This message is dated Wednesday 21st April 2021 - Ascot
Alert message sent 21/04/2021 15:37:00
Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police
NO CRIME TO REPORT IN THE LAST 48 HOURS !!!
NO CARS BROKEN INTO
FIRST: We have reports of ‘Rogue Trading’.
We have received information about a White Ford Transit driving around RBWM, covered with signage on both sides and the back and a set of ladders on the top. We have multiple reports from Wraysbury in the last month, as well as previously in Maidenhead. Our grateful thanks to all those that phoned it through – that is exactly what we need, to protect vulnerable residents from being scammed out of their savings.
The white Ford Transit van contains three men, who are offering services such as gutter cleaning, driveway / patio cleaning, roof cleaning etc. in exchange for cash.
The phone numbers displayed on the van, are fake.
PLEASE REMEMBER OUR NHW MOTTO
I AM SORRY, I DO NOT BUY GOODS AND SERVICES AT THE DOOR – THANK YOU.
Then politely, but firmly, close and lock your front door.
I have attached reference numbers to each crime report. If you live in the vicinity of any of the crimes mentioned and have CCTV or a video doorbell, can you please check the footage. If you have any that might be of interest to the police, can you please make contact with us, quoting reference number given.
I have added a new email address below. The first email address is directly to your local Neighbourhood Team. The second is to our investigation team. Please use it to send any intelligence / video doorbell / CCTV footage you may have, which is relevant to any of the crimes lists below - quoting the reference number.
Alternatively you can call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or email - www.crimestoppers-uk.org
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
ASCOT & SOUTH ASCOT:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
FIRST: Some useful advice from Mark
This might be useful to highlight on your TV Alert newsletter.
Which? provide a free Scam Alert Service, where you register your email address and they email regular scam updates. It's UK-specific so is totally relevant and appropriate to us.
You can register here: https://campaigns.which.co.uk/scam-alert-service/
All they ask for is your email address, first name and postcode.
And it is legit.
Here's the latest alert that they sent out today, just to give you an idea of what it looks like: https://conversation.which.co.uk/scams/dyson-v10-loyalty-program-phishing-email/
You don't need to be a member of ‘Which?’ to use this service and - it's free of charge.
If it helps one person, then it will have been worthwhile.
Note, I've absolutely no connections to ‘Which?’ in any way, shape or form, I'm not even a member; other than registered for these scam alerts.
My best regards to you,
Many thanks Mark – this is something we should all sign up to.
NEXT: HSBC Scam Texts:
I received a text message supposedly from HSBC, informing me that a payment had been attempted from my account using a new unrecognised device and if this was not me, to click on the link.
I believed this was probably a scam, so telephoned HSBC to check my account and they confirmed my suspicions.
Today, I have received an email from HSBC, advising me that I must activate the new ‘HSBC Secure Key Security’ system. They invited me to connect to my online banking space - by clicking on the link. I believe this to also be a scam.
On both occasions, I didn’t click on the links - but it may be worth informing others of these scams.
Thanks Debbie – done !
NEXT: It seems HSBC is the bank of choice for scammers:
I’ve just received a text purportedly from HSBC, but as I don’t have an account with them. ‘A payment was attempted from a new device……..’ I have deleted it.
I have presumed it’s a scam. However, it would have been so easy to click on the link !
Please could you put out a warning.
Many thanks. Jo
Many thanks Jo – Done. – it was the same Text, so they must have been sent out by the thousand !
NEXT: An Inland Revenue Scam:
I have just received a voicemail, purporting to be from HMRC.
If I “do not return the call, or have my solicitor call back, I should be prepared to face full legal consequences.”
I deleted it !
Many thanks Taras. Due to everyone sharing their experiences, most people will be aware of these attempted scams and therefore be protected. This is how we protect each other as the onslaught is never ending and increasing every day – and it is so simple to just click on the Link !!! Never do it. Our grateful thanks to you all.
Please consider using our online reporting system but please note this reporting tool is not for use where a crime happening right now, the suspect is still at the scene, or anyone seriously injured or in immediate danger.
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NEWS UPDATE FROM NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH
The lockdown has resulted in many neighbourhoods drawing closer together in supporting local residents with needs, and in neighbours spending a lot more time talking to each other over fences or across the road. This has improved community spirit no end, and a great way to keep this spirit alive is for residents to join their local Neighbourhood Watch scheme, or start up a new scheme if there is not already one covering their respective street.
Neighbourhood Watch is not just about looking out the window and being alert for any crime in the neighbourhood, it is much more than that. It serves as a valuable resource for crime prevention, in supporting the Police with things such as local home security surveys, installing crime prevention aids in homes for the vulnerable and elderly especially, helping those vulnerable and elderly residents with any other needs, and in drawing residents together in supporting one another.
The Windsor & Ascot NHW Association is making great strides in reactivating and expanding Neighbourhood Watch within the various parishes of Windsor & Ascot. Its Facebook page (@WindsorAscotNHW) is receiving multiple enquiries from interested residents and serves as a means to highlight local issues relating to crime and residents in need. New NHW schemes are continuously being set up with active Coordinators, and residents within those scheme areas can now benefit from the new initiatives being introduced by Neighbourhood Watch and Thames Valley Police.
To search for your nearest NHW scheme, or to set up a new scheme, visit www.ourwatch.org.uk and enter your postcode.
For any questions relating to Neighbourhood Watch please contact the Windsor & Ascot NHW Association at firstname.lastname@example.org