KENILWORTH’s Safer Neighbourhood Team have been made aware of a scam being operated using the WhatsApp platform affecting residents in Kenilworth.
Earlier today a mother in Kenilworth received a WhatsApp message that purported to be from her son. The message said that he had changed his telephone number.
The mother believing it was her son texted the supposed new telephone number and within a short exchange of text messages she received a message asking for the transfer of some money.
Thankfully she realised it was suspicious and desisted any further contact with the telephone number she had been given.
Residents are warned to be vigilant to this type of scam. As this event shows criminals are getting very clever at impersonating people on line and through social media channels. Always check and double check if you receive a message that appears or sounds unusual.
If it looks unusual and suspect it most likely is suspect. This matter has been reported to ACTION FRAUD.
PLEASE DO NOT GIVE ANY PERSONAL DETAILS AWAY THROUGH SUCH CHANNELS.
Please be aware that between midday and 16.30hrs on Saturday 22 January 2022 offenders have forced a door and broken into a property at Crackley Hill, Kenilworth. Once inside the offenders carried out an untidy search. A number of items were stolen, including a laptop computer, Sony Playstation and items of jewellery.
This is incident 256 of 22 January 2022
If you think you may have seen or heard anything suspicious or have any information about the above incident then please contact Warwickshire Police on 101 or alternatively you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 1111
Please be aware that between 1835hrs and 1850hrs on Saturday 15 January 2022 two offenders one dressed in black and another wearing a high visibility jacket entered the garden of a property on Rouncil Lane, Kenilworththrough an insecure side gate.
The offenders have then forced two locks off an outbuilding and stolen a Stihl strimmer.
This is incident 310 of 15 January 2022
Please be aware that between 1600hrs on Saturday 15 January and 1230hrs on Sunday 16 January 2022 offenders have stolen a grey Range Rover Velar from a property at Clinton Lane, Kenilworth.
The keys for the vehicle were not stolen indicating that this was keyless vehicle theft potentially carried out by a device intercepting the signal from the vehicle’s keys inside a property nearby.
This incident highlights the need to place keys of vehicles with keyless entry in a faraday (metal) cage, box or pouch and consider a steering lock cover over the steering wheel.
This is incident 132 of 16 January 2022
If you think you may have seen, heard or have any information related to either of these incidents then please contact Warwickshire Police on 101 or alternatively you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 1111
Please be aware that a number of scam telephone calls have been received by Kenilworth residents over the past few days where a caller suggests they are calling from another police force. They suggests that they have offenders in custody who have tried to use credit and bank cards that belong to the recipient of the telephone call.
The scam is the caller then suggests to the recipient that they dial 999 to verify the call ‘whilst they leave the line open’. Householders are advised NOT to make any such calls because the trick is that the line is still open (the caller does not clear the line) and you will not get through to the proper 999 service but one that purports to be the 999 service which is the original scam caller.
In essence, the offenders are trying to trick the recipients of these scam calls into providing bank and credit card details. Once the offenders have such details they will spend up to the limits on such cards.
We’d like to make it clear, and if you look after or have elderly or vulnerable relatives, friends or neighbours, ask to you to let them know about these scam telephone calls and that NO police service or legitimate organisation will ever ask for bank or dredit card details over the telephone or at the door.
Anyone receiving one of these scam calls is advised to replace the receiver and make sure before using the phone again that the proper dialling tone is present and audible – if there is no dialling tone the line could still be open to the scam caller.
Please be aware that between 2200hrs and 2345hrs on Sunday 9 January 2022 offenders have attempted to break into one business unit and have successfully broken into two further business premises , where untidy searches have been made, all located at Princes Drive, Kenilworth.
This refers to incidents 337, 341 and 343 of 9 January 2022
Please be aware that overnight between 0030hrs and 0930hrs on Monday 10 January 2022 offenders have entered a VW Golf GTI motor vehicle that was parked at Kenilworth Hall, Pears Close, Kenilworth. The offenders made an untidy search and a number of items inside the motor vehicle were stolen.
This is incident 86 of 10 January 2022
Please be aware that between 0130hrs and 0315hrs on Monday 10 January 2022 offenders have entered a motor vehicle parked at Hawthorn Drive, Burton Green, Kenilworth. No items were stolen.
This is incident 27 of 10 January 2022
If you think you may have seen or heard anything suspicious or have any information about any of of the above incidents then please contact Warwickshire Police on 101 or alternatively you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 1111