NHW – Alert Advice – Magazine Advertise Debt Alert

Victims receive a telephone call from someone purporting to be a bailiff enforcing a court judgement, attempting to recover funds for a non-existent debt. The fraudsters state the debt originates from the victim not paying a magazine advertisement subscription.

 A variety of magazine names and publishers are being used by the fraudsters, who also commonly use the names of certified Bailiff Enforcement Agents such “Scott Davis”, “Stephen King” and “Mark Taylor”. These are names of certified Bailiff Enforcement Agents employed by debt enforcement companies. 
The fraudsters request that the debt be repaid by bank transfer. If the victim refuses, they threaten to visit the victim’s home or place of work to recover the debt that is owed.

Once the money has been transferred, victims are not provided with receipt details of the payment or contact details. Later when victims make enquiries, they’ll discover that the debt did not exist, and often that no advertisement was placed.

This type of fraud is nationwide. Since 2017, there have been 52 Action Fraud Reports relating to this fraud. From the reports received, there are a range of different businesses and individuals being targeted.

Protection Advice:
1. Listen to your instinct: just because someone knows your basic details, such as your name and address, it doesn’t mean they are genuine.

 2. Stay in control: always question cold callers: always contact the companies directly using a known email or phone number.

 3. Don’t be rushed or pressured into making a decision: a legitimate company will be prepared to wait whilst you verify information.

 If you have been affected by this, or any other type of fraud, report it to Action Fraud by visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040.

 Visit Take Five (takefive-stopfraud.org.uk/advice/) and Cyber Aware (cyberaware.gov.uk) for more information about how to protect yourself online.

PCSO’s Update

Meadows near Houghton Mill, Houghton – Police are investigating the theft of a rose-gold coloured Apple i-Phone 6 SE which was inadvertently left on the ground in meadows near Houghton Mill on Tuesday morning, 7th November. When the owner realised she did not have the phone and went back to retrieve it, it had disappeared. Two bank cards were also with the phone and are also missing. (Ref CF0650921117)

Church Lane, Hilton – Thieves stole both front and rear number plates from a grey Vauxhall car left parked outside its owner’s house on Church Lane, Hilton, at some time overnight on Wednesday 8th / Thursday 9th November. (Ref CF0647001117)


A14 Galley Hill – Police received a report of a car on its roof on the grassy verge of the eastbound A14 at Galley Hill at midday on Saturday 11th November. An off-duty officer had stopped to help and reported that all occupants were out of the car and there were no injuries. As the car was well away from the carriageway, police handed the incident over to the Highways Authority for them to deal with and arrange recovery. (Ref CC-11112017-0219)


Rideaway, Hemingford Abbots – Intruders damaged property at outbuildings on Rideaway, Hemingford Abbots, overnight on Saturday 11th / Sunday 12th November. The door to a shed was damaged where attempts were made to force it open, and the fuel cap of a tractor was interfered with. However, nothing is thought to have been stolen. (Ref CF0654641117)


CF0657681117 13/11/2017 18:00 – 14/11/2017 07:40 Wilford Furlong, Willingham

Theft from a vehicle other than a motor vehicle, front and rear number plates taken


CF0659481117 13/11/2017 17:00 – 14/11/2017 12:00 Wilford Furlong, Willingham

Theft from a motor vehicle, front and rear number plates taken


CF0659631117 13/11/2017 17:00 – 14/11/2017 08:00 Honey Hill, Fen Drayton



CF0660021117 14/11/2017 22:30 – 15/11/2017 08:00 Victory Way, Cottenham

Criminal Damage to a dwelling, window damaged

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As always, if you have information relating to any offence, or are concerned about any suspicious activities, please contact police by using the ‘101’ telephone number. Alternatively, you can use ‘Crimestoppers’ to make a report anonymously by calling 0800 555 111 or by using their on-line contact form. In an emergency, or if you witness a crime in progress, always use ‘999’.

PCC’s Farewell

Message sent by
Charles Kitchin (Police, Director of Public Engagement and Communications, Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, Cambridgeshire)


Please find below a link to Police and Crime Commissioner, Sir Graham Bright’s final newsletter.

With best wishes

Link to newsletter


Thursday 5th May at 7:30 PM
in the Village Hall, High Street
For the agenda please look under Council Matters.