Another new scam to be aware of

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Magazine Advertise Debt Alert

Victims receive a telephone call from someone purporting to be a bailiff enforcing a court judgement, attempting to recover funds for a non-existent debt. The fraudsters state the debt originates from the victim not paying a magazine advertisement subscription.


A variety of magazine names and publishers are being used by the fraudsters, who also commonly use the names of certified Bailiff Enforcement Agents such “Scott Davis”, “Stephen King” and “Mark Taylor”. These are names of certified Bailiff Enforcement Agents employed by debt enforcement companies. 
The fraudsters request that the debt be repaid by bank transfer. If the victim refuses, they threaten to visit the victim’s home or place of work to recover the debt that is owed.


Once the money has been transferred, victims are not provided with receipt details of the payment or contact details. Later when victims make enquiries, they’ll discover that the debt did not exist, and often that no advertisement was placed.


This type of fraud is nationwide. Since 2017, there have been 52 Action Fraud Reports relating to this fraud. From the reports received, there are a range of different businesses and individuals being targeted.


Protection Advice:
1. Listen to your instinct: just because someone knows your basic details, such as your name and address, it doesn’t mean they are genuine.


2. Stay in control: always question cold callers: always contact the companies directly using a known email or phone number.


3. Don’t be rushed or pressured into making a decision: a legitimate company will be prepared to wait whilst you verify information.


If you have been affected by this, or any other type of fraud, report it to Action Fraud by visiting or by calling 0300 123 2040.


Visit Take Five ( and Cyber Aware ( for more information about how to protect yourself online.

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New scams to be aware of

Dianna Fraser of Shirley Neighbourhood Watch has advised us …

‘Kent Police are warning drivers of a fraudulent emails, texts and phone calls from a company that claims to be the DVLA.

The messages are likely to contain links to several websites that have been made to look similar to the official one. DVLA does not send out emails or text messages with links asking people to confirm details or payment information.

In a similar scam, emails and messages have been received from what seemed like HMRC informing them of a tax rebate, with a link to confirm payment details.  Once again, HMRC will never text or email you with links.

Anyone that receives an email or message like this should delete it immediately and report it to Action Fraud.

If you need to access any official sites then access them directly through to be directed to the secure site you need’.

Police warning about burglaries

In an emergency always dial 999. When non urgent please call 101.


Contact details for your local policing team are:


Follow us on twitter for further updates at @MPSShirley


You can anonymously contact crime stoppers on 0800 555 111.

Residents of Shirley, please be aware there have been a recent increase in burglaries in the area. You are receiving this poster as the burglars are targeting houses near you!

Since December we have had 26 burglaries and we fear this is rising. The method the suspects are using is accessing the REAR of properties, and smashing doors and windows open. Most of these burglaries are occurring on WEEKDAYS, late afternoon to evening times.

The suspects appear to only be taking cash and jewellery, and the most recent burglaries this month have targeted vulnerable, elderly residents.

–         Please be vigilant and call 101 if you see any suspicious activity/persons/vehicles in the area.

–         Try and get Vehicle registrations if you spot suspicious vehicles and pass these to your local policing team.

–         Ensure all doors and windows are locked, especially when you leave your address… THIS INCLUDES YOUR PORCH DOOR!

–         Do not leave your bins next to your garden fence; this makes it so easy for suspects to jump over into gardens and garages/flat roofs.

–         If you can try and make your address look occupied in the evening if you are not there. For example leaving a living room light on, or having lights flicker on and off on a set timer.

–    Do not leave valuables on show.

–         Do not leave keys on show through window, or leave them in doors.

Theft from motor vehicles

We have received the following from our PCSO

Dear resident,

Please be on the look out for  GOLD coloured Volvo Estate and a Lime Green coloured V70 estate. No plate numbers, they are involved in theft from motor vehicles and Builder vans in the Shirley area. Both being driven by 2 white males


PCSO 7312 John Iles


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