SCAM ALERT People looking for a new mobile phone are being warned of a scam where fraudsters are offering deals which don't exist. We have been alerted by our colleagues at the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) that there is a current ongoing fraud where consumers are being cold called by individuals impersonating staff of legitimate mobile network operators and suppliers. Victims are offered early handset upgrades, or new contracts, at significant discounts. Once customers have been convinced that the deals are genuine and agree to proceed, suspects then ask for their online mobile account credentials, including logins, address and bank account details. Suspects then place orders with genuine companies on behalf of victims, however select a different handset to that requested and have it shipped to the customer’s address. Upon receipt, suspects assure victims that this has been an error and instruct them to ‘return’ the handset to a different address not affiliated to the mobile company. These addresses are usually residential. Upon intercepting the ‘returned’ handsets, the suspects cease contact and victims find themselves stuck with no phone and liable for the entirety of a new contract taken out in their name. A Wiltshire Police spokesman said: "We want people to be extra careful when buying a new phone or upgrading their contract. "If you’re unsure that the person calling you is an official representative of the company they claim to be from, hang up and do not reveal any personal information. "It's better to check and be certain rather than fall foul of a fraud. "There are a number of checks you can make to reduce the chances of being scammed." • Only contact your mobile network provider on a number you know to be correct. For example, 191 for Vodafone customers, 150 for EE customers, 333 for Three customers, 202 for O2 customers, 4455 for Tesco Mobile, 789 for Virgin Mobile and 150 for Sky Mobile. • If you receive a device that you did not order or expect, contact the genuine sender immediately. The details for this will be within the parcel. • NEVER post a device directly to a given address. All genuine Mobile Network Operators would send out a jiffy bag for you to return without you incurring additional cost. • If you’re unsure that the person calling you is an official representative of the company they claim to be from, hang up and do not reveal any personal information. If you have been a victim of fraud or cyber-crime, report it to https://crowd.in/bAHiTS or call 0300 123 2040.
WESTBURY POLICE Police officers have seized an E-scooter from Eden Vale Road, Westbury today around 4pm. The teenaged rider had been zigzagging up the main road, attempting to play chicken with oncoming vehicles. Even the sight of a marked police car driving towards him did not deter him from his dangerous manoeuvres. The boy made off from the officers when they directed him to stop, eventually abandoning the E-scooter. The scooter was seized for having no insurance. Whilst the scooter was being seized, a member of the public stopped and thanked the officer because the rider had been causing problems for him on that road for weeks. In order for an E-Scooter to be road legal it needs to be registered with the DVLA, fitted with number plates and insured before they can be driven on public roads including pavements. If these requirements aren’t met then the scooter may be seized and destroyed. If you have purchased one of these motorised scooters for yourself or a family member and they have not been made road legal, they can only be ridden on private land, such as personal driveways and gardens.
54210064570 Reported time 05/07/2021 Occurrence between 07/07/2021 22:00 05/07/2021 04:00 ICELAND FOODS – THREE HORSESHOES WALK - Unknown suspects have smashed glass in front door. £300 approx. value of repair
54210065005 Reported time 06/07/2021 08:37 Occurrence between 03/07/2021 00:01 06/07/2021 08:00 LAKE PLEASURE GROUND – Reporting person reporting that unknown suspect/s have caused damage to the toilet blocks internally by spraying offensive graffiti on the walls and breaking the door locks. The graffiti has been removable but in the process has taken paint off. All together damage to the value of £70.00 has been caused.
54210065179 Reported time 06/07/2021 14:11 Occurrence between 06/07/2021 13:06 06/07/2021 13:06 PORTWAY – Aggrieved person has been a victim of a potential scam, after receiving a phone call from 'HM REVENUE & CUSTOMS'; whom have told him that he needs to pay £1000 otherwise he will be arrested. The aggrieved person has handed over his bank details, and the caller told him the tax office would call him back within half an hour. There were no further calls, and no monies have been taken as the Aggrieved person's bank has been alerted.
54210066282 Reported time 09/07/2021 13:32 Occurrence between 09/07/2021 13:32 STATION ROAD - Vehicle has been seized S165 for no insurance
54210066578 Reported time 10/07/2021 09:12 Occurrence between 09/07/14:05 09/07/14:05 FOLLY LANE - I was traveling along the A36 towards the roundabout indicating to head towards the A362 towards Frome incident happened whilst on the roundabout. on approaching the roundabout following a queue of traffic on a twin lane road I was in the right-hand lane heading onto the roundabout. the taxi was in the left-hand lane. me and the taxi pulled away at a similar time him slightly in front. as he was in the left lane, I anticipated he would go left or straight ahead so carried on with the direction I was travelling (right) I was indicating at the time to display my intended direction of travel heading towards Frome. the taxi cut me up and headed straight across colliding with the nearside front of my van causing me to perform an emergency stop to prevent hitting the roundabout potentially causing a much more serious collision. the taxi driver must have noticed the collision due to the thump, but he failed to stop and continued off the round about staying on the A36. I followed him staying back and flashing my lights to alert him to pull over as we had just been in the driver must have seen my attempt to communicate but failed to show any signs of care. I followed him for approximately 15 minutes before calling the police to inform them of the incident using hands free and then pulled over after being advised by 101 operator the delay was due to reporting incident to company security with details for insurance purposes. I then proceeded home. Denting and scratching to nearside front bumper.
54210067042 Reported time 11/07/2021 18:28 Occurrence between 11/07/2021 18:28 11/07/2021 18:28 WARMINSTER - A dark coloured car - index unknown - has knocked the aggrieved person off their bicycle causing grazing to both arms, and injuries to both arms, shoulder, hip, knee and hands. The driver failed to stop.
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