Beware Text & Telephone Scams

Text Messsage Scam – Track & Trace

Kenilworth residents are advised to be vigilant with both text messages and telephone calls as some householders have reported they have received text messages and telephone calls that are scams being operated by criminals.

The bogus texts inform members of the public that a “COVID Home Testing Team” will visit their homes.

The text specifies a date and time for the visit and that the “team” will telephone the recipient upon arrival.

The text becomes suspicious where it states that the team “will enter your property and we will remain inside the front door to put on our protective clothing. You must wait in a separate room before we come to you.”

This is simply an attempt by thieves to gain access to people’s homes under the cover of coronavirus measures. Residents are urged to ignore such texts and keep their doors closed and locked if they receive a visit and call the police immediately on 999.

NHS Test and Trace will never ask you for financial details, PINs or passwords.

They will also never visit your home.


Phone Call Scam – Amazon Prime

Action Fraud, the national fraud and cyber crime reporting centre, is also warning people of a scam that has seen victims lose over £400,000.

Unsuspecting members of the public are being mercilessly targeted with automated calls which tell them a fraudster has used their personal details to sign up for an Amazon Prime subscription. The victim is then instructed to press 1 to cancel the transaction. When they do this, they are directly connected to the real scammer who poses as an Amazon customer service representative.

The criminal tells the victim the Amazon Prime subscription was purchased fraudulently and that they need remote access to the victim’s computer in order to fix a security flaw that will prevent it from happening again. The victim is instructed to download an application called Team Viewer and asked to log onto their online banking account. The software download grants the fraudster remote access to the victim’s computer and allows them to see the victim’s personal and financial details.

Other variants of the crime involve victims being told they are due a refund for an unauthorised transaction on their Amazon account.

Action Fraud has received 200 reports from people who have lost money to the scam. They have received a further 300 reports from people who received one of the scam calls but did not follow the fraudsters instructions.

Please be vigilant and also advise and support anyone who you know that maybe especially vulnerable.

Speeding Campaign hits home locally

Warwickshire Police has issued almost 3000 speeding tickets to drivers during just two weeks of a national anti-speeding campaign that asked drivers to slow down and take extra care as more people return to the roads.During the two weeks, many drivers received Traffic Offence Reports for speeding in a 30mph zone.

Locally this included one driver detected driving at 45mph on Hampton Road, Warwick, and another driver doing 48mph on Rugby Road, Cubbington, – all 30mph zones.
In the Kenilworth area 21 drivers were the subject of further police action as a result of speeding.

In the neighbouring Warwick Rural East area 10 drivers were the subject of further police action.

15 drivers were the subject of further police action in Warwick with a further 10 drivers also facing police action from speeding in the Lapworth, Chadwick End and Shrewley areas of the Warwick Rural West area.
The Safer Neighbourhood Teams SNT’s from the areas concerned led these checks and formed part of a wider operation across the county totalling some 26 separate speed checks.
Between Monday 25 May and Sunday 7 June officers conducted both static and mobile speed checks around Warwickshire’s towns and villages, collision hotspots, high speed routes and motorways. Officers from the Roads Policing Unit supported by the Special Constabulary and SNTs, issued 175 Traffic Offence Reports to drivers and a further 94 drivers were given words of advice about their speed.
In the same two week period, static speed cameras in the region recorded a total of 2,689 driver speeding offences on Warwickshire’s roads including motorway variable speed detections.
Officers caught one driver travelling at 109mph on the M40 with no insurance. His vehicle was seized and he was reported to court where magistrates will have the discretion to issue a driving ban or six penalty points on his licence.
Another driver also had his vehicle seized for no insurance and was reported to court after he was caught driving 110mph on the M6.
Other drivers were automatically reported to court for driving offences of 104mph on M40 whilst undertaking, 106mph on A46 and 126mph on A46.
Officers from OPU caught a repeat offender travelling at 41mph in a 30 on one day, who they then caught again travelling at 95mph on the A45.
Although reports of higher speeds attract attention, nationally 49% of speeding offences are committed in areas with designated 30mph speed limits, potentially putting the lives of pedestrians including children at risk.
During the two weeks, many drivers received Traffic Offence Reports for speeding in a 30mph zone including one driver detected driving at 45mph on Hampton Road, Warwick, and another driver doing 48mph on Rugby Road, Cubbington, – all 30mph zones.
Inspector Kirsty Clough said “Throughout the lockdown period police officers have been out conducting speed checks and stopping speeding vehicles across the county to tackle irresponsible and dangerous driving habits.
“In Warwickshire, between 1 January 2017 and 31 December 2019, 92 people were killed and 669 seriously injured in collisions where speed or loss of control was recorded as a contributory factor and Warwickshire Police is committed to reducing this number.
“Driving safely within speed limits helps to keep all road users safe and to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured on our roads. With some children having returned to school from 1 June and more cyclists, walkers and pedestrians on our roads, this is even more important now.
“Speeding is a choice drivers make and we will continue to target irresponsible drivers who drive above the speed limit.”
Police didn’t just catch offenders for speeding, on Wednesday 27 May, a 22-year-old man from Oldbury was arrested near the Stonebridge Island after a speeding vehicle failed to stop for police. Officers seized a large quantity of cash and mobile phones and the driver failed a drug test. He was arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of drugs, failing to stop, money laundering, and drug driving. He was later released under investigation while enquiries continue.

