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New stolen kit register

Azule Finance have created a new register for stolen kit.  You can check their database and list items here:  http://www.azule.co.uk/report-stolen-kit/

Please list stolen kit with Xhire as well, as the more places it’s listed, the more likely it is to be picked up by Google.

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Fraudster arrested after attempted impersonation

Good news:  An attempted fraud has been thwarted and the perpetrator arrested, as a result of a simple check by someone who was asked to release equipment.

Here, in brief, is what happened.

  1. Someone impersonating James Miller, a film maker, emailed Varavon, a video equipment manufacturer, using a fake email address, (jamesmillerdop@yahoo.com) requesting that they release some film equipment for review.
  2. Vavaron agreed, and requested that a London based company, Camera Kings London, supply the products to James Miller.
  3. An employee at Camera Kings texted James Miller using the number on his Vimeo page, and was told that no such review had been requested.
  4. Camera Kings contacted the Police, who set up a sting operation, and when the thief came to collect the kit, bearing a forged driving licence, he was arrested.

Three things worth noting here:

  1. The theft was prevented because someone decided to carry out a simple check which might have taken no more than 5 minutes.
  2. The Police, when offered the prospect of a nice easy arrest and conviction, were more than willing to co-operate.
  3. The fraudsters gathered all the information they needed to be convincing from online sources.

Although it has been quiet recently, the fraudsters haven’t gone away, so the rental community needs to remain vigilant.

More information here

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Nicholas Egboh

An individual using the name of Nicholas Egboh, rented kit from New Day Pictures on 13 March 2013, which was not returned. The matter was reported to the Police.

He has now contacted this site to say that this was all a misunderstanding, and that he is an honest, hard working and decent citizen who was a victim of unfortunate circumstances, and he intends to take legal action against Xhire, etc.

At no time was the honesty of Mr Egboh called in to question, but we would nevertheless urge anybody, anywhere in the world, who is planning to rent kit to this individual to exercise extreme caution, and to contact us or New Day Pictures, who will be pleased to provide further information.

The items which have gone missing include the following:

Sony HVR-Z5E  (No: 216239)

Canon EOS 5D Mk3 (No: 023021007548)

Canon EOS 5D Mk3 (No: 063024002471)

Zeiss CP2.  25mm f2.9 Lens (50006352)

Grip gear.

 

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Number Spoofing: Fraud Advisory

It is now possible for fraudsters to spoof the number they are calling from, so the number that appears on your mobile or Caller Line ID should not be taken as an indication that the call is genuine.

This has mostly been used to steal money from bank accounts, but it probably won’t be long before broadcast hire fraudsters start using this trick as well.

More info here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-29805002

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World Wide Broadcasting Solutions – Arrests

Good news at last:

http://www.broadcastnow.co.uk/techfacils/police-sting-operation-targets-kit-fraud-gang/5082015.article

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Shoot HD and One Stop Films

Two companies, Shoot HD and One Stop FIlms have been the victims of the same fraudulent hirer.

We have been requested to remove the full details of the theft by the City of London Police, but the stolen kit list has been posted in case any of it turns up somewhere.

If you have any information regarding any of these people or this theft, please contact Paul Hellard at Shoot HD on (0)1753 651440.

The stolen equipment from Shoot HD is listed below.

