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Police crime statistics for Eythorne & Shepherdswell – click to access page then select Dover area 


 

Phantom Debt Fraud
 

Action Fraud has recently experienced an increase in the number of calls to members of the public by fraudsters requesting payments for a “phantom” debt. The fraud involves being cold-called by someone purporting to be a debt collector, bailiff or other type of enforcement agent. The fraudster may claim to be working under instruction of a court, business or other body and suggest they are recovering funds for a non-existent debt.

 

The fraudsters are requesting payment, sometimes by bank transfer and if refused, they threaten to visit homes or workplaces in order to recover the supposed debt that is owed. In some cases, the victim is also threatened with arrest. From the reports Action Fraud has received, this type of fraud is presently occurring throughout the UK.
 

It is important to recognise that there are key differences between the various entities who seek to settle debts or outstanding fees in England and Wales. These differences range from the type of debt they will enforce to the legal powers they possess. To learn more, please take a look at some of the helpful information and links on the Step Change Debt Charity website; https://www.stepchange.org/debt-info/debt-collection/bailiffs-and-debt-collectors-differences.aspx
 

Protect Yourself

  • Make vigorous checks if you ever get a cold call. Bailiffs for example, should always be able to provide you with a case number and warrant number, along with their name and the court they are calling from; make a note of all details provided to you.
  • If you receive a visit from a bailiff, they must always identify themselves as a Court Bailiff at the earliest possible opportunity. Ask to see their identity card which they must carry to prove who they are, this card shows their photograph and identity number. They will also carry the physical warrant showing the debt and endorsed with a court seal.
  • If you work for a business and receive a call or visit, be sure to speak with your manager or business owner first. Never pay the debts yourself on behalf of the business you work for; some fraudsters have suggested employees make payment suggesting they can then be reimbursed by their employer when in reality the debt is non-existent.
  • Exercise caution believing someone is genuine because you’ve found something on the internet; fraudsters could easily create fake online profiles to make you believe them.
  • Double check with the court, company or public body they claim to work for to confirm whether the call is legitimate; if you use a landline make sure you hear the dialling tone prior to dialling as the caller could still be on the line and you could potentially speak to the fraudster(s) to confirm the non-existent debt. Also be sure to independently search for a telephone number to call; never use a number provided by the caller without carrying out your own research.
  • Do not feel rushed or intimidated to make a decision based on a phone call. Take five and listen to your instincts.
  • If you know you have a debt, keep in regular contact with your creditor and be sure to establish the debt type at the earliest opportunity if you are not aware. This will help you to understand who might be in contact with you regarding any repayments or arrears.

You can report suspicious calls like these to Action Fraud by visiting www.actionfaud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040.

 

 

PSE 59727 Andrew Judd

 

Volunteer & Neighbourhood Watch Liaison Officer,

for South East Kent Police.

 

Police Station,Tufton Street, Ashford, Kent,TN23 1BT

 

Internal 092151

External 01233 896151

Mobile 07980965236

 

andrew.judd2@kent.pnn.police.uk


 

Message from Kent Trading Standards

We have received reports of a company telephoning residents in the Tunbridge Wells area offering windows under a government backed scheme. The caller tells the resident that they have officers in their area who can come and check their smart meters to find out if they are eligible. 
 
Be aware that this company may make false or misleading claims to get you to buy this expensive product.
 
You can find out if you’re eligible for help to make your home more energy efficient by visiting gov.uk
 
You can reduce the number of unsolicited sales and marketing calls you receive by registering your telephone number with the Telephone Preference Service  It’s a free service and only takes a minute to register.

PSE 59727 Andrew Judd 

Volunteer & Neighbourhood Watch Liaison Officer,

for South East Kent Police. 

Police Station,Tufton Street, Ashford, Kent,TN23 1BT 

External 01233 896151

Mobile 07980965236


 

andrew.judd2@kent.pnn.police.uk

Kent Trading Standards warn residents about criminals pretending to be Trading Standards officers to defraud vulnerable victims out of hundreds of thousands of pounds.

