Sunday, 16 January 2022

Catalytic Converter event and note of arrest

Sidcup/Longlands Ward

Good work by the police resulted in two people being arrested and their untaxed/uninsured car towed after they were caught trying to steel catalytic converters in Morrisons Car Park Sidcup in the early hours of Saturday morning.

St.Mary's & St James Ward

Your local police team along with their colleagues will be holding a catalytic converter marking event this Tuesday 18th January 2022.

The event will take place from 11am at Sainsbury car park in Crayford.

If you have any of the models listed below registered between 2000-2016 then please pop down to Sainsbury, Crayford and officers can mark your catalytic converter as well as registering it for free.

If you have any other models and you’re unsure then please pop down and your police team will have a look for you. (see list below) 

Most vulnerable vehicles are

Toyota Prius, Auris & Yaris

Honda Civic, Jazz & CRV

Lexus.

Friday, 14 January 2022

Invitation to volunteer and receive training from the Met police

As part of our ongoing partnership with the Met police, we have been approached to ask if any of our members would like to explore the opportunities of volunteering with them.

Please see the attached information (pdf) (also below as screenshots - click each image to view enlarged) in respect of the various opportunities.




Each volunteer will have the opportunity to engage in any of the following courses, by experienced trainers. These include:


  • London Nights Training – Personal Safety Input

  • Personal Safety & Conflict Resolution, Drugs and Mental Health Input

  • London Life Savers - CPR, DRABC, Defib

  • Bike Marking Training

  • Community Road Watch Training 

  • Weapon Sweep Training, Drugs Awareness Input, Forensics Input

  • London Fire Brigade Input

  • Counter Terrorism Input

  • SEND (Special educational needs) and Diversity Communication Input

  • Crime Prevention Training - Basic - Personal Safety

  • Crime Prevention Training - Motor Vehicle

  • Crime Prevention Training - Burglary

They have said that they would love to welcome more members of Neighbourhood Watch, and you can choose when and where they volunteer, you can just volunteer locally or go all over London, they will cover expenses for travel.


If you would like to find out more, please scan the QR code >>>>>>>>>>>>>

or visit the website Police volunteer roles | Careers | Metropolitan Police


The training offered would also help you in the day-to-day activities of Neighbourhood Watch in your community.

Electric bikes: licensing, tax and insurance

You can ride an electric bike if you’re 14 or over, as long as it meets certain requirements.

These electric bikes are known as ‘electrically assisted pedal cycles’ (EAPCs). You do not need a licence to ride one and it does not need to be registered, taxed or insured.

What counts as an EAPC

An EAPC must have pedals that can be used to propel it.

It must show either:

  • the power output
  • the manufacturer of the motor

It must also show either:

  • the battery’s voltage
  • the maximum speed of the bike

Its electric motor:

  • must have a maximum power output of 250 watts
  • should not be able to propel the bike when it’s travelling more than 15.5mph

An EAPC can have more than 2 wheels (for example, a tricycle).

Where you can ride

If a bike meets the EAPC requirements it’s classed as a normal pedal bike. This means you can ride it on cycle paths and anywhere else pedal bikes are allowed.

Other kinds of electric bike

Any electric bike that does not meet the EAPC rules is classed as a motorcycle or moped and needs to be registered and taxed. You’ll need a driving licence to ride one and you must wear a crash helmet.

Getting vehicle approval for your electric bike

An electric bike must be type approved if either:

  • it can be propelled without pedalling (a ‘twist and go’ EAPC)
  • it does not meet the EAPC rules

This should have been done by the manufacturer or importer before you bought it. If it’s been type approved, it will have a plate showing its type approval number.

Source: GOV.UK - electric bike rules

E-bikes vs e-scooters: These two types of vehicles are not the same, and in debates about regulation the Bicycle Association believes it is important that they be considered separately. In terms of their product safety, stability, and heath benefit for the user, they are very significantly different.

Another previous post on e-scooters here.

Thursday, 13 January 2022

How fraudsters are intercepting deliveries

 

Scam watch: a case of ‘mistaken’ delivery

An unnamed parcel from an online retailer was delivered to Phil’s home address, containing a games console that he’d never ordered. Shortly after, a man in a high-vis jacket, featuring a courier logo, knocked at the door.

He asked if Phil had just received something that wasn’t his, saying that there’d been a mistake. Because Phil had admitted that he hadn’t ordered it, he reluctantly handed the parcel over. He then contacted the retailer, only to be told that a store account had been opened in his name and had been used to make the order.

So, what exactly is this scam, how does it work and how can you avoid falling victim?

A case of identity fraud

Source: Which? (07-01-2022)



NatWest ‘new device registered’ text

 

Scam alert: fake NatWest ‘new device registered’ texts

NatWest customers are being targeted by fake text messages stating that ‘a new device has been registered’, aiming to send recipients through to a website that has nothing to do with the bank.

