I am aware that despite many community messages, press releases etc, I am still seeing local residents becoming a victim of scams and frauds due to bogus telephone calls and emails. Please remember this:
The Police or your bank will NEVER
1. Ask you to withdraw money to hand over to them for safe keeping
2. Ask you to transfer money to a ‘safe account’ for fraud reasons or to aid an investigation, even if they say it is in your name
3. Ask you to lie to your bank about why you are withdrawing or transferring money
4. Send someone to your home to collect cash, PIN, cards or cheque books if you are a victim of fraud
5. Ask you to purchase goods using your card and then hand them over for safe keeping
6. Phone and ask you for your PIN or full banking password, even by tapping them into your phone keypad
This is a free online course on passwords from a company I have worked with. Takes about five minutes and I hope you find it informative




North Yorkshire Police is urging owners of high-performance cars to increase security and vigilance as part of an ongoing operation to tackle criminals involved in cash machine thefts.
In recent months, there have been a series of ATM thefts across the county and a region-wide investigation is ongoing to identify and arrest the offenders.
The build-up to these incidents usually involves the theft of a JCB or telehandler heavy plant machinery to forcibly remove the cash machine from the local area, a Transit-type van to transport the ATM away from the scene, and a fast car – often using false number plates – as a get-away vehicle.
Businesses operating heavy plant machinery and vans have been engaged by the police to increase awareness, improve security and encourage suspicious behaviour to be reported.
As a further preventative measure, officers are appealing to local people who own high-powered cars to do everything they can to keep their vehicles safe from organised criminals.
The preferred makes and models tend to be RS and S Audis, AMG Mercedes and M Series BMWs. However, any performance cars could be vulnerable.
Detective Chief Inspector Graeme Wright, of North Yorkshire Police, said: “We are doing everything we can to detect and deter such organised criminal activity.
“While the investigations continue, we are urging people who own high-performance cars to be extra vigilant and take every possible measure to keep their vehicles safe and secure when they are at home, at work or even on service station forecourts.
“It is important to keep keys out of sight, use gates and locks if appropriate and, if another vehicle can be used as a barrier, it all helps to make a theft more difficult. Old fashioned crook locks are also a very good tool in preventing vehicle theft for little money.
“We don’t want to scare people, but there are serious criminals on the look-out for these powerful cars and they will take advantage of any complacency when it comes to vehicle and home security.”
Any suspicious behaviour involving plant machinery and in the vicinity of cash machines should be reported to North Yorkshire Police on 101, option 1, and speak the Force Control Room. If an emergency response is required, always dial 999.
Alternatively, contact Crime stoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
Further security advice is available on the North Yorkshire Police






We have been made aware from a neighbouring force, of a scam that is currently being used by criminals.The suspect dressed as a bogus Royal Mail worker attends the victim’s home address stating that he has a parcel for delivery and that there is an outstanding balance of 55p (amount varies). The suspect states that the victim can only use a chip and pin device and asks them to enter their details. They do so whereby the offender states he has poor reception and goes back to his vehicle before driving off with the card. The card is then usually used at a nearby cash point to withdraw amounts of cash. Please pass on the information, and remain very vigilant and suspicious of handing over your bank cards.