News Update 11 July

I made the mistake of having a few days off and came back to a mountain of work so my Facebook posts have been a little thin this week!  Here is a selection of what I have been able to upload.

West Midlands Police press release, posted Friday 11 July.

Drivers are being urged to bolster car security as unusual items including lights and even a door panel have been targeted by thieves.In one crime a car left with the engine running was stolen from a garage forecourt in Bloxwich.

The red Honda Civic was taken by an opportunist thief at lunchtime on Friday 6 June and later recovered nearby.

Patrols have been boosted across the borough while Neighbourhood Watch groups are being asked to remain alert.

While car crime as a whole is down from a high of 4,714 in 2002/2003 to a low of 1,955 in 2013/2014 the past few weeks have seen a rise in car crimes with 32 investigated by officers last week.

Of those 32, four owners admitted leaving their cars unlocked while eight had external parts such as hubcaps, mirrors, a light cluster and a door panel stolen.

This recent rise is very unusual − as are the parts being targeted by thieves.

Officers have a plan in place to catch the crooks which includes plain clothes patrols and the use of capture cars − vehicles fitted with tiny CCTV cameras, microphones and silent alarms which alert officers when they are tampered with.

In addition to the technology, we’re also asking people to play their part by removing valuables, locking cars and keeping their eyes and ears peeled.

Tips for drivers:

• Don’t leave keys in the ignition when the car is left unattended
• Lock and check your car when you leave it
• Don’t leave anything on display
• Take your sat nav with you when you leave the car and remove any marks left by sat nav suction pads
• If you have a garage use it
• Never leave valuables in the glove box

It’s important to remember that insurance companies won’t pay out if drivers have forfeited their policy by not removing valuables and securing their vehicle.

cash on the dash poster
 

For free car security tips visit: http://www.safermotors.co.uk/
 
Death Of Police and Crime Commissioner Bob Jones
 
Following the untimely and sad death of West Midlands Police and CrimeBob Jones CBE Commissioner Bob Jones on 1 July, I have posted several times.
 
I July.
Sad news, the West Midlands has lost a hard-working, dedicated servant and a nice man.

Police and Crime Commissioner Bob Jones CBE dies

Book of Condolences for Police and Crime Commissioner Bob Jones

Follow the link below to leave a message of condolence for PCC Bob Jones who sadly passed away today.

 
11 July.
Please follow the link below for information of an event to celebrate the life of West Midlands PCC Bob Jones, who sadly passed away at the beginning of this month. Members of the public are welcome to attend but in order to give an idea of numbers, are requested to register their interest.
 
And finally… the shop, which is now open in Walsall’s Saddlers Shopping Centre.  Hopefully i’ll have some photos next week!
 
Posted 1 July.
 

I’m turning into “Mr Shiftit” this morning as I move furniture and equipment into the ‘pop-up’ shop we’re opening in Walsall’s Saddlers’ Centre. The shop, which is in Park Mall next to Vodafone, will be open in the next few days.

Here’s the press release:

Shoppers can pick up safety tips thanks to cop shop.

Visitors to Walsall’s Saddlers Shopping Centre will soon be able to pick some crime prevention while indulging in some retail therapy.

Amongst the shops offering food, fashion and gadgets, a new West Midlands Police shop has opened its doors to offer safety advice and tips to shoppers.

The shop, on the second floor near to the Park Street entrance, will be open weekdays from 10pm – 4am, and will allow visitors to speak to officers and staff about any issues affecting them during their visit.

Commenting on the new shop Sergeant Gary Iliff said: “Most shoppers probably won’t have crime prevention at the forefront of their mind. However many of them will have driven to the shops, will be purchasing goods and then returning home – so we’ll be on hand to offer advice on vehicle, home and personal safety.

“We’re also looking to team up with other locals groups and charities which will also allow them to use the shop to meet members of our local communities.

“Officers will continue to patrol the town centre and the front office at Walsall Police station is always open as well so there are a whole host of opportunities for people to speak to officers should they require advice or assistance.

For further crime prevention advice log onto www.walsallpolice.org.uk

Initially the shop will be open for a seven week trial period.

News Update 27 June

It’s been another busy and varied week, with posts ranging from a West Midlands Police survey that may affect the future of front offices to a new Crimestoppers campaign and the visit of a supersonic car to Walsall.

Posted 27 June.

ACT NOW TO HAVE YOUR SAY IN THIS IMPORTANT CONSULTATION.
 
