False Claims of Telephone Preference Service

Fraudsters are cold-calling victims, falsely stating that they are calling from one of the well-known UK telecommunication service providers. They call victims claiming to provide a ‘Telephone Preference Service’ – an enhanced call-barring service, which includes barring international call centres.

The fraudsters ask victims to confirm/provide their bank account details, informing them that there is a one-off charge for the service. Victims instead see monthly debits deducted from their accounts, which they have not authorised. The fraudsters often target elderly victims.

Burglary Alert

A dark coloured A Class Mercedes has again been seen acting suspiciously in the Banbury area, particularly Bloxham Road.

If you see this vehicle acting suspiciously in your area please call 999 immediately.

If you have any information or CCTV in relation to this vehicle acting suspiciously please call us on 101.

Please review your home security, be alert and keep in contact with us, and your neighbours.

Working together makes our Community more resilient to crime.

Thank you,

PCSO Claire Brennan

Warning – Telephone Scam

Thames Valley Police have received several calls from residents around the Chipping Norton area saying that they are receiving calls from a person claiming to be from HM Customs. The caller is stating that the resident owes them a lot of money.  Fortunately, to date, no personal details have been disclosed.

If you should receive a call from anyone claiming to be from HM Customs, or the like, and that you owe serious amounts of money please do not give any personal details out.

Concerning Incident

We have received reports that cats are being shot within a couple of the local villages close to Banbury.
We would encourage anyone that believes their cat has been injured in the manner to report it on 101 or if you know of anyone that is inflicting these injuries on these cats please also come forward so we can stop this pointless act of cruelty.

Fake Government Grants Fraud Alert

Individuals and businesses are being warned to watch out for cold calls and online contact from fraudsters who are offering victims the opportunity to apply for Government grants for an advance fee.
To make the grants look legitimate fraudsters have set up bogus companies and convincing looking websites that claim to be operating on behalf of the UK Government.

Phone Scam

We are receiving reports from members of the public, who have received calls from people claiming to be from the HMRC. The calls are coming from 020 numbers and claim that arrest warrants have been sent out for Tax Fraud. Be advised that this is a scam, please do not engage or relay any personal details to these callers. If you have elderly or vulnerable relatives, please make them aware. Contact Action Fraud 0300 123 2040.