Fraud Alert

What you need to know

Action Fraud have received an increase in reports and intelligence where elderly victims are being targeted by individuals purporting to be police officers or traffic wardens. The victims are being approached whilst parked in a car park and are told by the suspect that they have parked illegally or broken a speed limit and a photo has been taken of their car for ‘evidence’.

Victims are advised that they will face a substantial penalty fine unless they pay a smaller upfront fee immediately. Victims, who opt for paying the smaller penalty, will be directed to a parking meter and asked to enter their card and PIN. These parking meters have been tampered with by the suspect in order to retain the card.

Once the victim inserts their card and are asked for their PIN, the victims are shoulder surfed for their PIN by the suspect. Once victims input their PIN, the card is retained by the machine and victims are told by the suspect to seek help from the company who operates the parking meter or their bank.

What you need to do

  • If you are suspicious about the authenticity of the fine, do not pay it until you have verified it with your local council.
  • Always shield your PIN from view when using an ATM machine, and never share your PIN with anyone.
  • If your bank card is retained by an ATM machine, contact your bank immediately to inform them.

Rogue Traders


Help needed to identify rogue traders targeting Shortlands (Bromley)

Published Monday, 11 February 2019

Residents are being asked to contact Bromley council’s Trading Standards team following a doorstep crime incident in the Shortlands area.

Information about the current location of a distinctive truck believed to be used by the perpetrators is being sought. This vehicle is believed to be involved in two incidents of doorstep crime and is being described as a white four door open back truck, with its most distinctive features being a green coloured surround and a red coloured cage at the back of the cab.

Residents are being reminded not to respond to people on their doorstep, especially those who call unexpectedly wanting to carry out unnecessary property repairs or garden work. Anyone with any information, in particular a registration plate or the whereabouts of this vehicle, is asked to report it to Bromley Council’s Trading Standards team. Call the Rapid Response number in confidence on 07903 852090.

Councillor Kate Lymer, Executive Councillor for Public Protection and Enforcement said “Do you have any information that can help with this investigation? We would like to urgently talk to the driver of this vehicle. If you have any information about this, call our Trading Standards Team.”

Councillor Lymer added “Unfortunately there are individuals who are untrustworthy and prepared to take advantage of others. Please be extremely cautious on the doorstep and do not be taken in by these individuals. If you know someone who may be seen as older or vulnerable, please take time to draw this sad incident to their attention. Hopefully together, we can help prevent future incidents from happening. We will always investigate reports of rogue traders participating in doorstep crime, seeking to protect residents and consumers.”

The appeal for information follows two doorstep crime incidents which occurred in Shortlands on Monday 28 January 2019 at around 11am. In both cases, vulnerable residents were cold called by a man claiming to be working in the area and had noticed roof tiles that had slipped into the gutter. In the first case no work was carried out. In the second incident minor work was done, with the resident being grossly overcharged. The driver and vehicle are still at large and anyone with information is being urged to contact the Bromley Trading Standards team.

Visit our www.bromley.gov.uk/tradingstandards to find advice and information about avoiding doorstep crime.

ENDS


For media enquiries, please contact Andrew Rogers, Communications Executive, on 020 8461 7670 or email andrew.rogers@bromley.gov.uk

HMRC Fraud Alert

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.

What you 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 phone number.

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.

Kind regards,

Bromley Neighbourhood Watch Association

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Find us on the Web at: www.bnwa.co.uk