Earlier this year West Midlands Police launched a project exploring how the public want to engage with the force in the future. The 12 month project also includes a review of the 41 front offices dotted across the force.

Police Front DeskStarting in February the initial stages of the review involved the force commissioning research to understand how people want to access police services.

We are also keen to hear as many views as possible on this important piece of work and so we have launched a wider public consultation called Policing Today – shaping the service of tomorrow with you.

Time is running out to take this survey which closes on 2 July. To have your say take the survey now! It will only take five or ten minutes of your time.

To take the survey follow this link: https://www.snapsurveys.com/wh/s.asp?k=139877697545

Or to find out more follow this link to the West Midlands Police website: http://www.west-midlands.police.uk/contact-us/policing-tomorrow/ (A link to the survey can also be found at the bottom of this page).

Don’t leave it too late to have your say. All views will be taken into account.

Posted 26 June.

Is a cannabis farm funding organised crime in your community?

Do you know how to spot a cannabis farm?

Crimestoppers have today launched a new campaign to tackle commercialcannabis farm cannabis cultivation. Cannabis farming, seen by organised criminals as a high profit, low risk venture, is increasingly taking place in residential properties. Here in Walsall this illegal activity has been uncovered in residential and some business properties in all parts of the borough: it’s not a problem confined to any particular area. In many cases cannabis cultivation has been disrupted by the police following tip-offs from neighbourhood watch members and other members of the public. To find out how to recognise and report commercial cannabis cultivation in your community, visit the Crimestoppers website by following the link below.
https://crimestoppers-uk.org/get-involved/our-campaigns/national-campaigns/commercial-cannabis-cultivation/

Posted 26 June.

PCSO Tim Littlehales security marking a bicycle.The warm weather certainly brought out the bicycles for our cycle marking and safety event in Walsall Arboretum at the weekend! PCSO Tim Littlehales and Russel Cycles’ mechanic Mark were kept busy checking and marking rider’s machines on Saturday, as they took part in Adsa’s Community Open Day.
 
To find out how to keep your bike secure, visit my blog at http://kevpittwmp.wordpress.com/2012/04/02/beating-bicycle-theft/
 
Posted 25 June.
 
I saw this card, which is actually 3D and looks better than the photo, as it was posted to me. What design would you come up with?
 
Want to win a £50 voucher? Then can your kids beat this lovely
40th birthday card by 7 year old Katie from Walsall?Happy 40th birthday from Katie aged 7.Children aged 17 and under can enter our 40th birthday card competition and there are £50 Debenhams and i-tunes vouchers up for grabs.

Cards can be in any medium and can be sent

via twitter – @WMPolice using the hashtag #weare40
via email – corporate_communications@west-midlands.pnn.police.uk
via post – 40th Birthday Cards, Corporate Communications, West Midlands Police, Police HQ, Lloyd House, Colmore Circus, Birmingham, B4 6NQ

Entries should specify the child’s name, age, area they live in and contact details for a parent or guardian so the force can contact competition winners. Deadline for entries is 20 July 2014.

Good Luck!

Posted 25 June.
 
Shared on behalf of Walsall College, news of a really exciting event that is taking place next week:The Bloodhound SCC is the car built to attempt the World Land Speed record next year.
 
Bloodhound SSC is coming to Walsall!
The record hasn’t been attempted for 25 years and this project has been 7 years in the making so it’s well worth bringing your family and friends along to have a look.Thursday 3rd July 4pm-7pmThe Black Country UTC will be holding their Open Day at Walsall College. If you know anyone currently in year 9 or 11 who has an interest in science and engineering and would like to see the Bloodhound, meet the new Principal of the BCUTC and find out more out the exciting new plans for the BCUTC ask them to come along on Thursday.

Saturday 5th July 10am-2pm

Family Day – everyone is welcome to come along and see the Bloodhound and meet the team.

This is a great opportunity to see the Bloodhound before it attempts the world record!
 

News Update 13 June.

It’s Friday the 13th but fingers crossed, knock on wood I’m OK so far!  No update last week as I ran out of time so loads to fit in this week!

Posted Friday 13 June.

Hopefully the warm spell is here to stay for a while but folks don’t forget to close up your house before you go out! Throwing the windows open to let the heat out is great but if you’re not looking can let Billy Burglar in.  Have a great weekend but think ‘window’!
 
