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27-Jul-2016 04:07 PM
There is a dog in a vehicle that appears hot and distressed, what should I do?
This does depend on the level of distress.
It is not advisable to force entry to the vehicle yourself in the first instance. Your first step should be to call the police on 101 or 999 in an emergency.If the police don't have time to get there, then you have to decide if you should take action. Make sure you tell the police what you intend to do, why and, where possible, take images/footage of the dog and the names and numbers of witnesses to the incident.
The law states that you have a lawful excuse to commit damage if:'at the time of the act or acts alleged to constitute the offence you believed that the person or persons whom you believe to be entitled to consent to the destruction of or damage to the property in question . . . .would so consent to it if s/he . . . had known of the destruction or damage and its circumstances' (section 5(2)(a) Criminal Damage Act 1971). (this legal reference is slightly modified for clarity)
Don't do this unless certain of your ground and are prepared to defend your actions at court in the unlikely event any action was taken.The RSPCA can offer guidance on information on cruelty via their cruelty line at any time on 0300 1234 999. See further advice from the RSPCA on the website in related information.
10-Aug-2016 04:26 PM
Hi, Further to our conversation after the scam phone call we received yesterday. This is what happened, so that you can circulate the details and warn everyone else. It would have been so easy, just to do as they asked ! The sequence of events was as follows: We received a phone call (number withheld) purporting to be from the security organisation, which oversees unusual transactions for HSBC, on personal current accounts. They said there had been transactions on my account with PC World, were they mine ? I said NO and asked them to stop any transactions that had taken place using my bank card. They asked if I would like to speak to someone in the HSBC Fraud Department. I said yes. They said they would get someone to phone me in about 5 to 10 minutes. I then got a call from what they said was the HSBC Fraud Dept, North West Section. I asked where he was based and he said a Call Centre in Manchester. He told me his name was Daniel Churchill. I was becoming concerned, re to our financial security and he said he would set up a new account and with a new account number and sort code, so that we could transfer our money, to protect it. I did give him and confirm my full name and he asked when I last checked my account and how much was in it ! He then asked which branch my account was in and how far away is it from me ? I must have started to become suspicious, because I told him I wanted to speak to someone else and would go to my bank to sort this out as it was nearby. He told me not to tell the bank anything, as quite a few branches in the surrounding area are under surveillance. If I spoke to them, they might become aware they were being investigated, would blow the cover . I phoned your good self straight away and then on your advice went straight to my bank. At my bank, a teller checked my account and did further checks. On a more secure phone in the back office, I was told there was no one of the name of ‘Daniel Churchill’ working in the Fraud Dept. The teller suggested that we changed our Debit Cards with immediate effect, which I did there and then. A little later, we had a further phone call from the scammers and my wife said ‘No thank you’ and put the phone down. I feel we have had a narrow escape and I hope this report helps to make everyone know, how easy it is to be panicked and taken in. These scammers are so good at what they do, telling me not to talk to the bank or the police, as they may be involved and though I should have known what was happening – particularly when they said they had created a new account for me – could I transfer my money into it .......... they nearly persuaded me to do so. Thanks for your support it really did help to protect us.
11-Aug-2016 12:45 AM
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11-Aug-2016 08:05 AM
People selling their items on online platforms are falling victim to a new type of advance fee fraud. This involves a fraudster, posing as a buyer, sending an email to the seller (victim), agreeing to the full asking price of the item. They state that they are unable to collect the item themselves and will arrange for a courier to pick it up instead. The fraudster then sends a fake payment confirmation email from a different email address, one which falsely purports to be from a payment platform. In the course of the email exchange, the seller/victim is requested to pay the courier fee. Once the payment is made the contact is broken, the item is not picked up and the money paid for the ‘courier’ is gone. An example of the most recent emails received by the victim/seller, from the ‘Buyer’, read: “I want you to consider this a deal as i am willing to pay your full asking price! i actually want to buy it for a family member who is urgently in need of it, i have checked through your posting and i'm fully satisfied with it. Unfortunately, i would not be able to come personally to view/collect, i work offshore as an instructor on a oil rig so i dont have time at all, but like i said i am 100% OK with the advert” Protect Yourself:Be wary when buyers wish to purchase items at the full asking price without viewing them. Check the validity of the payment receipt confirmationAvoid paying an advanced fee if you are a seller; should you choose to use a courier, arrange your own.Check feedback online by searching the associated phone numbers or email addresses of the seller/buyer. Feedback will give you useful information about recent transactions other buyers/sellers have made.If you, or anyone you know, have been affected by this fraud or any other scam, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040 or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk.
11-Aug-2016 12:34 PM
16-Aug-2016 11:20 AM
So many annoying phone calls these days, and just had another one to be aware of, although not at all convincing. "Hello, this is the conservation dept of your council, to tell you that the fibreglass insulation in your loft needs to be replaced". Yeah, of course it does. Number withheld, naturally.