How it works 

  • The criminal visits or calls residents who have previously been victims of crime claiming to be a Trading Standards officer using false identification.
  • They tell the resident that following a Trading Standards investigation into their previous complaint they are entitled to compensation.
  • They tell the resident they need to pay some money to release the compensation awarded by the Court. 
  • Some residents are being told they must also pay the VAT that wasn’t paid from the original crime

What to do

  • Tell the caller you need to speak to a friend or relative and hang up. 
  • If they are at your door politely say you need to speak to a friend or relative and close the door.  

REMEMBER: Trading Standards will NEVER ask for cash and you would NEVER be asked to pay money to receive compensation.  

WARNING: Telephone callers may insist you hang up and check their ID by calling a number they give to you.  This is part of the fraud. Criminals stay on the line and pretend to be Trading Standards to verify the caller.  Report these calls to Kent Police at your local Police station.  

Residents that have previously been victims of doorstep crime are particularly at risk so please warn neighbours, friends and/or relatives if you think they may be targeted.  

PSE 59727 Andrew Judd 

Volunteer & Neighbourhood Watch Liaison Officer,

for South East Kent Police. 

Police Station,Tufton Street, Ashford, Kent,TN23 1BT 

Internal 092151

External 01233 896151

Mobile 07980965236

 

andrew.judd2@kent.pnn.police.uk


 

An invitation to take part in the PCC’s Annual Policing Survey

 

As Kent’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Matthew Scott sets the strategic priorities for Kent Police.

Earlier this year he published Safer in Kent: The Community Safety and Criminal Justice Plan. The plan is kept under constant review and is regularly updated in line with what local communities want.

Mr Scott wants to know what matters most to you, so we are requesting that you please take a few minutes to fill out our short survey and that you encourage your friends, family and colleagues to complete it as well. The survey can be completed online here, and is available in numerous languages simply by clicking the ‘Select Language’ button on the website.

You do not need to provide your name or any contact details if you do not wish to.

If you would prefer the survey in a paper format, we can post copies out to you. Simply email us at contactyourpcc@pcc.kent.pnn.police.uk or call 01622 677055. Please also get in touch if you require the survey in any other format.

This is your opportunity to make a real difference and have your say on what Kent Police’s priorities should be. However, please remember that the Safer in Kent Plan only sets the strategic priorities for Kent Police – it cannot amend or change the way officers are deployed or the way operational decisions are made. These are matters for the Chief Constable to determine. The PCC’s job is to hold the Chief Constable to account for the delivery of the plan and its strategic objectives on your behalf.

Thank you for taking the time to read this email and thank you in advance to those who complete the survey. A summary of the responses we receive will be published on the PCC’s website when the Safer in Kent Plan is next updated.

Office of the Kent Police & Crime Commissioner,

Kent Police Headquarters, Sutton Road, Maidstone, Kent ME15 9BZ

Office telephone: 01622 677055.

Email: contactyourpcc@pcc.kent.pnn.police.uk

Website: www.kent-pcc.gov.uk

Twitter: @PCCKent


KENT POLICE YOUTH PANEL

 

Dear all,

please see below details of an initiative to engage with young people and introduce them to NhW. Certainly their views are important and we need to hear what they have to say.

 The Kent Police Youth Panel is made up of young people, aged 11 and over who live in Kent and Medway, who tell us what they think about a number of crime and policing issues.

The panel helps us to understand the views and needs of young people across Kent and Medway. We use this information to help us improve the service provided by Kent Police.
 
How it works
 During a year, panel members will be invited to take part in up to four surveys or discussion groups. 
 
We will ask for your opinions by email, telephone or post or at informal discussion group meetings. 

Get involved
 If you are aged 11 years and older,(or know a young person who is), live in Kent and Medway and would like more information about becoming a Youth Panel member, please email the Youth Panel or call 01622 652667.
 
Please visit www.kent.police.uk/youthpanel for more information.
 
Very many thanks,


 PC Mick Wright
 County Watch Liaison Officer