Seer Green Alert
Ringmaster Messages - Archive 2002
The Perfume Sellers
The perfume sellers work in car parks and invite you to smell their
perfume. However, reports indicate that the perfume actually knocks
you out and the sellers then take your valuables.
Bogus Television Licence Official
This is particularly directed at communal housing. In this instance
the bogus official requests payment for a communal television licence.
We have been advised that this offender can be persistent and argumentative.
He is described as white with sandy coloured hair, aged between
40 and 45 years and 5 feet 7 inches in height.
If you have any information relating to the Perfume Sellers or the
Bogus Television Official you should contact Maria Marston on 01494
There have been reports of fish sellers in the area and sightings
are often followed by a series of burglaries. On this occasion you
are asked to report any sightings of fish sellers using a red van
to Police Sergeant Tait and quote URN 1067. The telephone number
is 01494 465888.
Be on your guard against bogus builders. That's
the message from Chiltern Vale police after reports of elderly people
being given substantial bills for minor repair work. The men and
women pose as builders and carry out minor decorating or repair
work. The bills then run into thousands of pounds.
DC Pete Collett, investigating the incidents said, "These traders
pick on vulnerable people. I would warn everyone to be on their
guard against these traders. Always get several quotes for any work
you want carried out."
Anybody who may know anything about these incidents or these traders
should contact DC Collett on 01494 686145 or call Crimestoppers
anonymously on 0800 555 111
It appears that the Nigerian Banking scam
has been re-activated. In this scam the target victim is contacted
by the Manager of the Ecobank in Africa. The Manager asserts that
there are millions of dollars available in an unclaimed account.
The Manager suggests that this money can be claimed and asks for
an e-mail address so that further details can be sent.
This is a scam and if you are approached in this way for personal
information you should contact your Crime Reduction Officer at either
Amersham Police Station on 01494 736644 or at High Wycombe Police
Station on 01494 686111.
Help The Aged
National SeniorSafety Campaign launched
More than 300,000 older people every year may be
falling victim to bogus callers, new research from Help the Aged
reveals. The figure is 16 times higher than estimated by the Government.
In response, the British Gas Help the Aged SeniorSafety Campaign
is launching a National SeniorSafety Campaign to raise awareness
of the problem, educate older people at risk and demand that the
Government recognises bogus caller crime as a separate recorded
The research showed that more than half of older people fail to
report bogus caller incidents to police and that a quarter of older
people open their front door without taking precautions. Nearly
a quarter of women over 60 worry every time they answer the door
to unknown callers.
Four simple steps will help to prevent you becoming a victim of
bogus caller crime:
ensure that doors are locked at all times when you are at home.
Always put the chain on before you open the door.
Always ask to see an identification care, then ring the company
concerned to check that the caller is genuine.
Always ask the caller to call back later when you have someone with
you if you are still unsure.
To register your support for the campaign to have bogus caller crime
recorded as a separate offence by the police, email firstname.lastname@example.org
We have recieved a warning from Buckinghamshire
Trading Standards. In this instance three males knocked on the front
door of a vulnerable person and offered to cut back some overgrown
trees for £85. After five minutes of cutting back the trees
they came back to the house and said that the trees were diseased
and it would cost £450 to cut them down and dispose of them.
The lady gave them the only cash she had - £100 - because
they refused to take a cheque. They immediately ran off with the
They were in a white truck with red writing on the side.
One of the offenders was tall with long shaggy hair and glasses
and another was short, stocky and bald.
If you have any ideas or suggestions as to what we, and other agencies,
can do to stop people becoming victims of this type of crime please
let us know.
We have been warned about a doorstep selling scam.
In this instance the trader asked if he could store his roller on
the driveway overnight. The next day the trader offered to do the
driveway for £40 in return for storing the roller. The trader
then asked for £4000 when the job was complete - the original
charge of £40 was per square metre.
When the Police and Trading Standards were called the trader became
rude and aggressive. We would remind you that the consumer should
be given a contract with a clear explanation as to the cost of the
job and their cancellation rights. The consumer is allowed seven
days in which to change their mind. If cancellation rights are not
issued it is a criminal offence and the contract cannot be enforced
against the consumer.
In a con of this type the elderly are particularly vulnerable and
it is important that this message is passed onto as many members
of your community as possible.
