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Weston Parish, Nottinghamshire

Notts Alerts

A message from Chief Inspector Andy Rooke, of Nottinghamshire Police - 11th August

Officers investigating a cash machine ram raid are urging members of the public to be vigilant for suspicious activity.

It is believed the incident at the Sainsbury's in Bingham Lane, Cotgrave, at around 4am on Monday, may be linked to other similar recent incidents across the region.

A telehandler which was stolen from East Bridgford was used to smash a wall down and left at the scene before the cash machine was loaded on to a pick-up truck. A white Audi saloon car was also seen at the scene. The pick-up truck was found abandoned in a field in Kirby Bellars, Leicestershire, but the Audi has not yet been traced.

Detective Sergeant Michael Broddell, of Nottinghamshire Police, said the offence followed a similar pattern to other recent incidents that had happened across the region and urged people to be aware and report anything that may seem suspicious, such as construction vehicles being driven around in the early hours of the morning.

He said: "These offences almost always take place in the early hours and involve the use of a telehandler, a pick-up truck to take the cash machine away and then what is often a performance car as the final getaway vehicle.

"The offenders almost always use ratchet straps to remove the cash machines which are often discarded in nearby fields.

"Once stolen, the cash machines are taken to secluded barns or similar where they are cut up using angle grinders. The offenders conduct reconnaissance to identify these premises prior to the offences.

"Even offences as minor as causing lock damage to gates may be an indication that offenders intend to use the location to hide vehicles or as a dumping site after the offence."

He added that these offences have been taking place throughout the region recently but there was a distinctive focus along the Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire border.

Anyone with information about the incident is urged to contact Nottinghamshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 71 of 7 August 2017, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. If you want to report any suspicious activity, please use the same numbers.


Lloyds customers should be on the lookout for a new sophisticated fraud that involves fraudsters sending fake bank letters. - December 13th
The convincing letters being sent are a replica template from Lloyds and include their logo, address and signature from a customer service representative. The letter tells recipients that there have been some “unusual transactions” on their personal account and asks them to call a number highlighted in bold to confirm they are genuine. When victims call the number, an automated welcome message is played and the caller is asked to enter their card number, account number and sort code followed by their date of birth. Victims are then instructed to enter the first and last digit of their security number.
The fraud was spotted by the Daily Telegraph who was alerted to it by a reader who had three identical letters sent to an office address. On separate occasions the Daily Telegraph ran some tests using fake details and were passed to fraudsters who claimed to be from a Lloyds contact centre. The bank has confirmed that the phone number and letters are fake. The letters are essentially a sophisticated phishing attempt and serves as a warning to consumers to question written correspondence from their banks. 
If you are ever suspicious about correspondence from your bank you should call the customer serviced number on the back of their card.  To report a fraud and cyber crime, call us on 0300 123 2040 or visit http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/report_fraud

Message sent by Richard Dunn (Police, PCSO 8254, Sherwood) - November 12th

5 Burglaries have been reported in Southwell since Tuesday 08/11. Entry gained via rear window or Patio doors. I'm asking residents to remain vigilant and report anything that looks suspicious to 101, especially with the dark nights upon us. There has now been 10 reported Burglaries in the Sherwood area since last Sunday, 5 in Southwell, 2 in Ollerton, 1 in Clipstone, 1 in Farnsfield and the other in Epperstone. Thanks and stay safe!


3 October 2016

This is a message sent via Nottinghamshire Alert. This information has been sent on behalf of Local Authority

Tim Watson (Trading Standards, Trading Standards Officer, Nott)

Nottinghamshire County Council’s Trading Standards team have received reports of two vulnerable residents in the Borough of Gedling being targeted by cold callers claiming they needed guttering work carrying out. In both cases large sums of cash were demanded up front and in one case guttering was removed and fascias damaged. Both residents were persuaded to go to the bank to obtain cash.
Trading Standards never recommend employing a trader based on a cold call and we urge residents to be particularly wary of traders who knock at your door claiming that you need building work carrying out. If you are considering having work carried out on your property we suggest obtaining three quotes from reputable traders before entering into a contract. Where possible ask friends or family for recommendations of tradesmen. Alternatively you can contact Checkatrade for details of trades people who have demonstrated their commitment to fair and honest trading at www.checkatrade.com or by telephoning the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 04 05 06.
To report suspicious traders in your area, or to receive further advice, please phone the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 04 05 06. If possible please note any registrations and details of vehicles.
A reputable trader will never ask you to go to the bank to obtain cash for payment and we strongly advise residents to refuse such a request. If you feel threatened or unable to say no to a trader please contact the Police immediately.


