Scam alert as fake police target elderly for cash08 February 2018
Dorset Police is alerting elderly and vulnerable people of a scam in which fraudsters pose as police officers by telephone in an attempt to steal money. Since yesterday, seven incidents have been reported to the Force, all within the Sherborne area, in w...
Police warning after bogus doorstep caller in Bournemouth09 January 2018
Officers in Bournemouth are asking residents to remain vigilant and report suspicious activity to police following reports of a bogus doorstep caller. The caller has reportedly targeted houses over the last few weeks, but police only received reports on ...
Finance industry, Police and Trading Standards unite in Dorset to tackle fraud13 December 2017
Ground breaking rapid response scheme - the Banking Protocol - means local branch staff can alert police and Trading Standards to suspected frauds taking place. The scheme was launched in Dorset in June 2017. Since then almost £140,000 of fraud has...
Warn vulnerable members of the community about fraud this Christmas08 December 2017
As part of this year’s Christmas campaign, Dorset Police is reminding the public to be aware of fraud and spread the word. Christmas can offer fraudsters increased opportunities to trick people. Unfortunately fraud is often targeted at vulnerable and elde...
Woman charged in connection with alleged burglary in Bournemouth27 November 2017
A woman is due to appear in court charged with a fraud offence after being arrested in connection with an alleged burglary in Bournemouth. At 9.30pm on Saturday 11 November 2017 Dorset Police received a report that a handbag had been stolen from a home i...
HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) scam in Dorset14 November 2017
Scam warning - Residents are being asked to pay tax due to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) in iTunes vouchers. Dorset Police has been made aware of a scam whereby individuals are being contacted, in a variety of methods, and told they owe an outstanding de...
Rogue traders guilty of conning elderly Wimborne woman out of £120,00010 October 2017
Rogue traders who conned anelderly Wimborne woman out of her £120,000 life savings are due to be sentenced later this month. John Hart, aged 61 and of Hannington Place in Bournemouth, and Philip Budden, 37 and of Malmesbury Park Road, pleaded guilt...
Man charged with fraud offence17 March 2017
A man has been charged with fraud by false representation in Bournemouth. It was reported that at around 2pm on Monday 15 August 2016 an elderly man received a phone call from a fraudster purporting to be a police officer from the fraud squad in London. ...
Former headteacher of a north Dorset school due in court over fraud offences15 December 2016
A former headteacher of a north Dorset school is due to appear in court for fraud offences. David Jerome De Silva, 38 and of Poole, has received a postal requisition to appear before Weymouth Magistrates’ Court on Monday 16 January 2017. He faces o...
Online bargain or financial fraud? Advice ahead of Black Friday & Cyber Monday22 November 2016
Millions of Brits are putting themselves at risk of financial fraud just to bag a bargain online. Almost a third of online shoppers admit they’re more likely to take a financial risk to get a good deal.Younger shoppers are most at risk as they&rsqu...
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