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This is a selection of items received from the Derbyshire Alert messaging service and elsewhere.  To register direct for the free Derbyshire Alert service visit www.derbyshirealert.co.uk, or contact your local Community Information officer on 101.

Police Issue Warning After Man is Robbed on Local Road (posted 1.2.2018)

The incident happened at around 7.40am on the morning of Monday, January 29, when the 29-year-old victim was driving to work along Moor Road, Breadsall in his white Seat Leon car.

 

It appears that an egg was thrown at the windscreen and when he got out if his car to clean it off he was assaulted from behind and apparently lost consciousness. When he regained consciousness, shortly after, he noticed that his wallet and phone were missing.

 

Read full article including advice on how to avoid becoming a victim of similar crime, and appeal for information


Beware the latest Online Scams - how to check out websites and protect yourself

Fraudsters have created a high specification website template advertising flat screen televisions for sale which are below market value and do not exist. Payment is being requested via bank transfer and will offer no protection to the consumer when the television does not arrive.

Protect yourself:

Payments made via bank transfer are not protected should you not receive the item.

Always make payment via a credit card or PayPal where you have some avenue of recompense should you not receive your product.

Conduct some online research on the website, company name and business address to identify any poor feedback or irregularities.

Check the authenticity of websites before making any purchases. A ”whois” search on the website will identify when the website has been created, so be wary of newly formed domains. This search can be conducted using the following website - https://who.is/

If the item advertised seems too good to be true, it probably is.


Computer Safety -  Beware Scam Calls Claiming to be from Microsoft Security

Local officers are reminding residents to be computer vigilant following a recent suspicious call in the Smalley area. 
A resident was called from a person claiming to work for Microsoft Security. After the caller was allowed remote access to the residents computer the resident became suspicious and stated no payments would be made until the resident checked the callers identity. The caller stated that the resident had an hour to decide but was to leave the computer on because of the danger to it. After advice the caller removed the internet connection and had the machine checked out professionally. Downloaded software had to be removed and the security setting had to be reactivated - read full article


Fraudulent Apple Pay Warning

Fraudsters are targeting classified advertisement websites like AutoTrader to advertise vehicles for sale. Buyers are then contacting these ‘sellers’ to find out more about the vehicles and are being told to pay for them via ‘Apple Pay’. In this case the fraudsters are not using the genuine Apple Pay service and potential victims pay money directly to bank accounts in control of the fraudsters - read full article

Shed Security_Jan2018_WEB.pdf

The police have received numerous calls from the public reporting that sheds are being broken into during the night and various items are being taken ie bikes and power tools.

Please make sure that locks are secure on the sheds and if possible hinges are placed on the inside of the door.

Works vans are also being broken into so please make sure that all valuable items including tools are removed.

If you see or hear anything suspicious then please report this to the police