Security Advice – Scam Email Alert 18/06/2015

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A warning has been issued regarding opening emails from unknown or unsolicited sources.

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) has identified scam emails claiming to be from the Royal Mail which are tricking victims into downloading CryptoLocker ‘ransomware’.
Two emails have been identified, they both claim that Royal Mail are holding an item for you at your local sorting office and that a response to the email is required to arrange for the item to be resent/collected.

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Once installed CryptoLocker works by encrypting the victim’s personal files such as, photos, music, office documents and then demands a payment.

Consideration should be given when opening emails.
Further information can be found on the Action Fraud website or at the Royal Mail website

Road Traffic Collision In Trowbridge, Witnesses Sought 15/06/2015

Information sent on behalf of Wiltshire Police Road

Traffic Collision in Trowbridge,

witnesses sought Wiltshire Police are appealing for witnesses after a car collided with a tree in Trowbridge on Saturday 13th June 2015. The RTC happened at 7.07 am on Hilperton Drive, Trowbridge, at the roundabout with Ashton Road. A green Ford Fiesta left the road and collided with the tree causing injury to the elderly male driver. He was driving alone at the time.Coll The 83 year old man, from Melksham, was taken to the Royal United Hospital in Bath at first, and then transferred to Southmead Hospital in Bristol when it was determined he had suffered a broken neck. He is currently in a stable condition. PC Alan King, from Wiltshire Police, said: "We would like to hear from anyone who may have witnessed the collision in this part of Trowbridge on Saturday. If you can help please call me, PC 1768 Alan King, on 101 or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Message sent by Mark Jones (Police, Media Officer, Wiltshire)

Rural Crime Prevention Booklet

Wiltshire Police has launched its rural crime prevention booklet. 94% of Wiltshire is classed as rural areas so there is some great information inside that could be relevant to you. 

The booklet gives advice on the following topics:
•Farmhouse and outbuilding security
•Vehicles, machinery and boundaries
•Fuel tank and heating oil security
•Livestock and horse identification and protection
•Protection of wild animals, poaching and hare coursing

The majority of the photos from the booklet were supplied by members of the public through a photo competition Wiltshire Police held earlier in the year. Please have a read and remember if you see any suspicious activity to ring it in on 101.

Rural Crime Prevention Booklet

Beware Hoax Calls Impersonating Crimestoppers

This is a message sent via Wiltshire and Swindon Community Messaging. This information has been sent on behalf of Wiltshire Police
Message sent by
Katrina Fleet (Police, Communications Officer, Wiltshire)

Wiltshire Police have been alerted to a small number of calls where scammers have been impersonating Crimestoppers' call handlers and asking for people’s personal information, including their bank details.

Read more: Beware Hoax Calls Impersonating Crimestoppers

Appeal for Witnesses following arson attack

Police are appealing for information following an arson at a derelict building in Trowbridge.

Read more: Appeal for Witnesses following arson attack

Appeal for Witnesses

Police are appealing for witnesses following an incident which took place in Trowbridge last night.

Read more: Appeal for Witnesses

Beware Bogus Police Officers

Wiltshire Police are warning people to be on their guard following what's believed to be an elaborate scam where the offender(s) posed as police officer(s). 

Read more: Beware Bogus Police Officers

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Scam postcards are being delivered to UK residents’ homes claiming that a parcel containing “jewellery” is waiting for the homeowner.

Find out how to protect yourself and report to Action Fraud if you have received one.

Avoid the fraudulent investment risks

HMRC have advised that from April 2015, people over the age of 55 will be given the flexibility of taking a number of smaller lump sum pension pots. 25% of the sum will be tax-free, with the remaining pension fund charged at marginal rate of income tax. 

If you take out money from your pension fund before the age of 55, the normal tax rules apply.  We are concerned that fraudsters will take advantage of these rule changes by offering to invest pensions on the victim’s behalf.  Be very wary of such offers.

Read more: Avoid the fraudulent investment risks


I am writing to advise you that recently there has been an increase in burglaries particularly in the Devizes Road and Paxcroft area.  Garden sheds, outbuildings and garages are predominantly being targeted. With this in mind I would like to remind you to keep your valuable items locked away and your garage, outbuildings and garden shed locked at all times when not in use.

Read more: Burglaries

Telephone /Computer Scam

Please may I bring your attention to a recent telephone scam, that appears to be affecting people in the Trowbridge area, and no doubt nationally.
You may receive a phone call where the person on the other end will state you currently have a problem with your computer. They will usually be quite insistent. If allowed they may then hack the computer through the giving of details or entice you into giving over bank details in a bid to fix the computer.
Please be vigilant to this.

Many thanks