19-Sep-2016 01:55 PM
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12-Oct-2016 10:00 AM
This message is dated Wednesday 12th October 2016 for Windsor. There have been Nottingham Knockers in your area – young lads going door to door selling household products. To go door to door selling anything other than books or food, they need a ‘Pedlars Certificate’ issued by the police. These can be issued by any police force and used anywhere in the UK. To obtain a Pedlars Certificate – the person must be of ‘Good Character’. The minute one of these lads explains to you, or shows you a letter saying they are just out of prison and trying to make their way in life – you know, they cannot possibly have a Pedlars Certificate. What they generally produce is a home made ‘Hawkers Licence’, which they produce in a computer and print out. These have no status in law whatsoever and are meaningless. It is all a scam, to locate elderly, vulnerable, residents, who are easily parted with their cash. To do that, they need to find elderly, vulnerable, residents, who have a stash of cash inside their homes worth stealing. That is why they sell the cleaning products which are quite clearly sub-standard, if you buy from them, you are the type of person who will fall for a sob story and then part with cash, knowing the products are substandard. They are only interested in those with ‘stashes of cash’. So – how long it took you to go away and obtain the money is vital. If you reach for, open a purse and hand over a crumpled note, they are no longer interested in you. If you disappear for several minutes and then come back with a crisp, unused, unfolded, brand new note, they are very interested. If it smells slightly musty, they are even more interested – you got it from a stash in a drawer, somewhere within minutes of to the front door. The lads generally take no further part in the scam – their part is to provide addresses for the chap who employs them and they get a small extra payment for each address passed on. These lists – called ‘Sucker Lists’, are openly sold in pubs and prisons. You can then become the target, for all sorts of scams. We have a copy of a current ‘Sucker List’ and Honor Ryan and a small team from Trading Standards, working closely with RBWM Community Wardens and PCSOs, are visiting all 250 people on that list, offering advice, guidance and reassurance. DON’T LET IT BE YOU If you get one of these lads at your door, everyone in the Thames Valley uses the same words: I AM SORRY, I DO NOT BUY GOODS AND SERVICES AT THE DOOR Then firmly, but politely close the door. If you have felt in anyway pressurised, phone the police on the 101 number.
27-Oct-2016 02:35 PM
This police message is dated Thursday 27th October 2016. I have just had two Shift officers in to see me. They have just returned from visiting an elderly resident and a potential scam phone call and asked if a warning message can go out to everyone. The resident received a phone cal from someone who said they were her ‘Granddaughter’ using her actual name. She was in distress and said she had gone to Scotland with a friend. They had hired a car and tried to drive home. The friend got drunk and they had had an accident on the motorway involving a family in a Mercedes and child had nearly been killed. She could not get hold of her parents – hence the call to her. The caller then said she was with a lawyer and she would put him on the phone. A man with an American accent, then took over the call. He said that her Granddaughter had been taken to a secure unit and he would need £10,000 to secure her release. He said he would meet her at a branch of ASDA for the cash to exchange hands. The resident then said she would have to phone her son to discuss it with him, could she have a number to call them back ? He said he couldn’t give her a contact number as it would be illegal for him to do so, he just wanted to meet. The resident was suspicious and the man put down the receiver. She called her son, who then called his daughter, who was not in Scotland and was perfectly safe – she had though recently lost her mobile phone! In the end, due to the common sense of the resident, it all ended Ok, but it could easily have gone the other way. When she tried to find the number which had called – it had been withheld. Has anything like this happened to you, or anyone you know? Please be on your guard, this is a real event that has just happened and has been reported to me by the two police officers that attended. This was not a scam message circulating round and round. Please be on your guard, the real names and the horrible story could have cost that resident £10,000! luckily she was switched on! DON’T LET IT BE YOU !
12-Dec-2016 09:41 AM
From: Barclays Bank <<<<<<< oh, no it isn't!!To: Recipients <<<<<<< Note the mass distribution list!Sent: Monday, 12 Dec, 2016 at 07:12Subject: Barclays Bank Xmas Saving Parkage. <<<<<<< Note the typing error!Dear customer, <<<<<<< Note the sender doesn't know your name - Odd!Barclays Bank has Xmas Savings Parkage for you login to view <<<<<<< Note the grammatical errors! Why login? Why doesn't the email contain all the information you need?Login Now <<<<<<< DON'T! (What you can do is hover, don't click, the pointer over the link. It should reveal itself as NOT the company it purports to have come from)Yours sincerely,Online Support.Barclays Bank Online Support.
