|Good afternoon, we are investigating the following crimes that have been reported in the last 24 hours.|
CF0133440318 - THEFT
Date occurred: 09/03/2018 16:30 - 10/03/2018 08:00
Location: Construction site, Beach Drive, Landbeach
Description: Attempted theft at a construction site next to a Primary school. Padlock securing the gates was forced off and thrown to one side, force was used on the metal gates which are now bent.
CF0133160318 - FRAUD
Date occurred: 19/02/2018
Location: Greenleas, Histon
Description: The victim has received a call from the suspect claiming to be from Knightsbridge police station. The suspect has told the victim to withdraw money and a courier would come to collect it. The suspect has told the victim they would be arrested if they did not co-operate. The suspect said he would call the victim when the money had been received.
Please see the fraud prevention information below
This is a scam which involves fraudsters phoning individuals pretending to be a police officer. Often, the caller claims a criminal has been arrested with a substantial sum of money on them and a list of names and addresses, including that of the victim's on the other end of the phone. Other cases involve claims of fraud on the victim’s bank account.
Scammers usually then suggest the victim calls their bank or the police to confirm their details. Although the victim hangs up the phone, the caller stays on the line to prevent the call from being terminated. As a result, the victim then starts talking to the fraudster again, thinking they have called their bank or the police.
During the conversation, the offender usually says that they will need to examine the victim’s bank card, and take their PIN number in case it has been compromised, and that a courier will come to collect the card.
A smartly dressed individual then arrives at the victim’s home, the card is taken and the PIN number used to withdraw cash.
To prevent this from happening, our advice would be to:
If you have any information which may assist with the investigation into these crimes then please call 101, or call crime stoppers anonymously 0800 555 111.
- hang up if you ever have any doubts about someone phoning you – ensure the line has been terminated and ring back on an official number
- never give out your PIN number – banks will never ask for it over the phone
- never give bank cards to anyone at your door even if they say they’re from the bank
Histon Safer Neighbourhood Team