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This message is dated Friday 12th November 2021 - Ascot

Alert message sent 12/11/2021 14:32:00

Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police


A GOOD END TO THE WEEK – NO ACTUAL CRIME TO REPORT

NO BURGLARIES

AND

NO CARS BROKEN INTO, BUT THERE WAS ONE APPARENT ATTEMPTED VAN BREAK – PREVENTED BY A VIGILANT NEIGHBOUR !!!

FIRST:  AN ACTION FRAUD CALL


On Monday morning 7.30 a.m., the aggrieved received a call from someone who purported to be from BT, at the Thames valley Park in Reading.

He said that her internet had been intercepted and was being used to circulate porn from China and Germany.  They needed to take control of her computer to clear this.  They let them do this and a day later, the aggrieved could still not access anything on their computer.  Everything was blocked.

The man then said that he had transferred £2,100 into their bank account and they needed her to return this money, using a ‘Money gram’

They went to the Post Office, but were unable to use their bank cards as everything was blocked.  They then went to their bank, who also explained, the account was blocked and they could not transfer any money from the account, but they would try to unblock it. 

They went back to the Post Office, but had the same response.

When the bank were able to access the account, they explained nothing had been transferred into the account and it was all a scam.

After investigation, the scammers had accessed their Paypal Account, their emails and all their bank accounts, which they could have emptied at any time, but fortunately, nothing had been taken.

Once in control of the computer, they had changed all the passwords, so the aggrieved could not access anything.  The aggrieved has been advised to keep the Laptop closed, until it can be reset to default settings.

We all know the correct advice.  If anyone asks you hand over control of your computer to them / ask you to type in some code and press enter.  You end everything, there and then.  This aggrieved was really lucky – they could have lost everything if the scammers had been more efficient !

NEXT:  I have received an email from one of our members.  He has obviously been hacked and a message has gone to everyone in his personal address book that he is abroad, been robbed, has no money to get home – send him some !!!

If you ever get something like this – think about the person you know.  Is this the type of thing, they would write to you ???  Is it their ‘style’ ??  If not bin it, or perhaps, phone them to ask if it is genuine.  Often the first they know about this, is the phone calls asking if they are OK !!!

CRIME:

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

ASCOT:
ascotNHPT@thamesvalley.police.uk
SUNNINGDALE:
10/11  Wednesday 9 p.m. Dale Lodge Road.  A neighbour knocked on a resident’s door, to say that while he was sitting in his car in the road, a car , possibly a VW Polo pulled up to the side of the resident’s van. A person got out and tried the back door of the van. The neighbour got out of his car and at disturbed the man, who got back into his car and drove off.  The van was locked and nothing taken.  Ref. No:  43210509673  We would all be really grateful to have such brilliant neighbours !

SUNNINGHILL:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.

ASCOT & SOUTH ASCOT:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.


NORTH ASCOT:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.

MEMBERS’ COMMENTS:


First – re Covid passes

Hi Jeff,

 
My wife got a text message on her mobile, stating that she had to get an updated Covid pass.  As the message had the NHS logo on the top, she clicked on the link, to the website and started to fill in the requested information.

After entering her name and her address, the next request, was for her to enter her bank details for a £ 4.99 fee.  At this point, she asked me if this was correct ?

As I had already used the correct NHS website for my free Covid pass, it was obvious to me that this was this was a scam.  I immediately told her to stop entering any additional information.

When she tried to delete the information already entered, a message came up, saying that it was legally required and if she did not supply the information, she could be prosecuted !

If I had not been there, she would definitely have gone on entering sensitive information that could then be used, for further access to our bank account !
 
I assume that it is not only my wife that received this message, I thought it would be a good idea to spread a warning – the NHS Covid pass is FREE and can downloaded from the NHS Aapp, or from their website.  No payment is required, nor is it a crime not to have this available.
 
Yours sincerely,

Karl

Thanks Karl – a really useful reminder, as the busy period of Christmas travel approaches !

NEXT:  FROM THE WINDSOR, ASCOT & MAIDENHEAD COMMUNITY LAND TRUST:

Hi Jeffrey

Can you put out a reminder for people to complete our survey  ?

We would like to thank those who have already completed it on affordable housing needs in the RBWM area.  We would like to remind people that our survey is due to close on 21st November and there is still time to complete it. 

We really need as much input as we can get.
  
Are you struggling to afford housing in Windsor, Ascot, or Maidenhead ?

Then help us understand your needs so that we can represent you by completing this survey: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/DXSG53F
 
About WAMCLT:
We are a new ‘not for profit Community Benefit Society’, set up by local people to create and hold community-led housing and other community assets, for the benefit of the community - forever.

As many of us know, the cost of local housing, both for sale and rent, is very high. This is making it difficult for many households to afford local housing costs, or meet their specific needs.

Inspired by the growing, national ‘Community-Led Housing’ movement, the objective of Windsor, Ascot and Maidenhead Community Land Trust (WAM CLT), is to provide housing that is:

• affordable and environmentally sustainable in perpetuity
• clearly linked to the needs of local communities
• created with the community involvement in each scheme
 
WAMCLT is also open to members and volunteers. You can find out more information about us by visiting our website: https://www.wamclt.org/

Very many thanks

Claire Milne (Director)

On behalf of Windsor Ascot and Maidenhead Community Land Trust 

Tel 07932 635580


www.WAMCLT.org


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.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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