Recent Scams / Police Notices

27Jan 2017

Beware letting autofill fill out forms using stored profiles – it can be hacked Reported in IET Journal (January 12th, 2017) it is possible for internet hackers to use the so-called autofill feature found on many browsers to steal private information. The user may be unaware that a number of “hidden” data fields are accessible while […]

11Nov 2016

(In addition to below, the editor notes that the old TalkTalk scam has resurfaced in Weymouth. Beware an Asian gentleman, calling himself “Roger” or similar, who tells you, for example, your internet account will be suspended for whatever reason (e.g. hacking) and he needs you to log into your computer so he can “correct the […]

23Sep 2016

PS Sus Cirs This is a message sent via Dorset Alert. This information has been sent on behalf of Dorset Alert (Please do not reply or forward this email directly; please use the Reply, Share buttons at the bottom of this message) Message sent by Julie Heath (Dorset Police, Volunteer, Weymouth Portland) Friday 23rd September […]

16Sep 2016

Phishing Email Alert This is a message sent via Dorset Alert. This information has been sent on behalf of Action Fraud (National Fraud Intelligence Bureau) (Please do not reply or forward this email directly; please use the Reply, Share buttons at the bottom of this message) Message sent by Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National) […]

04Sep 2016

Dotted around Weymouth, on the Esplanade and the Harbour, are several life-saving / life-preserver points :- Frequently during the year, drunken half-wits  remove the life-saver itself, putting lives at risk. This morning, the Beach Patrol discovered the open Box and were able to retrieve the flotation aid from the Beach (around 6:40 a.m.) We think […]

11Aug 2016

(With information from Engineering & Technology, Vol.11, Issue 7/8, 2016, p.56 – 58) Broadband companies and how they mis-sell their products to customers in the UK has been described by leading MP’s as a scam. Wading through dubious offers, exaggerated claims, woeful and inadequate customer service and poor product performance has been likened to battling […]

26Jul 2016

Did You Know That Many Services Are Available Through The Website? This is a message sent via Dorset Alert. This information has been sent on behalf of Dorset Alert (Please do not reply or forward this email directly; please use the Reply, Share buttons at the bottom of this message) Message sent by Amy Crowfoot […]

20Jun 2016

Dorset Police And Partners Ask Weymouth Revellers RU2Drunk? This is a message sent via Dorset Alert. This information has been sent on behalf of Dorset Alert (Please do not reply or forward this email directly; please use the Reply, Share buttons at the bottom of this message) Message sent by Amy Crowfoot (Dorset Police, Communications […]

07Jun 2016

(Your Editor would also caution that at least two serial nuisance caller firms are “attacking” in Dorset in addition to those noted below. Multigen is an Indian scammer company pretending to research market prospects but really trying to steal your personal information to sell onto other scammers. They keep the same company name but constantly […]

04May 2016

(The below is copied directly from Which Magazine’s email to your editor today) – The cold truth: we’re all at risk from fraud and scams. We’re all being targeted by increasingly sophisticated online frauds and scams. Last year nearly four million people, like John, fell victim to scams: I noticed a fraudulent £1,800 payment on […]

22Apr 2016

A member reports a no-show guest who, having forfeited the deposit as per terms and conditions, then attempted to obtain a refund from the online booking agent – which was unsuccessful. However, the person then claimed a “charge-back” from her card supplier, claiming it was “a fraudulent use of her card”. This was several months later, […]

11Apr 2016

(A member reports) – “Hi everyone, There was a group of 3 men going under the company name of Stormproof Roofing who proved to be a problem in several guest houses last week. Their names are Raymond, Leonard and Kieron.  They smoke in the room (on one occasion burning a duvet), create a mess and […]

11Apr 2016

Payment Diversion Alert This is a message sent via Dorset Alert. This information has been sent on behalf of Action Fraud (National Fraud Intelligence Bureau) (Please do not reply directly to this email, please use the Reply button at the bottom of this message) Message sent by Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National) Fraudsters are […]

04Mar 2016

One of our members reports the following “blackmail”/”sabotage”/”vengeance attack” by BT Business against their establishment – for daring to switch to another phone and broadband supplier – confirmed today by staff at TalkTalk – their new supplier. “As predicted, BT Business are playing silly beggars and not releasing our own business phone number to TalkTalk. […]

04Mar 2016

(Taken from the Guardian online – 26th Septemebr 2015 – Recently alerted to Natwest and Santander customers) Be card sharp as swapping a mobile sim is key to a new scam. Photograph: RayArt Graphics/Alamy Anna Tims Saturday 26 September 2015 07.00 BST When Emma Franks’ mobile phone stopped working she assumed there was a technical problem […]