At first glance, the text is quite convincing – NatWest is named as the sender and the message doesn’t contain any glaring mistakes. Here’s an example and NatWest’s top five tips when you receive a text message asking you to follow a link.

Five protection tips

Source: Which? (12-01-2022)

Wednesday, 12 January 2022

Bogus traders targetting the elderly incident - Crook Log Ward


On Monday 10th January at approx.1.30pm a silver 4x4 type car with a trailer stopped in Fairlawn Avenue.  There were four male occupants.  Two of the men got out of the car and knocked on the front door of an elderly couple in their 90's.  The men proceeded to try to persuade the elderly homeowners to part with £350 for work which they hadn't done, cutting down some trees.  The owner said that he didn't have any money and hadn't asked them to call. The men then said that they would halve the cost.  In a panic the owners rang their neighbour, who came straight out and told the men leave.  One of the men was white, aged 40/50 years old, approx. 5' 6"and spoke with a very soft Irish accent.  This incident has been reported to the police.

Rogue Traders are generally those who cold call, i.e. knock without invitation and exploit the vulnerable by convincing them to pay for shoddy or incomplete repair work, charging extortinate fees for their services, or threatening residents who do not comply.

The trading standards team works to protect consumers from scams and rogue traders operating within Bexley.

Unfortunately, there are some traders who want to cheat you out of your money by knocking on your door unannounced and convince you that work needs doing to your home when it doesn't. They may say they are working in your area and have noticed that your drive, roof or something else needs urgent attention, that they have got some materials left over from another job or that they can carry out repairs straight away.

Although the Trading Standards Team works closely with the Police and other agencies to stop rogue traders, many of the reports we receive from the public come too late for us to locate the traders and recover money paid. The best way to tackle the problem is to turn them away at the door and say no to cold callers.

The Crime Prevention website also give advice on Bogus Callers (Distraction burglary) that you may find useful.

Call the police 999 if you feel at risk or are concerned for a neighbour.

Swipe Left on Romance Fraud and protect your family

 


Family members of online daters are being urged to help protect their relatives from becoming a victim of romance fraud, as new figures show almost £92 million has been lost through dating scams this year alone.

Daters who strike up online relationships between Christmas and Valentines Day tend to be the most susceptible to romance fraud, with a spike of 901 reports recorded by the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) in March 2021. 

Despite a peak of romance fraud reports and losses of £8.7 million reported in March, the financial spike came two months later in May 2021 where losses of a staggering £14.6 million were reported.

Source: Action Fraud [10-01-2022] <For further information on advice and reporting.

Tuesday, 11 January 2022

Cat theft in East Wickham - Appeal for information

BMW Cat theft in East Wickham

BMW Cat theft in East Wickham

BMW Cat theft in East Wickham

On Wednesday 5th January at 8.28pm in Harriet Mews (off Leigh Place) 3 men jacked up a car and cut off it's catalytic convertor.  A car drove into the cul de sac and turned around, the men got out as the driver drove out of the road (with car lights off) and waited in Leigh Place.  The men took exactly 30 seconds to lift the car up and remove the catalytic convertor!  The BMW's alarm was going off and yet this did not perturb the thieves.  The 3 men made off on foot to get into the waiting car.

This is an appeal to residents to check your CCTV footage or If you think you may have seen or heard anything suspicious, or have any information related to this incident then please contact East Wickham Police on 101 or alternatively you can call them above or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 1111.


Friday, 7 January 2022

Community Roadwatch event in Bexley for the week commencing from the 10/01/2022


CRW event logo


Community Roadwatch is back but due to coronavirus we have had to implement some new procedures.

Please if possible on the day can you provide your own high vis jacket, if this is not possible we will provide one.

Each volunteer will have a nominated role for the event, laser gun operator or loggist/observer. Roles cannot be rotated and officers can take on a role if needed.

PPE will be provided (gloves and antibacterial gel) but you are welcome to bring your own.

Each volunteer should adhere to social distance guidelines.

If any volunteers fall into the list below, they will not be able to participate in CRW at this current time;
  1. Currently tested Positive to COVID-19,
  2. Are symptomatic (even mildly) and in self-isolation,
  3. Who have a household member who is symptomatic, or is in contact with anyone with COVID or is symptomatic,
  4. Have been contacted by the NHS COVID-19 Trace system and are in isolation.

To take part, please contact your local Safer Neighbourhood Team.  Details can be found at www.tfl.gov.uk/communityroadwatch.