Can I also remind peeps not to leave their car keys on show? A car was taken from outside a house in Pheasey overnight after the thieves smashed a window and took the keys off the window ledge. They didn’t even have to enter the house.Small precautions equal greater safety. Put your car keys out of sight and out of reach to keep your ride. Incidents like this are rare but don’t assume it can’t happen to you!
 
Posted Thursday 12 June.
 
Can You Help?
 
Autism Action Walsall are in need of items to use as prizes on their stall at Asda’s community open day which is taking place in Walsall Arboretum on Saturday 21 June. At present there have only been two offers of prizes, so if anybody has any suitable items they wish to donate, please contact Community Support Worker Hayley Page on 01922 655800 or pageh@walsall.gov.uk
Thanks!
 
Missing Person Appeal.
 
At the time of writing this lady is still missing. Please be on the look out for Amanda and share with friends and relatives in Lichfield and South Staffs. Let’s get her safely returned to her family!
 
Missing person - Amanda Hawkins
 
Don’t Get Your #selfie Into Trouble This Summer!
 
Following on from my mini-#selfie campaign last week here are some far better ones from West Midlands Police! Learn how to enjoy summer safely and sensibly with this great new campaign. Take a look, laugh and learn!
 
Drinkers are being urged to keep them #selfie safe this summer in a photo portrait campaign showing how excess alcohol can turn booze binges at bars to a stretch behind bars!The campaign − Don’t get your #selfie into trouble this summer plots theDon't Get Your #selfie Into Trouble This Summer nights out of three partygoers through a series of ‘selfie’ snaps and illustrates how blurred, drunken decisions can have life-changing consequences.

It focuses on drinking responsibly this summer, looking after friends and taking care when heading home − and stresses that we will take a tough stance on violence.

And with the World Cup seeing many late-evening kick-offs on British TV −Well Jealous? including England’s opening match against Italy on Saturday – the warning about setting a sensible drinking pace and staying in control is even more pertinent.

Find out all about our campaign: www.west-midlands.police.uk/latest-news/news.aspx?id=1038 See More

 
Posted Monday 9 June.

Not Into Neighbourhood Watch?  Here’s an Alternative.

Do you ever think that your street could do with more community spirit? If so, why not check out Street Associations?

Last week I had the privilege of meeting with Martin and Gina Graham who, having set up successful Street Associations in Birmingham and elsewhere, are now seeking to set some up in Walsall. I’m fully supporting their work, as does Walsall Council.

So, what is a Street Association? Well, it’s literally an association for a street! Boring? Not at all. Their strap line – ‘friendship : fun : belonging : a helping hand’ – says it all. This is a really relaxed and positive way of bringing neighbours together, forming real community, generating friendships and fun activity for all ages – and making sure that people in the street who are isolated or could do with help with a bit of shopping or a lift to hospital are drawn into a caring network of people who really support each other.

You can get more information from http://www.streetassociations.org/, where there’s a video that shows two Street Associations in action, or you can phone Martin or Gina on 0121 427 3300 and they’ll be really pleased to talk it over with you and help you get things going if you think it’s a good idea.

A nicer atmosphere for kids to grow up in; the generations mixing together; different ethnic groups coming together; lots of fun activities such as a barbecue, quiz night, country walk, trip to the movies; a smile on the face of people who thought they were forgotten. What’s not to like?

 

News Update 30 May.

Here are some of the things I’ve added to my Facebook page during the last few days.

Posted Friday 30 May.

Chuckery Festival ‘Bands in the Bandstand’ event this Sunday! Will I see you there?
Post Bank Holiday blues, back to work phobia? Remember that there is next Sunday 1st June to look forward to when the FREE Chuckery Festival – ‘Bands in the Bandstand’ event in Walsall Arboretum with a great music line up will blow those blues away …
Chuckery Festival Programme
 
Posted Friday 30 May.
 
Next week I’m planning on taking part in the Neighbourhood and Home Watch Network’s ‘selfie’ campaign. Can you help?Neighbourhood Watch SelfieNHW members, coordinators, supporters, partners and general members of the public are encouraged to take part in the campaign. I will be supporting the campaign myself by posting a ‘selfie’ every day next week on this page and on my Twitter (@kevpittwmp) feed, including a neighbourhood watch sign or sticker, each in a different part of the borough. You can help me by letting me know if you have a NHW sign or sticker in a place that would be suitable for inclusion in a ”selfie”. Perhaps you or a neighbour would be willing to have your photo taken with me? Contact me by phone on 01922 439103, email at k.pitt@west-midlands.pnn.police.uk, or just send me a FB message!As you are probably aware, the rise of social media and smartphones has seen the concept of ‘selfies’ (i.e. self portraits) become huge and we think there is huge potential for Neighbourhood & Home Watch to get involved. This is an opportunity for you to show how active NHW is in your area especially if there are lots of street signs up!