12 September 2016

This is a message sent via Nottinghamshire Alert. This information has been sent on behalf of Action Fraud (National Fraud Intelligence Bureau)

Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)

There is a phishing email currently in circulation that claims to be from the City of London Police. The departments that it claims to represent include the ‘Fraud Intelligence Unit’ and the ‘National Fraud Intelligence Bureau’. The email is titled ‘compensation fund’ and has a letter attachment that claims to be offering financial compensation to victims of fraud. The letter uses the City of London Police logo.  
The letter states that in order for compensation to be arranged, the receiver of the email should reply disclosing personal information. It states that HSBC and the South African Reserve Bank have been chosen to handle the compensation claims. All of these claims are false. 
The email and letter are fraudulent and should not be replied to. 
Protect Yourself 
•    Opening attachments or clicking links contained within emails from unknown sources could result in your device being infected with malware or a virus. 
•    The City of London Police and the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau will never email you asking for you to disclose personal information. 
•    If you believe you have become a victim of this fraudulent email get your device checked by a professional and make a report to Action Fraud, the UK’s national fraud and cyber crime reporting centre:  http://www.actionfraud.police.uk

At our recent Parish Council Meeting, Cllr Pauline Laughton reported the following from the Safer Neighbourhood Group

  • There has been a number of recent burglaries in the area, including one within the village on Main Street. The Police would ask residents to be vigilant and to report anything no matter how insignificant it seems as soon as possible using the telephone number 101.
  • An individual purportedly selling manure was challenged on Main Street recently when he was spotted putting a sticker on the street sign. Burglars frequently leave stickers on or near people’s homes to mark them as possible targets for break-ins, police are warning. The vehicle registration number has been reported to the police.
  • A door to door fish salesman has been reported in Averham, however no van or fish was seen. Fish deemed to be not for human consumption has been sold to residents in Egmanton.
  • Dog walkers have been approached in Carlton-on-Trent asking if they want to sell their dogs.  Police believe it is individuals wanting dogs for fighting.
  • A revised Community Speed Watch scheme has been started using digital speed readers.  Volunteers are need (Cllr. P. Laughton has details) and will visit villages.  Any speeding vehicles are reported for the police to follow up.
  • Bogus calls have been received purporting to be from county council Highways offering to tarmac drives.

The police message is as usual, report anything no matter how insignificant it seems as soon as possible using the telephone number 101.

These alerts are issued by Nottinghamshire Police - If you wish to sign up to receive these direct please register here

These alerts contains warnings and/or news about the Nottinghamshire Police Force.  Some residents have found the warnings to be useful, especially as details are given on how to deal with an incident and who to contact (if applicable). If you believe that you have been a victim of fraud you can report it online: http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/report_fraud or by telephone: 0300 123 2040

You can see all the latest alerts on the Neighbourhood Alert website

Message sent by Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)

This alert is a reminder to be aware of emails that appear to have been sent from a legitimate organisation. Fraudsters often use fake email addresses designed to encourage recipients to open attachments or links. You are advised that if you are in any doubt as to the origin of an email, do not open it. Consider that emails can be spoofed and used to generate spam to recipients far and wide. If you receive a spam email, you MUST NOT open it. Instead, delete it from your email system to avoid infecting your device. If you have opened an attachment from a spam email, you should get your device checked over by a professional and change the passwords for all your bank, email and online shopping accounts.
Protect yourself:

  • Do not click or open unfamiliar links in emails or on websites.
  • Make sure you install and use up-to-date anti-virus software.
  • Have a pop-up blocker running in the background of your web browser.
  • If you have opened an attachment and ‘enabled macros’ it is very likely that all your personal data will have been breached. You MUST change all your passwords for personal accounts, including your bank accounts.
  • Ensure Adobe, Flash and any similar software is up to date on your computer.

If you think you have been a victim of this type of email you should report the email to Action Fraud, the UK’s national fraud and cyber crime reporting centre: www.actionfraud.police.uk If you do make a report please provide as much detail as you can about the email and any effects it has had on your computer. Additionally if your Anti-Virus software detects any issues in relation to this email please provide us with the details.

