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Tuesday 31 January 2023
Scammers are impersonating the courier UPS to steal bank details from unsuspecting victims.
This scam involves fraudsters sending out ‘missed delivery’ emails which include UPS branding, albeit with one subtle difference.
Read on to find out how the latest delivery scam works, and for advice on how to report a dodgy email.
‘IPS’ scam email: -
|Fake delivery scam email|
The email above appears to be from UPS, but on closer inspection the logo says ‘IPS’. This is the first giveaway that it’s a scam. The second telltale sign is the sender’s email address, which is made up of random letters.
Monday 30 January 2023
The latest Crime Statistics for England and Wales by the ONS were released 26 January 2023. The survey shows crime to have decreased since the year leading up to the pandemic. You can find the results here.
“The decrease in ONS recorded figures is a good sign; however, we must remain cautious as we know many crimes, particularly those classified as antisocial behaviour or harassment, are not reported. It is clear the police are stretched to their limit. So we would like to see an increase in officers and PCSOs dedicated to neighbourhood policing to increase visible police presence in communities. This is proven to reduce antisocial behaviour, encourage reporting and help to Neighbourhood Watch Network. But we can all take steps to reduce crime and do what we can to keep ourselves, our neighbours, family and friends safe. From raising awareness on simple prevention measures to safely intervening or reporting when we witness a crime.” John Hayward-Cripps, CEO of
Also the Crime in England and Wales: year ending September 2022 report released 26 January 2023 as a pdf here.
Plenty of phishing text messages (sms) getting sent to millions of people everyday, like banks, delivery, social media, entertainment and just about anything else you can think of. Don't click links. Don't fall for it. These scam messages are block sent to loads of people everyday.
Saturday 28 January 2023
London Fire Brigade attended over 70 fires involving e-scooters and e-bikes in 2021. *In 2021 Transport for London (TfL) banned e-scooters from London's transport network. This is due to a number of fires on the network involving these vehicles.
Thursday 26 January 2023
|Trading Standards If in doubt, keep them out!|
Trading Standards If in doubt, keep them out! booklet (pdf), is packed filled with information and advice on doorstep crime and how to spot and avoid rogue traders at your front door and online.
Here's also the link to download the LTS doorstep crime campaign booklet (pdf).
Fraudsters are impersonating the courier UPS to steal bank details from unsuspecting victims. This scam involves fraudsters sending out ‘missed delivery’ emails that include UPS branding, albeit with one subtle difference.
Impersonating delivery companies is a common tactic used by scammers. Find out how this scam works, and get advice on how to report a dodgy email.
Source: Which? (25 Jan 2023)
As part of our new report on the psychology of scams, we conducted in-depth interviews with 20 victims of bank transfer scams. We wanted to learn about the common tools and tricks that led people to be scammed. One of our findings was that scams often occur when victims are emotionally vulnerable, stressed, tired or distracted, leaving them more susceptible to fraud.
Source: Which? (20 Jan 2023)
The National Cyber Security Centre recently revealed that HMRC scams were the third most reported email impersonation scams.
Some HMRC scams include emails telling you to update your details, or claiming your details have already been changed. We’ve also seen scammers impersonating HMRC caseworkers over the phone, luring victims into handing over personal information and bank details.
Source: Which? (24 Jan 2023)
Wednesday 25 January 2023
Please be aware that on Sunday 21 January 2023 at approximately between 17.50 - 18.00pm offenders burgled a local borough resident's home in Reddy Road, Erith.
A black car (pictured below from cctv) shows the suspect car which has one missing hub cap on the right hand side. This car drove away from Reddy Road around 6pm towards Lydia Road and headed towards Manor road.
|Suspect black car involved in the burglary|
This is an appeal to residents to check your CCTV or dash cam footage or If you think you may have seen or heard anything suspicious, or have any information related to this incident then please contact the local Safer Neighbourhood team for Slade Green & Northend Ward on 101, or 020 8721 2023, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org alternatively you can call them above or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 1111 or contact Bexley Neighbourhood Watch.
Tuesday 24 January 2023
Cybercriminals are increasingly using malicious QR codes to trick consumers.
QR (or Quick Response) codes are everywhere and we often scan them without thinking. But that little square barcode could be hiding something much more than a restaurant menu.
