Police Highlight Phishing and Tesco Scam

By Jane Cruickshank / May 19, 2020
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From Police Scotland

THIS report covers progress we have made in dealing with your priorities for the Kincardine and Mearns area for the period 1 to 30 April 2020.

The report aims to highlight emerging issues in your area, to provide crime prevention advice and guidance to Community Council members and residents.  Our focus is to reduce crime and disorder, help create safer communities and respond effectively to local concerns.

Community Policing Priorities

Antisocial behaviour, Violence and Disorder:

There has been a significant increase in the number of Antisocial Behaviour calls within Kincardine and Mearns for the month of April, with 35 incidents reported.

Most of the increase was due to neighbour related disturbances, and some relating to breach of COVID-19 Government guidelines

We value the continued support of our community across Kincardine and Mearns and encourage them to contact us where there are any antisocial behaviour issues.

There were 3 assaults within the April period, which is down by 2 on the previous month. Of those 3 reported, all are detected.

There were no serious assaults reported during April

Acquisitive Crime:

There have been 3 thefts in the Kincardine and Mearns area this month, this is a reduction by 2, 1 was been detected, the other 2 cases remain outstanding with enquiries ongoing.

There have been no Housebreakings this month.

Road Safety & road crime:

Drink/Drug Driving

In April there were no reports submitted for drug/drink drivers.

Dangerous Driving

There has been 1 instance of dangerous driving and has been reported to the PF for consideration of prosecution.

Careless Driving

There have been 1 reported incident of careless driving this month and it too has been reported to the PF for consideration of prosecution.

Community Engagement & Reassurance

COVID-19 has undoubtedly had an impact upon the reported figures. The clear and current message is “Social Distancing”, to which the majority of the public are adhering.


The BBC have reported that scammers are sending 18 million hoax emails about COVID-19 to Gmail users every day, according to Google. The tech giant says the pandemic has led to an explosion of phishing attacks in which criminals try to trick users into revealing personal data.

Out of approximately 100 million phishing emails a day and over the past week, almost a fifth were scam emails related to coronavirus. This means that COVID-19 may now be the biggest phishing topic ever.

Tesco Vouchers

There have been reports about fake emails that appear to be from Tesco. The email states that the supermarket is offering free vouchers. The link in the email leads to a phishing website that looks like the genuine website that is designed to steal login credentials as well as personal and financial information.

Residents and Councillors are encouraged to contact Police on 101 and highlight locations of concern so that they may be added to the patrol matrix.

Contact Us

Please also remember you can communicate with us using any of the following:

Inspector Allen Shaw

Stonehaven Community Policing Team