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Whittlesey and District Neighbourhood Watch

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Following a rise across the eastern region in thieves using more sophisticated techniques to gain access to keyless entry/start button cars, we’re issuing advice to help you keep your vehicle secure and protect you from becoming a victim of crime.
When the correct key fob is close by, the fob recognises the signal and transmits its own code, instructing the vehicle to unlock the doors and to allow the ignition to work on the car.
Thieves use wireless transmitters to capture its radio transmission. This is relayed to another device.  It allows the thief to open and start your car in the same way.
To prevent this from happening, use car key signal blocker cases/sleeves, they cost less than £10, or an aluminium tin at home.  Find a safe place for your keys at home and check to ensure they are out of range.

Following some of these other steps will also help to protect your vehicle:

  • Use a good quality crook lock or full cover steering wheel security lock to immobilise your vehicle
  • Consider fitting an ‘OBD safe’ device, a secure lockable device that fits over the vehicle’s on board diagnostic port, in the vehicle cabin. This prevents criminals using software to code an electronic key for the vehicle
  • If your vehicle is fitted with on board wi-fi consider switching this facility off, if you do not need it which will reduce the chance of criminals hacking into the vehicle’ system; your banking details or personal data from linked devices
  • Criminals can also employ remote/keyless entry jamming equipment; so make sure your car is locked physically by trying the door handle and viewing the indicators flash, before leaving it.

Hoax HMRC Phone Call

We have received an alert about an unpleasant and threatening hoax phone call which caused considerable concern to the recipient. The hoax caller was a woman, well-spoken and using clear English. The call was logged as telephone number 02032 398292. This number is listed on-line, amongst many others,  as a “HMRC malicious hoax number”. To view more information about this phone number go to https://www.phonecall-info.co.uk/number/02032398292 .

The call was similar to others listed on phonecall.info site e.g.  " I received this call telling me that it was from the H.M.R.C. and that an injunction had been taken out against me and that I had to call this number and that this was my final chance. Failure to do this could result in a prison sentence ". 

In this case the recipient of the call took the right action by not responding and promptly cancelled the call.

If you receive a similar call, report the details to Action Fraud by ringing the Action Fraud National Reporting Centre or, the easiest way, is to report fraud and cyber crime by using their online reporting tool. Clicking on the ActionFraud logo below will open the online reporting page in a new window in your browser.

 

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You will never receive a genuine telephone call of this nature from HMRC.