We would love to see your selfies:

•Next to a Neighbourhood/Home Watch sticker or sign
•Next to fellow NHW members
•Next to other kind of ‘Watch’ signs e.g. Pub Watch, Farm Watch etc.
•With key people such as police officers, PCC’s etc.

If you use Twitter or Facebook, use the hashtag #NHWSelfie, or you can send your pictures to us via enquiries@ourwatch.org.uk. We will be promoting this campaign via our partners and our own social media channels:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/N_Watch

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ourwatch

At the same time you can donate to NHWN by texting NHWN14 £X (The X being the donation amount) to 70070.

You can help me with my own publicity drive by letting me know if you have a NHW sign or sticker in a place that would be suitable for inclusion in a ”selfie”. Perhaps you or a neighbour would be willing to have your photo taken with me? Please let me know by phoning on 01922 439103 or email me at k.pitt@west-midlands.pnn.police.uk.

Let”s support this campaign and give neighbourhood watch a boost in Walsall! You can find out more by visiting http://www.ourwatch.org.uk/news_and_events/news/neighbourhood_and_home_watch_selfies/

 
Posted Wednesday 28 May.
 
If you’ve passed by Walsall Police Station during the last few hours you may have noticed the new feature that’s appeared outside. Need I say more?
Drink-drive crash car
 
Posted Wednesday 28 May.
 

HALF TERM COMPETITION – Keeping the kids entertained in wet weather is tricky, so why not encourage them to enter our 40th birthday card competition?Children aged 17 and under can enter the competition and there are £50 Debenhams and i-tunes vouchers up for grabs.Thanks go to Amelia Mae aged 8 from Walsall for this entry.birthday card

Cards can be in any medium and can be sent
via twitter – @WMPolice using the hashtag #weare40
via email – corporate_communications@west-midlands.pnn.police.uk
via post – 40th Birthday Cards, Corporate Communications, West Midlands Police, Police HQ, Lloyd House, Colmore Circus, Birmingham, B4 6NQ

Entries should specify the child’s name, age, area they live in and contact details for a parent or guardian so the force can contact competition winners. Deadline for entries is 20 July 2014.

Good Luck!

Find out more about the history of West Midlands Police by visiting our ‘We Are 40′ blog.
 
Posted Wednesday 28 May.
 
Think you’re too savvy to be taken in by a scam? Take this ‘Spot the Scam’ quiz to find out just how clued up you are! Scams are big business. Recently, 22,000 people replied to one particularly successful scam mail shot and sent £500,000 in just one day. Share your scam awareness and help us curb the crooks!
With it being Scams Awareness Month, just how Scam Aware are you? Take the Spot the Scam quiz to find out.
http://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/index/campaigns/current_campaigns/consumer_campaigns/sam14/sam14-game.htm#top
 

News Update 23 May.

For those of you who may be wondering I had a great week off and have returned to work refreshed and raring to go!  Here are some of the items I’ve posted to Facebook this week.

Posted Friday 23 May.
Some great holiday advice from North Aldridge Neighbourhood Watch:

Going away for Bank Holiday and half term?Don’t forget to ensure your property is left secure!
Windows,doors locked and alarm set.
Tell a trusted neighbour you are away.
No ladders and tools left about that could aid “Tealeaf”.Drive safely and have a great time!

Posted Friday 23 May.

Come and Join Us On World Environment Day 2014.
Myself and colleagues from Walsall Police will be helping staff from Walsall Council celebrate World Environment Day day with an event in Walsall Town Centre on Thursday 5 June between 10am and 2pm. We will be available to give crime prevention advice, listen to any concerns you may have or answer any general questions about policing in Walsall.The aim of the day, which is marked across the world, is to raise awareness of the importance of respecting and doing your bit for the environment.

As well as challenging people to guess the weight of the litter collected in the town centre, the Reach Up tower will be present on the day and everyone from children to adults are encouraged to climb the 25ft tower. Council officers will also be on hand to answer questions about recycling and other environmental related issues. Staff will dress up in litter costumes and engage the public on the problems of litter and the consequences of dropping litter. In addition, a prize draw will be held.

