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Burglary in Polegate

On Monday 20 June between 6.20pm – 10.40pm, the elderly female resident of a property in Brightling Road, Polegate, returned from an evening out to find her home been broken into and multiple items of value had been stolen.

Police are appealing for witnesses to any suspicious activity they might have seen in the area that evening, including sightings of any unfamiliar vehicles or people. Anyone with information to report in relation to this incident is asked to call 101 and quote reference number 1550 of 20/06.

Man charged with drink driving

Tinashe Nengoma, 37, from Langney Road, Eastbourne, was arrested on suspicion of drink driving on the evening of Friday 17 June on the A27 Polegate by-pass. He was subsequently charged for failure to provide a specimen and was bailed to appear at Hastings Magistrates Court on Thursday 6 July.

New Deputy Chief Constable joins this week
Read this article, by clicking here, about our new Deputy Chief who started with us this week

Restorative Justice in Sussex given recognition for quality
Great news for Sussex, read the full article here
Crime summary

Multiple scam reports this week in Wealden

There were reports of several scam phone calls doing the rounds again this week with scammers claiming to be from various recognised organisations, including Microsoft. They are not and this is a scam. Microsoft does not phone people up, computer engineers do not cold call. These people are fraudsters attempting to get control of your computer and either access financial details or to ask for money to fix a fault or a virus that they claim your computer has.

If you get any calls like this, just end the call straight away and never, ever give out any details to them. July will be ‘Scams Awareness Month’ with messages being sent out across the county about fraud and what to look for.

Action Fraud is also warning people to beware of any communications you might receive about the #Brexit results as fraudulent activities are already springing up around that. If you receive emails from unknown sources which contain links, do not click on them. Only trust something that you know comes from a reliable source.

We would like to encourage people to report all bogus calls either to us via 101 or direct to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 on using their online reporting tool on their website at www.actionfraud.police.uk – help us to put an end to this despicable activity.
Action Fraud

Online shopping websites are being utilised by fraudsters to advertise vehicles for sale which do not exist. After agreeing to purchase the vehicle via email with the fraudsters, buyers then receive emails purporting to be from Amazon Payments and/or Amazon Flexible Payment Service stating that their money will be held in an ‘escrow account’ (a bank account held by a third party, used as a temporary holding account during a transaction between two parties- for a 7 day ‘cooling off’ period). Once happy with the purchase the email indicates the money will be released to the seller, therefore offering ‘buyer protection’. In reality these emails are fraudulent and do not come from Amazon. The bank accounts are controlled by fraudsters.

Protect yourself

  • Remember that Amazon does not provide an escrow account to purchase items.
  • Meet the seller ‘face to face’ and view the vehicle before parting with any money.
  • Be vigilant of emails that purport to be from genuine companies and check the ‘domain’ name of the email address for any inconsistencies.
  • Check feedback online by searching the associated phone numbers or email addresses of the seller.
  • If the vehicle is below market value consider whether this is an opportunity too good to be true!
  • If you, or anyone you know, have been affected by this fraud or any other scam, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040 or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk.
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