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Durham Fraud Detective wins national police award

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Tony Murray a Fraud Detective with Durham Constabulary has won a National Police Twitter Award.

Using the account @DurhamFraud DC Tony Murray of the of the Specialist Crime Operations Unit, has used Twitter in a creative way to send key messages to prevent fraud and inform members of the public how they can avoid being a victim.

@DurhamFraud has been active for less than a year, and has already garnered a substantial following and has now a Policing Newcomer award.

Durham Fraud took the category by storm fending off three other policing newcomers with the aim of the account to educate in the field of fraud prevention.

A particular success for @DurhamFraud has been the #Tell2 campaign, which encourages people to tell another two people about the key advice they have learned.

“We could all do with being a little bit more aware of the dangers fraud presents. I’d love to tell everyone, but if we each tell just two people, the message will spread”.

DC Tony Murray of the Durham Fraud Team has been raising national awareness of fraudsters and how easy it is to prevent ourselves from becoming a victim of fraud.

With a wealth of operational experience, DC Murray offers practical advice on how to defeat phone fraudsters not just on a local level, but on a national scale. Leading the fight against fraudsters.

DC Murray shares daily experiences on Twitter using @DurhamFraud to help prevent us from becoming victims to real-life fraud that is happening around us every day. In the hope, you will Tell 2 people.

https://twitter.com/DurhamFraud/status/862397470835437569

Tell 2 Campaign

DC Murray has now launched the innovative Tell 2 Campaign to prevent us all against fraud.

https://twitter.com/DurhamFraud/status/862395761752932352

The aim of the Tell 2 campaign is to tell 2 people about a current fraud that is happening within the UK at this moment in time to ensure they won’t fall victim of the same fraud.

Is Fraud really happening!

Fraud is happening every day and it is important we ‘Tell 2’ people because these criminals who are targeting our banks and data are very organised and professional criminals. They are simply after your money and once they’ve got it you’ll never get it back.

Companies may seem genuine but we really should not be doing business on the telephone, especially sharing personal banking or payment details with companies who have called us out of the blue.

DC Murray say’s the message we are trying to get out is; ‘Hang up on fraud’

“Even though it may be the company you deal with and even if it genuine just says; ‘I’m sorry I don’t do business on the phone. We are in that situation now where we have to say that.”

5 key areas Fraudsters target. 

Fraudsters can only really gain access to your details and money with what DC Murray calls ‘5 key enablers’ of Fraud.

These areas are your Home Telephone, the Internet, Your Mobile Phone, Your Letterbox and your door step.

DC Murray also goes on to say that we should ‘never assume any email, text, phone call, knock at the door or letter is genuine’ Fraud hurts people and once they’ve managed to get hold of your money it’s going to be hard to get it back.

There are over 50 Different Fraud but only 5 key ways to get into our homes! 

DC Murray told Police Hour “I want to stop all fraud and there are over 50 different fraud but only 5 key ways they will get into our homes Telephone, Internet, Mobile phone, Doorstep and Letterbox.”

“If we protect and #takefive around these key enablers and then #tell2 we can stop fraud .
“The telephone enables a 1/3 of all reported frauds in the U.K. So it is so important to tell people in your family, tell work colleagues, friends.
“The tell2 campaign is a way of engaging everyone to do their bit to help stop fraud , I want people to tell2 others about fraud and how to protect  E.g don’t trust caller ID , it can be spoofed by criminals to look like a genuine number.

“Did you know that when you hang up a phone call , a fraudster can keep the home phone line open for up to 10 seconds and even sooof a dial tone.”
“It is so important to hang up , TakeFive ( make a brew) and then verify via a trusted method.”
Please go and start talking about fraud , we can make a difference and a conversation with a loved one or friend can protect – #tell2″
Never do business on the phone or on your doorstep if it’s ANY cold call.”
Tony Murray Top Tips to prevent telephone Fraud!

1) Am I at risk?

A, Yes. While a lot of older people have become victims of telephone scams PC Murray says fraud can affect anyone.

2) What should I do if I get a suspicious call?

Hang-up immediately. Police say it is no longer safe to conduct any business over the telephone.

