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Mole Valley Beat Bulletin Thurs 11th January 2018

Alert message sent 11/01/2018 10:56:00

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Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty?

Damaging the surface of a byway, even when you are entitled to use it, may be an offence. Driving off the byway may cause irreparable damage! Note: the warning sign pulled off the tree! #MoleValley Police are aware - FYI see.…/fi…/vehicles-and-rights-of-way


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Do you care for someone living with #dementia?

If they went missing, would you remember their medication details, childhood address & perhaps old working commute? These are questions officers may ask if they go missing.

The #HerbertProtocol could help

Home Buyers Safety Campaign

Money redirection fraud

Julie Read* can still remember the horror of finding out that fraudsters posing as her solicitor had stolen her deposit for the house she was buying.

“We had found our dream home so were so excited and relieved when what we thought was our solicitor phoned and said we were able to exchange,” said the mother-of-three from London. “They gave us the details for the bank account and we transferred the £90,000 deposit straight away – we didn’t want any delay to cost us the house.”

Julie was busy phoning her friends and family to tell them they had exchanged on the house when her conveyancer rang. He said that they were about to exchange and she needed to pay the deposit. 

“I was confused and then I felt sick,” said Julie. “I couldn’t understand how they got my details and how I could have fallen for it. The police said that the fraudsters would have been hacking email addresses until they found someone in the process of buying a property and used that to get the information needed to pass themselves off as my solicitors.” 

Julie is not alone in having suffered this crime. Every other day a would-be property buyer in the UK has their deposit stolen by fraudsters who have posed as their conveyancer. It can be hours or days before the real conveyancer calls about the deposit and the police are called in.

By then the criminals will have transferred the money abroad and shut down the bank account, making it hard for police or other investigators to find them.

In monetary terms, the average deposit is £90,000 but emotionally they come at a far higher cost. The buyer ends up unable to buy their house, left emotionally distraught and finds it hard to trust people in future.

This is known as Buyer Deposit Redirection Fraud and is costing £13 million a year in the UK


Search for wanted man Johnny Glasheen from Brighton

10 Jan, 2018 14:15 News Wanted


Search for wanted man Johnny Glasheen from BrightonPolice are searching for Johnny Glasheen who is wanted in connection with a domestic assault.

Johnny, 34, from Brighton is well-known in the
Crawley area. He is 5’8”, of average build and with brown hair.

Inspector Jo Webb said: “Johnny is wanted in connection with a serious assault.

“We are appealing to members of the public to get in contact with any information they have on him immediately.”

You can report information online or by calling 101 quoting reference 990 of 31/12.

Vehicle crime – what you need to know: V.E.H.I.C.L.E

Valuables – Don’t advertise to thieves, keep all valuables and documents out of sight or take them from the vehicle when leaving.

Engine off – Never leave an unattended car running or your keys in the engine, no matter how long you will be away from the car.

Help others – Encourage people in your neighbourhood to take these same steps to secure their vehicles.

Insure everything – always use a valid insurance provider to guarantee that you have a valid policy.

Check your property – write the registration number on the car stereo, engine and bike frame, which will make those parts easier to trace if stolen.

Lock your vehicle doors. If you've got a bike lock also get a secure bike lock to deter thieves.

Evaluate each situation – before you leave your vehicle or property, you may need to change or adapt your security.

‘Jayden K. Smith’ Hacker Warning is A Hoax

In fact, the message is just one more in a long line of similar friend request hacker hoaxes that have been circulating for many years.

Sharing these silly ‘hacker’ warnings helps nobody

As noted, versions of these hacker hoax warnings have been circulating via email and social media for years on end. But sharing these false warnings does nothing whatsoever to help people stay safe online or protect their accounts. All they do is spread confusion.

Moreover, because the hoaxes often use names shared by a many people around the world, they can unfairly damage the reputations of people who have done nothing wrong.

If one of these hoaxes comes your way, do not share it with others. And, let the person who posted it know that the message is a hoax.

But, DO Use Caution With Friend Requests

While these warnings are just silly hoaxes, it IS a good idea to use caution and common sense when accepting friend requests. It is certainly not wise to blindly accept friend requests from strangers. Some may be scammers who will subsequently try to trick you into sending them money or personal information or installing malware.

Others may be stalkers or undesirables with an axe to grind.

It is also wise to keep in mind that Facebook cloning scammers may send you fake friend requests that appear to come from people that you are already friends with.




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Andy Reid (Surrey Police, InTheKnow.Community Administrator, Mole Valley)

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