SOHO WARD Formally recognized as one of the most Pro Active Residents groups operating within the Soho Ward Area Established 1991. The group has been formally recognised by Birmingham City Council and is on their current mailing lists, our officers work closely with Soho Ward councillors, West Midlands Police and other Public Service Providers with responsibility for the area. Contact details are provided within the following pages should you wish to contact any of our officers for further information. Any constructive comments that you may wish to make concerning this web site and our Services are appreciated. A Brief History Established in early June 1991, Lodge Park Residents Association & Neighbourhood Watch is one of the longest established residents groups within the local area. Covering approximately 1000 residential properties, membership of the association is by registration. The Group operates from two different locations within the area allowing residents the opportunity to attend meetings within close proximity to their homes without traveling too far. If you live in the local area and have concerns please contact the association or attend any one of our meetings where you will find a warm welcome awaits you.
Meeting Dates 201430th January 201410th April 20143rd July 20149th October 201418th December 2014
John Gale (Chairperson)Wayne Hall (Members services)John Cheadle (Secretary)Mary Busby. (Treasurer)Jay Parmar (Vice Chairperson)
Phone courier "police" scammers targeting elderly in BirminghamSCAMMERS who pretend to be police officers in order to trick people into handing over their bank cards to a fake ‘courier’ are targeting the elderly in Birmingham.Three people are known to have been approached since the start of October prompting police to issue a warning to older people across the area.In all three crimes one of the tricksters has called claiming to be a PC Miller based at Holborn police station in London and have even quoted a fictional police officer ID number of 3553.They have then told their victims that they have two men in custody and that they have found a cloned bank card containing their personal details. The man has then told them to contact their bank immediately in order to ensure that no money has been withdrawn from their account.But the thieves jam the telephone, meaning that when the victims have called their bank,they have actually spoken to the same fraudster who called them in the first place. It means the target of the scam has unwittingly disclosed their bank details to the fraudster.At this point, the offender has claimed to need the original bank card as evidence and has offered to send a ‘courier’ to the victim’s address to collect it. Once this has been done, the cards have been used along with the PIN numbers to withdraw as much cash as possible.Despite three people being contacted in the West Midlands, two fraud savvy pensioners refused to fall for the con and wouldn’t give their details even when pushed by the callous crooks.Detective Inspector Neil Postins, from West Midlands Police’s Economic Crime Unit, said: “We know that these highly organised thieves are specifically targeting older people in and around Birmingham.“This is what we refer to as a ‘courier scam’ and is something we have seen used in other parts of the country for a number of years. Whilst some of the elements of the method may vary, the concept tends to remain the same and it is vital that people remain vigilant against this type of activity.“If you’ve got elderly relatives or neighbours, please make sure they are aware of this scam and remind them never to disclose their bank details or hand over their cards to anyone who they’re not sure is legitimate.”Protect yourself against courier fraud:• Your bank will never send a courier to your home• Your bank and the police will never collect your bank card• Your bank and the police will never ask for your PIN• If you receive one of these calls end it immediatelyIf you’ve been a victim:• Report it to Action Fraud – call 0300 123 2040 or visit www.actionfraud.police.uk.• If you have handed over any details to the fraudster, call your bank and cancel your cards immediately.• If you want to call your bank, then do it from another telephone.