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Perth and Kinross Local Area Commanders Bulletin
Alert message sent 28/03/2019 11:57:00
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Wednesday 27th March 2019 INVOICE REDIRECTION SCAM
A new style of financial fraud has occurred in Perth & Kinross recently. By hacking into email accounts, scammers are able to intercept legitimate invoices and change the banking details that payments are to be made to.
In a recent incident, reported in South Perthshire, a small business was requested to pay an outstanding invoice of over £7000 to a local builder. The small business received an email requesting that the builder’s bank account details be amended. The email appeared to have been sent from the builder and so payment was made, as requested, to the new account. About a week later the builder queried why the payment hadn’t been received. It was then discovered that the email to change the bank details was not genuine.
In a similar incident, a Tayside company was requested to pay an invoice. The email provided new banking details for the payment to be made to. In this incident over £155000 was paid out due to the fraudulent email.
So what is happening? Personal and business emails are being hacked by fraudsters. The fraudsters then scroll through and monitor emails in the account and intercept any relating to invoices.
The fraudsters change the banking details on invoices, or send emails providing changed bank account details for payments to be made to. The recipient then pays the invoice believing it is from the legitimate source, when in fact the money is going directly into the fraudster's account.
How do I protect my business? Let your clients known your banking details will never change. Inform your clients to contact you personally if they receive a request to update your bank account details. Do not provide bank details on invoices, call clients to provide this information. If you receive a request to make payment, to a new bank account, by one of your clients, phone them to confirm it is genuine – but don’t use the contact number on the invoice you’ve just received as it’s likely to be false too.
INCIDENTS UPDATES A 19 year old man from Blantyre has been charged with a number of currency offences, involving counterfeit Bank of Ireland £50 notes. The offences have been committed at various locations across Tayside including, Forfar, Dundee and Perth. (CR/7474/19)
A black, Vauxhall Zafira motor car had the paintwork badly scored, whilst parked at Goodlyburn Primary School, Crieff Road, Perth on Tuesday 19th March. (CR/7300/19)
A corrosive liquid was used to vandalise a red Vauxhall Astra motor car, parked on Newhouse Road, Perth, overnight on Thursday 21st March.(CR/7487/19) Between 11am and 7pm on Thursday 21st March, a house was broken into on Coldstream Avenue, Perth. A quantity of jewellery was among items stolen from the property. (CR/7422/19)
A white Ford Transit van was broken into, at 5am on Saturday 23rd March, whilst parked in Milne Court, Perth. A man was disturbed, by a nearby resident, after smashing a window and opening the door. (CR/7533/19)
An attempt was made to force open the door, of a black Hyundai i10 motor car, in Exchange Lane, Perth overnight on Thursday 21st March. (CR/7572/19)
About 12.30am on Sunday 24th March, a store room was broken into at the Station Hotel, Leonard Street, Perth. In excess of 50 bottles of alcohol were stolen during the break-in. (CR/7742/19)
A Doctor's medical bag was stolen from a grey Nissan Qashqai motor car, parked in Wellshill Terrace, Perth overnight on Monday 25th March. The medical bag was later found discarded in Fechney Park, Perth but some of the medication from within was missing. (CR/7869/19)
About 1:45pm, Tuesday 19th March, 2 males attended at the home address of an elderly resident in Ashgrove, Scone and offered to clear her gutters. A price was agreed for the work, however the work was not completed and the males demanded further money before leaving. Both males were described as being white, in their late 20’s and wearing hi-vis jackets. They were driving a white Vauxhall Combo van, registration mark DA06 KUH. (CR/7265/19)
About 5:30pm, Wednesday 20th March 2019, a resident in Gowrie Way, St Madoes had their Sky TV and phone line cut. (CR/7282/19)
An attempt was made to break into a flat on Dorno Court, Jessie Street, Blairgowrie between Tuesday 5th and Tuesday 19th March. On attending at the property the owner found that the door lock was damaged after an attempt was made to force it open. (CR/7564/19)
About 10.45pm, Sunday 17th March an Ifor Williams single decker sheep trailer was stolen from a farm near Fortingall, Aberfeldy (CR/7190/19). An Ifor Williams trailer was also stolen from within the grounds of Marchburn, Fortingall at 12.05am on Friday 22nd March. At the time of the theft the trailer was displaying the registration number SP15TKO (CR/7580/19).