Flight case:
ARRI AMIRA #2 (Premium) 1 ARRI AMIRA Camera body, handle 15197
1 ARRI MVF-1 Viewfinder 1155
1 Hawk-Woods VL-CFA2 V-lock battery adapter
1 ARRI PL LDS lens mount
1 ARRI WPA-1 Wedge plate adapter for 15mm with shoulder pad
1 SanDisk 8GB memory stick
1 Canon Microphone mount with White Noise bracket
1 Panasonic Stereo microphone with foam gag
2 Viewfinder cable (mini HDMI)
1 ARRI KC50-S AMIRA battery cable
1 Sandisk Extreme Pro Cfast 2.0 card 120GB, with case 141501300007
1 Sandisk Extreme Pro Cfast 2.0 card 120GB, with case 141501300052
1 Sandisk Extreme Pro Cfast 2.0 card 120GB, with case 141501300102
1 Sandisk Extreme Pro Cfast 2.0 card reader (USB3), with USB cable
1 ARRI Dovetail plate
2 19mm bar (440mm)
2 19mm bar (200mm)
2 15mm bar (240mm)
1 Ronford-Baker Moose bars
1 ARRI Digi-Cine Sony to 19mm bridge adaptor plate
Peli case:
IDX Battery Kit #1 1 IDX Endura E-HL9 88Wh Li-ion V-mount battery E463212
1 IDX Endura E-HL9 88Wh Li-ion V-mount battery E463494
1 IDX Endura E-HL9 88Wh Li-ion V-mount battery E463495
1 IDX Endura E-HL9 88Wh Li-ion V-mount battery E463496
1 IDX Endura E-HL9 88Wh Li-ion V-mount battery E464104
1 IDX Endura E-HL9 88Wh Li-ion V-mount battery F471230
1 IDX VL-4S Simultaneous 4-channel charger K2-04551
1 IEC mains lead
O’Connor 2575D Heavy Duty Head 1 O’Connor 2575D Heavy duty fluid head with Moy fitting C1234-800117
1 O’Connor Moy tie-down nut
1 O’Connor 150mm bowl adaptor
1 O’Connor 150mm bowl tie-down nut
1 O’Connor Euro-plate with quick release wedge (2x screws)
1 O’Connor 2-stage adjustable pan bar
ARRI Ultra Prime Lenses 1 ARRI Ultra Prime 16 T1.9/16mm lens with front and rear caps 8942134
1 ARRI Ultra Prime 24 T1.9/24mm lens with front and rear caps 8941749
1 ARRI Ultra Prime 32 T1.9/32mm lens with front and rear caps 8941743
1 ARRI Ultra Prime 50 T1.9/50mm lens with front and rear caps 8941440
1 ARRI Ultra Prime 85 T1.9/85mm lens with front and rear caps 8941335
1 ARRI Ultra Prime 135 T1.9/135mm lens with front and rear caps 8937071
ARRI LMB-5 Lightweight Matte Box #1 1 ARRI LMB-5 Lightweight two stage matte box
2 ARRI Filter frames 4×5.650
1 ARRI Light shield
4 ARRI Clamp adaptors (80, 95, 110, 114mm)
Ronford-Baker Short Legs #1 1 Ronford-Baker Heavy duty short legs
1 Ronford-Baker Adjustable ground spreader
3 Ronford-Baker Rubber ground spike caps
1 Ronford-Baker Heavy duty Tall legs
1 Ronford-Baker Adjustable ground spreader
3 Ronford-Baker Rubber ground spike caps
Optimo 24-290mm 1 Angeniuex 12x 24-290mm PL Zoom lense with front and back caps, flight case & zoom bar 1588791
2 19mm Long bars
1 LS9 Lens support bracket. 2 parts
1 Bridge plate

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Pro Vision: Lens lost/ stolen in transit

Canon FJ HD 35mm Prime Lens (B4 Mount)
Serial Number – 90510039
Provision Barcode – 304812

This lens was taken by a production for testing in May 2014.
The production shoot and testing was based in the Manchester and Liverpool area.
The lens was believed to have been returned to Provision by a production runner with some other equipment at the end of May but this specific lens never arrived.

It is currently unknown if the lens is stolen, missing or lost.

There is currently an insurance claim going through via the production but if you could highlight this missing lens via your website and email list to warn potential buyers to inform us or yourselves if this lens turns up.

Any information:  Contact mark.wallace@itv.com

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Daniel Clarke at Multimedia North

A caller purporting to be Daniel Clarke from an organisation called Multimedia North (info@multimedianorth.com), website www.multimedianorth.com has contacted several rental companies requesting high value items.  We have been unable to find sufficient information to verify that this is a genuine and legitimate enquiry.

We would urge rental companies anywhere in the world to take great care and make extensive enquiries before renting equipment to anyone using that name.

UPDATE:  We have received an email from Daniel Clarke which states that, although he designed the website for Multimedia North, he has never requested any equipment, which indicates that he is the victim of impersonation, and that the attempted hire by Multimedia North may be fraudulent.

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Fraud alert: Sapient.com

It has come to our notice that certain frauds are being committed by individuals / companies who have been posing as procurement personnel from Sapient and have been placing fake orders using our UK and Houston addresses as the billing address with delivery address as places other than the billing address. To view an example of a fraudulent order, click HERE

 

They have been sending out credit references to create accounts that might appear trustworthy to you but please DO NOT entertain such requests as they are not coming from Sapient.

 

If you get an email from suekerr@sapientltd.com or suekerr@sapientltd.net or any email address carrying @sapientltd.com or @sapientltd.net as domain, please consider the same as fraudulent and bring it to our notice. All our email addresses bear the domain @sapient.com

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Vehicle Security

There is apparently an issue regarding common types of van, which makes them susceptible to theft.

Considering the value of the kit that companies like us carry, this is worth being aware of.

Thieves can access the vehicle’s computer system via a laptop – this is done via the port in the cab of the van which garages use to run the diagnostics.

With the correct software, thieves can programme a new key for the van with relative ease, then just drive the vehicles away.

It would appear that Mercedes and Ford vans are allegedly, particularly vulnerable to this method.

The thieves follow a vehicle to where it parks up, use a signal jammer to block the fob from reaching the vehicle when the driver tries to lock it, then return later on to steal the vehicle.

The key thing is making sure the vehicle is actually locked – when remote locking systems are used, the vehicle responds with a flash of the lights and / or a little chirrup from the horn.

If a signal jammer is in use, the vehicle won’t respond.

We’ve already seen raids on vehicles from thieves on mopeds, so we know they’re roaming round city centres looking for our vehicles.

It is therefore, worth making sure that crews understand that there is a risk of this happening, to ensure they check that vehicles  really are properly locked.

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