|Wednesday 29th April 2020
During this time of social isolation it is important to ensure people who are potentially vulnerable to online criminals are supported to prevent them from being a victim of crime.
Criminals and Organised Crime Groups are using the Covid-19 restrictions to launch widespread Phishing attacks, targeting personal/business accounts either by email, social media, or text. They encourage users to click on malicious links/attachments which compromise their email or social media accounts, asking users to divulge banking information or access sensitive information.
The simple advice below describes how you can spot suspicious emails, and the steps you can take to ensure that you don’t fall victim, both at work and home:
Confirm details of the actual email address it came from, you can do this by hovering mouse over the senders email address.
Many phishing emails have poor grammar, punctuation and spelling.
Is the design and overall quality what would you’d expect from the organisation the email is supposed to come from?
Is it addressed to you by name, or does it refer to ‘valued customer’, or ‘friend’, or ‘colleague’? This can be a sign that the sender does not actually know you, and that it is part of a phishing scam.
Does the email contain a veiled threat that asks you to act urgently, or cause intrigue? Be suspicious of words like ‘send these details within 24 hours’ or ‘you have been a victim of crime, click here immediately’.
Look at the sender’s name. Does it sound legitimate, or is it trying to mimic someone you know?
If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. It’s most unlikely that someone will want to give you money, or give you access to a secret part of the Internet.
Your bank, or any other official source, should never ask you to supply personal information from an email.
Furthermore we have recently become aware of a scam which targets senior citizens and which is becoming more prevalent. It involves cold callers convincing the victim that they are due a windfall but stating that they require a payment by way of an Amazon or other voucher before monies are released.
We would ask that shops selling such cards be vigilant for people putting money on such cards and to contact the Police if they have any concerns.
Following a break-in at the BP garage, Dunkeld Rd, Perth at the end of March a 31 year old male and 31 year old female have been charged in relation to this incident.
In the early hours of Friday 24th April a 45 year old male was arrested following the robbery of a 47 year old male in Perth city centre.
Overnight on Wednesday 22nd April, 2 Sat-Nav devices were stolen from a black Mercedes recovery truck parked in Whitefriars Street, Perth. (CR/10465/20)
On Monday 20th April a black Dacia Sandero motor vehicle had its wing-mirror knocked off and had multiple panels scored on James St, Perth. (CR/10475/20)
Between 8pm, Thursday 23rd and 6pm, Friday 24th April, the tyre of a blue Audi TT was slashed in West Mains Avenue, Perth. (CR/10720/20)
About 9:45pm, Tuesday 28th April, a window was smashed at a property in Balhousie Street, Perth. (CR/10757/20)
About 6pm on Tuesday 28th April a cement mixer and plate compactor was stolen from Martin Plant hire, Crieff Rd, Perth (CR/10659/20)
About 8pm, Friday 24th April, a window was smashed at a property in Dundee Road, Meigle. (CR/10747/20)
Between Sunday 19th April and Saturday 25th April a grey Fiat Abarth motor vehicle was scratched on Knockard Place, Pitlochry (CR/10513/20)
Between Thursday 9th April and Sunday 26th April the car park at the Birks of Aberfeldy has been vandalised by means of spray-painting. (CR/10662/20)
Between Wednesday 25th March and Monday 27th April, the parking meter at Ben Lawers Car Park, Killin was broken into. (CR/10717/20)
Between 1pm & 2pm on Saturday 25th April a blue Mini Cooper and a black Vauxhall Grandland, both parked on Acremoar Drive, Kinross had their paintwork scratched. (CR/10679/20)
Anyone with any information that may be useful should contact Tayside Division on 101 or any police officer, quoting the crime reference number listed at each incident. Alternatively information can be passed anonymously via the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
FURTHER INFORMATION AND INTERNET LINKS
As we receive reports of crime, the information is shared on
I would encourage you to sign up for notifications.
Guidance on how to protect your property is available via Community Watch as well as on the Police Scotland Website, just click or copy and paste the following links:-
Guidance on how to deal with and report bogus callers can be found on the Police Scotland website – http://www.scotland.police.uk/keep-safe/personal-safety/doorstep-crime-and-bogus-callers
For information on vehicle and personal property security please go to the Police Scotland website page; just click or copy and paste the following links:-
Keep up to date with everything we are doing and all appeals by visiting the following sites:-
Your Community Policing Teams
Blairgowrie & Glens
Perth City North
PERTH – Sgt Nick Fillingham & Sgt Stuart Watson
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