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Surrey Police detectives are warning residents to remain vigilant following two attempted scam offences where fraudsters tried to obtain bank details and credit cards from pensioners in the Frimley area.
In recent months Surrey Police has received a number of reports from members of the public who had received telephone calls from someone claiming to be a police officer or similar who then attempted to convince them to hand over large amounts of cash and bank cards.
The offenders often claim to be an officer from the Metropolitan Police Service and use a variety of pretences including saying the victim’s bank card has been used by somebody who they are holding in custody.
They then ask the victim to phone their bank to cancel the card and tell the victims that they will send a courier round to collect the card.
Meanwhile the fraudster stays on the line and obtains the victim’s bank details whilst they think they are phoning the bank. The courier then calls at the victim’s address saying they have been sent by the police to collect a parcel – the envelope containing the card or money.
One of the most recent incidents took place between 1-30 and 3pm yesterday (22 July) at an address in Maybury Close, Frimley.
The victim, a woman in her 80s, received a telephone call from a man claiming to be a detective who said someone had used her card to buy two computers from Argos. He then asked her about her bank cards, to which the victim replied that her daughter dealt with her finances. The caller asked how far away her daughter lived, to which she replied ten minutes, and he hung up.
A further offence using the same approach was also reported yesterday (22 July) around 3-35pm at an address in Beech Road, Frimley Green. The caller identified himself as a detective to the 69-year-old male victim and said a suspect had been arrested for using his bank card and advised him to ring his bank. The victim refused to do this and the caller hung up.
On both occasions the caller spoke with a foreign accent.
Surrey Heath Borough Commander Detective Inspector Martin Goodwin said: “It is clearly very concerning that we have received these two reports and we are again urging residents to report any suspicious calls from people claiming to be a police officer or bank worker as a matter of urgency.
“Fortunately both victims realised the call was part of a scam and refused to pass on any bank details, such as PIN numbers, or allow their cards or cash to be taken.
“However, other victims have previously lost significant sums of money, in some cases savings which they had spent years accruing, as a result of this scam and we need the public to help us prevent this happening in the future.
“These offences are particularly appalling as the suspects appear to be deliberately targeting elderly and vulnerable members of our communities and this cannot, and will not, be tolerated.
“If you have elderly relatives or neighbours living in the county please remain alert and if you see them being approached by unexpected visitors please check who they are and ensure that they are a legitimate caller.
“I would like stress that these requests are not genuine and that no police officer or bank would operate in this manner and would never request a customer to confirm their PIN details over the phone. Anyone who receives a suspicious call, either on the phone or in person, is urged to not give any details to the caller and report the matter to the police.
“I would also like to hear from any courier companies or taxis that may have been asked to pick up any such packages.
“If in any doubt visit your bank in person to seek advice.”
People are reminded to protect themselves using the following advice:
• Never give out any personal information about your bank account to anybody over the phone.
• If someone calls claiming to be a police officer, ask for their identification number, police force and their telephone extension. Hang up the call, and advise that you will call them back using the 101 number.
• Use a different phone line to call back if possible, i.e a mobile phone if the call was received on your landline.
• If you have given out information which could compromise your bank account security in any way, call your bank up to cancel your cards as soon as possible.
• Never hand over money to someone at the door to be sent off elsewhere.
• If someone comes to your door claiming to be a police officer or staff member, always ask for identification and make note of their identification number.
If you have any details on any of the incidents please call 101, quoting reference 45140061230 or 45140061322. Alternatively please call independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
A woman has been taken to hospital with serious injuries following a collision in Frimley earlier this afternoon (22 July).
Surrey Police was called to Frimley Road around 4pm following reports of the collision, involving a silver Renault Clio and a black Volkswagen Polo.
It is believed that the two cars came into contact with each other, and then the Clio has left the road and collided with a tree.
The female driver of the Clio, who is in her 80s, is believed to have suffered fractures to her arm and ankle, as well as cuts and bruising, and has been taken to St George’s Hospital in Tooting.
The road remains partially closed whilst emergency services deal with the incident and the vehicles are recovered.
Anyone who witnessed the collision, or has any other information which could assist the investigation, is asked to contact Surrey Police on 101, quoting incident reference P14212118.
In March I wrote a review on the Google Chromecast which I have been very impressed with. So much so I think we use it more in our house than our Sky+ HD subscription.
I know lots of people who have bought a Chromecast on the back of that review and I have not heard any negative feeback yet.
While in Camberley recently I visited Currys PC World in the Mall and the Manager offered me a review model of the new Roku Streaming Stick. I have been playing around with it for about a month now and I have to say it is very good.
Roku has infact been the market leader in streaming media devices for quite some time but as it does not have the big name of Apple or Google I guess it may have passed many peoples attention. But to my mind Roku is the device that is setting the standard and is everything Apple TV should be.
For those that might not be comfortable with technology and might be a little put off with the set up process of some of the other streaming media devices available, then I think the Roku is for you.
For starters you don’t need a smart phone or tablet to get the thing to work so for all you technophobes out there that are missing out on the joys of youtube, netflix and spotify now you can finally join the rest of us cool kids and enjoy these services and many more on you TV rather than be chained to your PC.
The only things you need to get your Roku device to work is wireless internet and a TV with a HDMI port which most TV’s have several these days. And whatever you do, the next time you buy a TV don’t get blagged into buying a smart TV. In my view a complete waste of money when this £49 tiny device that plugs discreetly into the back of your existing TV will give you everything the leading smart TV’s offer and more for a fraction of the cost.