04Mar 2016

“Hi all One of our members has asked me to bring this to your attention They received a phone call supposedly from the Dorset County Council saying that they here had been reports of cockroaches on their property and that the DCC had sent them several letters and left one messages regarding this which was […]

04Mar 2016

Businesses Across the UK Being Extorted This is a message sent via Dorset Alert. This information has been sent on behalf of Action Fraud (National Fraud Intelligence Bureau) (Please do not reply directly to this email, please use the Reply button at the bottom of this message) Message sent by Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, […]

26Feb 2016

Criminal Damage This is a message sent via Dorset Alert. This information has been sent on behalf of Dorset Alert (Please do not reply directly to this email, please use the Reply button at the bottom of this message) Message sent by Tom Bolton (Dorset Police, Volunteer 4008, Weymouth Portland) Friday 26th of February 2016 […]

20Feb 2016

Update: Protect Yourself from Bogus Websites This is a message sent via Dorset Alert. This information has been sent on behalf of Action Fraud (National Fraud Intelligence Bureau) (Please do not reply directly to this email, please use the Reply button at the bottom of this message) Message sent by Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, […]

19Feb 2016

Theft This is a message sent via Dorset Alert. This information has been sent on behalf of Dorset Alert (Please do not reply directly to this email, please use the Reply button at the bottom of this message) Message sent by Tom Bolton (Dorset Police, Volunteer 4008, Weymouth Portland) Between 4.30am and 6am on Monday […]

17Feb 2016

(The below is taken from Journal of Engineering and Technology, online edition, 16th February, 2016)   Four out of five UK cars failing CO2 limits, study finds –  16 February 2016  – By Tereza Pultarova While car emissions have been falling on paper, emissions produced in the real world have remained largely stable An average car […]

17Feb 2016

A member reports today they received two calls in quick succession from a person claiming to be from Link Technology and then, in the second call just 3 minutes later, from X-Link Technology. Both times the caller’s number was withheld. Both the named companies are legitimate but have absolutely nothing to do with telecomms. The […]

17Feb 2016

Reformed Burglar Issues Crime Prevention Tips To Residents This is a message sent via Dorset Alert. This information has been sent on behalf of Dorset Alert Message sent by Amy Crowfoot (Dorset Police, Communications and Engagement Department, Dorset) A reformed burglar who has spent 18 years in prison for committing various offences is helping Dorset […]

04Feb 2016

(The following is taken from IET Journal, Vol. 11, Issue 1, February 2016 and is offered as a basic grounding only) Automated Teller machines have been around for at least 50 years. Thankfully, grab-it-and-run style robberies are on the decline, but more sophisticated methods are on the rise. Attacks on ATM machines and users are at […]

28Jan 2016

Anyone with notable scams (e.g. funny, stupid, frighteningly accurate, sinister) send the “best” one to me (IN PLAIN TEXT ONLY! – and no attachments)  I can post it here, to amuse or warn our members. Sorry, there isn’t a prize! This came in a few days ago and amused your editor – Attention sir/madam, Please I want […]

25Nov 2015

We do not wish to panic anyone but various internet attacks are much in the news these days and some people think they are increasing in number and severity. Below is a brief synopsis of the issues – Please note the first graphic depicts a ONE WEEK period this October (Courtesy of Engineering and Technology […]

10Nov 2015

A member reports she has been “contract-slammed” by BT Business over a broadband so-called “regrade”. Contract slamming is usually where a company takes over your telephone (or other service) contract without your knowledge or consent. Major suppliers like BT, “hold up their hands in horror” at the practice but various online sources reveal they are […]

27Oct 2015

Beware malicious guests – They lie, exaggerate and give a terrible review. Worse still, they use brute force to damage fittings in the room to lend strength to claims in their reviews that stuff is broken and doesn’t work. They lie about breakfast ingredients and the beds. Avoid them and deny entry to hese nasty, […]

26Aug 2015

Someone claiming to be from Truecall keeps pestering one of our members. The member keeps telling them to stop – there is no-one able to deal with the matter – but – “Truecall” keeps calling back. This kind of behaviour is legislated against and persistent offenders can find themselves facing very hefty fines (up to […]

21Jul 2015

This article was prompted by a plea in The Dorset Echo online, for a 100% cull of gulls, due to noise, dirt and damage. While we think 100% is a little harsh, any rational person would have to agree with the sentiment. Noise Residents, guests and visitors along Weymouth sea front will be familiar with […]