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This message is dated Friday 9th July 2021 - Windsor

Alert message sent 09/07/2021 18:27:00

Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police


A VERY GOOD 48 HOURS

NO BURGLARIES

AND

NO CARS BROKEN INTO


FOR REASSURANCE PURPOSES - TVP HAS PUT A DISPERSAL ORDER IN PLACE FOR SUNDAY.  This means if there is any misbehaviour, the person involved can be served a Notice to leave the area and not return.  If they breach the Notice, they can be arrested and removed.

The roads covered are:

Windsor Town Centre, specifically the following locations: Windsor Royal Station, Thames Street, High Street, River Street, Peascod Street, The Goswells, Goswell Hill, Goswell Road, Barry Avenue, Alexandra Gardens, The Arches, Boots Passage, Datchet Road.

NEXT: - ANOTHER ATTEMPTED COURIER FRAUD:

The aggrieved was called from a withheld number, from a man purporting to be Detective Constable Charlie Jacobs – shoulder number 94752 from Hammersmith Police Station's Fraud Dept.

He said that they had arrested a man using the aggrieved’s debit card and making withdrawals from their bank account.  He said that £2,000 had already been taken.  Would the aggrieved assist the police and go to their bank and withdraw the same amount - another £2,000.

The aggrieved then began to become concerned that this was a scam, but also wanted to check with the bank first, to find out whether any money had been taken.

The bogus police officer then asked for the aggrieved’s passport number, to prove identification, which was refused.

The aggrieved then asked - 'how do I know you're really the police' ?  The bogus police officer said that he thought that this question would come up and had provided a shoulder number as proof.  If more verification was required, the bogus officer, gave a phone number the aggrieved could call.

The aggrieved put down the receiver, then picked it up again and dialled the number he had been given.  The scammer of course, had kept the line open and simply handed the receiver over to an accomplice.  The accomplice confirmed that DC Charlie Jacobs, did in fact work for the police.

The aggrieved was still not convinced, so put the phone down and phoned their bank this time.  The bank confirmed it was a scam and that so far - no funds had been taken.

No further calls have been received and the incident was reported to the police !

The message does appear to be getting through – though the aggrieved did phone the number given to him by the scammer, instead of calling the bank themselves from a number they had.

Fortunately at the end, everything was OK !


NEXT: A SCAM AT AN ATM IN OLD WINDSOR – WHICH HAPPENS QUITE FREQUENTLY !

Ben Higgs, the RBWM Community Warden phoned me yesterday.

He had received a call from the manager at the M&S in the BP garage in Old Windsor.

An elderly gentleman withdrew £100 from the ATM.  As the cash was dispensed, 2 women distracted him and one stole the cash and put it into a sock !

The man did not see this, but thought the machine had simply not paid out the cash, so went into the shop, where an assistant helped put though another withdrawal and he left with the cash.

The assistant thought this was odd and checked the machine.  They could see, 2 withdrawals, had in fact been made.  They then checked the CCTV and could see the whole distraction take place.

The man does not yet know he has been scammed, and we don’t know who he is ???

The exact same thing, happened to my elderly uncle in London.  Scammers watched him at an ATM and again distracted him when the payment was made.  He also went onto the bank, to say the machine had not paid him the cash.  When the CCTV was checked.  The distraction could be seen.  It is swift and very professional.  These scammers are – as always – bvery good at what they do.  They target elderly people at ATMs, who are making cash withdrawals.  Always in pairs, one distracts the victim, the other reaches across at steals the cash as it is dispensed.

