How to identify bogus emails and contact from HM Revenue & Customs

Attached to a recent crime bulletin from Surrey Police volunteer Stephanie Edwards 20420 – Neighbourhood Watch Administrator [Contact telephone: 101 Ext. 31374], was a detailed list of examples of bogus emails, phishing emails, and contact, purporting to come from HM Revenue and Customs.

The handy guide – Phishing_emails_and_bogus_contact – provides the examples, and the first paragraphs from the document are,

If you think you may have received a HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) related phishing/bogus email, you can check it against the examples shown in this guide.

It will assist our investigations if you report all ‘HMRC related’ phishing emails to HMRC. Even if you receive the same/similar phishing email on multiple occasions, please forward it to phishing@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk and then delete it. Do not open any attachments or click on any links within the email, as they may contain malicious software.

Surrey Police neighbourhood watch crime bulletin for Surrey Heath

Surrey Police volunteer Stephanie Edwards 20420 – Neighbourhood Watch Administrator [Contact telephone: 101 Ext. 31374] in her latest bulletin reports on recent burglaries in the borough:

Crime reference – 45150029024 a burglary occurred between 21.00 on 08/04/2015 – 17.00 on 09/04/2015 in Malta Road, Deepcut, Camberley. Entry gained by cutting padlocks and using a crowbar to force open window, items stolen 2 competition bicycles worth £8000.

Crime reference – 4510030238 a burglary occurred between 22.00 on 12/4/2015 and 12.15 on 13/04/2015 in Inglewood Avenue, Heatherside. Used tools to force entry to rear patio doors. Nothing stolen.

Crime reference – 45150031171 between 21.50 on 14/04/2015 – 22.16 16/04/2015 a burglary occurred in Belton Road, Camberley. Entry gained at the rear of the property, forced window open, untidy search upstairs, nothing stolen

Crime reference – 45150031151 between 08.00 on 15/04/2015 – 19.30 on 16/04/2015 burglary occurred in Manor Way, Bagshot. Gained entry at the rear by forcing open UPVC door to the conservatory. Tidy search conducted, nothing stolen

Received a call from a resident who was reporting a cold call from a company stating an initiative was being run between the Police and Local Council in regards to Burglar Alarms.

Please be assured that Surrey Police do not endorse any specific models of Burglar Alarms.

Police warning: burglars about, best be on your guard

Surrey PoliceSurrey Police volunteer, and Neighbourhood Watch Administrator, Stephanie Edwards 20420 [Contact telephone: 101 Ext. 31374] reports on burglaries occurring in Surrey Heath,

  • Crime reference – 45150023808 between 18.30 on 21/3/2015 09.30. on 22/03/2015 burglary occurred in The Avenue, Lightwater. Entry gained at the rear of the property, patio door forced with Drill, untidy search upstairs, stolen items of Jewellery.
  • Crime reference – 45150023805 between 08.00 on 20/03/2015 – 12.00 on 22/03/2015 burglary occurred in Cumberland Road, Camberley. Lock barrel removed from UPVC door to gain entry, cables cut on security Light, untidy search conducted, believed items of Jewellery and I-pad stolen.
  • Crime reference – 45150024152 between 08.30 – 16.55 on 23/03/2015 a burglary occurred in Ansell Road. Frimley. Side gate was opened and the back patio doors smashed to gain entry, untidy search of bedrooms, stolen gold.
  • Crime reference – 45150024741 between 14.00 – 16.00 on 25/03/2015 a burglary occurred in Esher Road, Camberley. Opened side gate went around back to bedroom window was prised of its hinges conducted a very tidy search of lounge, stolen Royal Crown Derby crockery from display cabinet.
  • Crime reference – 45150025044 between 14.00 – 14.30 26/03/2015 a Distraction took place in Portway, Bisley. Male knocked on door stating he was doing building work next door and damp may have gone through the wall, this would cost £60 to fix. Resident went into bedroom to open his safe took out some cash, male asked him to get a cloth to distract him, he then took gold ring of dressing table £200 cash from safe then fled before resident came into the room, male was large in size and was a passenger in a Blue old Renault Megane.

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Police warning to be on the watchout for a potential scam

Surrey PoliceSurrey Police volunteer, and Neighbourhood Watch Administrator, Stephanie Edwards 20420 [Contact telephone: 101 Ext. 31374] reports on a potential scam in the area,

This morning I collected a “signed for” letter from the sorting office. It had been addressed “to occupier” but had full postal address including postcode. The envelope contained a page from the Argos catalogue and nothing else. My concern having signed for this letter is that whoever sent it has tracked the letter and can view my surname and signature online.

I have reported this to the Action Fraud helpline but as no fraud has been committed they will not make a report. They suggested I register my details with a company called SciFast who can put a protective warning on my credit report so scammers would be unable to commit fraud. They also suggested I get the post person to make sure letters are pushed right inside the letter box as opportunists can pluck mail that is it pushed through fully.

Any suspicious incidents should be reported to the police on 101 or 999

Don’t get caught by a scammers asking for money for petrol

Surrey Police volunteer, and Neighbourhood Watch Administrator, Stephanie Edwards 20420 [Contact telephone: 101 Ext. 31374] reports on a potential scam in the area,

We have had a report regarding a potential scam where someone claimed to be in need of money for petrol to get there aunty home.

Our advice is not to give out any money to cold callers.

Our advice is not to give out any money to cold callers. On this occasion a dark blue saloon car was used with the female diver having a London accent.

Any suspicious incident’s should be reported to the police on 101. If you feel a crime is in progress call 999.

Two signs, one good and legal, the other bad and anti-social

Here are two the signs [click on images to enlarge],

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Both are in Lightwater. The Surrey Police Burglars Beware sign is affixed to a lamppost on by the island joining Corbett Drive and Briar Avenue. I’m not aware of any burglaries in the immediate vicinity. I imagine the sign is placed at a strategic point for on a through road in Lightwater. Recently, driving around this island, I missed noticing a police car parked in Corbett Drive on burglary watch.

Now, the second sign. It’s easy to say that this sign is a form of vandalism, as it’s nailed firmly – with four nails – to the tree. Certainly worth taking a note of the name, and to be sure not to use their services. I’ll be emailing them to request its removal, without damaging the tree. The offending sign is on Briar Avenue, near the island mentioned above.