These updates are from the Community Protection Team
If you have had an accident which you have reported please be aware if someone contacts you regarding compensation. It is easy to assume that this person is from the organisation you have been in contact with, particularly as they may know many details of the accident. Several people have recently mentioned that they have been contacted this way and one was asked to go to a supermarket to buy £225 worth of iTunes vouchers in order for the compensation to be released. You will be happy to hear that in this instance the person in question realised it was a scam before spending the money.
If you are a small (or large!) business owner please be aware of the postal scam where you are contacted and asked to update your details for a database, eg VAT details for the UK Corporate Portal. When you respond you are actually signing up to a contract. The letter suggests that there is no charge but beware, there is, the details are well hidden in a jargon-filled letter. Also watch out for another email claiming to originate from Companies House regarding a complaint against your business, the subject line may contact a case reference as well. We are told that there is a virus embedded within this email that will infect the machine upon opening,
A campaign has been launched to highlight how criminals are inflicting pain and suffering on vulnerable people.
This campaign aims to raise awareness of a criminal activity called county lines. County lines is when criminals from major cities such as Liverpool, Manchester, London and Birmingham expand their drug networks to other areas of the country. This activity brings violence, exploitation and abuse to rural communities. It is becoming more common in rural areas like ours so we need to be aware that this could be happening here.
If you have any information on county lines drugs networks, you can contact us anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via our anonymous online form.
The crime is called county lines because a single telephone number is used to order drugs, operated from outside the area the drugs are being delivered.
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