So if you’re out and about in Walsall on the 5th look out for us in the area of the Bridge and pop by to say hello!

 
Posted Thursday 22 May.
support groups flyer
 
Posted Wednesday 21 May
Asda St Matthew’s Community Open Day is coming up. If you run a charity or any sort of community group and would like to take advantage of a free stall at the event please drop my old mate Martin a line or two on the email shown below.
Asda Community Open Day
 
Posted Tuesday 20 May.
Palfrey Family Funday, 31 May. I’ve just heard that officers from the West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit will be at the event, in police uniform. If you’d like help or advice on any subject don’t be shy, just ask them. They are looking forward to being kept busy!
Palfrey Family Funday Poster
 
 Have a great bank holiday weekend and stay safe!

News Update 9 May

The big news this week is that I’m taking a spot of leave.  To keep you going until my return here are some items I’ve posted on Facebook over the last couple of weeks.

Posted 7 May

Yummy!  Burgers and sausages served up by my old mate Pete Roberts for the youth of Streetly.  Note future dates.

BBQ in the Park Streetly poster

Posted 6 May

We are appealing for two Good Samaritans to come forward after a man had his teeth knocked out in a robbery in Walsall.

The 25-year-old was walking to work along a footpath between Bloxwich Lane and Bentley Lane at around 4am on Friday 4 April when he was attacked from behind.

http://www.west-midlands.police.uk/your-local-police/walsall/local-news/localnews.aspx?id=808

 
Posted 6 May
 
You are invited to the:

Heart Care Open Evening

Where you will hear how societies, businesses, clubs & organisations are able to use their facilities for the health and wellbeing of yourself, your family and your employees.
See below for details, please feel free to circulate to anyone you think may be interested.

 
 
 
Heart Care Walsall Open Evening Poster
 
Posted 6 May
 
We are currently recruiting for our next Princes Trust team which is due to start in June 2014.

* Do you know anyone between 16- 25 years of age who are struggling with any of the following points?

* Bullying? * low confidence? * self -harming? * struggling in employment/ education system? * Causing problems in the local area because they’re ‘bored’ ?

* at a loose end?

The Princes Trust Team programme consists of a 12-week personal development course, offering work experience, qualifications, practical skills, community projects and a residential week.

If you know any young person you feel may be suitable then please forward their contact details to Jin Kaur on t.kaur@west-midlands.pnn.police.uk or call 101, extension 7884 6620 to find out more.

 
Posted 29 April
 
Light nights…light fingers!

Keep you car and belongings safe this spring.

Lock your vehicle
Remove all valuables
Don’t leave keys in the ignition
Remove sat nav suction marks
Park in secure areas

http://www.west-midlands.police.uk/safermotors/ See more

 
Keep Your Motor Safe This Spring

Easter News Update – 24 April 2014

There was no update last week due to the intervention of Easter, however the hot news this week is that I’ve put on several pounds from chomping too much chocolate!  Must get out on the bike and ride it off!

Transferred from my Facebook page, here’s some other news from the last week or two.

Posted Thursday 24 April 2014.

New head of counter terrorism calls for women’s action on Syria.

As you may have seen on the news today, a call has gone out to women urging them to help stop young people getting involved in the Syrian conflict. The new head of counter-terrorism for the West Midlands, Chief Supt. Sue Southern will be taking part in a webchat this evening (24th) from 5 – 6pm. For more information, including a link to download a booklet, please follow the link below.

http://www.west-midlands.police.uk/your-local-police/walsall/local-news/localnews.aspx?id=729

Posted Wednesday 23 April 2014.

SCAM EMAIL WARNING!  Someone calling themselves ‘Luna’ has just sent me an email as follows.
 
“Hi !!Why your phone swtiched off?Or did you think it’s nomral that my the debt for servcies has not been paid so far ?I remind,that debt amounts £123.42,and Ill just have to contact the police if you continuue hiding .Bank account with invoice for payment attcahed to this letter.”
 
The dangerous part of this message isn’t what’s badly written but what may lurk in the attachment that many people will be tempted to open. I can’t be sure as I’ve not opened it but I would hazard a guess that it contains some nasty malware that will give the sender access to my computer and/or my personal details. Should you receive a similar message just bin it – definitely don’t try opening the attachment.  So, if you’re reading this Luna, I’m not loony so won’t be falling for your little scam. Oh and by the way you’ve already contacted the police!
 
