This message is dated Friday 3rd September 2021 - Maidenhead
Alert message sent 03/09/2021 14:18:00
Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police
FIRST AN ACTION FRAUD CASE – REFERRED BY A BANK AFTER USING THE BANKING PROTOCOL:
The victim attended her bank, to withdraw all her savings, after receiving a telephone call from an unknown person, telling her that her bank account had been compromised and her savings were at risk. She was to go to her bank and withdraw all her savings in cash. He would send a courier to collect it and put it in a secure and safe account.
She was to withdraw the cash and leave it in a box outside her house where he would send a courier to collect it and keep it safe for her.
She was told not to trust her bank, nor the police and to not to let anyone know what she was doing, or why.
She went to her bank and attempted to withdraw her savings. As this was an ‘unusual withdrawal’, the bank teller went through the ‘Banking Protocol’ with her. They believed she was the victim of a ‘Courier Fraud’ and refused her access to her account and called the police.
The police attended immediately and took her home, to make sure a courier was not waiting for her and to offer advice and reassurance.
The police checked her phone records, which showed she had received 15 phone calls on Thursday the 2nd September and 17 on Wednesday all from different fake numbers.
The victim is extremely vulnerable being sight and slightly hearing impaired and not particularly mobile.
Fortunately, an alert bank employee recognised the Courier Fraud signs.
We need to spread this message wider as we are still finding victims and potential victims. If you visit a day centre or lunch club, where there are likely to be target victims, let me know and I will come along and do a talk !
NEXT: NOTTINGHAM KNOCKERS ARE OUT AND ABOUT.
We have received reports from residents in Bakers lane, Maidenhead, Marlow Road & Vansittart Road, Bisham, Cannon Court Road & The Chase. Apparently they were persistent, but not aggressive.
Please remember our NHW Motto, which everyone should say, to show we all know what they are up to !
I AM SORRY, I DO NOT BUY GOODS AND SERVICES AT THE DOOR.
Then firmly, but politely, close and lock the door.
Organised crime gangs, use these young people to locate elderly and vulnerable people, who are easily persuaded to part with their money. Everyone knows the goods they are selling, are substandard – that is the point ! If you buy from them, knowing that – you are a potential future target, for a scam. Most people buy something, to get rid of them – again - that means you are vulnerable. They collect these addresses and receive an additional payment, for each one. These addresses go on a list and are sold to scammers, as ‘A Succours List’. Currently we have lists with nearly 300 names on them - for RBWM alone. Honor Ryan from Trading Standards, has several copies of these lists and attempts to visit everyone on them, to let them know and advise them, how to deal with unsolicited phone calls, emails, callers at the door.
You do not want to be on these lists, as you will be targeted by the tarmaccers, tree surgeons, garden workers, double glazing reps, roof moss removers, driveway people, bogus builders – you name it !
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.
Alternatively you can call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or email - www.crimestoppers-uk.org
31/8 – 1/9 Keble Road. Car passenger window down, but car still locked. Untidy search and sunglasses stolen. Ref. No: 43210392933
3/9 Friday 5 a.m. Powney Road / St. Marks Road. A witness reported a man walking along those roads, trying car door handles. He is described as riding an old fashioned bicycle (too small for him) hat, large light coloured coat. Ref. No: 43210395211
31/8 – 2/9 Forlease Road. Beige, Nissan Micra index HD ** MUU stolen from private car park. Ref. No: 43210394521
1/9 – 2/9 Wednesday 6 p.m. / Thursday 11 a.m. Raven Drive. Bike locked to a post stolen. A Raleigh bike. Ref. No: 43210394561
RIVERSIDE & BELMONT:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
SR.firstname.lastname@example.org BISHAM, COOKHAM, HURLEY, THE WALTHAMS, LITTLEWICK GREEN & KNOWL HILL:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
PINKNEYS GREEN & FURZE PLATT:
2/9 Thursday 4 a.m. / 7 a.m. Thomas Court, Sawyers Crescent. Car driver’s side window smashed – no entry attempted and nothing stolen. Ref. No: 43210393580
SR.email@example.com BOYN HILL, COX GREEN & WOODLANDS PARK
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
OLDFIELD, BRAY & HOLYPORT:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
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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FROM THE MAIDENHEAD NHW ASSOCIATION:
Maidenhead Neighbourhood Watch Association is growing fast, and with more members joining every day, we need to ask for volunteers to join us on the association to help keep the association going and keep Maidenhead safe!
Here is a shortlist of the positions we have available:
Multi-Scheme Administrator (MSA)
Secretary of the Association
Board members of the Association
Vice-Chairman of the Association
Please visit our website: MaidenheadNHWA.org.uk and from there you will be able to see all the different ways you can get involved to help support your local community. There is no time commitment or dedicated hours, but we do ask if you can attend the association meetings (One 60 Minute meeting every 2 months)
If you have any question about any of the positions available, please feel free to contact us at contact@MaidenheadNHWA.org.uk
I look forward to speaking with you soon.
James Cooper HNDip, MBCS
Chairman – Maidenhead Neighbourhood Watch Association & Vice-Chair for Thames Valley Neighbourhood Watch Association