Toys are scatt­tered as nurs­ery van­dals strike

Perthshire Advertiser - - LETTERS TO THE EDITOR -

This week’s CrimeBeat col­umn has been put to­gether by lo­cal area com­man­der Chief In­spec­tor Ian Scott.

Any­one with any in­for­ma­tion that may be use­ful should con­tact Tay­side Di­vi­sion on 101 or any po­lice of­fi­cer.

Al­ter­na­tively in­for­ma­tion can be passed anony­mously via the char­ity Crimestop­pers on 0800 555 111.

Last week Cathy Mar­shall, sec­re­tary of the Pit­lochry and District Neigh­bour­hood Watch, put to­gether a list of com­mon scams, sev­eral of those listed I had pre­vi­ously warned Perth and Kin­ross res­i­dents about this year.

This week I want to pro­vide some more ad­vice in re­la­tion to scams high­light­ing ‘phish­ing’ and list­ing ways to help you avoid be­com­ing a vic­tim.

‘Phish­ing’ is when crim­i­nals use fake e-mails, or web links, to ac­quire sen­si­tive per­sonal in­for­ma­tion, such as pass­words, user­names, or bank ac­count de­tails.

This is used to com­mit fraud­u­lent or even crim­i­nal acts in your name. Such emails and linked web­sites of­ten ap­pear as gen­uine but are de­signed to trick peo­ple into en­ter­ing per­sonal de­tails to ac­cess your iden­tity, steal from your bank ac­count or in­fect your com­puter with a virus which can al­low them to con­trol your sys­tem.

1. Don’t click on links in emails from un­known sources This first point is pos­si­bly the most im­por­tant one and the one we need to spell out the most!

If there’s a link in an email from an un­trust­wor­thy source you should check the real des­ti­na­tion of the link.

You can do this by hov­er­ing your mouse over the link (with­out click­ing). The true des­ti­na­tion of the link will be dis­played on the bot­tom left of the screen in grey.

En­sure the web ad­dress shown on the bot­tom left matches what ap­pears on the bot­tom bar when you hover over the link - if it doesn’t you could be taken to a phish­ing site.

Be aware that the safest web­sites to visit are those with a pad­lock sign on the des­ti­na­tion web­site ad­dress fol­lowed by ‘https: //’.

2. Do not click on at­tach­ments in emails from un­known sources.

St Cather­ine’s Square in Perth If you weren’t ex­pect­ing an email cus­tomer ser­vice (with­out from an or­gan­i­sa­tion, al­ways click­ing on any links in said email ques­tion their mo­tives for get­ting of course!). in touch. If you’re con­cerned some­thing

There’s a good chance it might is a scam, copy the text of the not be gen­uine. email and paste it into Google.

3. Any re­quests for per­sonal There you can see if other peo­ple in­for­ma­tion should be treated have had sim­i­lar emails, and with cau­tion of­ten the real com­pany (which

Be care­ful with what the email falsely claims to be in­for­ma­tion you give out on­line. from) will have ad­vice on their If you re­ceive an email ask­ing for own pages about what to do user­names, pass­words or bank in the event of re­ceiv­ing this de­tails then tread with cau­tion. in­for­ma­tion.

In 2016, many peo­ple were If you sus­pect you have been hoaxed through an iTunes the vic­tim of on­line crime call ‘phish­ing’ scam. An email was Po­lice Scot­land on 101. For sent through from a fake Ap­ple fur­ther ad­vice re­gard­ing on­line email ad­dress fea­tur­ing a fake safety and how to pro­tect your­self in­voice for pur­chased mu­sic or visit the www.get­safeon­ an app. They would then be asked GSOWeek. to click on a ‘Re­fund’ but­ton to Think about the link be­fore you get this money back and then click! duped into pro­vid­ing card de­tails on a sep­a­rate web­site.

Scared that some­one had gone shop­ping with their credit/ debit card, thou­sands were conned into pro­vid­ing per­sonal in­for­ma­tion. This was done in the hope they’d re­ceive a re­fund, but ended in money be­ing emp­tied from their bank ac­count.

Ap­ple has in­for­ma­tion on their own web­site about iden­ti­fy­ing le­git­i­mate emails from iTunes and what you should do if you are tar­geted.

4. Be sus­pi­cious of any email that doesn’t use your proper name. This can be one of the big­gest give­aways of a scam. For ex­am­ple, the email starts ‘Dear cus­tomer’, ‘Dear ac­count holder’, or ‘Dear (your email ad­dress).

Any rep­utable com­pany get­ting in touch with you will use your proper name.

