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 cybercrime, 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.
54210064599 Reported time 05/07/2021 09:10 Occurrence between 05/07/2021 05/07/2021 05:00 FOVANT - Unknown suspect/s have gained entry to the Aggrieved person's outbuilding by cutting the lock with what appears to be an angle grinder. The suspect/s have gained entry but do not appear to have stolen any items.
54210065103 Reported tie 06/07/2021 12:31 Occurrence between 06/07/2021 11:40 06/07/2021 11:47 STOP STREET - Unknown suspect has stolen several power tools from the aggrieved person’s vehicle via the side door of his vehicle which was left open for a very short period. Total value - Approx. £1900 Property – 1 x Paslode 1st fix nail gun, bright orange in a box £560 1 x Paslode 2nd Fix nail gun, bright orange in a box £560 1 x DeWalt 54-volt skill saw, yellow in a black box £400 1 x DeWalt battery brushless jigsaw, yellow in a black box £149 1 x DeWalt grinder, yellow in a black box £129 1 x DeWalt Multi tool, yellow in a black box £110.
54210065504 Reported time 07/07/2021 13:46 Occurrence between 06/07/2021 03:00 06/07/2021 06:00 CLAY’S ORCHARD - Unknown suspect has gained access to the victim’s vehicle by damaging a lock on the side door and then taken a petrol STIHL strimmer to the value of £200 and made off with it.
54210066692 Reported time 10/07/2021 13:31 Occurrence between 08/07/2021 08:00 10/07/2021 13:31 TISBURY - Report of unknown persons living in a vehicle.
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