Roku has its own operating system which means once its plugged in and you have the source set to the HDMI port it is plugged into then you can control everything from the very cool remote control that comes with it including the whole set up process which is very simple and has clear step by step instructions on screen. If you do have a smartphone or tablet then I recommend the Roku App as during set up its a little easier to use a keyboard to input WiFi passwords and so on.
What is quite unique to Roku streaming media devices is they have their own app stores built into the device and there are more apps than you will ever use. But the ones you will use are all there including Spotify which as far as I am aware the Roku is the only streaming media device to have a Spotify app developed for it. So if you have a home movie sound system you can stream more or less any tune you can think of through your speakers. That is very cool, especially if your having a party. There is even a facebook app so you can have facebook on your TV. I can’t think of anything worse but I know that will be a popular feature with a lot of ‘Camberley Mummies’.
Currys.Digital Camberley are selling this device for £49 and while it is a little more expensive than the Google Chromecast I think its worth the little bit extra for the cool remote control and that everything you need is in the device so no messing about setting up apps on smart devices to get it to work. Without a doubt this device is way better than the current Apple TV and half the price.
I did find the Roku Streaming Stick to be a little under powered in terms of processor which compared to the Chromecast and Apple TV makes starting up just a bit slower and input commands are slower to react but by no means tediously slow. I know the Roku 3, a hybrid version of the streaming stick is lightening fast so this resolves that minor point and if I was to purchase a Roku player then this would be the one I would go for.
All in all a solid product and fantastic value for money. Both Roku Streaming Stick and Roku 3 available at Currys.Digital, the Mall, Camberely.
For the last month I have been providing media coverage for the NRA at the worlds biggest and most prestigious shooting competition at the National Shooting Centre in Bisley.
The Imperial is to shooting as what Wimbledon is to tennis and sharp shooters from across the world descend on Bisley for the month long event.
All Target Rifle Shooters have their sights firmly zeroed in on HM Queens Prize and this year it was won by Richard Jeens. I recorded this podcast with him just after he was carried on the world famous chair from Stickledown Range to the NRA Museum.
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Two underage test purchasers visited 11 premises across the borough yesterday (Thursday 17 July) and at each outlet the teenagers were challenged correctly to provide suitable identification.
The operation was organised by Surrey Police and the licensing department of Surrey Heath Borough Council and off licences and supermarkets selling alcohol in Frimley Green, Mytchett, Bagshot, Windlesham, The Heatherside and Camberley town were visited.
Borough Licensing Officer Rab Carnie said: “This operation has had a fantastic result and proves that the message of requesting identification is getting through to managers and staff at all types of licensed premises, with all eleven passing the test.
“I hope this result also demonstrates to underage youngsters that if they try to get served with alcohol in licensed premises in Surrey Heath they will be challenged and identification will be requested.
“As part of the team carrying out the licensing check I also want to thank the managers and staff at the licensed premises involved. Without the hard work that they have put into staff training this result would not have been possible.”
Surrey Heath Neighbourhood Inspector Martin Goodwin said: “This is an excellent result and bodes well for the start of the summer holiday season. It is incumbent upon each and every staff member working in a licensed premise to ensure they act within the law by checking the age of anyone who attempts to buy alcohol if there is any doubt as to their being of age. Anyone who has a concern should always speak to a would-be purchaser to ascertain details and premise managers should make training available to all staff if required. Clearly those at the outlets in this latest operation have taken heed of the law and demonstrate how a successful premise should operate.
“However we will not be complacent despite the success. It is imperative that all licence holders realise that it is their responsibility to ensure everyone working for them follows the letter of the law. The school holidays are upon us and my team will continue to carry out these intelligence led operations at a time of year when traditionally there is potential for increased alcohol related anti-social behaviour.
“By reducing the availability of alcohol to young people we can minimise the reports of crime and anti-social behaviour in the local community. The operation was part of an ongoing Safer Neighbourhood Team commitment to prevent alcohol being sold to young people under the age of 18 years. We would urge the public to report to police incidents where underage alcohol sales are going on or others are buying alcohol for those under age.”
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Police in Camberley are appealing for information after several properties were burgled in broad day light in the Camberley and Bagshot areas yesterday (Wednesday 16 July).
A house was targeted in Heatherley Road, Camberley sometime between 12.30 – 12.45pm and items of jewellery were stolen. Witnesses have reported seeing four white men, all wearing baseball caps, walking away from the property and then running along Heatherley Road towards The Avenue.
The first man is described as ‘chubby looking’ in his late 20s/early 30s wearing a pale blue shirt tucked into light blue trousers. Two other men were in their twenties and carrying red bags while the fourth man was around 19-years-old.
It has also been reported that one of the baseball caps was maroon in colour with the word ‘BRASIL’ in yellow writing on the front. Another cap was light grey.
DC Simon Paterson said: “This burglary happened in broad daylight and we are hoping that members of the public will remember seeing four men running along the road carrying bags. If you have any information or know who these men might be from the descriptions given please do the right thing and contact Surrey Police on 101 quoting reference 451400593855 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”
Police would also like to hear from anyone who has information about three other incidents yesterday in Bagshot. Someone entered a house in College Ride between 5.15am and 5.45pm but nothing was taken. Two houses in Elizabeth Avenue were also targeted during the day and a gold necklace and a gold ladies watch were taken.
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The worlds biggest shooting competition (The Imperial) is being held at the National Shooting Centre at Bisley. In this podcast for the National Rifle Association I catch up with Match Director Peter Cottrell to talk about some of the highlights so far. For all the latest news from Imperial 2014 check out the NRA UK Facebook page.