ATM Cash Trap Devices

Dear Watch Member,

We periodically receive reports of trap devices being found attached to ATMs in Pinner, so it’s always important to remain vigilant when using ATMs here or anywhere else.

ATM cash trapping is a prominent method used by cyber criminals to attack an ATM.

The criminals physically insert a device inside the ATM which traps cash that is allotted by the cash dispenser to the customers.

A fake ATM cash dispenser is placed in the front of the real cash dispenser to trap the money. The money is dispensed from the machine, but the customer doesn’t see it. It is placed in the machine for around an hour before being removed by the offender, full of cash.

The image below is an example picture of the device on the cash dispenser.

Advice would be that should anyone see this device on an ATM, to not use the machine, inform the bank and ring the Police on the non-emergency 101 number.

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Regards,
Lee O’Brien
Pinner Safer Neighbourhood Team
Email: [email protected]
Tel: 020 8721 2775

Beware of Pickpockets and Thefts in Supermarkets

 

Dear Watch Member,

Please be aware that pickpockets and opportunist thieves are operating in local supermarkets.

Victims have reported having their handbag or its contents stolen from an unattended shopping trolley. In some cases a wallet / purse or mobile phone has been taken from the outer pocket of a coat, handbag or backpack.

  • Please be aware of who is around you;
  • Never leave your handbag unattended, even for a moment;
  • Never carry large quantities of cash;
  • Keep house keys and anything with your address on separate from each other.

Please click here for more theft from person prevention advice.

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Regards,
Lee O’Brien
Pinner Safer Neighbourhood Team
Email: [email protected]
Tel: 020 8721 2775

 

National Insurance Scam Telephone Call

Dear Watch Member,

Please be aware of the below telephone scam currently in circulation:

“This is the National Crime Agency. We need to let you know your National Insurance number is being used for a number of frauds and we will be blocking it. You need to speak to an officer from the National Crime Agency now by pushing one (1) on your key pad.”

Please report anything suspicious to Action Fraud on the link below.

https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/.

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Regards,
Lee O’Brien
Pinner Safer Neighbourhood Team
Email: [email protected]

COVID-19 Vaccine Scam Emails

Dear Watch Member,

Please read the attached document warning about COVID-19 vaccine scam emails currently in circulation.

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Regards,
Lee O’Brien
Pinner Safer Neighbourhood Team
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Series of Linked Burglaries in Pinner

Dear Watch Member,

On Monday 18th January, between 5pm – 6pm, a series of four linked burglaries were committed; two attempted burglaries in Cannonbury Avenue and one burglary in East Towers and West Towers respectively.

Numerous burglaries involving the same modus operandi have recently occurred across the Hillingdon area.

The lone suspect uses a ladder, bin or drainpipe to access flat roofs before gaining entry to properties via a first-floor window.

Valuables such as jewellery and expensive designer items are typically stolen.

It is important to prevent access to your garden from every side, and ensure that ladders, bins and other items are secured away from your property, so they cannot be used to climb on.

Consider affixing perimeter edging or carpet gripper to the edge of flat surfaces, and apply anti-climb paint to drainpipes.

Ensure windows in unoccupied rooms are closed and locked, and do not leave valuables within sight or reach of windows and doors.

This link provides advice on further measures you can take to make your home safe.

You can also help build a safer street by encouraging your neighbours to sign up to OWL free at www.owl.co.uk.

Please remain vigilant and if you believe a crime is in progress, please call the emergency 999 number.

For matters that do not require immediate police attendance, please contact the non-emergency 101 number.

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Regards,
Lee O’Brien
Pinner Safer Neighbourhood Team
Email: [email protected]

COVID Vaccine Scam Advice

Dear Watch Member,

Our colleagues from the NHS have issued the following advice relating to COVID vaccine scams.

Remember the NHS will NEVER ask for:

  • Payment – all vaccines are FREE
  • Your bank details
  • Arrive unannounced at your home to administer the vaccine
  • Ask you to prove your identity by sending copies of personal documents

COVID vaccine scam guidelines (647 KB)

Please share this information with your friends and neighbours, or encourage them to join OWL, so they can receive information like this straight to their inbox.

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Regards,
Lee O’Brien
Pinner Safer Neighbourhood Team
Email: [email protected]

Fake Text regarding Covid-19 Vaccines

Dear Watch Member,

Today, we have been alerted to a highly believable scam which starts with a text message and advises the user that they are eligible to apply for the vaccine and to click on the link in the message. The user is then led to a webpage, which looks very convincing and asks them to complete some details, in order for them to be able to apply for the vaccine.

The details asked for are:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Date of birth
  • Proof of address
  • Card payment details

With the recent approval of multiple vaccines in the UK, these types of scam attempts are likely to continue, as fraudsters continue to take advantage of the rollout to primarily vulnerable people.

Please read the article on the below website:

https://www.ourwatch.org.uk/news/fake-text-identifying-you-eligible-covid-19-vaccine

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Regards,
Lee O’Brien
Pinner Safer Neighbourhood Team
Email: [email protected]

Twelve Burglary Prevention Tips of Christmas

Dear Watch Member,

There are many creative, unconventional ways in which you can deter, delay and detect burglars. You only have to watch classic 90s Christmas comedy Home Alone to see how an eight-year-old boy single-handedly protected his family home.

Whilst marbles and paint pots may be somewhat effective, please find attached twelve common ways to protect your home over the Christmas / New Year festive period.

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Regards,
Lee O’Brien
Pinner Safer Neighbourhood Team
Email: [email protected]

Community Safety Trust Webinars

Dear Watch Member,

The Community Safety Trust (CST) are running a series of FREE one-hour webinars as part of their SAFE security awareness programme.

For more information, please read the attached document.

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Regards,
Lee O’Brien
Pinner Safer Neighbourhood Team
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Virgin Media Scam

Dear Watch Member,

A Pinner resident has contacted me after receiving a scam phone call from people purporting to be from Virgin Media.

Please click on the attachment to read, in their own words, (but with a few minor amendments), the resident’s experience.

Utility providers will usually provide you with advance notice when they are conducting work in your area that may cause disruption to your internet reception or water supply etc.

For fraud and scam prevention advice please click here.

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Regards,
Lee O’Brien
Pinner Safer Neighbourhood Team
Email: [email protected]