To ensure the public are informed about scams and to allow them to spot them, Thames Valley Police has produced a booklet which aims to reduce the risk of becoming a victim of fraud.
The Little Book of Big Scams, which includes a foreword from Esther Rantzen, includes sections on identity fraud, scam mail, door to door scams and internet scams.
As well as details on different types of frauds, there are a number of helpful hints, 10 golden rules to avoid becoming a victim, and case studies.
THe booklet can be downloaded here
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A scam has come to notice whereby parcels are being delivered to residences with the labels showing a correct address, but an unknown name. The person receiving the parcel has been asked to sign for it by the delivery company.
Soon after the delivery someone visits the address saying they believe a parcel intended for them has been delivered there by mistake. They take the parcel and are not seen again.
A few days later the occupants of the address start to receive paperwork, often including demands for payment for the contents of the parcel.
In one incident three parcels were delivered to an address in Milton Keynes and shortly after black man knocked on the door asking for the parcels.
In other parts of the country the offenders are described as a woman of mixed race, in her twenties, of large build, around 5ft 5ins with significant red hair. Another offender is described as a black man in his mid-thirties, bald, of stout build and wearing a beige jacket.
PC Clifford-Smith at Bletchley Police Station gives the following information “Even if you are expecting a delivery, make sure the label is correctly addressed to you or a member of your household.
“If you are not expecting a parcel, carefully inspect the label and if there are any discrepancies in the details, you must seriously consider declining the delivery.”
PC Clifford-Smith added that people should be aware of the scam and if they had any concerns, to call the police on the 101 number.
Information can also be given to the anonymous Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111
New Police Station opening hours come into effect on Monday 2nd July.
Full details can be seen at New Opening Hours
Specifically, Newport Pagnell and Wolverton stations are open on Tuesday – Thursday between 10am and 2pm and are closed on other days.
Milton Keynes Police Station is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Thames Valley Police has gone live with 101, the new national single non-emergency number, which will replace the 0845 8 505 505 number.
The 101 number should be used for all non-emergency calls. In an emergency, call 999. Calls to 101 (from both landlines and mobile networks) cost 15 pence per call.
For more information see the guidance on the Thames Valley Police website.