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December 2012

Warning from The Watch Liaison Officer Preston Police 07/12/12

I'm receiving information of a telephone scam doing the rounds again. The caller is purporting to be from Microsoft and saying that there is a problem and that your personal computer has a virus. The caller is very confident and persuasive and eventually asks for a credit card/debit card details as payment to correct the alleged fault

This is an obvious scam but people are being duped as the caller is very convincing.


Over the night Sunday the 2 nd to Monday the 3 rd of December there have been a number of insecure cars in Broughton in the Woodplumpton Lane area of the village which have been targeted by thieves. If anyone has seen anyone acting suspicious please could they give me a ring on the number below.

Also may I take this opportunity to please ask that you take time at night to make sure your car is locked and your house made secure to help protect yourselves from crimes like this.

Police warnings


Postal Scam :

It has been confirmed by Royal Mail. The Trading Standards Office are making people aware of the following scam:

A card is posted through your door from a company called PDS (Parcel Delivery Service) suggesting that they were unable to deliver a parcel and that you need to contact them on 0906 6611911 (a Premium rate number).

DO NOT  call this number, as this is a mail scam originating from Belize .

If you call the number and you start to hear a recorded message you will already have been billed £315  for the phone call.

 November 2012


Can i ask you to be aware that thieves are targeting vehicles in the Ashton area. Do not give them an easy time - ensure that you lock all doors and close all windows prior to leaving your vehicle. Please also be vigilant and do not leave any valuables in your vehicle or on view.

Lock doors and windows to your properties and outbuildings and ensure that items of value are out of sight.

October 2012

Important message from Crime Stoppers,
please read...

While driving on a rural end of the roadway on Thursday morning, I saw an infant car seat on the side of the road with a blanket draped over it. For whatever reason, I did not stop, even though I had all kinds of thoughts running through my head. But when I got to my destination, I called the Police and they were going to check it out. But, this is what the Police advised even before they went out there to check....

"There are several things to be aware of ... gangs and thieves are now plotting different ways to get a person (mostly women)to stop their vehicle and get out of the car.

"There is a gang initiation reported by the local Police where gangs are placing a car seat by the road...with a fake baby in it...waiting for a woman, of course, to stop and check on the abandoned baby. "Note that the location of this car seat is usually beside a wooded or grassy (field) area and the person -- woman -- will be dragged into the woods, beaten and raped, and usually left for dead. If it's a man, they're usually beaten and robbed and maybe left for dead, too.




Please talk to your loved ones about this. This is a new tactic used. Please be safe.

Police warnings


There is a new and clever credit card scam - be wary of those who come
bearing gifts.
Please circulate this to everyone you know, especially your family and friends.
It just happened to someone a week or so ago in St. Albans , and it can
pretty well now be happening anywhere else in the country.

It works like this: Wednesday a week ago, they had a phone call from someone who said that he was from some outfit called "Express Couriers" asking if they were going to be home because there was a package for them, and the caller said that the delivery would arrive at their home in roughly an hour.

And sure enough, about an hour later, a Delivery man turned up with a beautiful Basket of flowers and wine. they were very surprised since it did not involve any special ccasion or holiday, and they certainly didn't expect anything like it. Intrigued about who would send them such a gift, they inquired as to who the sender was.

The deliveryman's reply was, he was only delivering the gift package, But allegedly a card was being sent separately; (the card has never arrived!).

There was also a consignment note with the gift. He then went on to explain that ecause the gift contained alcohol, there was a £3.00 "delivery charge" as proof that he had actually delivered the package to an adult, And not just left it on the doorstep to just be stolen or taken by anyone. This sounded logical and they offered to pay him cash.
He then said that the company required the payment to be by credit or debit his wallet his credit/debit card, and 'John', the "delivery man", Asked the husband to swipe the card on the small mobile card machine which had a small screen and keypad where he was also asked to enter The card's PIN and security number. A receipt was printed out and given to them.
To their surprise, between Thursday and the following Monday, £4,000 had been charged/withdrawn from our credit/debit account at various ATM machines, Particularly in the Midlands area!

It appears that somehow the "mobile credit card machine" which the deliveryman carried was able to duplicate and create a "dummy" card(?) with all their card details, After the husband swiped their card and entered the requested PIN and security number.

Upon finding out the illegal transactions on their card, of course, they
immediately notified the bank which issued them the card, and the credit/debit
account has been closed.

They also personally went to the Police, where it was confirmed that it is definitely a scam because several households have been similarly hit.


Be wary of accepting any "surprise gift or package", which you
neither expected nor personally ordered, especially if it involves any kind
of payment as a Condition of receiving the gift or package. Also, never
accept anything if you do not personally know and/or there is no proper
identification of who the sender is.


Please can you ask your watch members to be extra security conscious? Lea is currently suffering a number of thefts from motor vehicles and burglaries. The offences are spread across the sector with a small concentration in the Cadley and Greyfriars area.

Please ask your watch members to lock their vehicles and the windows and doors of their house, even if they are only leaving for a short time or going out in the back garden. A high proportion of the offences have occurred on insecure properties and vehicles.

Please also ask that your watch members do not leave property on display in their vehicles. If an offender can see property in a vehicle they are more likely to break in than if they cannot see any property. The type of property that is being stolen is Sat Navs, clothing and bags. However even a bit of loose change can cause someone to break in, so it is best practice to remove all property within a vehicle.


A report has been received of a female being approached by the occupants of a car, who were holding a map and asking for directions to Liverpool. Directions were given and the 2 females then placed cheap gold bracelets on the wrists of the female expressing their thanks. It was only when the female got home did she realise her watch had been taken off her wrist!! The occupants of the car are described as of Asian origin but with good English and no trace of a Liverpool accent. It takes a ‘cool', ‘confident' person to carry out this kind of theft.