Monday, March 21, 2016 Message sent by Samantha Hancock (Police, Crime Prevention Unit Manager, Nottinghamshire)

Residents in Nottinghamshire are being warned about a scam lotto win letter that is arriving through the post.

Always remember :

  • You cannot win a competition you did not enter!
  • You should never have to pay a "release fee" to claim your prize
  • If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is!

22 February Message sent by Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)
Action Fraud has been receiving reports of an advanced fee fraud whereby suspects phone a member of the public and claim to be calling on behalf of the UK (or British) Government Grant Department.

They go on to state that the individual has won a Good Citizen Award – of typically £8,000 – and that the grant can be released for a fee (of around £210). Fortunately, very few members of the public have lost any money as a result of this scam but have reported to Action Fraud in order to help build a picture of this fraud and protect others from falling victim to it.

Protect yourself:

  • There is no genuine ‘Good Citizen Award’ scheme in the UK that operates by cold calling “winners” and asking for an upfront fee to release a grant.
  • If you receive a call that claims to represent such a scheme, it is a scam. End the phone call – do not give out any personal or financial data.

If you, or anyone you know, have been affected by this fraud or any other scam, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040 or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk.

19 February 2016 Message sent by Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)
This is an update to a previous alert sent from Action Fraud in November 2015.

Fraudsters are setting up high specification websites advertising various electrical goods and domestic appliances. These goods are below market value and do not exist. The website will state you can pay via card; however when the purchaser goes to pay, this option is not available and the payment must be made via bank transfer. 
The fraudster entices the purchaser and reassures them it is a legitimate purchase by using the widely recognised Trusted Shop Trustmark. They then use the Trustmark fraudulently and provide a link on the bogus electrical website to another bogus website (which purports to be Trusted Shops). This website shows a fake certificate purporting to be from Trusted Shops and provides thousands of reviews for the bogus electrical website. These reviews are all fraudulent. The website has not been certified by Trusted Shops and therefore the purchaser is not covered by the Trusted Shop money-back guarantee. 

Protect yourself:

  • Check the authenticity of the website before making any purchases. Conduct a ‘Whois’ search on the website which will identify when the website has been created- Be wary of newly formed domains. You can conduct this search using the following website – https://who.is/
  • Conduct online research in relation to the website, company name and the business address provided to identify any poor feedback or possible irregularities.
  • Check the Trusted Shops Facebook page where warnings about websites using their Trustmark are published. If you are in doubt about the legitimacy of a Trustmark then you can contact Trusted Shops on 0203 364 5906 or by email service@trustedshops.co.uk. They will confirm whether they have certified that website.
  • Payments made via bank transfer are not protected should you not receive the item. Therefore always try to make the payment via PayPal or a credit card where you have some payment cover should you not receive your product.
  • If the item advertised seems too good to be true, then it probably is.  

If you, or anyone you know, have been affected by this fraud or any other scam, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040 or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk.

2nd February 2016   Message sent by Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)
Fraudsters are sending out virus infected emails that claim a package has been seized by HM Revenue & Customs upon arrival into the United Kingdom. The official looking scam emails claiming to be from Royal Mail contain a link to a document which will install malicious software on your computer designed to steal credentials like account names, email addresses and passwords. 
An example email reads:   Title: Your parcel has been seized
Royal Mail is sorry to inform you that a package addressed to you was seized by HM Revenue & Customs upon arrival into the United Kingdom. A close inspection deemed your items as counterfeit and the manufacturers have been notified. If your items are declared genuine then they will be returned back to you with the appropriate custom charges. You may have been a victim of counterfeit merchandise and the RM Group UK will notify you on how to get your money back. Please review the attached PDF document for more information. 
Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused.

To help the spread of the virus, the email also says: “you will need to have access to a computer to download and open the Zip file”. If you receive one of these emails, do not click on any links or download any attachments and report it to Action Fraud. 
Protect Yourself

  • Royal Mail will never send an email asking for credit card numbers or other personal or confidential information.
  • Royal Mail will never ask customers to enter information on a page that isn’t part of the Royal Mail website.
  • Royal Mail will never include attachments unless the email was solicited by a customer e.g. customer has contacted Royal      Mail with an enquiry or has signed up for updates from Royal Mail.
  • Royal Mail have also stressed that they do not receive a person’s email address as part of any home shopping experience.