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ALERT 22 November 2014


Please pass it on to any family or friends who might not receive this via Community Messaging.

VIRUS Alert - Related to failed delivery emails
This is a message sent via Wiltshire and Swindon Community Messaging.
This information has been sent on behalf of Wiltshire and Swindon NHW
Message sent by
Reg Halsall (NHWN, Communications Administrator, Swindon West, Wiltshire)


Feel this worth passing along. With the  holidays coming up, this could be a real problem.
The newest virus circulating is the UPS/Fed Ex/USPS Delivery  Failure.
You will receive an e-mail from UPS, Fed Ex, or USPS along with a packet number.
It will say that they were unable to deliver a package sent to you on such-and-such a date.
It  then asks you to print out the invoice copy attached.
Pass this warning on to all your PC operators at work and home.
This virus has caused Millions of dollars in damage in the past few days.
Snopes confirms that it is real. 



ALERT 7 June 2013


Please be advised of a theft that occurred on Wednesday 29th May at 3.30pm.
Two males have stolen gardening power tool attachment from the rear of a work vehicle parked in the driveway on Rivar road. The two males then made off in a new style white transit van in the direction of Oxenwood. Police are asking if any residents were aware of this vehicle at the location and can provide further information to please get in touch.

Kind regards

PCSO 6188
Pewsey East NPT
Tel: 101 ext 745818


ALERTS 28 May 2013

Please be aware of the following occurrences on Pewsey East


Milton Lilbourne

Over night from Tuesday 14 th May to the 15th May farm buildings have been  accessed by breaking through locks and a chain saw was stolen from within. A silver/grey Toyota Hilux, registration not known was seen in the location on the evening of the 14th May at 7.30pm and again at 10;30pm. We would like to ask residents to contact us with any information that will assist us with our enquiries.


Easton Royal

Over night from Tuesday 14th May to the 15th May 2013 farm buildings were entered via forced locks. Searches made nothing noted missing at this time.


Great Bedwyn

Friday 10th May at 4pm a van was broken into while parked at Chisbury wood top of Forest Hill. A small red vehicle was seen in the location at the same time. We would like to ask dog walkers to contact us should they see anyone acting suspiciously in these remote areas.

Over night on Saturday 18th May to Sunday 19th May 2013 two large flower pots containing flowers were stolen from the 30mph signs at Forest Hill.



On Friday 24th May 2013 at approximately 5pm fire fighters were called to an address on the Rivar. While the fire fighters were working to extinguish a chimney fire persons have stolen a fire fighters helmet left on a gate post close to the fire appliance. The missing item of uniform meant the appliance did not have the mandatory uniformed fighters on board taking this valuable resource off of the streets at a risk to life and property. If any member of the community finds the helmet or knows of its location then please do let us know. Alternatively you may hand it in to any local police or fire station.

ALERTS 22 May 2013


Over the weekend in the Marlborough area a works van was broken into on the Acres estate and tools taken from inside. Please try not to leave tools in vehicles overnight.

Between Saturday 18th May in the evening and Monday 20th May there was a burglary at a local farm whereby unknown suspects have stolen 3x Stihl Chainsaws and a leaf blower.

A vehicle was broken into at Westwoods on Saturday 18th May and money taken from a purse which had been left in the car hidden under a seat. I would advise dog walkers and visitors to our beauty spots not to hide anything in their vehicles and take all valuables including satellite navigation units with them as someone may be watching you.

On Sunday 19th May electric fence posts were taken from a farm in the Marlborough Area.

On Sunday 19th May 2x red honda quad bikes and a pit bike, none of them road legal were seen riding around the Baydon area. One of the males on the quad bike was thick set and had a tattoo on his neck. The rider of the pit bike had an orange helmet.

Any information on the above please contact police on 101.

Please forward to who you see fit.