Wednesday, 5 January 2022

Bexley Fraud & Cyber Crime Summary for November 2021

Bexley Fraud & Cyber Crime Summary 

November 2021

Executive Summary


Number of offences

112

Total loss

£403,763.86

Average per victim

£3,605.03

Top 5


The top 5 by volume (number of reports) type of fraud is as follows:


Fraud Type

Amount of Offences

Amount Lost

NFIB3A - Online Shopping and Auctions

24

£4,020.35

NFIB1H - Other Advance Fee Frauds

14

£13,768.26

NFIB3D - Other Consumer Non Investment Fraud

10

£9,838.98

NFIB3F - Ticket Fraud

5

£3,838.92

NFIB5A - Cheque, Plastic Card and Online Bank Accounts (not PSP)

5

£8,315.00


The top 5 by amount reported lost:


Fraud Type

Amount Lost

Amount of Offences

Push Payment

£219,599.66

4

NFIB2E - Other Financial Investment

£101,516.79

4

NFIB1H - Other Advance Fee Frauds

£13,768.26

14

NFIB3C - Door to Door Sales and Bogus Tradesmen

£12,515.90

4

NFIB3E - Computer Software Service Fraud

£11,700.00

4

Fraud Advice


Online Shopping and Auction Sites 

Online shopping can save you time, effort and money. Millions of people use websites such as eBay and AutoTrader to buy new or second hand goods for competitive prices. These sites give you the opportunity to purchase a huge choice of goods from all over the world. However, among the genuine buyers and sellers on these sites, there are criminals who use the anonymity of the internet to offer goods for sale they do not have, or are fake. 


In the majority of transactions, the buyer and seller never meet. Which means when making a purchase or sale on a website, you are reliant on the security measures of the site.  


Fraudsters will advertise an item for sale, frequently at a bargain price compared to other listings of a similar type. They may have pictures of the item so it appears to be a genuine sale. 


A favoured tactic is to encourage buyers to move away from the website to complete the transaction, and the criminal may offer a further discount if you do so. Many websites offer users the opportunity to pay via a recognised, secure third party payment service, such as PayPal, Android Pay or Apple Pay. Read the website’s advice and stick to it. Fraudsters might be insistent you pay via bank transfer instead. By communicating and paying away from the website, contrary to their policies, you risk losing any protection you had.  


Criminals may also email or contact you if you have ‘bid’ on an item but not been successful in winning the auction. They will claim that the winning bidder pulled out or didn’t have the funds and offer you the chance to buy the item. Once you agree, they will either provide bank details or even insist payment is made via a third party payment service for mutual protection. Once you agree, they ‘arrange’ this. You then receive a very legitimate looking email which appears to be from the website or a third party payment service directing you how to make the payment. Some are very sophisticated, even having ‘Live Chat’ functions that you can use to speak to a sales advisor! Unfortunately, you will again be communicating to the fraudster, so beware! 


In both these scenarios, once the payment is made, the ‘seller’ won’t send the item. They’ll either not reply to you or make excuses as to why they haven’t sent the goods. 


If they do send the item, they’ll send counterfeit goods instead of the genuine items advertised. Again, you may struggle to receive any compensation or resolution to this problem from the legitimate website, as it could be against their policies. 


Fraudsters also use e-commerce websites to pose as ‘buyers.’ If you have an item for sale, they may contact you and arrange to purchase this. It is common for criminals to fake a confirmation that payment has been made. Before posting any item, log in to your account via your normal method (not a link on the email received) and check that you have received the money. 


You must also be careful what address you send items to. Fraudsters may ask you to send items to a different address. They may claim they need it sent to their work address or to a friend or family member. If you send the item to an address other than the one registered on the user account, you may not be provided any protection from the website or payment service.  


How to protect yourself 


    • Stay on site! 
    • Be wary of offers that look too good to be true. 
    • Read the consumer advice on any website you are using to make a purchase. Use the recommended payment method, or you may not be refunded for any losses to fraud. 
    • Research the seller/buyer and any of their bidding history. 
    • Don’t be convinced by pictures, they may have been taken from somewhere else on the internet. You can check photos using a reverse image search on the internet through websites like www.tineye.com or https://reverse.photos/
    • Be suspicious of any requests to pay by bank transfer or virtual currency instead of the websites recommended payment methods. 
    • Never buy a vehicle without seeing it in person. Ask to see the relevant documentation for the vehicle to ensure the seller has ownership. 
    • If you are selling online, be wary of any emails stating funds have been sent.  Always log in to your account via your normal route (not via link in email) to check.  
    • Watch our video on Online Shopping Fraud at www.met.police.uk/littlemedia. 


REMEMBER - Stay on site. 


CAUTION - Be wary of paying by bank transfer or virtual currency. 


THINK - Why is this item so cheap? Is it a scam?


Advance Fee Fraud 

Advance Fee Fraud is an umbrella term to describe a particular fraud type where the criminal convinces a victim to make upfront payments for goods, services and/or financial gains.  But the goods/services don’t exist. 


