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Drivers Targeted With Fake Fines


What you need to know

Action Fraud have received an increase in reports and intelligence where elderly victims are being targeted by individuals purporting to be police officers or traffic wardens. The victims are being approached whilst parked in a car park and are told by the suspect that they have parked illegally or broken a speed limit and a photo has been taken of their car for ‘evidence’.

Victims are advised that they will face a substantial penalty fine unless they pay a smaller upfront fee immediately. Victims, who opt for paying the smaller penalty, will be directed to a parking meter and asked to enter their card and PIN. These parking meters have been tampered with by the suspect in order to retain the card.

Once the victim inserts their card and are asked for their PIN, the victims are shoulder surfed for their PIN by the suspect. Once victims input their PIN, the card is retained by the machine and victims are told by the suspect to seek help from the company who operates the parking meter or their bank.

What you need to do
  • If you are suspicious about the authenticity of the fine, do not pay it until you have verified it with your local council.
  • Always shield your PIN from view when using an ATM machine, andnever share your PIN with anyone.
  • If your bank card is retained by an ATM machine, contact your bankimmediately to inform them.

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Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)

Detectives are urging Cheshire residents to be vigilant on the back of several fraud offences having been reported to police since the start of the Bank Holiday Weekend.

Between Friday 28 May and yesterday, Tuesday May 28, Cheshire Constabulary was notified of scammers targeting people across the county.

The fraudsters claimed to be representatives of a bank, a building society, HM Revenue and Customs, the police and a Facebook lottery and told victims a range of lies in a bid to convince them to part with cash.

Good Morning, 

Unfortunately, across Cheshire over the last month there has been a spike in Purse Dipping, this is where Purses or items from Purses are removed from handbags without the victim knowing. The offenders are particularly active in busy public places such as shopping centres.

Please follow the preventative advice below as proactive steps to avoid being targeted.

  • Keep your handbag on you, zipped with no valuable items on display (this includes your mobile phone). Do not leave it unattended....
  • Keep your handbag close to your body.
  • In restaurants and cafes put your bag on your lap or on the floor between your feet with your foot on the strap. Alternatively place the strap through one leg of the chair.
  • Never leave your bag in adjacent seats in theatres, pubs or on public transport.
  • If using public toilets, do not place your handbag close to the door or side walls, particularly if there is a gap between the walls and the ground. It could be snatched from the outside.
  • Keep to major, well-lit streets and avoid isolated areas. Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Do not carry large amounts of cash with you. Withdraw only money needed at the time.
  • Look for ATMs located inside buildings, supermarkets or other busy locations.
  • Be mindful of distractions, thieves working in pairs may attempt to divert your attention in order to steal your handbag or its contents.
  • Attach your purse to your handbag with a secure cord and keep your mobile in a zipped internal pocket or on your person.

If you would like a purse bell, please contact your local PCSO. 


Kind regards, 

Beth
PCSO 22696

 

Message sent by Daniel Millington (Police, Media Officer, HQ Digital Communications)

Cheshire Constabulary is advising residents across the county to be vigilant following a spate of burglary incidents involving outbuildings, including sheds and garages.

Such incidents occurred in Winsford, Northwich, Macclesfield, Wildboarclough, Alsager, Little Neston, Frodsham and Warrington.

Superintendent Laura Marler said: “The public can aid our fight against such crimes by contacting us if they see such burglaries being carried out or anyone acting suspiciously in their area.

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

https://www.actionfraudalert.co.uk/da/251749/ALERT%20-%20Fake%20TV%20Licensing%20emails.html

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