A theft of a switchcard occurred from the ATM machine at the Natwest
Bank in Beaconsfield New Town. This type of scam has occurred in
several towns throughout the Chiltern Vale area. This is a particular
offence whereby the offender has placed a simple device over the
card slot on the ATM.
| The way to avoid this is to run your finger along
the slot before putting your card into the ATM. The 'sleeve'
has two tiny prongs which are used to get the card out of
the slot, you should be able to feel these, therefore avoiding
use of this machine.
A customer will insert their card which because of this device will
be retained. The offender will then offer assistance and suggest
re-entering your PIN number which he will remember. You will leave
without your card which the offender will retrieve and go on to
use having obtained you PIN.
If your card is retained by an ATM machine DO NOT re-enter your
PIN. Beware of anyone standing behind you or close enough to obtain
If you have any information relating to this offence, please telephone
PC Chadd on 01494 686192.
19 August 2002
Several neighbourhoods have recently been visited
by door-to-door fish salesmen, possibly originating from the north-east.
Similar calls were identified last year and their visits were closely
followed by a series of house burglaries.
If you are visited by the fish sellers, please try to get a vehicle
registration and pass it to PC Graham Dawson, Crime Reduction
Officer on 01494 686111, if necessary please leave a voicemail
message with your contact details.
Beware of the Burglars
As many of you will be aware there is an increasing
problem of thefts from sheds and garages - so keep them securely
Also, if you have an alarm installed, the ground floor zone should
be switched on at night. Please ensure all windows and doors
are locked at night, and that no keys are left visible inside the
house. A light left on upstairs and downstairs can act as a deterrent.
You are asked to remain vigilant at this time.
... and remember that many deals offered by door-to-door
salesman/women are often not what they appear to be at first sight.
Be aware and get at least 2-3 quotes before entering into any major
contract. Don't let them pressurise you - it's usually only a "clever"
1 August 2002
Message in a Bottle
THE LIONS CLUB SPONSORED MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE SCHEME
IS A SIMPLE IDEA DESIGNED TO ENCOURAGE PEOPLE LIVING ON THEIR OWN
TO KEEP THEIR PERSONAL AND MEDICAL DETAILS IN A COMMON LOCATION
WHERE THEY CAN BE EASILY FOUND IN AN EMERGENCY.
THE PERSONAL INFORMATION IS KEPT IN A SMALL PLASTIC BOTTLE WHICH
IS LOCATED IN THE HOUSEHOLD REFRIGERATOR WHERE THE EMERGENCY SERVICES
WILL EXPECT TO LOOK FOR IT. STICKERS ARE PROMINENTLY LOCATED IN
THE HOUSE TO ALERT THE EMERGENCY SERVICES PERSONNEL TO THE PRESENCE
OF THE BOTTLE.
THE BOTTLE AND LABEL KITS ARE FREE OF CHARGE AND MAY BE COLLECTED
AT MOST HEALTH CENTRES, DOCTORS SURGERIES AND CHEMISTS. FURTHER
DETAILS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE THAMES VALLEY POLICE NEIGHBOURHOOD
WATCH OFFICE, AMERSHAM.
24 July 2002
Telephone Call Scam
A woman knocks on your door, looking distressed
and asks to use your phone to contact her husband as her car has
broken down close to your house. You allow her to use your phone
and wait whilst she phones her husband, she apologises for the delay
as he is being called out of a meeting. Agreeing to meet him shortly
at the car, she hangs up, thanks you politely for your kind assistance,
even offers you a pound for the cost of the call and leaves.
Some time before this event, this lady had set up her own premium
rateline with a telephone company and dictated that calls to that
number be charged at £50 per minute. This is the same number
she dialled from your home to speak with her husband. The conversation
was completely factitious. What you'll find out once you receive
your telephone bill is that her five minute call has cost you £250,
a large percentage of which she will receive.
Please be aware these people are playing on your good will. If you
have any information or concerns relating to these details, please
contact your local police station directly.
12 July 2002
Security Alarm Scam
A security company are currently running a telesales
campaign for remote monitored alarms in this area. We have received
a number of complaints regarding their 'pressurised' telesales techniques.
They are also quoted as having said that Thames Valley Police will
not be responding to alarm calls after October - this is not true.
We suggest that if you are contacted by this company you do not
disclose any personal information.
If anyone requires advice on or are looking to purchase a security
system we suggest you contact a local reputable company.