Kind Regards,

Jonathan Mills PCSO 6093
Marlborough Police Community Support Officer


Observations are requested please for a silver coloured estate vehicle, possibly a VW Passatt with three or four large males on board, wearing hoodies,  involved in the attempt theft of a quad bike from Ham at approximately 1345 hours today.  It is believed this vehicle was parked near to the church in the village prior to the incident and the males subsequently made off in it towards the A338.

Any sightings or information please report to me, via email or via telephone 101. Log 160/22/05/2013 refers.

Thank you,
Community Beat Manager Pewsey East


(From a resident in Wilton)

Just thought it was worth warning you that I have just had an intruder walk into my house while I was sitting in the living room at 1.30 in the afternoon!
Thankfully I had Folie in the hall at the time and she growled, but he walked through the kitchen, poked his head round the door, saw me and said ‘Open Door’ then left after he saw I had 2 more dogs.
He was probably in his early 20’s, a little under 6’ (maybe), slim, shaven head, black jacket, long chain around his neck, white and English sounding.  As I was going through the village 5 minutes after to look for him a car went passed with 2 young men in it.  The passenger had his hood up and took a good look at me looking at him and I think it was him, but I stress I can’t be sure about that.  The car was a little Rover hatch.  In good condition and clean, dark metallic green (slightly lighter than British Racing Green) and sounded like the exhaust had been altered to make it sound a bit ‘boy racer’.  Not sure but think there was a D and/or a Z in the last bit of the registration.
He didn’t take anything from the kitchen, even my Kindle that was in full view where he was standing.
I have called the Police and I am waiting for them to arrive.   If anyone has had a similar experience I have a crime number to relate it to.
Anyway, just a warning not to leave your doors unlocked even while you are home.  And thank you to Folie, who may have saved my bacon!


ALERT 9 May 2013


Thieves over the weekend stole the catalytic converter from the exhaust of a pickup while it was parked on a driveway next to the school. The entire section was cut, probably by angle grinder, from under the car and replacement cost is in excess of £3000. The car dealer has reported that they have supplied a number in Wiltshire, particularly around Westbury, mainly for 4x4 diesel vehicles. The scrap value is £300 - £500. Police were informed on Monday when it was discovered.


It sounds like a new spate of these thefts may be happening, says NW administrator Kester Shelton. "It is so easy for these to be removed.

Please pass this message on to anyone you know who has a 4x4 or indeed an SUV Estate car which may have the same converter."


ALERT  8 December 2012


From: Angie Howard, The Lynch Neighbourhood Watcher


Just to let you know that last night at 8.30pm some burglars parked a car (Subaru?) with a trailer + quadbike on the corner of the Lynch. They then snooped around the premises of No 3 Swedish Houses.  Fortunately, John Hawkins was home and he just happened to notice some figures walking around his back garden.  He scared them off - but it is likely the quad bike was stolen and that they had been investigating the vehicles and machinery outside.
Two police cars came out after the incident was reported, and there has also been quite a lot of police presence in the village this morning, in case you were wondering.
It's the run up to Christmas so, please warn everyone that this has happened and be on the alert........

For more details of the local Neighbourhood Policing Team check under the information tab on the Wiltshire Police website.





15 Feb 2011


With thanks to a NHW Scheme coordinator who drew this report to my attention.

Whilst carrying out a cash withdrawal at an external ATM the victim was approached by two men who stood either side of him. Moments before the cash was about to emerge from the machine one of the thieves, who was standing on a hidden £10 note, flicks the note beneath the user then taps him on the shoulder to say he had dropped the cash. As the victim bent to pick up the note the second man grabbed the £350 from the machine and walked away. Meanwhile a third member of the gang started chatting with a woman waiting to use the machine to prevent her seeing what was happening. The victim, a 57-year-old man was not immediately aware of the theft and thought that the cash machine was faulty.



Crime Prevention Advice


When you are using an ATM there is a tendency to focus purely on the machine as you carry out your transaction. Be aware of your surroundings. If anybody is standing so close to you that they can see your hands don't enter your pin number. Trust your instincts. If you feel uncomfortable discontinue the transaction and walk away.