3) What should I do after I put phone down?

Before making any other calls you must make sure your phone line is clear. You can do this by calling a friend or your own mobile.

4) Then what should I do?

Once you know your phone line is clear call the police immediately. The quicker you report fraud the more chance you have of getting any stolen money back.

5) What can I do to reduce the risk?

Police say it is essential to chance your passwords regularly in light of recent cyber-attacks.

Action Fraud are offering the following advice in order to protect yourself:

•HMRC will never use calls or texts to tell you about a tax rebate or penalty or ever ask for payment in this way.

•Telephone numbers and text messages can easily be spoofed. You should never trust the number you see on your telephone’s display.

•If you receive a suspicious cold call, end it immediately.

To report a fraud and receive a police crime reference number, call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or use the online fraud reporting tool on the Action Fraud website.

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Terror suspect not cooperating with police Assistant Commissioner says

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Met Police assistant commissioner Neil Basu is providing an update outside New Scotland Yard.

He says the suspect, who is yet to be formally identified, is “not currently cooperating” with officers.

He adds police cordons are “likely to be in place for some time” as the investigation continues.

Basu says there “wasn’t a police car in pursuit of the vehicle” prior to it crashing into a security barrier outside Parliament.

He adds: “I believe it was an ambulance on a completely unrelated call.”

Armed officers are currently dealing with an ongoing incident outside of Parliament.

A vehicle was involved in a collision and armed police quickly deployed to the scene.

The vehicle crashed into a crash barrier that is there to protect the Houses of Parliament.

Met Police have confirmed a number of people have been hurt and the male driver has been arrested

Armed police approached the vehicle after it crashed into barriers.

Police quickly cleared the area and put a cordon in place.

The nature of the incident is not yet clear.

An eye witness has told Police Hour that he saw the vehicle driving at speed hit the crash barrier, police did not approach the vehicle until specialist officers arrived.

Specialist officers armed forced the door open and then forced everyone back.

Again almost half an hour after the incident police have further extended the cordon.

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Man arrested on suspicion of terror offences after two hurt

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Police have arrested a man on suspicion of terror offences after two people were injured when a car crashed into security barriers outside parliament.

The silver car is believed to have hit two cyclists before it crashed into security barriers at a checkpoint outside of parliament.

Two people have been treated at the scene and transferred to hospital for treatment.

Police have now confirmed that counter-terror officers are leading the investigation, The driver who is a man in his 20s, wearing a white shirt and a black hooded puffer jacket, was detained at the scene and is now in custody.

Met Police confirmed they were dealing with an ongoing incident, which involved armed officers outside of the Houses of Parliament.

The vehicle crashed into a crash barrier that is there to protect the Houses of Parliament within a security checkpoint.

It would be very unusual for a member of the public to be within this access point, this access point is guarded by armed police and only people on official Parliament business are granted access to this car park.

Unarmed officers held back from the incident this morning while awaiting armed officers to attend, police held the ambulance and fire service back until the situation was deemed safe.

Police quickly cleared the area and put a cordon in place, shouting to passers-by to clear the area. The cordon was quickly extended further and again further until the area of Westminster was placed on lockdown.

An eye witness has told Police Hour that he saw the vehicle driving at speed hit the crash barrier, police did not approach the vehicle until specialist officers arrived.

Specialist officers armed forced the door open and then forced everyone back.

 

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Armed Police responding to incident outside of Parliament

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Armed officers are currently dealing with an ongoing incident outside of Parliament.

A vehicle was involved in a collision and armed police quickly deployed to the scene.

The vehicle crashed into a crash barrier that is there to protect the Houses of Parliament.

Met Police have confirmed a number of people have been hurt and the male driver has been arrested

Armed police approached the vehicle after it crashed into barriers.

Police quickly cleared the area and put a cordon in place.

The nature of the incident is not yet clear.

An eye witness has told Police Hour that he saw the vehicle driving at speed hit the crash barrier, police did not approach the vehicle until specialist officers arrived.

Specialist officers armed forced the door open and then forced everyone back.

Again almost half an hour after the incident police have further extended the cordon.

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