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Surrey Police – Smishing Fraud Alert

The KRA has just received the following advice from Surrey Police and we pass this on to you now.

Dear all,

Smishing – the term used for SMS phishing – is an activity which enables criminals to steal victims’ money or identity, or both, as a result of a response to a text message. Smishing uses your mobile phone (either a smartphone or traditional non-internet connected handset) to manipulate innocent people into taking various actions which can lead to being defrauded.

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau has received information that fraudsters are targeting victims via text message, purporting to be from their credit card provider, stating a transaction has been approved on their credit card.

The text message further states to confirm if the transaction is genuine by replying ‘Y’ for Yes or ‘N’ for No.

Through this method the fraudster would receive confirmation of the victim’s active telephone number and would be able to engage further by asking for the victim’s credit card details, CVV number (the three digits on the back of your bank card) and/or other personal information.

Protect yourself:

  • Always check the validity of the text message by contacting your credit card provider through the number provided at the back of the card or on the credit card/bank statement.
  • Beware of cold calls purporting to be from banks and/or credit card providers.
  • If the phone call from the bank seems suspicious, hang up the phone and wait for 10 minutes before calling the bank back. Again, refer to the number at the back of the card or on the bank statement in order to contact your bank.
  • If you have been a victim of fraud or cyber crime, please report it to Action Fraud at http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/ or alternatively by calling 0300 123 2040

Surrey Police- Law Abiding Citizen Alert

The KRA has just received the following advice from Surrey Police and we pass this on to you now. Fraudsters are sending out a high volume of phishing emails to personal and business email addresses, pretending to come from various email addresses, which have been compromised. The subject line contains the recipient’s name, and the […] Continue reading →

Surrey Police – Burglary update

The KRA has just received the following advice from Surrey Police and we pass this on to you now. There have been a number of burglaries in the Banstead, Tadworth and Kingswood areas. The one on 3rd February in Kingswood was committed during the day and access made through a ground floor window. No one […] Continue reading →

Surrey Police : Protect Your Valuables after Christmas

The KRA has just received the following advice from Surrey Police and we pass this on to you now. Protect Your Valuables after Christmas Burglary has significantly reduced locally, helped by Surrey residents protecting themselves by securing their properties, ensuring doors are locked, and lights are left on. However, even with this decrease, we still […] Continue reading →

The Little Book of Big Scams

The KRA has received a number of alerts from Surrey Police and we pass these on to you now. 1) Phone Scam Alert A member of the public received a phone call a few days ago from 01572675765, The caller did not give her much detail but told her that they had a cheque for […] Continue reading →

Forewarned is Forearmed

The KRA has received news of a small spate of burglaries in the northern Reigate and Banstead area which could link to those in Epsom and Ewell. In the meantime Surrey Police continue to patrol in marked and unmarked cars. We do not want residents to be worried about burglaries but would like to make […] Continue reading →

Surrey Police : Cash Machines

We have had a spate of incidents where by cash machines that have the new security features are having coins jammed into their card reader, forcing members of the public to go to the next nearest cash point with less security features added. We are working with the local banks to try and identify the […] Continue reading →

Surrey Police : Warning of Counterfeit Bank Notes

Warning of Counterfeit Bank Notes Over the last few days we have had several reports of three smartly dressed men in suits trying to pass off fake £50 and £100 notes, believed Scottish counterfeit notes. They go into a shop and buy a small item with the note. We have had reports at Caterham, Nutfield […] Continue reading →