12-Dec-2016 10:48 AM
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13-Dec-2016 09:13 PM
Lloyds customers should be on the lookout for a new sophisticated fraud that involves fraudsters sending fake bank letters. The convincing letters being sent are a replica template from Lloyds and include their logo, address and signature from a customer service representative. The letter tells recipients that there have been some “unusual transactions” on their personal account and asks them to call a number highlighted in bold to confirm they are genuine. When victims call the number, an automated welcome message is played and the caller is asked to enter their card number, account number and sort code followed by their date of birth.Victims are then instructed to enter the first and last digit of their security number.The fraud was spotted by the Daily Telegraph who was alerted to it by a reader who had three identical letters sent to an office address. On separate occasions the Daily Telegraph ran some tests using fake details and were passed to fraudsters who claimed to be from a Lloyds contact centre. The bank has confirmed that the phone number and letters are fake. The letters are essentially a sophisticated phishing attempt and serves as a warning to consumers to question written correspondence from their banks.
15-Dec-2016 05:41 PM
We've been made aware of a group that are asking to gain access into residents' homes to 'check drainage' on behalf of the council. They are not our contractors. If you are ever in doubt ask for ID and don't be afraid to close the door on someone you don't know or trust. Please pass this message on to anyone who may be vulnerable to bogus traders on the doorstep.
We've been made aware of a group that are asking to gain access into residents' homes to 'check drainage' on behalf of the council. They are not our contractors. If you are ever in doubt ask for ID and don't be afraid to close the door on someone you don't know or trust.
Please pass this message on to anyone who may be vulnerable to bogus traders on the doorstep.
5-Jan-2017 08:06 PM
Action Fraud has received several reports from victims who have been sent convincing looking emails claiming to be from Amazon. The spoofed emails from “[email protected]” claim recipients have made an order online and mimic an automatic customer email notification. The scam email claims recipients have ordered an expensive vintage chandelier. Other reported examples include: Bose stereos, iPhone’s and luxury watches. The emails cleverly state that if recipients haven’t authorised the transaction they can click on the help centre link to receive a full refund. The link leads to an authentic-looking website, which asks victims to confirm their name, address, and bank card information. Amazon says that suspicious e-mails will often contain:Links to websites that look like Amazon.co.uk, but aren't Amazon.co.uk.Attachments or prompts to install software on your computer.Typos or grammatical errors.Forged (or spoofed) e-mail addresses to make it look like the e-mail is coming from Amazon.co.uk. Amazon will never ask for personal information to be supplied by e-mail.You can read more about identifying suspicious emails claiming to be from Amazon by visiting https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=201489210 To report a fraud or cyber crime, call us on 0300 123 2040.
17-Jan-2017 12:41 PM
This message is dated Monday 16th January 2017 for Windsor.
Silver Nitrous Oxide Capsules
These are the small silver, or green pressurised capsules containing NO2 – Nitrous Oxide, used to make whipped cream. Question Just before Christmas I found approximately 20 - 30 used nitrous oxide capsules, along with empty boxes which had contained them, outside my property. Since then, I regularly find these silver capsules thrown into my garden along with the associated balloons, used to inhale the gas. I have also found capsules elsewhere. Is there a huge increase in the use of these "legal highs" in our area and, if so, is there anything we can do about it ? Answer Unfortunately these capsules are now found everywhere – sometimes in large numbers, particularly if there has been a party in the area. They use a ‘cracker’ to pierce the capsule – which looks like a short piece of pipe, which fits onto the capsule. They attach a balloon to the other end, so that when they ‘crack’ the capsule, the gas is collected. They then inhale the gas, within the balloon. Young people are not permitted to buy these capsules from a shop, so they buy them online in boxes of 20 / 24, which are then simply delivered. The gas filled balloons are sold at parties, for about £5 each. If you have young people at home who are party goers, can you please keep an eye on any small parcels that are being delivered ???? Packets of balloons ?? Can you also keep an eye out for piles of used capsules ? If say, there is a pile of more than 10 / 15, can you email the location to me ??? Regarding the law - possession of the capsules for a legitimate purpose, for personal use, is legal. The criminal offence under the Psychoactive Substances Act, which came into effect on the 25th May 2016 – is ‘to Supply for Human Consumption’. Online suppliers, get around the law, by specifying that ‘they are not for human consumption’. This is the same Act that banned the sale of ‘Legal Highs’ in shops – where again, the shops simply printed on the packet – ‘Not for Human Consumption’ and could therefore sell them ! You or I, could go into a catering shop / go online and buy them for our whipped cream maker / soda stream perfectly legitimately, but a 14 year old lad / older teenager, could who could easily go online and buy a box of 20 / 24 capsules, could hardly maintain, they are for his ‘legitimate personal use’, particularly if he is caught with them in school, or at a party ! Young people may see this as harmless, but a police record for ‘supplying drugs’, does not look good on a C.V. !
Young people need to be warned about the consequences of their actions, that they may believe to be inconsequential!
17-Jan-2017 12:45 PM
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