On Thursday 28 May, a 23 year old man from Coventry was arrested after it is alleged a speeding car failed to stop for police in a 30mph zone, and collided with a hedge in Back Lane, Rugby. The man was later charged with drink driving, driving without insurance and speeding. His vehicle was also seized. He will appear at Warwickshire Magistrates’ Court on 10 July.
Three motorists caught speeding also had their vehicles seized for not having a driving licence.
What will happen if I’m caught speeding?
Speeding drivers who are eligible for and accept a conditional offer of a fixed penalty receive 3 penalty points and £100 fine. Fines are collected by Her Majesty’s Courts & Tribunal Service and go directly to the Treasury.
Excessive high speed offences will not get a conditional offer and will be prosecuted via the courts.
You could be disqualified from driving if you build up 12 or more penalty points within a period of 3 years. New drivers who receive 6 or more penalty points within the first two years of driving will have their license revoked.
Those drivers who admit the offence of speeding and are eligible may be offered the opportunity to do an online speed awareness course on the effects and dangers of speeding as an alternative to a speeding fine and penalty points.
The course aims to influence the attitudes and behaviour of drivers by directly challenging attitudes towards speeding, offering motorists’ insight, awareness and understanding about their speed choices, and helps equip participants to change their behaviour.
The course is not a way to consistently avoid fines however, you can only complete one speed awareness course every three years.
Warwickshire Police also offer a National Motorway Awareness Course and if this is offered only one can be completed every three years.

Ford Fiesta’s targeted by Vehicle Thieves in Kenilworth

Vehicle owners are being advised across Kenilworth to ensure they take all reasonable steps to keep their vehicles secure at all times following two vehicle thefts within minutes of one another in the town.

Please be aware that between 21.30hrs and 21.55hrs on Monday 1 June 2020 offenders stole a Ford Fiesta motor vehicle that was parked on a private drive to a property at Clinton Lane, Kenilworth. A silver grey Volkswagen Polo was involved with the theft being driven by a second person. The stolen vehicle made off towards the town centre.

This is incident 458 of 1 June 2020

Please be aware that between 21.30hrs and 21.55hrs on Monday 1 June 2020 offenders stole a Ford Fiesta motor vehicle from a private drive on Fishponds Road, Kenilworth. One of the offenders was wearing a grey balaclava with a blue hoody jacket and was about 6ft 2” tall and well built. A second offender was described as wearing a black balaclava with black hoody jacket was about 6ft and of slim build. The stolen vehicle made off along Brookside Avenue, Kenilworth.

This is incident 460 of 1 June 2020

If you think you may have seen or heard anything suspicious or have any information about either of these incidents then please contact Warwickshire Police on 101 or alternatively you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111

Kenilworth Residents advised about Doorstep Callers

Kenilworth’s Safer Neighbourhood Team are currently receiving reports of door to door sales people operating in Kenilworth.

Householders are advised not to buy goods from these people, or feel the need to open the door to them, they have been advised to leave the area by Safer Neighbourhood Team.


Kenilworth Vehicle Speed Awareness Campaign started…

Kenilworth’s Safer Neighbourhood Team were conducting speed checks as part of the NPCC speed campaign earlier today on Glasshouse Lane. As a result a number of drivers were stopped and spoken to in relation to their speed, and offered words of advice.

Further speed checks are planned and will be conducted over the next few days across Kenilworth so drivers have been warned.