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This message is dated Wednesday 27th July 2022 - Windsor

Alert message sent 27/07/2022 11:39:00

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SOME REALLY GOOD NEWS:

Following an investigation by Thames Valley Police four people have been charged with handling stolen goods.

Omar Algrad, aged 21 of no fixed abode, Nazar Aljared, aged 22 of no fixed abode, Erikas Domeikis, aged 30 of Ballards Road, Dagenham and Darisu Valunas, aged 33, of Broad Street, Dagenham were all charged with one count each of handling stolen goods.

The charges are in connection with the discovery of a quantity of car parts and cars at garage in Wraysbury, which officers have seized.

The four men were charged and remanded to appear at Reading Magistrates’ Court on Friday (22/7).

Three of the men were remanded in custody with one being bailed.

FIRST:  AMELIA HAS SENT ME AN UPDATE OF HER BANKING SCAM, I RECENTLY  REPORTED.  PLEASE READ IT CAREFULLY – IT WILL HELP YOU TO UNDERSTAND HOW MUCH EFFORT AND TIME THE SCAMMERS PUT IN TO CONVINCE YOU THEY ARE GENUINE – AND AS A CONSEQUENCE – WHY EVEN THOSE ON THEIR GUARD FALL FOR IT:

Hi Jeff,

OK......... this one definitely needs to come with a big red warning, buckle up for a lengthy ride.

I now realise, I was very nearly completely scammed by a scam text I received.  Allegedly, I had been in contact with someone who had Covid and they were offereing me a free Covid Test pack – with a minimal charge of £1 for postage.

I was later phoned by a 'James Kennedy' apparently from the 'HSBC Fraud Department'.  This was also part of the same scam – it had many branches.

He told me about fraudulent transactions, using my debit card in Manchester.  Later I found out these were entirely made up, as was the £1 Covid text I had received.  He told me that I needed to change my internet login ASAP, which he would walk me through.

Thankfully, as I told him, I had already cancelled my debit card, but he then walked me through how to change my online banking login (starting with an IB number) and setting a new password, including getting a verification code sent by HSBC to my phone - yes, I know I shouldn’t have - but I did give that to him.

He even talked me through ringing an 'HSBC' line (0345 600 2290 which again, I now find out as I have now checked, is flagged as a suspicious number, to confirm I was resetting my password.  He even gave me a wonderful made up reference to put in - HRFBM-1961-6820-LSJY !!!.

I now wonder, if they recorded my voice quoting the after they mentioned 'my voice is my password' security message....

He finally told me to delete the text message that I would receive to say I had now successfully set up internet banking on my iPhone.  He also told me they would be speaking to Barclays, about some other alleged suspicious transactions on my account.

With a final, belated rush of clarity, I rang HSBC directly who confirmed the whole this was an attempted scam !  I  have now entirely removed my on line banking access and thanks to their highly robust security checks, they have reassured me there have been no fraudulent transactions on my current account or associated on-line savings accounts.

'James' is apparently ringing me back on Saturday, to give me an update on the case and his discussion with Barclays - that will be one helluva interesting call if he does!!!!!!!!

Amelia.

There is a lot of detail here, but it is all in the hope that if you get one of these calls, you will be caught off guard, but as it progresses, the above detail will kick in and you will realise what is happening.  It starts with a ’free’ Covid text and ends up as a major bank fraud !  I am grateful to Amelia for sharing with us.  It could save hundreds from falling for this scam, as they seem to come form a multitude of directions to confuse you.

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

WINDSOR:
CENTRAL WINDSOR:

NO CRIME TO REPORT.

ETON & ETON WICK:

26/7  Tuesday 10.40 p.m.  High Street, Eton.  A walk in theft.  An offender walked into a block of flats, stole clothes from hangers in the hallway and attempted to enter one of the flats.  Ref. No:  43220331949
26/7  Tuesday 3.30 p.m.  Tangier Lane, Eton.  The owner was at home with windows open but on the latch.  There was a knock at the front door, which she answered.  A man stood there asking if the owner wanted to buy fresh fish.  He had no fishmonger clothes and had nothing with him and a van could not be seen.  The owner said no and the man started to walk away, when he was joined by a second man who appeared to come from the rear of the building.  When they went back inside, the window that was previously on the latch, was now wide open.  The man selling fish is described as white, about 40s, 5’4’’, grey hair, round build, wearing a plain T shirt and shorts.  Second man:  A bit taller, with brown hair as he was only seen from the rear.  Ref. No:  43220331277  Did this man call on you ?  Do you have CCTV / video doorbell footage of them ???

WINDSOR WEST
CLEWER, DEDWORTH & OAKLEY GREEN:
26/7  Green Lane.  Car passenger window smashed.  Sunglasses stolen from the front and tools from the back.  Ref. No:  43220331975

CLEWER EAST & PARK:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.

WINDSOR EAST

DATCHET, HORTON & WRAYSBURY:
25/7  Monday 7 p.m.  M4.  Report of a man on a motorway bridge, throwing stones down onto cars.  Ref. No:  43220329719

OLD WINDSOR:
27/7  Wednesday 0.50 a.m.  Ouseley Road.  Chair stolen from outside a property.  Ref. No:  43220332073
24/7 – 25/7  Sunday 7 p.m. / Monday 10 a.m.  Tyle Place.  Shed break, lock and chain cut and bike stolen.  A red bike.  Ref. No:  43220329094


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

Why not start a new scheme in your street - A scheme is a group of members, usually in the same road or area, which has a coordinator to manage the scheme.

In the last week, we have had inquiries from various residents and we are delighted to announce that three new schemes are being set up.

There are many benefits to starting a scheme - awareness of types of crimes that affect our communities such as vehicle crime and advice on scams, access to CCTV,  for instance.

Neighbourhood Watch is not just about crime awareness though. It's about supporting communities and tackling issues within them like, loneliness and vulnerability.

Being aware of these issues will enable you to be proactive in your community to help those in our communities that need support.

Please contact us on contact@windsorascotnhwa.org.uk and we will be delighted to assist.
Valerie Pike, Chairman of Windsor & Ascot NHW Association. 

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

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