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Mole Valley Beat Bulletin Friday 15th Dec 2017

Alert message sent 15/12/2017 10:09:00

Information sent on behalf of Surrey Police

Protect your personal possessions!

Don't leave your bag unattended (for instance in a shopping trolley, or on a cafe table while getting food) even for a moment - thieves can be very quick!

We have had a bag and purse stolen in Dorking recently – please spread the word to older and more vulnerable relations and neighbours - Keep your bag zipped up, so thieves can't see what is in there.

Consider attaching bells to your purse or phone (so it makes a noise when it is removed) or attaching them to your bag with a strap (so they are harder to remove)

Wear your bag across your chest so that it can't be pulled from your shoulder.

We have free purse security bells at our Dorking front desk – please pop in Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm

 

Inheritance Fraud Letters

These (see below) are still dropping through the letter boxes of Dorking and Leatherhead Inheritance fraud is when you are told that someone very rich has died and you’re in line to receive a huge inheritance.

Further advice: https://actionfraud.police.uk/protect-you…/inheritance-fraud

If you respond to the fraudsters, they’ll ask you to pay various fees – for example: taxes, legal fees, banking fees etc. – so they can release your non-existent inheritance. Each time you make a payment, the fraudsters will come up with a reason why the inheritance can’t be paid out unless you make another payment. If you ask, they will also give you reasons why the fees can’t be taken from your inheritance and have to be paid upfront.

If you become reluctant to pay a fee or suggest you can’t afford it, the fraudsters will put pressure on you by reminding you how close you are to receiving a sum of money much greater than the fees you’ve already handed over, and of how much you’ve already paid out.

The fraudsters may also ask for your bank details so they can pay the inheritance directly into your bank account. But, if you hand over your bank details, the fraudsters can use them to empty your account.

 

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COURIER FRAUD

This does happen in MoleValley - only yesterday in Dorking in fact!

How to protect yourself, or someone you love from courier fraud see:

https://surrey.police.uk/advice/protect-yourself-and-others/fraud/  

This is a repeat problem across Surrey that primarily targets vulnerable people within the community. It consists of a telephone call being made by someone pretending to be from the police or bank, asking the victim for personal details such as card details or for them to withdraw cash, then a courier being sent to collect either cash or card from the victim.

These fraudsters use convincing tactics to appear plausible.

How to protect yourself, or someone you love from courier fraud

  • Don’t give personal details, bank cards, or money to someone you don’t know.
  • If you’re asked to call someone back, hang up and wait 5 minutes before calling back or use a mobile phone
  • Stickers from the Trading Standards fraud sticker pack can be put on telephones, cheque books and computers as a reminder not to give out details. You can pop in to your local police front counter to collect one or request one from Citizens Advice consumer helpline on 03454 04 05 06
  • trueCall provide hardware that can block unwanted telephone calls including nuisance and scam calls.
  • Registering with the Telephone Preference Service can reduce the number of unwanted calls you receive. Registration is completely free. Call them on 0345 070 0707.
  • Registering with the Mail Preference Service can reduce the quantity of unsolicited mail you receive. Registration is free of charge.
     
  • Fake alcohol could kill you!

    Stay safe from the dangers of illegal alcohol – it could kill you 
    Fake vodka is sold illegally across the UK, and if consumed, can seriously affect your health.
    It often contains toxic chemicals such as windscreen washer fluid, nail varnish remover, charcoal and bleach.
    The criminals that sell this lethal chemical cocktail don’t care about your health. All they want to do is to make a profit. They may even deliberately target areas where young people or students live or socialize.
    It could even kill you – or your friends.
    There are a few things that you can do to make sure you stay safe from this dangerous crime.
    Use the dropdown panels below to find out more.
    How to spot fake vodka
    It can be hard to know if a bottle of vodka is fake, but there are a few things that might make you question it. Is the drink a lot cheaper than you’d expect? Did someone try to sell it to you under the counter? Do you feel exceptionally unwell after drinking it?
    More info at:-
    https://crimestoppers-uk.org/get-involved/our-campaigns/national-campaigns/fake-alcohol-could-kill-you/
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Andy Reid (Surrey Police, InTheKnow.Community Administrator, Mole Valley)

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