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Police Report

Police Scotland are supporting Team Cyber UK’s forthcoming Phishing campaign. The aim of the campaign is to raise awareness around phishing attacks, which are now one of the most common security challenges that individuals and companies across the UK face on a regular basis.
Criminals and organised crime groups now launch widespread phishing attacks, targeting personal/business accounts either by email, social media, or text. They encourage users to click on malicious link/attachments which compromise their email or social media accounts, asking users to divulge banking information or access sensitive information.
The simple advice below describes how you can spot suspicious emails, and the steps you can take to ensure that you don’t fall victim, both at work and home:
1) Confirm details of the actual email address it came from. You can do this by hovering the mouse over the sender’s email address.

2) Many phishing emails have poor grammar, punctuation and spelling. Is the design and overall quality what would you’d expect from the organisation the email is supposed to come from? Is it addressed to you by name, or does it refer to ‘valued customer’, or ‘friend’, or ‘colleague’? This can be a sign that the sender does not actually know you, and that it is part of a phishing scam. Does the email contain a veiled threat that asks you to act urgently, or cause intrigue? Be suspicious of words like ‘send these details within 24 hours’ or ‘you have been a victim of crime, click here immediately’.

3) Look at the sender’s name. Does it sound legitimate, or is it trying to mimic someone you know? If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. It’s most unlikely that someone will want to give you money, or give you access to a secret part of the Internet.

4) Your bank, or any other official source, should never ask you to supply personal information from an email.
Furthermore, we have recently become aware of a scam which targets senior citizens and which is becoming more prevalent. It involves cold callers convincing the victim that they are due a windfall but stating that they require a payment by way of an Amazon or other voucher before monies are released.
We would ask that shops selling such cards be vigilant for people putting money on such cards and to contact the police if they have any concerns.

Local Incidents
Overnight on Friday 14 June, a grey Honda Jazz parked in Montgomery Road and a gold Peugeot 208 parked in Bowton Road were damaged. (CR/15451/19). On the same date a bench was damaged in Kirkgate Park. (CR/15430/19).
Overnight on Friday 7 June, an attempt was made to gain entry to a domestic heating oil tank in Carnbo. During the same time, a quantity of red diesel was stolen from West Netherton, Milnathort. (CR/14836/19)
Between Monday 3 and Wednesday 5 June, a wheelie bin was stolen from Montgomery Road. (CR/14624/19)
About 10pm, Saturday 8 June, a window was broken at the Windlestrae Hotel (CR/14755/19)

Police Scotland is appealing for information about a theft from a house in Rannoch Place, Kinross, which happened between 2am and 8:30am on Sunday 23rd June.
The house was entered while the occupants were asleep upstairs, and a large number of items were taken, including a safe and its contents. The items stolen included jewellery, papers, computer equipmtment.
If you have been offered any of these items for sale, know of their whereabouts, or have any other information that could assist our investigation, please let us know. Call101 or speak with any police officer, or information can be given 100% anonymously through Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111. Our reference is CR/16201/19.

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.

Police Scotland – local community
Telephone 101 for non-emergencies

Community officers for Kinross-shire:
PC Ben Clark and PC Douglas Stapleton.
Community Sergeant (Kinross-shire): Sgt Michelle Burns.
Community Inspector for Perth South (Strathearn, Strathallan, Almond & Earn, Kinross-shire): PI Kevin Chase

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Crime Stoppers – Telephone 0800 555 111
This is a free phone number (unless you are using a mobile phone), which any member of the public can contact at any time if you have information relating to a criminal activity of any sort. It is, if you wish, confidential and you cannot be contacted if you choose to remain anonymous.