5. An ur­gent re­quest for ac­tion might not be gen­uine A com­mon ‘phish­ing’ scam is to is­sue a threat or put the fear into that per­son that if they don’t click on a link or pro­vide cer­tain de­tails within a short space of time then they’ll lose money or face some other con­se­quences.

This has peo­ple pan­ick­ing and re­sults in them fall­ing into the trap. If you sus­pect a scam, get in touch with the or­gan­i­sa­tion in ques­tion and speak to their IN­CI­DENT UP­DATES

•At about 5.30pm an el­derly res­i­dent in St Cather­ine’s Square, Perth found a male within his prop­erty and ush­ered him out. The res­i­dent then dis­cov­ered items had been stolen and con­tacted po­lice. A short time later a 46-year-old lo­cal man was traced and ar­rested when he was found in pos­ses­sion of the stolen prop­erty.

•A 38-year-old Perth man was ar­rested at 10.50pm on Sun­day, Novem­ber 5, af­ter a res­i­dent in Bal­housie Street saw the man within their gar­den, in cir­cum­stances that ap­peared he was there to com­mit theft.


•The con­struc­tion site on Auld Bond Road, Perth has been tar­geted again by thieves who stole 750 litres of red diesel from a bowser overnight on Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 30.

•A black Volk­swa­gen Golf had two tyres punc­tured whilst it was parked in Lade­side Court, Perth overnight on Tues­day, Oc­to­ber 31.

•Be­tween 8.30pm on Tues­day, Oc­to­ber 31, and 1pm on Wed­nes­day, Novem­ber 1, a flat in Grampian Court, Perth was bro­ken into and items were stolen in­clud­ing a games con­sole and jewellery.

•Two tyres were dam­aged on a white Ford Tran­sit van parked in Lade­side Court, Perth, overnight on Thurs­day, Novem­ber 2.

•Be­tween Fri­day, Novem­ber 3, and Mon­day, Novem­ber 6, three stor­age con­tain­ers at the nurs­ery build­ing, North Muir­ton Pri­mary School, Uist Place, Perth were van­dalised. On Mon­day when staff re­turned to work they found that out­door toys were strewn across the play­ground and the con­tain­ers they had been stored in were bro­ken. Staff be­lieve this dam­age is be­ing caused by lo­cal chil­dren who en­ter the school grounds at week­ends. Par­ents are re­quested to en­sure that their chil­dren are re­spect­ful of oth­ers prop­erty to pre­vent fur­ther in­ci­dents of van­dal­ism oc­cur­ring.

•Be­tween 3pm and 4pm on Mon­day, Novem­ber 6, whilst a school­girl was play­ing at the South Inch play­park, Perth, a thief stole her trum­pet which she had laid down with her jacket and other be­long­ings nearby.

•A green Yamaha Griz­zly 600 quad bike was stolen from Stronachie House, For­gan­denny be­tween 8pm on Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 30, and 1pm on Tues­day, Oc­to­ber 31.

•A po­lice ve­hi­cle was dam­aged when a van­dal broke off the rear regis­tra­tion plate be­tween 10pm on Tues­day, Oc­to­ber 31, and 2am on Wed­nes­day, Novem­ber 1, in the Blair­gowrie area.

•A glass door pane was smashed at 7.55pm on Wed­nes­day, Novem­ber 1, at a house in Jessie Street, Blair­gowrie.

•A tray of freshly baked goods was stolen from out­side the Co-op, Perth Street, Blair­gowrie be­tween 4am and 6.30am on Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 30.

•A black Ford Fi­esta parked in Camp­bell Street, Coupar An­gus was dam­aged overnight on Wed­nes­day, Novem­ber 1, when the paint­work was scratched.

•Dur­ing the day on Thurs­day, Novem­ber 2, a blue Da­cia Step­way mo­tor car was van­dalised whilst parked in Arthur­stone Gar­dens, Mei­gle.

•Overnight on Mon­day, Novem­ber 6, an at­tempt was made to break-in to Mun­ros, Brid­gend, Aber­feldy.

•Dur­ing an open day to cel­e­brate 50 years of the Vane Farm Na­ture Re­serve, Kin­ross a £500 pair of binoc­u­lars were stolen from a dis­play ta­ble.

•The Handy Shop, Drum­mond Street, Com­rie had a win­dow smashed af­ter a young man punched it at 11pm on Sat­ur­day, Novem­ber 4. A lo­cal man will be vis­ited soon by of­fi­cers in con­nec­tion with the in­ci­dent.

•A red deer car­cass was found on the In­vergeldie Es­tate, Com­rie on Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 30. The deer had been shot and its head re­moved.


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