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The following article and powerpoint presentations may gave you some insight into the problems faced by plant-hire companies, and methods to consider in tackling those threats.

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Metropolitan Police Fraud Animations


From Friday 14th September, the Metropolitan Police Service FALCON (Fraud and Linked Crime ONline) have been launching five - one a week - new Little Guide animations that aim to raise awareness and promote behaviour change around some common fraud types. 


The upcoming animations are:

Friday 21st Sept - Payment Fraud

Friday 28th Sept - Computer Software Service Fraud

Friday 5th Oct – Romance/Dating Fraud

Friday 12th Oct - Online Shopping Fraud


On Friday 21st September, the Payment Fraud animation will be launched via our MPS Twitter feed (@metpoliceuk). 


Payment Fraud (sometimes known as Mandate Fraud or CEO Fraud) occurs when criminals contact a victim, either via email, phone call or letter.  They pretend to be an existing client, business, or even an employee of the company.  They then ask for a new payment to be made, or an existing direct debit mandate to be changed, with the new details going to them.

In 2017, over 1,500 instances of Payment Fraud occurred, totalling £51m (an average of £33k per offence).

Therefore I would like to invite you to support our campaign for a co-ordinated approach of preventative anti-fraud advice around Payment Fraud.


This can be as simple as a retweet of the MPS’s promotional tweet, or embedding our animation into your webpage, social media platform or via email.


The Payment Fraud video can be found here:


The rest of the videos, and other resources created by FALCON can be found at



Launch of Micro CESAR

STIHL, one of the leading manufacturers of outdoor power equipment, became the first company to adopt MicroCESAR, an equipment security marking system. Developed by the Construction Equipment Association (CEA) using Datatag security marking technologies and back-up, MicroCESAR is the latest addition to the hugely successful CESAR Scheme which protects larger plant and equipment.


MicroCESAR uses Datatag security marking technologies to give each piece of equipment a unique and permanent ‘fingerprint’ that thieves cannot remove. Using a combination of a unique Datatag RFID transponder and a tamper proof warning/registration label with an integrated QR code MicroCESAR provides the Police with quick and easy verification of ownership without the need for special equipment or lengthy laboratory testing.


As an added bonus the Datatag technology used in the MicroCESAR system can also be used to assist in stock management helping companies track tools in and out of jobs and allowing users to easily access on-line health and safety advice and user manuals through the unique QR code and mobile enabled MicroCESAR website.


Many other leading manufacturers are set to follow protecting a range of construction and landscaping equipment such as power tools, cut-off saws, hand-held hydraulic breakers and compaction plates.



Cyber Briefing Note 4 from the Metropolitan Police





Cyber Protect Briefing Note 3 from the Metropolitan Police.



Cyber protect briefing note from the Metropolitan Police.




Detective Constable Julian Crabbe (National Liaison Manager) of PANIU gave his views in the Plantworx magazine.





There is an email is in circulation pertaining to come from a Met Police email account.

The email sender is shown as crime@content[.]met[.] This is not a valid Metropolitan Police email address.

The subject is shown as Crime Prevention Advice.

A file called is shown as attached to the email.
The text of the message is as follows:
See attached document to read more about crime prevention advice.
Metropolitan Police Service.
Intelligence suggests that if the attachment is opened iSpy key logger malware is downloaded on to the host device.
If you receive an email from (crime@content[.]met[.] do not open any attachments and report it to Action Fraud at




Cyber Security Briefing Note as part of Metropolitant Police's Operation Falcon in tackling fraud.




Iain Anderson, joint Managing Director of Gap Group gave a CITS presentation regarding the impact that theft and fraud have had on his business.


Part 2 of Iain Anderson's presentation.




Sam Alcock of HSB Engineering gave a presentation on 'Theft and Fraud in the Construction Industry'.



Michael Gregory of JCB Insurance wrote an article regarding "CPA Hires - Best Practice - tackling the threat of plant theft".

The article appeared in the May 2014 edition of The Bulletin.


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