Did you know that Bromley Police have become one of the first in London to launch an on-line Facebook Community Forum?
The Forums are held every 2 weeks, currently with Chief inspector Craig Knight.
If you are a Facebook user, you can log on to the Bromley Police Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/Bromley-Police-157035865207998/) and speak directly to senior managers responsible for policing Bromley. You may ask questions about local policing issues and find out more about what is happening locally that affects you or just follow the Bromley Police page and receive routine updates on your Facebook feed about what they are doing for us.
Since we’re discussing Facebook, Bromley Neighbourhood Watch Association has our own Facebook page too. You can visit us at: https://www.facebook.com/BromleyNeighbourhoodWatch/ where you can interact and follow our own updates about crime and crime prevention across Bromley.
Action Fraud has experienced an increase in the reporting of malicious calls, voicemails, text messages or emails to members of the public purporting to be from HMRC.
Action Fraud has experienced an increase in the reporting of
malicious calls, voicemails, text messages or emails to members of the public
purporting to be from HMRC.
The fraudsters state that as a result of their non-payment of tax or other
duty, the victim is liable to prosecution or other legal proceedings such as
repossession of belongings to settle the balance but can avoid this by
arranging for payment to be made immediately by method such as bank transfer or
by iTunes gift cards.
If the victim is hesitant or refuses to comply, the suspect makes a threat such
as immediate arrest, bailiffs or in cases where the victim appears to be of
overseas origin; deportation.
Often, the period for which the tax is allegedly due is distant enough to
guarantee the victim will have little, if any, paperwork or ability to verify
the claims. Once the money is paid the suspects sever all contact.
It is vital that the public exercise caution when receiving messages or
telephone calls of this nature.
need to do
Always question unsolicited requests for your personal or financial
information. Just because someone knows your basic details (such as your name
and contact details), it doesn’t mean they are genuine. Instead, contact
the company directly using trusted methods such as a known email address or
Listen to your instincts. If something feels wrong then it is usually right to
question it. No genuine organisation will ask you to pay taxes, bills or fees
using iTunes Gift Cards, or any other type of voucher.
Don’t be rushed or pressured into making a decision. Under no circumstances
would a genuine bank or some other trusted organisation force you to make a
financial transaction on the spot.
Report Phishing attempts. If you receive a call, text or email of this nature
and have not lost money, report this as a phishing attempt to Action Fraud.