There was an offence of burglary committed this week in Burnley during the early hours.

The offender has approached the front window of a semi-detached house that had an open transom window. Then, armed with the clothes prop taken from next doors garden, has inserted the prop through the window and managed to hook a handbag. The handbag and most of the contents were found nearby but minus a quantity of cash. The home owners were asleep upstairs at the time.

I thought the method of entry was worth mentioning to you and a timely reminder, as summer is (hopefully) on the way, to make sure those windows are closed.


March 2012

News on Computer cold callers

Letter Scams

A consumer received a letter from Madrid saying she had won a lottery. The letter asked for personal details and bank details to make the payment. In a similar scam, the consumer received a letter saying they had won a prize in the Olympic Lottery. The letter asked for a payment via Western Union to release the funds.

Never give your bank details to anyone you are unsure of. Money transfer companies, such as Western Union, advise their customers to verify the reputation and legitimacy of the person they are sending money to. For more information see www.westernunion.co.uk .

Telephone Scams

This phone call, allegedly from the Ministry of Justice, said that the consumer was owed £3850 due to banking errors. The caller asked for a payment of £200 to release the rest of the money.

Consumer received a phone call alleging they could reclaim Personal Protection Insurance of £4385. The caller asked for a Ukash voucher for £99 to be sent in order to progess the claim. Ukash advise their customers to look after their vouchers as they would cash and to never give them to people asking for payment upfront.

There has been a number of telephone scams relating to computers this month. The caller alleges a fault or virus on the consumer's computer and asks the householder to log on and follow certain instructions so the caller can gain remote access to their computer. Sometimes the caller actually asks for consumer's personal details and bank details .

In another lottery scam, which targeted an elderly lady, the caller asked for £300 in cash to cover the Government taxes. The caller said they would collect the cash in person.

A consumer reported receiving a text message offering a tv licence for only £23. The text also asked for the consumer's credit card details.

Trading Standards Advice: Please do not give your personal details, bank details or credit card details to anyone unless you are very sure of their identity.

Cold Calling Incidents

Residents in the Longton area report they have been visited by a man who claimed to work for Lancashire County Council and was offering cavity wall insulation for £140. There have also been reports of similar incidents in other areas where the callers alleged they were offering local council grants. For information about the help available with the cost of buying and installing energy saving products, such as loft insulation, visit www.directgov.gov.uk  or speak to your local district council.

There have been a number of reports of mattresses being sold from the back of a van. One consumer said a man stopped her in the street offering her a memory foam mattress for £140. When she refused the man persisted, even following her down the street. Others people have said that the trader concerned has offered to drive them to the cashpoint.

There have been a number of reports of door to door selling of a dubious nature. In Adlington a resident complained of someone selling manure door to door and in Burnley there have been reports of two men (allegedly representing paving contractors in Manchester) cold-calling residents and offering to pave their drive/patio.

Warning from Lancashire Police

Ashton Area 22/03/2012

Please be aware that a male and female have been posing as bogus window cleaners and attempting to collect payment on Egerton Rd. If you see anything suspicious please ring Preston Police 101 or 203203 alternately Ashton/Docks Neighbourhood Policing team on contact number below.


Warning from Lancashire Police

The BBC has issued a warning over scam email circulating

The scam email which claims to be from the Daytime Television programme called “Heir Hunters” is being used to obtain personal information.

The email prompts users to respond with personal information such as full name, date of birth, address and telephone number.

A warning  posted on the BBC website reads

“We have been informed that someone has been sending out emails purporting to come from the Heir Hunters programme and referring to this website”

“Please be aware that these emails have no connection with the BBC or Flame Television, the makers of Heir Hunters, and you should ignore them. You should not reply to them and if you believe that persons are attempting to deceive you with a view to monetary gain, then you should contact the police”

Unwanted Phone calls Scam

Reported to Lancashire constabulary

“About an hour ago I got a call about stopping unwanted phone calls...the thing is he asks for only £1.99 as a one off payment but wants visa card details as it's not on your normal phone bill.

The man was very good on the phone sounded just like BT. When i asked for his name and number... he was off like a shot....

I have checked with BT and they do know about it, says it's international scam and if anyone else gets a phone call to just say NO and put the phone down”.

If anyone does want to stop unwanted calls to ring 08450 700 707; Please be aware this is not a free service .

January 2012

Email Scams

An email, allegedly from a lady in Malaysia, asking for help in transferring money left to her by her late father to a nominated bank account. She says she is trying to protect the money from her husband who is divorcing her. Please do not respond to this email.

This email is purports to be from Euro Millions winners offering you a cash donation of £1.5 million in exchange for your personal details. Whilst it has been reported that the couple in question were going to give away some of their winnings it was to certain friends and family. Please do not respond to this email.

Email allegedly from an account manager at the China Trust Bank offering you an investment worth millions of dollars which belonged to a client who has since died. The client has died without leaving any next of kin but you can supposedly have this money legitimately as you have the same surname. Please do not respond to this email.

This one is allegedly from Santander Bank Plc asking for your bank details in order to unlock your account. Please do not respond to this email. Your bank will never  ask for your account details by email.

Bogus Callers

There have been reports of bogus officials allegedly from United Utilities calling on residents in the Sabden area. Please check callers are genuine by telephoning the company they represent. You should contact the company using the telephone number from the phonebook. Also remember, most energy suppliers offer a password scheme to help protect customers from bogus callers.

Cold Calling Incidents

Representatives allegedly from an alarm company have recently been cold calling residents in the Clitheroe area claiming they are working with the local police. The police are not known to be working with any such businesses in the area. Please report any information to Consumer Direct on 0845 04 05 06.

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