SO – THE GENERAL ADVICE – IS THE SAME AS ALWAYS.
  • If possible – DON’T use an ATM, which is in the street – use one inside the bank / foyer instead.  Those areas, have a lot of CCTV cameras and scammers, avoid them
  • Cover the key pad when you enter your PIN, not necessarily from the camera above the keypad – we haven’t had a case of fake ATMs for years – but from nearby prying eyes.
  • Make sure there is no-one around you – or within several feet, who could read your PIN, or try and distract you.
  • If while you are making a transaction, someone comes up to you for many reason – IGNORE THEM AND KEEP YOUR EYES ON THE MACHINE.  Think immediately – they are scammers and sort it out and answer, after the transaction is complete – pretend you have not heard them !!!
  • Most of us are conditioned to be polite, so if someone asks us a question, we turn to them and respond.
  • One of the scams, is to drop a £20 on the ground near the victim and then touch them on the shoulder and ask ,if they dropped it, while getting their card out from their purse / wallet.  Just looking round, or down, at the vital moment is enough time, for an accomplice to reach across and take the cash.
As with the above, most victims, don’t know they have been scammed and simply believe the machine did not dispense the cash !
  • If you can, get cashback at a supermarket.  It is more secure for you and benefits the shop, as they have less cash to count, at the end of the day !!!
BE ALERT TO THIS SCAM, PARTICULARLY IF YOU ARE ELDERLY / VULNERABLE – THE SCAMMERS PREFERRED TARGETS.

NEXT: WE ARE GOING TO TRIAL OUR FIRST OPEN PUBLIC MEETING IN WRAYSBURY VILLAGE HALL ON WEDNESDAY 21st JULY 2021
BETWEEN 6 p.m. / 8 p.m.

As we have been so heavily targeted, we will be talking about current scams and frauds.

I will be there along with PCSO Les Bradfield and we will see if we can get other practitioners along.

As this will be our first public meeting, we are running it as a pilot, to see if people are willing to attend.  We will be wearing masks and though it will no longer be obligatory after the 19th July, we would appreciate it if attendees, would do likewise.  If we have sufficient space and social distancing, we may dispense with them.  Les and I have both been double vaccinated and we hope everyone who attends, will also have been fully vaccinated.

We will take every precaution we can – to make sure everyone is safe.

NEXT: FROM THE BOROUGH RE VACCINATIONS

From Frimley Health Care:


Will you be in Windsor on Saturday, are over 18 and need a first or second Vaccine ?

There will be a walk in facility for anyone over 18 at the old Lakeland shop, in Windsor Yards, between 9.30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Pfizer only will be available at Windsor.

Two doses offer maximum protection and the first and second vaccinations need to be the same vaccine and there needs to be at least 8 weeks between vaccinations.

Eat and hydrate, before being vaccinations.

If your first vaccination was AstraZeneca, that will be available on Saturday – 10th July, between 8.30 a.m. – 5.30 p.m. in Maidenhead - again ‘walk in’ without an appointment at the Desborough Suite, Town Hall Park Street.  SL6 1RF, where both versions will be available.

CRIME:
WINDSOR:
CENTRAL WINDSOR:

centralwindsorneighbourhoodteam@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
6/7  Tuesday  Shop in William Street.  Reports a man came into the shop and confused and distracted the staff so much money was handed over in a scam.  Ref. No:  43210303372
7/7  Wednesday 2.15 p.m.  Jubilee Arch.  Locked up bike stolen.  A black Pinnacle Lithium mountain bike.  Ref. No:  43210300217

ETON & ETON WICK:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.

WINDSOR WEST

windsorwestnhpt@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
CLEWER, DEDWORTH & OAKLEY GREEN:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.

CLEWER EAST & PARK:

9/7  Friday 0.45 a.m.  Russell Street / st Leonards Road.  A witness reported a man walking along these roads, trying car door handles.  Ref. No:  43210303011

WINDSOR EAST
windsoreastnhpt@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
DATCHET, HORTON & WRAYSBURY:
7/7  Wednesday 5.15 p.m.  Dive Centre.  The owners have CCTV footage of three youths climbing over the gate and jumping across a stream to access the lake for illegal fishing.  This is an ongoing issue.  Ref. No:  43210300605

OLD WINDSOR:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.


MEMBERS’ COMMENTS:


FIRST:  ANOTHER FORM OF THE COURIER SCAM FROM ALAN:

Hi Jeff,

 
Unfortunately, I have to report another scam, somewhat similar to the Courier Frauds.
Late last week, my daughter called me.  She had received a call from her mothers’ partner, to tell her that quite truthfully, his bank account had been hacked and that the hackers had transferred £12,000, to her account.

She looked online at her account and indeed, she was suddenly £12K richer !