“Always cover your hand when you enter your pin number.

“If someone tries to gain your attention in any way as you are carrying out a transaction ignore them. Concentrate on the machine and retrieving your bank card and cash safely as a priority. If they are genuine they will still be there when your bank card and money is safely in your pocket., wallet or purse “

David J Budd

Crime Prevention Officer



Wiltshire Council PR 3772 26/11/2010 [For Immediate Release]

Warning over electricity top up scam

Wiltshire Council is warning local people to be on their guard for a scam which targets pre-payment electricity metered homes. The scam involves teams of criminals who knock at doors and offer a top up for half price. In fact the cards they use are illegal cloned cards, and as soon as the electricity supplier finds out the homeowner gets charged again. Some reported incidents have involved threatening behaviour.

Sue Wilkin from trading standards advises “some of the victims of this scam are the most vulnerable in our society. Anyone who suspects a suspicious caller should notify their electricity supplier first and then report the incident to consumer direct on 08454 040506 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting08454 040506end_of_the_skype_highlighting. If the incident is serious call the police immediately. There have been over 114,000 cases reported nationally so far, and some arrests have been made but clearly this is a serious organised crime with many criminals involved. Areas affected include Bristol, Southampton and Reading. It is only a matter of time before Wiltshire is targeted so we urge anyone with a pre-pay meter to be vigilant."



This has been passed on via another Force area through our own Fraud
Department In Wiltshire Constabulary, and it is a very convincing SCAM.
We have been asked to disseminate the information as widely and as
quickly as we can through Neighbourhood Watch, School Safe and others.

This one is pretty slick since they provide YOU with all the
information, except the one piece they want. Note, the callers do not
ask for your card number; they already have it. This information is
worth reading. By understanding how the VISA & MasterCard Telephone
Credit Card Scam works, you'll be better prepared to protect yourself..
One of our employees was called on Wednesday from "VISA", and I was
called on Thursday from "MasterCard". The scam works like this: Person
calling says, "This is (name), and I'm calling from the Security and
Fraud Department at VISA. My badge number is 12460. Your card has been
flagged for an unusual purchase pattern, and I'm calling to verify.
This would be on your VISA card which was issued by (name of bank) did
you purchase an Anti-Telemarketing Device for £497.99 from a Marketing
company based in London ?" When you say "No", the caller continues
with, "Then we will be issuing a credit to your account. This is a
company we have been watching and the charges range from £297 to £497,
just under the £500 purchase pattern that flags most cards. Before your
next statement, the credit will be sent to (gives you your address), is
that correct?" You say "yes". The caller continues - "I will be
starting a fraud investigation. If you have any questions, you should
call the 0800 number listed on the back of your card (0800-VISA) and
ask for Security.. You will need to refer to this Control Number. The
caller then gives you a 6 digit number. "Do you need me to read it

Here's the IMPORTANT part on how the scam works the caller then says,
"I need to verify you are in possession of your card." He'll ask you to
"turn your card over and look for some numbers." There are 7 numbers;
the first 4 are part of your card number, the next 3 are the security
numbers that verify you are the possessor of the card. These are the
numbers you sometimes use to make Internet purchases to prove you have
the card. The caller will ask you to read the 3 numbers to him. After
you tell the caller the 3 numbers, he'll say, "That is correct, I just
needed to verify that the card has not been lost or stolen, and that
you still have your card. Do you have any other questions?" After you
say, "No," the caller then thanks you and states, "Don't hesitate to
call back if you do", and hangs up You actually say very little, and
they never ask for or tell you the Card number .

