle of Wight was led by Superintendent Matthew Reeves (pictured). He said: “This week of action has been hugely successful from our perspective. A number of officers and staff have come together to target county lines which present the greatest threat, risk and harm to our communities. This is work we continue as everyday business.

 

“County Lines isn’t isolated to large UK cities, this is a real issue which is affecting Hampshire along with other areas in the country.
“It’s not only the obviously vulnerable who are groomed for county lines. Young people from all backgrounds have been groomed for transporting and dealing drugs"

“This type of criminality needs a partnership approach, including our communities. I would urge anyone who is concerned about someone who may be involved in this activity to contact us or one of our partners. We continue to work with our colleagues in education, social care, transport networks and charities among others to tackle this issue in collaboration.”

Detective Chief Inspector Paul Southey, from the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit, said: “We are working hard, alongside partner agencies and our colleagues in Hampshire Constabulary to identify and target the most serious offenders in County Lines drugs supply gangs. “Those involved in County Lines networks not only exploit the most vulnerable people in society, but their criminality has a wide and far-reaching effect across society".  “Drugs supply isn’t something we will tolerate in the south east, and we are determined to bring those involved to justice.”

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Appeal for Information on stolen items after two home burgled in Barton on Sea

Officers investigating two burglaries are appealing for information on the items stolen.

A home on Chestnut Avenue and a home on Fairfield were both broken into between 8.30am and 4pm on Tuesday 15 January.

Entry was made to properties via the rear kitchen and lounge windows.

Items that were stolen from the Chestnut Avenue home included electrical items, jewellery and cash. Whilst a gold heart-shaped locket on medium length chain was stolen from the Fairfield Road incident. The locket was not engraved but had dents in where the owner’s grandchildren bit it whilst teething. It was over 50 years old.

A black Ford KA was seen in the vicinity of Chestnut Avenue at the time of the offence that we would like to trace and we are particularly keen to speak to anyone who may have been offered electrical goods or items of jewellery that have been described as:

  •  A gold heart-shaped locket on medium length chain

  • Sony 50 inch LED TV

  •  Sony DSCW800 Digital Compact Camera

  • Man’s Omega watch Chronometer Constellation with stainless steel strap in box

  • M&S Man’s watch, brown leather strap and blue face

  • White gold necklace with heart shaped pendant with diamonds

  • 9ct gold diamond set scroll stud earrings

  • 9ct gold stud earrings (curled up rope design)

  • 9ct gold necklace with garnet stones

  • 9ct gold wedding band (family heirloom)

  • 9ct gold engagement ring with diamonds (family heirloom)

  • DKNY ‘red be delicious’ perfume spray 50ml

  • Elemis Exotic Blooms Gift Set – 2 sets (6 items in each set)

  • Bracelet with green and diamond colour stones (costume jewellery) in Jon Richards box

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of these items or the Ford KA seen in the area at the time are asked to call 101 and quote 44190017405.

Alternatively, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 and leave information anonymously.

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