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Another Coronavirus Scam and Police Advice

Posted on 2nd April, 2020

UPDATE 19 APR 2020


Somerset: Tesco Email Scam


We have been alerted by a Neighbourhood Watch scheme of a scam email that claims to be from Tesco saying that “You Are Our Winner”. It doesn’t say what you have won, but asks you to click on a link to confirm your identity. Please don’t click on these links as you may download a virus onto your computer. At the very least it will try and get your personal details. The email comes from a company in Kentucky in the United States.


As with any email you get unexpectedly from someone you don’t know, delete this message without clicking on any of the links.


(See Coronavirus Scam Summary)


More COVID19 Information


March Crime Figures – AN010


The attached document provides a breakdown of the crimes that occurred in your beat area during March 2020.


Attachments: an010.pdf


Attempted Burglary Residential


A home in Church Road, Winscombe has been the subject of an attempted burglary on the 16th at around 5:50am. The homeowners were alerted by the sound of someone in their rear garden and upon checking could make out the figure of a male dressed in black trying to break through their rear door, the offender was disturbed and left but the glass to the rear door had been smashed in an attempt to gain entry. The man left via Church Road and no vehicle is believed to have been used.


If you contact the Police about this incident, please call 101 & quote Reference number: 5220083397 or Call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111, thank you.



UPDATE 07 APR 2020


Somerset Scams and Fraud Video


Please find a link to our senior safety video, which discusses the topic of Covid-19 scams and frauds that are being targeted at the vulnerable and elderly. This may help protect the many frightened and vulnerable elder citizens in our communities. Please pass the link to anyone who would benefit, or watch and take notes to pass on to those residents nearby who don’t have access to the internet.


Do please stay safe & stay home.




Another Coronavirus Scam (Text Message)


The latest scam seems to be that scammers have been sending fake texts to individuals threatening a fine for leaving home. The text claims that the UK Government has been tracking your movements and that you left the home on given dates and travelled a specified distance. You are then told that you have to pay a fine, which will increase the longer you take to pay it. THIS IS A SCAM. It uses the name of a civil authority and preys on your worry that it will cost more if you ignore it. Delete the text and never click on any link in a message from someone you don’t know.


The BBC Website has more information on this and can be found by following this link.



Press Office Release, Fraud & Scam awareness


Avon & Somerset Police Press Office have released information regarding recent online Fraud and Scam activity relating to the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic.


Please do take the time to read through this information, you can either follow the link below or open the file attached.


Please Stay in and Stay safe.


Beware fraud and scams during Covid-19 pandemic. Stay at home – stay safe on line




Police Enquiry Offices & Reporting Issues


The majority of police enquiry offices across the force area have been closed in a bid to reduce the spread of coronavirus.


Four of them will remain open seven days a week, but should only be used if absolutely essential. Anyone displaying coronavirus symptoms or self-isolating should follow Government advice and stay at home and report matters for the police through our website instead. https://www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/report/


The four in operation from 8am-8pm (weekdays) and 9am-5pm (weekends) are:

•Bridewell Police Station, Bristol

•Patchway Police Centre, South Gloucestershire

•Bridgwater Police Centre, Somerset

•Yeovil Police Station, Somerset

Assistant Chief Constable Stephen Cullen said: “This has not been an easy decision to make but has been made in accordance with the Government’s announcement on Monday that people should remain at home unless absolutely necessary to reduce the spread of this virus. The decision will remain under constant review.


“By temporarily reducing the number of enquiry desks open it will allow us best maximise the resources available to the force at what is critical time for policing.


“We remain committed to providing a visible police presence in all our communities, and any enquiries that would traditionally have been handled face-to-face will be conducted online through our website, including reporting non-urgent crimes.


Further guidance:

• Please only call 999 in an emergency. If you need to call our 101 service, please consider whether you can report online instead via our online reporting tools.

• Visit our dedicated COVID-19 page for links to all the latest news on policing services. • Visit GOV.UK to read the Government’s advice on COVID-19.

• See Government advice for staying at home, for households with possible COVID-19 infection and social distancing to protect vulnerable groups.

• Visit the NHS website for hygiene advice and advice on calling 111.

• For advice on mental health, visit the Every Mind Matters website.

Please also be aware that all NHW Administrators are now having to work from home. This means that they will be available by email and by mobile phone only. All post, both incoming and outgoing will be severely delayed until further notice.


Previous scam information


More COVID19 Information


Theft from a Motor Vehicle


A car parked in Elmhurst Road, Hutton has been broken into between 10pm on the 31st and 6am on the 1st. The owner of the vehicle has gone out to the car in the morning to find the door wide open and all compartments within have been searched through, the offender had stolen a box containing locking wheel nuts. There was no sign of forced entry.


If you contact the Police about this incident, please call 101 & quote Reference number: 5220073294 or Call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111, thank you.


Attachments: beating-car-crime-cj019.pdf



Residential Garage Burglary


A garage has been broken into in Grenville Avenue, WSM on the 1st between 9:30am and 10am. The offender arrived in a drop tail lorry, wearing a yellow high visability jacket and orange trousers, similar to that of a refuge collector. They entered the garage through a double glazed door without force and stole a Makita Drill and additional battery, charger and a bag of shopping before departing where they were viewed also picking up a food bin.


If you contact the Police about this incident, please call 101 & quote Reference number: 5220073437 or Call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111, thank you.

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