An Interspersion trailer and a yellow Hamm road roller were stolen, from a layby on the road between Ben Lawers and Bridge of Balgie, Aberfeldy. The trailer and road roller were left in the layby on Friday 22nd March and the theft was noticed on Monday 25th March. (CR/7749/19)
A shed was broken into at Cluny Cottage, Eastwood, Butterstone between 11.30am and 3.30pm on Sunday 24th March. A Stihl chainsaw, Stihl brush cutter, Stihl leaf blower and a Karcher power washer were among the items stolen. (CR/7744/19)
A blue Transit van, registered number 9285NC, was stolen from Strathview Terrace, Pitlochry, between 9am on Saturday 23rd March and 2.30pm on Monday 25th March. The Transit van has two white stripes down the bonnet. (CR/7772/19)
A blue Ford Transit van was broken into, on Strathview Terrace, Pitlochry, overnight on Sunday 24th March. A Husqvarna leaf blower and a Cobra hedge trimmer was stolen. (CR/7750/19)
Registration plates SC16MEV, were stolen from a white Renault Traffic van parked in Inchfield, Butterstone overnight on Sunday 24th March. (CR/7848/19)
At 6.30am on Monday 25th March an abandoned car was found on Rie Achan Road, Pitlochry. The car, a silver Alfa Romeo registered number SA56OSY, had a flat tyre and two fire extinguishers had been set off within it. Officers are looking to trace anyone that can provide information regarding the driver or passengers from the vehicle. (CR/7839/19)
Between 5pm, Monday 18th March and 4pm, Tuesday 19th March the rear windscreen of a white Audi A4 was smashed in Field of Refuge, Comrie. (CR/7198/19)
A thief stole a front bumper and lights, from a grey Vauxhall Astra, parked in Anthony Place, Crieff. The theft took place overnight on Sunday 24th March. (CR/7776/19)
Between 4:30pm Monday 18th March and 6:30am, Tuesday 19th March a leaf blower was stolen from a Vauxhall Movano van which was parked in Candlehouse Lane, Coupar Angus. (CR/7264/19)
The paintwork, on a grey Ford Kuga motor car, was scratched whilst parked in Brodies Yard, Coupar Angus, between 3pm on Monday 25th March and 1pm on Tuesday 26th March. (CR/7875/19)
A Dell laptop computer and various tools were stolen from a Renault Traffic van in Taymount View, Murthly, after the owner left the vehicle unlocked, overnight on Wednesday 20th March. (CR/7343/19)
Between 11.20am and 12.20pm on Thursday 21st March a house was broken into on Lathro Park, Kinross. Officers are looking to trace a tall, thin, white man who was acting suspiciously in the area at the time. The man was wearing black clothing and a dark blue beanie hat. (CR/7352/19)
The windscreen, on a white Mazda 6 motor car, was smashed whilst it was parked in Dalwhamie Street, Kinross, during the day on Wednesday 20th March. (CR/7341/19)
A Stihl chainsaw was stolen from an Iveco pickup parked in Rannoch Place, Kinross, between mid-day and 3.30pm on Saturday 23rd March. (CR/7553/19)
A garden wall was damaged in Sandport Kinross, after the coping stones were knocked off and a number of concrete blocks were dislodged. (CR/7646/19)
Scrap metal items were stolen from Portmoak Airfield, Scotlandwell at 9.45am on Saturday 22nd March. (CR/7558/19)
A house was broken into on St Margaret’s Crescent, Auchterarder, between Wednesday 20th and Thursday 21st March. Officers are trying to trace two men in a silver motor car, seen in the area. (CR/7393/19)
A black and orange, Apollo bike was stolen from the bike racks at The Community School of Auchterarder between Friday 15th and Monday 18th March. (CR/7490/19)
A Skoda Fabia motor car had the paintwork scratched, whilst parked in Allanwater Gardens, Blackford, overnight on Friday 22nd March. (CR/7541/19) Anyone with any information that may be useful should contact Tayside Division on 101 or any police officer, quoting the crime reference number listed at each incident. Alternatively information can be passed anonymously via the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Regards, Ian Scott Chief Inspector Local Area Commander Perth and Kinross