Rarely does a day go by where my officers don’t have to visit a member of the public to note details of an online or telephone fraud. This week I would like to highlight one of the oldest but regrettably still the most effective telephone frauds.
You’re sitting at home minding your own business when the telephone rings. It’s someone phoning from Microsoft to helpfully advise you that you have a virus on your computer and that you must act quickly to secure your data and protect your cherished photos. The call generally originates from India. They’ll ask you to turn on your computer and then they’ll get access to it in order to defeat the virus.
It all sounds very plausible but it is of course nonsense. Once they have control of the computer they will ‘fix’ the issue and ask for payment by debit or credit card. You give them all your details and they then start using those details to take further payments.
Microsoft will never contact you in this way. Indeed if you are concerned about computer viruses then there are numerous free software applications to choose from, including Microsoft’s own Windows Defender Antivirus which is built into the Windows 10 Operating System.
In fact if any business or company contacts you in this way it is worthwhile being wary. I have written numerous times about frauds involving people masquerading as bank staff to encourage people to transfer funds to a ‘safe’ account following some security breach.
And if you receive an email from a company asking to transfer money, even if it’s for an expected invoice, it is worth checking with the company by phone to confirm the bank details. Emails are not secure and as such can be manipulated by third parties looking to exploit our vulnerabilities.
These types of crimes can have a devastating effect on the victim, both financially and in terms of confidence and trust, so always be wary. If in doubt do nothing and phone the Police.
Disclosure Scheme for Domestic Abuse Scotland (DSDAS)
Tuesday 1st October marked the four year anniversary of the Disclosure Scheme for Domestic Abuse Scotland (DSDAS).
The scheme gives people at risk of domestic abuse the information they need to make an informed decision on whether to continue in the relationship or not and is one of our most effective tools in tackling domestic abuse in Scotland and could save someone’s life.
DSDAS is open to anyone who has concerns about a new partner’s abusive past or has concerns about another person’s new partner be it a potential victim, family member or friend. This is crucial as the complexities of controlling and coercive behaviours often mean the people themselves may not recognise the development of abuse or don’t feel able or ready to make an application themselves.
In the past year there were 924 disclosures making a total of 2760 disclosures since the scheme was launched. Each case is considered by a multi-agency panel to determine if it is lawful, proportionate and necessary to protect an individual.
If you are worried that your partner might have an abusive past, or you are worried about someone else then DSDAS could provide information that can help that person make a positive choice to protect themselves and their future.
For more information please follow the link below:
A 27 year old male has been charged and reported to the Procurator Fiscal after several incidents of sheep worrying which occurred in the Glenalmond area between Tuesday 24th and Friday 27th September. (CR/25906/19)
There have been 2 incidents of people driving with no insurance and 1 of drink driving.
About 3:30am, Monday 30th September, 2 males attempted to break in to South Street News, South Street, Perth. They were captured on CCTV and described as wearing black tracksuit bottoms and black puffer jackets. (CR/26113/19)
Between Friday 20th and Thursday 26th September, an attempt was made to break into a shed in Hawarden Terrace, Perth. (CR/25881/19)
Between Thursday 26th and Saturday 28th September, a brick was thrown through a window in Hospital Street, Perth. (CR/26136/19)
About 7:30pm, Friday 27th September, a quantity of boxed chocolates were stolen from the rear of Dobbies Garden Centre, Perth. 2 males were caught on CCTV and are described as both wearing grey tracksuits and trainers. (CR/25980/19)
About 9:30pm, Friday 27th September, a young male smashed a window at The Co-op, West Mains Avenue, Perth. He is described as white, aged 15-18 years old, wearing a red hooded jacket, grey jogging bottoms and white trainers. (CR/25999/19)
Between 2:30pm and 7pm, Saturday 28th September, a black Honda Civic was damaged whilst parked at Perth Leisure Pool. (CR/26038/19)
Between 6pm, Saturday 28th and 11am, Sunday 29th September, an orange and black KTM Motorbike was stolen from Florence Court, Perth. (CR/26100/19)
Between Sunday 1st and Saturday 28th September, an Ifor Williams trailer was stolen from Gracefield Quarry, Scone. (CR/26042/19)
About 2:50am, a male was seen attempting to break in to a container on a vehicle in Glenearn Terrace, Bridge of Earn. The suspect made off in a silver car. (CR/25656/19)
Overnight on Tuesday 24th September, a silver twin axle Ifor Williams Tipper Trailer was stolen from Noble Avenue, Invergowrie. (CR/25662/19)
Between 12pm and 2pm, Thursday 26th September, a Bailey Ranger Caravan was stolen from a property at Rait. (CR/25894/19)
Between 5pm, Tuesday 24th and 6:30am, Wednesday 25th September, a Mercedes Sprinter Van was stolen from Mains of Errol. (CR/26086/19)
Between 6:30pm, Friday 27th and 8am, Saturday 28th September, a quantity of heating oil was stolen from a farm just outside of Errol. (CR/26133/19)
Overnight on Monday 23rd September, 10 Cheviot Lambs were stolen from a farm between Killin and Kenmore. (CR/25976/19)
Between 2pm and 10:30pm, Saturday 21st September, a window was smashed in Corlundy Crescent, Crieff. (CR/25902/19)
Between Tuesday 17th and Saturday 21st September, a Canam Quad Bike was stolen from a farm near to Muthill. (CR/25901/19)
Between Saturday 28th and Monday 30th September, a wooden gate was damaged at High Street, Kinross. (CR/26185/19)
Anyone with any information that may be useful should contact Tayside Division on 101 or any police officer, quoting the crime reference number listed at each incident. Alternatively information can be passed anonymously via the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Local Area Commander
Perth and Kinross
FURTHER INFORMATION AND INTERNET LINKS
As we receive reports of crime, the information is shared on https://www.pkcommunitywatch.co.uk/
I would encourage you to sign up for notifications.
Guidance on how to protect your property is available via Community Watch as well as on the Police Scotland Website, just click or copy and paste the following links:-