Posted Tuesday 22 April 2014.
 
Can you help? Appeal after man found in road with critical injuries.Police are appealing for a taxi driver to come forward after a man was found lying in a Willenhall road with critical injuries in the early hours of Sunday 20 April.Officers were called to Field Street just before 2am after the 27-year-old man was found in the road after being in a collision with a vehicle.The man, from Willenhall, was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital with serious head injuries, a broken leg and internal injuries. He remains in a critical condition.  Click on the picture below to find out more.

 
Posted Tuesday 22 April.
 
Rosie's Easter Egg CollectionSick kiddies across Walsall will get an ‘eggs-tra’ special treat this weekend thanks to kind-hearted cops.  Local bobbies backed a campaign by Walsall charity, Rosie’s Helping Hands, to gather enough Easter eggs for every sick child on wards at City hospital.But thanks to the borough’s police, word soon spread among local people meaning youngsters at Birmingham Children’s Hospital and Walsall’s own Manor hospital can be given chocolaty treats.The charity was founded by Karen Ross, the mother of Aldridge girl, Rosie Ross, who was stabbed in Birmingham city centre 13 years ago by a man with schizophrenia in an unprovoked attack.Karen initially wanted to collect enough eggs to ensure that every child who was on the City Hospital children’s ward – where her daughter died – received an egg over Easter.PC Gary Bampfield, from St Matthew’s neighbourhood team, said: “Karen is a truly remarkable individual who always puts others before herself and spends tireless hours supporting charities and organisations including the police.

“Officers and staff at Walsall police station have worked closely with Karen over the years and we were keen to play our part in her latest venture.

“A collection point was set up for donations from officers and staff and I mentioned this to local people during my patrols…the word soon spread and the eggs started rolling in.

“Well over 1,000 chocolate eggs have been donated which clearly shows the kindness of Walsall people.”

Walsall police support Rosie’s Helping Hands to gather enough eggs for sick children. Talking about the egg-plosion of generosity, Karen said: “I’m overwhelmed by the response.

“Initially I wanted to raise enough eggs to give to sick children on the wards at City hospital. But thanks to the incredible generosity of people we are now able to extend this to children at Walsall Manor Hospital, Birmingham Children’s hospital and various local children’s groups.

“Hopefully these chocolate eggs will bring a smile to the faces of so manyCelebrating Walsall's generosity!

children this Easter.”

Rosie’s Helping Hands aims to improve the quality and care of young lives in the West Midlands by supporting and funding good causes.

To find out more about the charity visit: www.rosieshelpinghands.org

Posted Thursday 17 April.
 
Watch our two short fun videos and learn!
 
With more people heading out to enjoy the warm weather, this time of year is often associated with personal robbery.Link to full story on the West Midlands Police websiteFigures show that it is normally younger people who can fall victim to these crimes so to tackle this problem we have launched a new Spring personal robbery campaign to raise awareness among teenagers giving interactive advice through social media, using YouTube to help push the message.
‘The Only Way is Safety’ videos are parody of hit TV show ‘The Only Way is Essex’ even has its own hashtag – #TOWIS.THE ONLY WAY IS SAFETY – Find out why Charlotte is using a ghetto blaster instead of an iPod and feeling so #cringe about it in our brand new video.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z_kLJgLLf9E
 
What does Naz know that you don’t? Watch our video to find out and look after your valuables before someone else does #TOWIS
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r63X_xZEOno
 
Posted Tuesday 15 April 2014.
 
Taken from Walsall Trading Standards’ ‘Make Me A Savvy Shopper’ Facebook page.
 

Guaranteed Winner?
Sworn to Secrecy! Won The Lottery! Highly Confidential! Unclaimed Winnings! And all you have to do is send a small amount of cash to claim your prize! Yes, it’s scam mail and most of us have received some and put it straight in the bin. Unfortunately, some people do fall victim, sending a small sum to claim their ‘winnings’ which quickly escalates with more and more demands for cash.
Isn’t it the victims own fault for being greedy? Easy to say that, but the victims are often vulnerable people who are manipulated by the scammers and become isolated from family and friends with devastating consequences.
Contact us if you suspect someone you know has been trapped in this way, and see the excellent Think Jessica campaign for more advice and information.

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