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Detectives issue warning following coronavirus scam texts in Cheshire.

Detectives are warning the public following reports of coronavirus scam texts being sent to residents
purporting to be from the police. These texts claim to have been sent from Cheshire Constabulary and say that a neighbour has reported a number of people coming in and out of the victim's address during lockdown. The fraudsters then state that the text is the first warning and if anyone else attends their property, police will be dispatched and the victim fined £1,000. DS Chris Jacques, of the Economic Crime Unit, said: "This is extremely concerning and we are urging everyone to remain vigilant if they receive a text of this nature. These scams do not discriminate and could affect anyone. It is a desperately uncertain time and fraudsters are playing on this to benefit in any way that they can. No police force would send messages such as this. If you do receive texts along the lines of this scam, please do not be alarmed. Do not respond to the texts and report it to us by calling 101 or call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040."
PCC for Cheshire, David Keane said: "Being the recipient of scams such as this can be extremely alarming.
These opportunist scammers will stop at nothing to target innocent, law-abiding victims by inciting fear. I
would urge the residents of Cheshire to stay vigilant and to tell others about this scam so that no-one falls
foul to these heartless criminals."
Key advice:
 Always take a moment to think before parting with information or money when receiving messages as
this as only criminals will rush or panic you
 Once you have reported the text to Action Fraud, ignore and delete the message
 Always avoid clicking on links on suspected spam text messages
If you think you have fallen for a scam report it to Cheshire Constabulary on 101. Alternatively, you can
contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or via the Action Fraud website. You can report suspicious texts by
forwarding the original message to 7726, which spells SPAM on your keypad.

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Police in east Cheshire urge dog owners to be vigilant after suspicious activity.

Police in east Cheshire are warning dog owners to be vigilant following a number of suspicious incidents.
Over recent months there have been incidents in Brereton, Scholar Green and Leighton which have caused
owners to be concerned that someone is attempting to steal their dogs. Insp Kelly Johnston said: "We're also seeing some incidents on social media that haven't been reported to police and would really urge anyone who sees suspicious activity to ring us. We need these incidents reporting to us so we can investigate them. We would also urge you to be vigilant and keep an eye out for fellow dog walkers — if you see it, report it. We understand your concerns and would like to reassure you that we are taking this seriously and we are investigating the suspicious incidents reported to us."
Anyone with information should contact Cheshire Police on 101 or via www.cheshire.police.uk.

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