12 July 2002
Police are aware of a potential mail scam by a
company called International Award Exchange, advising people of
an Unpaid Cash Value Prize, stating the recipient is eligible to
receive the open & unpaid cash award with amounts of approx. £1,486
to be gained This company claim to identify the recipient of the
letter by name and address, requesting their signature on the adjoining
Claim Voucher and that it is returned to an address in Vancouver
Canada, enclosing £15.00 to cover priority handling of their
claim, thus ensuring a speedy return of their prize claim..
Under no circumstances should money be sent. Simply ignore the letter
and dispose of it.
If you wish to speak to a Police Officer telephone: PC Bevan on:
We are aware of numerous similar scams and would like to advise
you not to send any money if you can't afford to lose it.Thank you.
Helping the Young
Do YOU want to continue to make a contribution
to your community? Do YOU want to gain experience working with young
people? Do YOU want to make a difference with youth crime in your
Based in High Wycombe, Bucks Youth at Risk Liaison Group is an organisation
that delivers an innovative community programme. Through working
in partnership with individuals and organisations they enable alienated
and difficult young people to accept responsibility and transform
their lives. There is a great opportunity for volunteers to support
Bucks Youth at Risk fulfil its task - up to 100 people are needed
who can contribute to administration, enrolment, an intensive residential
and follow-up programme. If you worry about young people getting
involved in crime and wish you could do something about it - you
Working with the Bucks Youth at Risk programme in any one of a number
of volunteer roles will be challenging, but ultimately very rewarding.
If you are interested in more details about the Bucks Youth at Risk
programme call Frances 01494 444351 or e-mail: email@example.com
13 June 2002
This message contains information regarding a
burglary scam which is particularly targeting females. We would
therefore ask that you pass these details onto your friends, family
A caller rings through to a business, stating they are from the
Post Office and asks for confirmation of the office postcode. The
person giving the information is then offered gift vouchers for
their co-operation and asked to provide their full home address
in order to receive them. A large percentage of the women who have
provided their personal details have been burgled, as it is assumed
that their homes are empty during office hours. The Post Office
have confirmed that they are not conducting any postcode surveys.
With summer on the way, there comes an increased
danger of household burglaries where entry is gained through patio
doors left open to provide fresh air to the premises. Similarly,
vehicles left unattended in car parks, house driveways and rural
beauty spots with doors and windows insecure become targets of the
opportunist criminal. There is no better invitation to crime than
an open window: even when you are in the house or back garden any
obvious vehicle and house insecurities will be exploited.
For further information or advice, contact PC Dave Bevan on 01494
The Handy Van Scheme is operated within the Chiltern and South Bucks
areas with the support of HELP THE AGED, Local Authorities
and the Police. The scheme provides disabled people and those
aged over 60 with Home Security, insulation and minor repairs service.
The types of service offered includes fitting mortice locks to doors,
window locks, door chains, door viewers and smoke alarms free of
If you would like to make use of this service please contact HELP
THE AGED on telephone 01255 473999 for further information.
Although Seer Green is a relatively peaceful village, be aware that
no one is safe from mugging, even in this area. Keep alert, especially
when you are away from built-up areas.
6 May 2002
2 Scam Alerts
1) Mobile Phones
If you receive a call on your mobile phone from someone calling
themselves the "company engineer" saying he is checking the system
and asks you to enter either #90 or 09# - END
THE CALL IMMEDIATELY without pressing these numbers. A fraudulent
company have obtained equipment that can access your SIM CARD, if
you follow their instructions they are then able to make calls from
your SIM CARD at your expense.
2) Cash Machines
The latest ATM scam initially reported by the Halifax Building Society
has now been reported at various ATM's in the Amersham and Chesham
area. It involves thieves putting a thin, clear, plastic 'sleeve'
into the ATM card slot. When you insert your card the machine is
unable to read the strip on the back of your card, therefore asking
you to repeat your PIN number. Meanwhile, someone is standing behind
you noting your number as you tap it in. When you give up and walk
away thinking the machine has swallowed your card, the thieves then
remove the 'sleeve' with your card inside and empty your account.
The way to avoid this is to run your finger along the slot
before putting your card into the ATM. The 'sleeve' has two tiny
prongs which are used to get the card out of the slot, you should
be able to feel these, therefore avoiding use of this machine.