Here are 8 tips for spotting and avoiding malicious QR codes:-
Source: CNET (25 Jan 2022)
How To Spot a FAKE QR Code (AURA):-
Source: How To Spot a Fake QR Code Scam [9 New Examples] (AURA) (13 Dec 2022)
Official Android apps:-
Monday 23 January 2023
Please beware that on friday 20 January 2023 at 13:35pm at Bexley station car park, offenders stole a catalytic converter from a Toyota Auris parked there.
The local resident discovered the theft on her return from the train at approximately 16:30pm, reported the theft to British Transport Police (BTP) who gave her a crime reference number, and posted the alert on Nextdoor.
It appears this Bexley station car park is a target for such thefts despite the presence of onsight CCTV. Please be vigilant when parking there and take steps to make it harder for these brazen and callous thieves.
This is an appeal to residents to check your CCTV or dashcam footage or If you think you may have seen or heard anything suspicious, or have any information related to this incident then please contact email@example.com or on 020 8721 2816 or call Police on 101 or alternatively you can call them above or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 1111.
To reduce the risk of having your catalytic converter stolen you could
- 1) Purchase anti-theft products such as Catloc - a Sold Secure approved product (how to prevent catalytic convert theft here)
- 2) Park to restrict access to the underneath of the car
- 3) Ask your dealer to weld the catalytic converter to the car
- 4) Fit a tilt alarm
- 5) Register your converter and mark it with a forensic marker (e.g. SmartWater), which will make it harder for thieves to dispose of.
Friday 20 January 2023
From fake job opportunities to dodgy cryptocurrency schemes, fraudsters continue to use WhatsApp to coax victims into handing over their money and personal data.
Unsolicited messages offering high-paid work are examples of advance fee fraud, where the scammer may eventually ask you to pay money for things like security checks or work equipment.
We’ve also seen fraudsters sending messages about dodgy cryptocurrency offers to convince people into joining groups under the guise of learning how to invest.
Source: Which? (19 Jan 2023)
Do you have an issue that you need to put right? Which? is here to assist you.
For our latest Put to Rights piece, we helped a couple who lost £81,000 to 'Friday afternoon fraud', where scammers hack email accounts and pose as solicitors to send fake bank account details to homebuyers.
Fraudsters often do this on a Friday, taking advantage of having the weekend to cover their tracks out of office hours. Halifax initially reimbursed half the money, but it refunded the full amount on review after contact from Which?.
Source:Which? (16 Jan 2023)
Wednesday 18 January 2023
- A dedicated Domestic Abuse and Sexual Offending investigation team has been set up with over 50 experienced investigators targeting any officer or staff member who may be engaged in domestic abuse or sexual offences.
- All current officers and staff who have previously been the subject of allegations of sexual offending or domestic abuse, where allegations couldn’t be proven and were not subject of misconduct hearings, are subject to an ongoing review.
- A new Anti-Corruption and Abuse Command is proactively investigating and identifying officers and staff who abuse their positions of trust whether on duty or off duty, in person or online.
- Significant investment in intelligence capabilities and in the skills of specialist investigators.
- A thorough audit of national police databases, to identify intelligence and information about officers and staff that may not be known by the organisation, is under way.
- An internal appeal is asking Met officers and staff to report corruption and abuse and for the first time in policing, an anti-corruption and abuse hotline has been launched, in partnership with Crimestoppers, where the public can anonymously report Met officers and staff who abuse their positions of power and trust.
|Screenshot of scam email - click to view enlarged|
Screenshot (click above to view enlarged) of the scam email received 17 January 2023 with a fake phishing 'Setup a new Direct Debit' link received by a borough resident and alerted us to warn others. Notice the sender appears to be from Japan? and the email is not you would expect from DVLA in UK.
The purpose of a scam email is often to get you to click a link. This will take you to a website which might download a virus to your computer, or steal passwords or other personal information. This is sometimes known as 'phishing'.
Needless to say do no click on links that turn out of the blue. Take time to research and check out this blog for advice and further information on similar scams.
Further help is available as follows:-
- Which? at Scammers are impersonating TV Licensing and the DVLA to steal your details
- Helping you avoid TV Licensing scams – and how to report one
- Spotting TV Licence scams
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