It is with regret that this week’s bulletin focuses once again on the online crime of Authorised Push Payment (APP).
This is where a victim is called by someone claiming to be from their bank or the Police and convinces them to transfer monies to another third party account. The fraudster tends to claim that the victims own bank account has been compromised in some way and that to ensure the safety of their savings they must transfer their money to another account; either online or by going into a physical branch.
They may also use names of genuine bank employees or Police, which they have found from previous alerts about these types of frauds.
The victim will usually be sworn to secrecy as part of the ‘ongoing investigation’ and may be told to come up with false reasons for transferring money if questioned by bank staff; or they’ve been told that the bank staff are in some way untrustworthy.
The perpetrators of these crimes are professional and will come across as genuine, authoritative and convincing. Please be aware:
Nobody from your bank or the Police will ever contact you and request that you transfer money from your account or reveal personal/financial information over the phone.
If you receive such a call then politely hang up. If you feel a need to contact your bank then do this from another phone as the fraudsters can continue to hold your phone line so that when you think you are calling your bank you are in fact still speaking to them. Alternatively contact the Police.
Either way under no circumstances should you transfer any funds or provide people with personal or financial information over the phone.
2 men aged 24 and 31 were arrested for being concerned in the supply of controlled drugs after Heroin and Cocaine were recovered from their vehicle when they were stopped by police on the A90 near to Inchture on Monday 26th April.
A 34 year old man will be reported to the Procurator Fiscal for drink driving on the A90 near to Inchture on Tuesday 27th April
A 21 year old man was arrested for drink driving in Barrack Street, Perth on Wednesday 28th April.
A 24 year old man was arrested for possession of a knife and fire-raising in Rannoch Road, Perth on Saturday 17th April.
A 28 year old woman will be subject of a report to the Procurator Fiscal for Careless Driving after failing to stop at a junction near Tibbermore and causing a 2 vehicle road traffic collision on Thursday 29th April.
A 43 year old man will be subject of a report to the Procurator Fiscal for theft by finding of a store loyalty card and 2 subsequent counts of fraud for use of the card in Crieff between March and April.
About 10:30am, Monday 3rd May, a 41 year old man was arrested for a number of offences including assault, police assault, resisting arrest and vandalism after causing a disturbance in Feus, Auchterarder.
A 19 year old man was arrested for theft of a red Audi A1 on Station Road, Dunning on Sunday 2nd May. The vehicle was recovered in Crieff.
During the last week 6 drivers have been found to be without insurance, 4 had no licence and 1 had no MOT.
Between 2:45pm, Sunday 25th and Monday 26th April, the rear windscreen of a Honda Civic was smashed in Doocot Court, Perth. (CR/12068/21)
Between 6pm, Monday 26th and 6:50am, Tuesday 27th April, a quantity of Dewalt power tools were stolen from a Volkswagen Crafter parked in Oakbank Road, Perth. (CR/12143/21)
Between Tuesday 20th and Friday 30th April, glue was inserted into the coin slots of a number of parking meters in various streets in the centre of Perth. (CR/12422/21)
Between Monday 26th April and Saturday 1st May, all 4 tyres of an Audi A4 were punctured in Cairns Crescent, Perth. (CR/12423/21)
Overnight on Thursday 29th April, the front driver’s side tyre of a silver Peugeot Partner was slashed in St Catherine's Road, Perth. (CR/12566/21)
Overnight on Thursday 29th April, paint was sprayed and smeared over a Renault Clio parked in a private driveway in Birch Road, Scone. (CR/12325/21)
Between Friday 23rd and Tuesday 27th April, a lightning conductor bar was removed from Stanley Mills. (CR/12569/21)
Between 4pm, Wednesday 28th and 6:15am, Thursday 29th April, damage was caused to the toilet block at the 9th hole of Blairgowrie Golf Course. (CR/12352/21)
A quantity of power tools were stolen from Muirton Farm, Alyth between Friday 16th and Friday 23rd April.
About 3pm, Friday 30th April, a white male, slim build, wearing navy jeans and a grey hooded top stole a white, pink and green Bossnut Calibre Mountain Bike from Dunkeld Road, Aberfeldy. (CR/12589/21)
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.
Local Area Commander
Perth and Kinross
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