The partner then received a phone call - purporting to be from his bank - to say that he had indeed been hacked, but that because his account was compromised - she - should not transfer the money back, but not to his account as it was compromised but to a "safe" account.

They gave him a "reference account number".  She then received a call from supposedly ‘the bank’.

They gave her the account details, to which she should transfer the money.

By the time she told me the story, she had already transferred the money.

I was immediately extremely suspicious, but couldn't do anything about the transactions that had already taken place.  She felt that everything was above board and wasn’t worried.

She phoned me later in the day in tears, telling me that her mother's partner had called and confirmed that the whole thing was a scam.

The next day, my daughter called her bank, told them the whole story and asked if there was anything that could be done.  She still had the details of the account to which the scammed money had been transferred, which was, fortuitously, a bank which is part of the same group as hers.  Also fortunately, the scammers had not been quick enough to transfer the money out of that account number into another account, and as it was still sitting there, the bank was able to retrieve the money and return it.  They also froze the scammers account.

So, at the end of the day all was well.  However, this clever 3-pronged pincer movement, could easily have ended up badly.

Beware! 

Alan
Many thanks Alan.  It shows us all how complex these scams are and how hard the scammers work and prepare, for each scam they carry out.  It takes an enormous amount of time to gather together the necessary information to carry out a scam like this – BUT – AND THIS IS THE MESSAGE – THEY ARE DOING IT ALL THE TIME.

THIS ONE FAILED – BUT HOW MANY SUCCEED ?

NEXT:  THE SAME OLD LETTERS FROM THE FAR EAST HAVE STARTED AGAIN !

Hi Jeff,

My husband has received a letter - correct first, last name and address - including the Post Code.

The letter comes from a Mr Masayasu Yamashiro, President & General Manager, the Bank of Okinawa Ltd..  It explains that he is looking for the next of kin, for someone who, died in the corona pandemic, who has the same name as his client.  He suggests, my husband may be related and has given two email addresses, for us to reply.

This letter is similar to one we received many years’ ago, which we ignored, and we intend to do the same with this one, but thought you might be interested to know they are doing the rounds again.

Ann

Thanks Ann,

STOP – PAUSE – BREATHE –BIN IT


NEXT:  THE TV LICENCE SCAM:

Good Evening Jeff.


Just to remind other members of Alert - I received a very authentic email, informing me that I must renew my TV licence.
The email says my TV Licence has expired and I must complete new bank details for payment -–by clicking on the LINK !!!

The source is obviously a scam.

It may be worth circulating to renew awareness.

Kind regards,

Brian

Thanks Brian – when you place your cursor over the LINK, it shows the real address you will be going to – rather than the one displayed – in this case ‘Sinnarshipping.com !  Hardly connected to TV Licenses !!!

AGAIN - STOP – PAUSE – BREATHE –BIN IT



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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Eyes, ears.....and Brain

Jeff
Jeffrey.pick@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk


NEWS UPDATE FROM NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH

Hi, I am Valerie Pike, Chair of Windsor & Ascot NHW Association. The Association was formed in September 2019 and our objective was simply to help residents. In setting up the Association, we asked
How can each of us
·       help to make our community safer?
·       improve its spirit and neighbourliness?
·       help the Police to reduce local crime?
·       make our own home security better?
 
Starting up a Neighbourhood Watch scheme in your street is easy, and it’s free. Police statistics show that a Neighbourhood Watch scheme significantly reduces the probability of your house being burgled.
 
Neighbourhood Watch is about neighbourliness and making our communities and homes safer. It’s about being friendly and caring, and watching out for the elderly and vulnerable too.

Members of Neighbourhood Watch are assisted in a number of ways, including  having  free  home  security  surveys  conducted  by  a  local PCSO, to identify any areas in which security can be improved, and to advise  on  optimum  ways  to  safeguard  against  crime  and  improve personal and household security
 
But most of all Neighbourhood Watch is about helping the Police to keep us safe. They need the support of people who care. If that’s you - join us now!
Please contact us on contact@windsorascotnhwa.org.uk and we will be delighted to assist.

 
Message sent by
Jeffrey Pick (Police, Community Engagement & Resilience Officer, Windsor & Maidenhead LPA)

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