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Crime Prevention Bulletin

Action Fraud Alert: Money Mules

Money mule recruiters are targeting those looking for work or to earn easy money by posting fake adverts on jobs websites and social media. Criminals may ask them to receive money into their bank account and transfer it to another account, keeping some of the cash for themselves. If they let this happen, they are a money mule and are involved in money laundering, which is a crime. Find out more on the Action Fraud website (https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/alert/money-mule-recruiters-use-fake-online-job-adverts-to-target-generation-covid) and at www.moneymules.co.uk.


Suspect illegal people smuggling is happening in your area but not sure what to look out for? CrimeStoppers #SayNoToPeopleSmuggling campaign is here to help. They have detailed the warning signs to spot, and how you can help to stop this crime. See https://crimestoppers-uk.org/campaigns-media/campaigns/say-no-to-people-smuggling for more information.

Report sexual harassment at railway stations and on trains

If you’ve been the victim of any form of unwanted sexual behaviour on the railway, please do report it to British Transport Police (BTP). You can save the 61016 text number to your phone and contact BTP if you have any concerns whilst travelling or in stations. Find out more on the BTP website https://www.btp.police.uk/police-forces/british-transport-police/areas/campaigns/unwanted-sexual-behaviour/.

Register your CCTV & doorbell cameras to help us fight crime

Your CCTV security cameras (including video doorbells) can help deter and rapidly solve crime. Register them on the N.I.C.E Investigate system to streamline information exchange and help us with sending the evidence needed to catch criminals faster.

- Your information is kept safe and secure - never made public

- Only other police forces can see your security camera locations

- This service is provided free of charge

- Your participation always remains 100% voluntary

Register by emailing NICEDEMSSUPPORT@hampshire.pnn.police.uk.

Ticket Fraud

As a result of the high demand for tickets, the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) are warning buyers to take extra care when buying tickets online. Action Fraud are urging people to be wary of fraudsters selling fake or non-existent tickets to events.

Spot the signs of ticket fraud and protect yourself:

- Only buy tickets from the venue’s box office, official promoter or agent, or a well-known and reputable ticket site.

- Avoid paying for tickets by bank transfer, especially if buying from someone unknown. Credit card or payment services such as PayPal offer greater protection against fraud.

- Be wary of unsolicited emails, texts or adverts offering unbelievably good deals on tickets. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

- Is the vendor a member of STAR? If they are, the company has signed up to their strict governing standards. STAR also offers an approved Alternative Dispute Resolution service to help customers with outstanding complaints. For more information: www.star.org.uk/buy_safe

Ofcom Warning: Text Scam

There have been reports to Ofcom of people receiving text messages claiming to be from Royal Mail, asking for payment to deliver a parcel. This is a scam. If you receive a text like this do not tap on the link. Instead, forward the text to 7726 to report it to your provider.

Crime Prevention Team