Derbyshire Alert is a community messaging service provided by Derbyshire Constabulary. Recent alerts & messages will be posted here when they become available.
27.4.01: Trading Standards warning about gutter cleaning business cold calling local residents. Details here
Scam calls about suspension of National Insurance Number received by local residents. Details here.
23.3.21: Thefts from Garages & Sheds in Bamford. Details here
18 September 20: Theft of Sheep in Hope Valley. Police appeal for information after sheep stolen from Hope Valley Farm. Click here for details, including how to contact Derbyshire Police.
20.7.20: Burglary In Calver.
An Audi SQ2, which was stolen from a house in Calver, in the Hope Valley, on 10 June, was recently recovered in Hyde, Manchester, and a camera – which had also been stolen during the burglary – was found to contain a number of pictures taken after the vehicle was stolen. For details, click on this link
20.4.20 CCTV Appeal After Man Allegedly Tried To Scam Businesses In Simmondley and Castleton
A man is reported to have called into the Coach House Stores and Post Office, on How Lane, Castleton, on Monday 9 March, and asked for cash to carry out work to solve a problem with rats at the back of the store. It is thought he also attempted the same scam at Peveril Stores, also in Castleton.
The man in this picture may be able to help with our inquiries. Do you recognise him?
1 Oct. 19: Robbery at Hathersage Petrol Station
Two men, armed with a knife and a screwdriver, robbed the petrol station in Hathersage on Tuesday 1 October. They were driving a dark blue Mercedes. Police would like to hear from anyone who was in the area at about 9am or who has dash cam footage of their journey.
16 Sept. 20 Theft of Toposcope from Winhill
The Police would like to hear from anyone who has any information on the theft of the toposcope from the summit of Winhill during the latter part of July. Phone 101 or make a report via Derbyshire Police Facebook. An object like this couldn’t be more unique and of absolutely no value in its stolen status to anyone.
3 August: Fraudsters Targeting Social Media Influencers
Apparent endorsement by celebrities, influencers or personalities does not necessarily mean that an investment, product or service is genuine. The public is urged to exercise a cautious approach to any such offer of investment, product or service with the same caution they would at any other time. Follow the link above for full details.
20.6.19: Scam phone calls to High Peak Residents
High Peak residents have been receiving fraudulent phone calls claiming to be from BT warning that their phone or internet services will be terminated within hours. Police advise that personal or financial information should not be given to the caller and the call should be reported to Derbyshire Constabulary on 101.
14.6.19: Scrap metal crime.
Residents are warned about a potential increase in scrap metal thefts and are advised to check that any scrap metal dealers they use have the appropriate licence from their local authority. Follow the link above for more details.
24 May Fake Talktalk Emails
The emails state that the recipients Talktalk account is in credit & that they are owed a refund. The links lead to malicious sites that could try to collect personal or financial data. Never click on links in suspicious emails or reply to messages that ask for personal or financial information. More information in here
6 Feb. 2019: Trading Standards warning about sales of memory foam mattresses
Flyers are being circulated about sales of these mattresses as part of a closing down sale. The public are warned that mattresses sold in the UK must comply with safety regulations such that they are flame-resistant and must have a blue safety label permanently attached. With no way of tracing the seller, there is no way of checking whether the mattress is safe, and it has been known for false safety labels to be stitched in to look authentic. Click link for full details.
1 Feb. 2019: Police Warning About Thefts From Postboxes
Police warn home owners with external post boxes about the possibility of theft after reports of mail being stolen.
21.1.19 Rogue traders target elderly residents in Derbyshire.
Following 3 cases when rogue traders approached elderly people offering to repair roof tiles, Derbyshire Police have issued this advice
A legitimate trader will never:
- Call without an appointment
- Ask you to withdraw money from a bank or make a bank transfer
- Offer to take you to withdraw any money
- Ask you to pay in full before the work is complete
- Insist a decision is made there and then on the work
- Intimidate you into having work done
4.12.18 Fraud by criminals posing as police officers. People in Derbyshire have been conned out of thousands of pounds by gangs posing as police officers who tell people that they have been the victim of fraud. Click here for full details.
Cyber criminals attempt to blackmail victims by claiming to have used the victims’ passwords to install spyware on their computers. Check the link above for more details.
21.09.18 Fake TV Licensing Refund emails
These fake emails offering refunds on TV licences contain links that are designed to steal personal & financial details. Check the link above for more details.
14.09.18 Fake Netflix emails
Fake emails claiming that there is an issue with your Netflix account are designed to steal your personal details, passwords, payments etc. Check the link above for more details.
30.4.18 TV Providers Discount Fraud
Fraudsters are cold-calling victims, claiming to be from a TV provider, offering discounts on their monthly subscriptions and requesting bank details to process payments for subscriptions or updated equipment etc. Follow the link above for full details.
5.4.18: Fake Bailiff Calls about Alleged Debts.
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. Read more here.
5.4.18. Online Sellers targeted by Fraudsters.
People selling items on online marketplace websites are falling victim to bogus buyers who fake overpayment for the item & manage to persuade the sellers to send back the overpayment. See the full report here.
16.3.18. False Telephone Preference Service
Fraudsters are cold-calling victims, falsely stating that they are calling from one of the well-known UK telecommunication service providers. They call victims claiming to provide a ‘Telephone Preference Service’ & ask for victims bank details. There is only one telephone preference service (TPS) and it is free. Read the full details here to avoid this fraud.
31.1.18. Phantom Debt Fraud: Fraudsters posing as debt collectors have been contacting members of the public asking for payment of ’phantom debts’. Read the advice here to avoid being scammed
18 January 2018: Improve Your Internet Security for free in 2 minutes
Quad 9 is a free DNS service providing an automated way to protect yourself and your business by blocking access to known malicious websites, like phishing sites designed to steal personal or banking details. Visit the Derbyshire Alert page on Quad9 here or the Quad9 website for full details.
14 November 2017: Cyber Security Advice Installing The Latest Software Updates. Have you installed the latest software updates? Install the latest software and app updates on all of your devices. These updates often contain important security upgrades which help protect your device from viruses and hackers. Do you want to know more? CyberProtect now has pages on Facebook and Twitter. Follow us now for more advice and support.
13 November 2017: Employment Fraud Fraudsters are targeting job seekers and trying to obtain their personal information, banking details etc. when they register with job seeking websites or The Student Room website More details here
17 October 2017: Phishing: How to protect yourself
Fraudsters create authentic looking emails purporting to be from genuine companies or even someone you know in order to defraud you. The emails are designed to infect your devices with malicious software (malware) or to steal sensitive information such as your financial details or passwords.
Attachments & Links
Don’t open attachments or click on the links in any unsolicited emails you receive. Email is the #1 delivery vehicle for ransomware and other forms of malware. The links could lead to malicious sites designed to infect your computer with malware or steal your personal & financial details.
Never respond to emails that ask for your personal or financial details. Your bank won’t send you emails asking for this type of information.