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Ringmaster Messages - Archive 2008

06 October 2008

Scam Alert

Following recent intelligence received from Trading Standards we would like to make you aware that bogus traders may be cashing in on the government's new initiative offering "Free home insulation checks."

Please remember previous notifications not to deal with unknown doorstep traders. Also if you receive a leaflet from an unknown trader think carefully before dealing with them - it might be bogus.

Do pass on this information to your scheme members, friends and family who may also be at risk.

If you have any information or wish to report any suspicious incident please contact the police IMMEDIATELY on 0845 8 505 505 and state you are responding to this Ringmaster message, or if you believe a crime is in progress call 999.

Thank you.


17 September 2008

Scam Alert - Rogue Trader

PC Jim McGuiness would like to warn you of a prolific Rogue Trader who may be moving into the Thames Valley area. He is under investigation in Surrey and may now move here as he has previously worked in this area. He is known to employ foreign workers.

He trades under the names of A1 Roofing and also City New Roofs Ltd and is registered with Companies House, although moves are being made to try to remove him.

He has an English accent and may cold call on elderly or vulnerable occupants and flyers may also be posted. Please call the police immediately on 0845 8 505 505 if you believe this man is operating in your neighbourhood.

Please warn any elderly or vulnerable scheme members, friends or family members to be careful when agreeing to have work done by such callers - the best way being to use recommended tradesmen and to get more than one estimate. It is also important not to hand over final payment until work has been completed to your satisfaction.

Thank you.



16 September 2008

Scam Alert

There have been many reports of a male knocking on doors, pretending to be a local resident or relative of a neighbour, who needs money for fuel, generally to get back to Stanstead Airport to collect a laptop that his dad has taken by mistake.

PC 5996 MARTIN from High Wycombe would like to hear from anyone who has been approached by this male to contact him on 08458 505505. Currently only 20 people have come forward but he is confident that there are many more victims of this, clever, confident con man.

If anyone should knock at your door asking for money, ensure you seek ID and if in doubt close the door and call the police.

The male is described as white, about 6ft tall, slim build, short brown hair (sometimes spiked up at the front), very well presented and well spoken.

Thank you.



15 August 2008

Community Sentencing

A new website called "Judge for Yourself" has been launched to allow the public get a better understanding of how community sentencing for individual offenders work.

Its interactive design will have virtual on-line depictions of the process behind sentencing offenders and will be useful for anyone trying to understand more about community sentencing.

Thank you.



06 August 2008

Home Security while on Holiday

Click here to see a leaflet which gives advice on home security during holidays.

Thank you.



29 March 2008

Scam Alert

We have been informed by the Traveller Liaison Officer that travellers have been reported offering various building repairs and tree-cutting services following the recent bouts of bad weather.

They tend to target elderly and vulnerable residents who they can more easily intimidate.

Please be aware of these callers and report them to the police with details of descriptions and any vehicles being used on the non-emergency number 0845 8 505 505. If calling please ask that your information is passed to PC Jim McGuinness to assist his on-going enquiries.

If you have any information or wish to report any suspicious incident please contact the police IMMEDIATELY on 0845 8 505 505 and state you are responding to this Ringmaster message, or if you believe a crime is in progress call 999.

Thank you.



12 March 2008

Scam Alert - Cash Machines

Police are warning people to take care when drawing cash from ATM machines. At approx 12.30pm on Monday 10 March a man was using a machine outside Barclays Bank in Sycamore Road Amersham when he was distracted by a dark European male suggesting he had dropped some money. Whilst distracted a second offender stole his credit card.

They were later seen boarding a train and thanks to the quick actions of the police, and some excellent witnesses, the train was stopped outside Little Chalfont and three men were arrested.

The following advice has been given when using machines.

  • Be aware of who is around you and insist on your space.
  • Avoid using machines which are not familiar to you
  • Try moving the card slot or key pad.
  • If there is a large amount of movement do not use the machine.
  • Try covering the key pad with one hand whilst entering your PIN number
  • Do not be distracted whilst making your transaction, even if someone is offering your money
  • If in doubt do not use the machine.

    NB DO NOT TRY TO REMOVE ANYTHING. IF THE MACHINE HAS BEEN TAMPERED WITH THE OFFENDERS MAY BE WATCHING. CALL THE POLICE ON 999

If think the machine has been tampered with notify the bank if it is open or call the police immediately on 999.

Thank you.


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