But after we were called on Wednesday, we called back within 20 minutes
to ask a question. Are we glad we did! The REAL VISA Security
Department told us it was a scam and in the last 15 minutes a new
purchase of £497.99 was charged to our card. Long story - short - we
made a real fraud report and closed the VISA account. VISA is reissuing
us a new number. What the scammers want is the 3-digit PIN number on
the back of the card. Don't give it to them . Instead, tell them
you'll call VISA or MasterCard directly for verification of their
conversation. The real VISA told us that they will never ask for
anything on the card as they already know the information since they
issued the card! If you give the scammers your 3 Digit PIN Number, you
think you're receiving a credit. However, by the time you get your
statement you'll see charges for purchases you didn't make, and by then
it's almost too late and/or more difficult to actually file a fraud

What makes this more remarkable is that on Thursday, I got a call from
a "Jason Richardson of MasterCard" with a word-for-word repeat of the
VISA scam. This time I didn't let him finish I hung up! We filed a
police report, as instructed by VISA. The police said they are taking
several of these reports daily! They also urged us to tell everybody we
know that this scam is happening .


Passed on by the Gliding Club ... Please circulate to as many people as possible.

Red Peugeot 306 - R863 TCR tow bar fitted. Seen on numerous occasions around the county, occupants are believed to be involved in crime.


Please contact PC Lee Coleshill on 0845 045 4545 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting0845 045 4545end_of_the_skype_highlighting with any information.



It has been reported that a number of persons have recently received information by way of email warning them of various MO’s for car jacking’s, kidnapping and other serious offences which were alleged to have occurred within The MET area and Hampshire, with one such attempted kidnapping said to have occurred in Fleet Services, Hampshire.

The content of these emails is very concerning and would appear to be persons attempting to scaremonger the public for reasons unknown. The originator of these emails can not be traced but it is requested on these emails that you forward onto other persons, be that police or members of the public, specifically females. The emails will claim to originate from Brian Molloy, a DC within the FIU at Strathclyde Police. Although DC MOLLOY is a serving officer, within an intelligence role these emails are NOT FROM HIM. It would appear the intention is for people to harass him unintentionally by contacting him in relation to this, and he has previously been the victim of this type of misuse of his name in 2005.

There is nothing to suggest that there is a series of these type of offences within our area or neighbouring forces and this has not been sent out by any police force.

If you receive an email similar to this, check its authenticity. Only forward on or action emails from known sources / etc.


Wiltshire Council PR 3784 30/11/2010 [For Immediate Release]

Mega Monday

With the UK's busiest online shopping day 'Mega Monday' (December 6) fast approaching, the National Fraud Authority (NFA) and Wiltshire Council, are ringing out the bells about the growing threat of online fraudsters.

With over half the UK adult population now shopping online forecasters predict pre-Christmas web sales will peak at £23.2m between 12-1pm on 'Mega Monday' but such activity also raises the risk of buyers losing money to criminals.

Shoppers should be aware that behind some flashy websites, canny criminals are looking to cash-in on the December online spree. Anonymous fraudsters can set up legitimate looking websites to sell either counterfeit goods or no goods at all. There has been a 15 per cent increase in reports of online shopping fraud since July.

Particular care is needed when buying popular gifts online such as Smart phones, digital cameras, designer goods and branded boots.

Sue Wilkin from Wiltshire Council's trading standards advises “Consumers need to take basic steps to protect themselves this Christmas. Use secure websites that you trust. Do research before you buy, look for adverse feedback and check whether it includes a proper land based address. Ensure the website contain details of your cooling off rights under distance selling regulations. Check the phone number is legitimate and is UK. Always look for the “Https” to ensure it is a secure site and look for the padlock. If the price looks too good to be true then it probably is. Remember popular technology items are rarely discounted."

Advice is available from Consumer Direct on 08454 040506 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting08454 040506end_of_the_skype_highlighting08454 040506 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting08454 040506end_of_the_skype_highlighting .

For further advice and to report fraud, log onto or call 0300 123 2040 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting0300 123 2040end_of_the_skype_highlighting0300 123 2040 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting0300 123 2040end_of_the_skype_highlighting , Textphone 0300 123 2050 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting0300 123 2050end_of_the_skype_highlighting0300 123 2050 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting0300 123 2050end_of_the_skype_highlighting . Visit for other tips on staying safe online.

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