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This message is dated Monday 22nd December 2021 - Ascot

Alert message sent 22/11/2021 14:42:00

Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police


FIRST A VARIATION OF THE COURIER FRAUD:

A few days before 12th November, the victim received a call purporting to come from their building society.  They were persuaded to ‘take out a loan’ for £10,000 on the spot and the scammer explained that the repayments were to be paid into two different bank accounts.  The first payments failed, but eventually, one went through for nearly £2,000.  The victim was then contacted again and asked to go into the building society and withdraw £500 in £20 notes, as well as going to a currency exchange and obtaining 2,400 Euros.  They did this and a courier attended, to collect this cash.

Since then, there have been two further transfers of the interest, of just under £2,000 each and an attempt has been made to access the victim’s NS & I Premium Bond account.

The victim has at last realised they have been scammed and went to the building society, to see if there was any way the money could be returned.

The Building Society are investigating, but hold out little hope of any money being returned.  As the account with NS & I was marked as pending – that could possibly, be cancelled and protected.

Please pass this onto everyone you know.  Potential victims are not all elderly and vulnerable.  Any one of us could fall as the scammers are brilliant at what they do and always catch you off guard, bombarding your with questions and information, until you submit !  It is a very well-honed scam – and they are very good at it !

NEXT:  THIS HAPPENED IN MAIDENHEAD – BUT COULD HAPPEN ANYWHERE.  IF SOMETHING IS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE – IT ISN’T !!

19/11  Friday, A resident in Maidenhead, was approached by a man in the street and asked if he wanted to buy an iPhone 13 and a MacBook Pro for £600.  The resident agreed a price of £290, which he handed over.  When they got home, they found the laptop bag contained 2 bottles of water !!!

NEXT:  I have received notification from Mike Sells at The Windsor Lions, who are working closely with Thames Hospice:

They are organising their Christmas Tree collection after Christmas for re-cycling – for a small donation – which goes to a really good cause.

Book your collection online at:

www.thameshospice.org.uk/collectmychristmastree

Datchet, Horton & Wraysbury – January 6th 2022

SL4 – 7th January 2022

SL5 – 8th January 2022


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:
NO CRIME TO REPORT

SUNNINGHILL:
NO CRIME TO REPORT

ASCOT & SOUTH ASCOT:

19/11  Friday 4.20 a.m.  St. Mary’s Road.  The owner has video doorbell footage of someone sitting in their car and carrying out a search and stealing loose change.  Ref. No:  4321-524176

NORTH ASCOT:
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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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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