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Whittlesey and District Neighbourhood Watch

Whittlesey and District Neighbourhood Watch

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Scam Phone Calls

 There has been an increase in scam calls to land line telephone numbers. The initial call is an automated recording informing you that your computer IP address has been compromised and that you need to action it by answering the questions on the phone. It also says that your computer system will be disconnected within a couple of hours.

This is a SCAM.

If you don't act on the automated system, you will then receive a call either later that day or the next with a person on the end of the phone informing you of the same, this is not genuine.

The person this happened to was called 5 times by the same male, when the scammer was informed it had been reported to the police the male became very angry.

These people will try to intimidate and will appear really plausible - they are not!

Please remember your service provider would not contact you in this way!

If this has happened to you please report to the scams at Cambridgeshire County council and to action Fraud....

Action Fraud 0300 123 2040 or actionfraud.police.uk

Please pass this information on to your friends and family who might not be aware.

Station Improvements

Following a consultation process Option 1 has been selected for improving Whittlesea Station. This will offer many benefits including a new footbridge - which will help passengers who want to catch a train in the Peterborough direction and are caught on the wrong side of the gates! The platforms will be lengthened to accomodate three coach trains. The car parking and pedestrain access will also be improved. To view the changes proposed and the consulation report click the links below which will open the documents in a new window.

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Option 1

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Consultation Report

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.
 

Distraction Burglaries


Distraction Burglary

Click to open the Fighting Doorstep Crime Leaflet 

 

We have had distraction burglaries in the area recently.

The most recent  example being males offering to cut trees down for people and money is going missing from people’s houses. Often they will claim to be from the police, utility companies or even Neighbourhood Watch.

You should not open the door to strangers. Use a door chain, or speak via a window, ask for id and to call the number on their bill,.

If you are unsure contact the police on the non emergency number 101.

Police officers will always have identification on them and will be happy to wait whilst the police service centre is called to confirm identification.

Burglaries

Distraction burglaries are becoming more frequent in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough at the moment. Whittlesey is no exception and there have been  burglaries in our area recently. Our local police have already carried out a patrol of the area and more are planned. 

Some advice on how to help being a victim of distraction burglary is on this website at distraction burglary advice.  You can also find advice on home security here.

Here are some recent incidents:

  • The victim allowed a potential buyer to enter the address and use her toilet, the potential buyer left the victims home and the victim had realised there was £60 missing.
  • An attempted burglary during which a person tried to gain entry to a building using tools. Entry was not gained.
  • Four suspects offered to cut the victims tree’s and victim believes one of them has stolen £800 from the address as part of a distraction burglary.
  • Another distraction burglary occurred on Victory Avenue.  The victim was distracted by a male at the front door saying the guttering was leaking, upon returning indoors the victim realised money and belongings had been taken.

If you have any information about crimes or have seen something you are suspicious of, even if you are not certain, please contact the police on the non-emergency number 101 or if a crime is in progress, or life is threatened, ring the emergency number 999.  If you prefer, you can use report a crime online which will guide you through reporting the crime to Cambridgeshire police.

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What is eCops?
eCops is the email messaging system brought to you by Cambridgeshire Constabulary, and powered by Neighbourhood Alert.

You can register with eCops, then you receive news and appeals, local crime information and crime prevention advice - direct to you as an e-mail. The service is completely free and works alongside Neighbourhood Watch, to bring you messages about your local area.  It also allows you to feedback information to your local policing team, to help us police your neighbourhood effectively. 

Messages can include crime prevention advice, details of incidents and appeals for your help in reducing crime in the county. 

So why not sign up to eCops for direct and easy access to your local policing team at a time convenient to you?