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SCAMS
For the latest fraud news from Action Fraud go to:
Distraction Burglaries

Police are advising residents to be vigilant after bogus 'plumbers' tricked their way into homes to steal money and possessions.
 
The first incident was in Sutton Common Road, when two men entered the home of a 92 old resident on the excuse of checking out damp in the loft. After the caller had left, he found that £1,000 had been stolen.
The suspects are both described as white men who spoke with a Cockney accent. One was aged about 50, 5ft 9in tall and of heavy build. He was clean shaven and wore a dark suit and tie. The other was aged 20-30, 5ft 10in tall and of chubby build. He had a round face and was clean shaven. He was wearing dark clothing.
 
In the second incident, cash, jewellery and a laptop were stolen from a family in Grove Road, after three suspects called saying they needed to turn on the taps to check the water pressure. .
 
Police advise residents not to allow unknown and unexpected callers inside their home.
'If in doubt, keep them out'. Ask to see their ID card and to tell you which company they are from. Close the door leaving them outside and contact the company they are claiming to represent using a business telephone directory or the number on your latest bill. If they are genuine, they will not mind waiting outside.
If you are suspicious and believe the caller is trying to commit a crime call police immediately on 999. We would rather come out and check that everything is OK than to find later, that someone has become a victim of crime.
Phone Scams
From our members

Flight Delay Compensation Scam
A phone scam that appears to be taking off, so to speak, in connection with claims for flight delay compensation.
 
Last month I submitted an online claim to my travel agent for a long delayed flight. Then two days ago my wife got an anonymous text from what looks like a UK mobile (447391562164) saying: "We have been trying to contact you regards your delayed or cancelled flight, you could be owed £510, reply PACK now to check for free, stop to opt out."
 
But this is most likely a scam: I tried calling the number twice, but only got a answering machine, not the travel agent. I am concerned that someone, perhaps on the agent's staff, has somehow found out about my claim and also got hold of my wife's mobile number from the booking details. On the other hand, though, perhaps they are sending out random texts to a list of numbers in the hope of catching someone with a claim.
 
N.B. This number has been associated with a number of other suspected types of compensation scams.
As with any other suspicious contact, don't reply, but if necessary contact your company using a business telephone directory or the number on your latest bill/letter.
ED.
 
TalkTalk Scam
Someone pretending to be from TalkTalk tried to scam us twice. Fortunately we didn't give into their requests for bank account details but they did manage to get into our computer. In a nutshell they were saying our computer had a Trojan horse and many viruses, the screen went blank apart from bank details . As we refused repeatedly to fill in our bank details they threatened to crash our computer! This went on for several hours. I finally phoned TalkTalk from my mobile to of course find out it was definitely a scam . When I took over the scam phone call and told them what I had done they terminated the call.
About Fireworks
Fireworks (including sparklers) must not be set off or thrown in the street or any other public place.
Fireworks must not be set off between 11pm and 7am, except for:
Bonfire Night, when the cut off is midnight; New Year's Eve, Diwali and Chinese New Year, when the cut off is 1am.
 
Buying fireworks
You can't buy 'adult' fireworks if you're under 18.
You can only buy fireworks (including sparklers) from registered sellers for private use on these dates:
15 October to 10 November
26 to 31 December
3 days before Diwali and Chinese New Year
At other times you can only buy fireworks from licensed shops.
You can be fined up to £5,000 and imprisoned for up to 6 months for selling or using fireworks illegally. You could also get an on-the-spot fine of £90.
LCW Magazine
Introducing the London Community Watch magazine.
Although LCW is not Neighbourhood Watch, the magazine is primarily produced for Neighbourhood Watch members in the London area who live in boroughs without established Neighbourhood Watch associations like Sutton. However you may find its content of interest.
To read it go to:
Policing and Crime in London Survey
The Mayor of London is preparing a new Police and Crime Plan, setting out priorities for the police and other parts of the criminal justice system. To have your say in the mayor's Plan, you can complete the following survey:
At the end of the survey, you'll be directed to discussions where you can keep talking about policing and crime issues with other Londoners.
Information Appeals
To see the latest appeals by Sutton police go to:
If you have any information about these incidents can you please contact Sutton Police on 101.
Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Robbery in Lancaster Way, Worcester Park
Police are appealing for witnesses after two teenage males were robbed by two males on a moped in an alleyway off Lancaster Way, Worcester Park, on Monday, 21 November at 21:30hrs.
The teenagers, who were on foot, were stopped by the suspects and threatened with a knife.
The suspects were wearing masks and crash helmets. They stole a mobile phone and cash before making off on a red moped.
Man Found Unconscious outside Ryman's
Police are continuing to investigate the circumstances leading up to why a man was found unconscious with a serious head injury in the pedestrianised area outside Ryman, the stationery shop, High Street, Sutton, on Monday, 14 November shortly after 00:30hrs.
The man, aged between 25-30, remains unidentified. Police believe he may have been assaulted but are continuing to keep an open mind.
Where is Geoffrey Simmons?
Police have issued an appeal for information about the whereabouts of Geoffrey Simmons, aged 55, who is wanted in connection with the theft of diesel fuel.
Simmons is known to frequent Sutton, Croydon and Mitcham areas.
Who is this Woman?
Police want to speak to this woman in connection with the fraudulent use of a stolen bank card at the self-service checkout at Waitrose, Worcester Park, on Monday, 10 October at around 17:45hrs.
The bank card was stolen from a vehicle in the car park at Cheam Sports Club, Peaches Close, Cheam, sometime from 17:15hrs the same day.
Among the other items stolen from the vehicle was a prayer card belonging to the victim which she had kept in her purse since her grandmother's funeral eight years ago.
Police Messages
To see the people wanted by Sutton police go to:
Violence In Sutton
From Detective Superintendent Fran Smith, Deputy Borough Commander:
 
Over the last few days we have seen a number of incidents involving violence in our Borough including two serious assaults in the Town Centre. Such incidents are unusual in Sutton. They are all separate incidents and for them to happen in a short period of time is extremely rare.
I would like to reassure residents that we are working hard to investigate these crimes as thoroughly and as quickly as possible.
Three males have now been arrested regarding the stabbing incident at Lodge Place on Tuesday, 22 November. We also arrested a male in connection with the assault on a man in Sutton High Street on Monday, 14 November. All our enquiries are continuing.
 
The bigger picture is that crime in Sutton is continuing to fall.
For example, for the seven priority crimes designated by the Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime, which includes violent crime, there has been a 2% reduction in the 12 months to November compared to the same period the previous year.
In addition, we have the second best reduction for violence with injury; a reduction of 5% in non-domestic violence with injury; and one of the best detection rates - all against a background of a falling crime over the last ten years of more than 35%.
Our approach over recent years has been to work closely with residents and local communities to make Sutton even safer. We are determined to keep crime low and keep Sutton one of the safest boroughs in London.
To see the latest crime figures for Sutton visit:
COMING EVENTS
Sutton Neighbourhood Watch will be at these events  to answer your questions and give advice