Many different types of Advance Fee Fraud using various techniques and scams are used by criminals.  Some of these (including Romance Fraud and Recruitment Fraud) are covered more in-depth later in this book.  However, the numerous different tactics used by criminals means it’s worth describing the basic technique behind the fraud; the criminal will offer something to you, but in order to progress, you’ll need to pay something up front. 


Below is a list of types of Advance Fee Fraud.  This list is by no means exhaustive! 


Clairvoyant or Psychic Fraud– The criminal predicts something significant in your future, but they need money to provide a full report. 


Cheque Overpayment Fraud – The criminal overpays for something with an invalid cheque, and asks for change. 


Fraud Recovery Fraud – Once you’ve been a victim of fraud, the criminal contacts you, claiming that they can recover your losses, for a fee. 


Inheritance Fraud – The criminal tells you that you’re in line to receive a huge inheritance, but you’ll need to pay a fee to release the funds. 


Loan Fraud– The criminal asks you to pay an upfront fee for a loan. 


Lottery Fraud – You’re told you’ve won a prize in a lottery, but you’ll need to pay the criminal an admin fee. 


Racing Tip Fraud – The criminal offers racing tips that are “guaranteed” to pay off, for a small fee. 


Rental Fraud – The criminal asks for an upfront fee to rent a property, which may not be theirs, or even may not exist. 


West African Letter Fraud (aka 419 Fraud) – The criminal asks for help moving a large sum of money from one country to another, promising to cut you in, but asks for a payment upfront first. 


Work from home Fraud – The criminal offers you to make easy money working from home, but you need to pay a fee in advance, for business leads, or a website. 


Vehicle Matching Fraud – The criminal contacts you just after you’ve placed an advert trying to sell something (usually a car).  They ask for a “refundable” fee to put you in touch with a non-existent immediate buyer. 


How to protect yourself 


    • Be extremely wary about giving money to anyone upfront, especially a stranger, for any reason. 
    • If they claim to be an official, double check their identity, but don’t do so using any contact details they give you. 
    • Don’t be pressurised into making a decision in that moment.  Always take time to think, don’t forget to Take 5. 


REMEMBER – Criminals will try any lie to get your money 


CAUTION – Don’t give money upfront if you have even the slightest suspicion 


THINK – Why should I give this person money?  Why have they targeted me?


Push Payment Fraud 

Online banking makes managing money easier for the general public, however criminals are taking advantage of this ease of banking and using it to defraud the public. 


Criminals can pretend to be from somewhere official, for example, your bank, or the tax office.  They contact you via email, phone or social media, and then warn you of fake suspicious or criminal activity on your bank account.  They state that they’ve set up a safe account for you to transfer your funds into.  However, this is actually their account. 


How to protect yourself


    • Be suspicious of a call out of the blue from someone claiming to be from a position of authority.


    • Take down the person’s details (name, authority, department, branch etc.) and verify using independent source contact details.  


    • A genuine official from the Police, your bank, HMRC or any other trusted authority will NEVER call you to ask you to verify your personal banking details, PIN or password, or threaten you with arrest. 


    • Never transfer money into another account unless you are 100% certain of the owner of the account. 


    • Your bank will never set up a “safe” account for you. 


    • If you are a victim, contact your bank as soon as possible, as they may be able to help stop the transfer. 



 


REMEMBER – Your bank will never set up a “safe account”. 


CAUTION – Unless you definitely know who the account belongs to, it might not be safe. 


THINK – Who told me this account was safe?  Have I checked their identity? 



Remember:


Your bank, the police, or tax office will never ask you to attend your bank, withdraw, transfer or pay money over the phone or send couriers to collect your card or cash. Nor would they ask you to buy goods or vouchers. 


This is a scam. 


    1. 1. Hang up (Never give details or money following a cold call)
    2. 2. Take 5 (Seek a second opinion, tell someone what has happened)
    3. 3. Verify (if concerned, contact the company via a pre-confirmed method)


All of our videos and electronic leaflets can be found on the following link; www.met.police.uk/littlemedia
Free cyber advice can be found https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/cyberaware/home


Always report, Scams fraud and cyber crime to Action Fraud,
either online at www.actionfraud.police.uk or by telephone on 0300 123 2040.



STOP

Taking a moment to stop and think before parting with your money or information could keep you safe.


CHALLENGE

Could it be fake? It’s ok to reject, refuse or ignore any requests. Only criminals will try to rush or panic you.


PROTECT

Contact your bank immediately if you think you’ve fallen for a scam and report it to Action Fraud.


Catalytic Converter event and note of arrest

Sidcup/Longlands Ward Good work by the police resulted in two people being arrested and their untaxed/uninsured car towed after they were ca...