This message is dated Friday 12th July 2017 for Maidenhead.
FIRST: - A REPORT FROM ACTION FRAUD:
13/7 Thursday 11 a.m. Orchard Grove. The police received a call from a bank to say an elderly customer was at the counter, trying to transfer all their funds into another account, after receiving a call - supposedly from the bank. They were told that the bank was being investigated and that the account was in danger. They needed to move all their funds into a protected account, which they gave them as soon as possible. The bank were immediately suspicious and did not transfer the money.
The advice from the Fraud Office was – and I think this is really useful and I would urge you to copy it and keep it somewhere, in case you hear anything like this is happening, to someone you know:
Scammers are often very clever and highly skilled at scamming people, but by just following a few straightforward steps, as advised below, it is possible to reduce the risk of becoming a victim.
This crime, is what is known as an ‘Advance Fee Fraud’ where victims who have already been subjected to fraud, are lead to believe that they can get their money back.
- Be careful about giving out personal information including bank details.
- Choose, use and protect your passwords carefully.
- Always install the latest software and security updates and remember that genuine companies will never contact you to say you have a virus and that for a fee it can be fixed.
- Do not reply or click on links within unsolicited e mails.
- Do not send money to people you have not met. It is impossible to win a competition or a lottery you have never entered.
- The Police will never ask you to withdraw or transfer money as part of an investigation.
- Do not send or upload any information which you would not want shared on social media.
Questions carers / friends / relatives should ask:
Once someone has already become the victim of a fraud, it is highly likely that their details will be added to what is known as a “Sucker List”, meaning their chances of being targeted again, are considerably higher. Bearing this in mind, it is important that we are able offer advice which can dramatically reduce this possibility..
- Do they receive unusually high quantities of mail ? If in doubt the postman / post woman may be a valuable source of information.
- Are they receiving lots of scam mail, promising large wins, but requires cash to be sent ?
- Are they secretive about their mail, perhaps hiding it, so they can open it on their own ?
- Are they in possession of cheap looking goods - (free gifts) - such as jewellery, health goods and vitamins ?
- Is mail being hidden around the house ?
- Are they receiving lots of scam phone calls ?
- Do they live in clutter ?
- Do they deny that there is a problem with scams, despite evidence to the contrary ?
- Are they reluctant to engage, or provide next of kin information ?
- Do they visit the post office regularly and/or, keep lots of stamps ?
Advice for relatives / friends / neighbours:
Please find below some suggestions of action which may be taken concerning contact methods and financial transactions:
- Consider changing all telephone numbers
- Make the new number ex-directory
- Consider getting a handset with caller display.
- Block withheld numbers
- Consider blocking incoming calls
- Consider mail re-direction.
- Advice not to open any more scam mail.
- Financial Transactions
- Consider power of attorney/limited allowances with next of kin where deemed appropriate.
- Change bank account/card information if this has been given out
- Advise local Western Union/MoneyGram outlets of the problem (As in do not serve)
- Block aggrieved details with Western Union and MoneyGram
Thames Valley Police have published 2 fantastic booklets which are packed full of crime prevention advice for various scenarios. These can be found under the following links:
The Little Book of Big Scams
The Little Book of Cyber Scams
Further Sign Posting
Victims First is a website for aggrieved persons, to find a service to support them.
Call Blocker Phones:
It is possible to purchase a ‘Call Blocker’ phone. This is in essence a device, which is like having a home receptionist, who allows calls from family and friends straight through, but blocks unwelcome callers. It electronically asks unrecognised callers, to identify themselves, prior to being put through. These devices do come at a cost, but it may be worth advising aggrieved persons about them, as not everyone is aware that such devices exist.
LINK TO CALL BLOCKER PHONES ON AMAZON
Age UK Call in Time – Telephone Friendship Service
Call in Time is a free befriending service which matches volunteers with older people to receive a weekly friendly 30 minute chat on the phone. They also provide regular “Good Day” calls to bridge the time gap whilst they are waiting for a suitable match to be found.
NEXT – VERY RELEVANT:
An important thing to remember re SCAM emails !!!
I am on my hobby horse again.
Three out four of the scam emails in your message yesterday came from people, they did not know ! I am sure the 'subjects' were unfamiliar with the organisations involved - so, why did they open the e mails ?
Clearly, these should have been dismissed as SPAM.
With some emails, even the action of opening them can open the door to nasties.
This is a really good reminder, rather than opening emails to see what they are about…. If the email comes from someone you do not know or which appears to be suspicious – DON’T DO IT. If it is important from a bank / Building Society / PayPal re issues with security – THEY WILL WRITE TO YOU FORMALLY.
NEXT – we want to promote The National Day of Remembrance for Honour Based Violence victims.
The annual Day of Remembrance is held each year on July 14th to remember those lost to ‘Honour Killings’, where some families feel dishonoured, shamed and choose to forget. ‘Karma Nirvana’ remembers and celebrates victim’s lives.
The Day of Memory was inspired by Bradford-born Shafilea Ahmed who was murdered by her parents in 2003, after suffering years of abuse, for becoming ‘too westernised’. There are an estimated 12 honour killings each year in the UK, although the exact number is unknown.
Here is a link to a YouTube Clip that sets out this issue very movingly:
There is a meeting organised by the Slough Women’s Network tonight Friday 14th July6.30 p.m. The New Community Hall, 27 Harrow Road, Slough SL3 8SH
Slough Women’s Network, was established in 2015 by MP Fiona McTaggart and a group of women from Slough. They will help women to support each other and to be resilient, in the face of challenges to the safety of themselves, their children and their families. They hold events to learn about women’s rights, run workshops, speak and discuss topics that matter, so that women can learn and increase their knowledge.
They have chosen 14th July for this meeting as it is The National Day of Remembrance for Honour Based Violence victims.
No one, should suffer any kind of abuse. Throughout the country, thousands of people will be coming together, to remember loved ones they have lost. Please join us, to remember those who are no longer with us and let us respect and honour their memory.
The ‘True Honour Charity’ in Slough is offering:
SELF DEFENCE FOR WOMEN AND GIRLS.
Self Defence classes starting in Slough. You will gain self-confidence that you never knew you had. The fact is that it feels great, to know that you can defend yourself from anyone, anytime of the day. We will teach you the necessary skills, to keep safe.
EVERY TUESDAY BETWEEN 7 P.M. – 8 P.M.
CHRIST THE WORKER CHURCH CENTRE
4, PARLAUNT ROAD, SLOUGH SL3 8AS
Contact Sarbjit on 07480 621 711
DO NOT BECOME A VICTIM
Registered Charity number: 1165849
Kindly funded by the High Sheriff of the Royal County of Berkshire
NEXT WEEK IS ‘NATIONAL KNIFE CRIME WEEK’ – which we also want to promote:
‘National Knife Crime Week’ launches Monday 17th July 2017. Knife Crime Surrender bins, will be placed at Maidenhead Police Station, for the duration of the week.
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13/7 Thursday 3.40 p.m. Cookham Road. The aggrieved left their bike – UNLOCKED – outside a shop for a few minutes. When they returned, it had been stolen. A grey & green, man’s Carrera Parva, mountain bike.
RIVERSIDE & BELMONT:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
BISHAM, COOKHAM, HURLEY, THE WALTHAMS, LITTLEWICK GREEN & KNOWL HILL:
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13/7 Thursday midnight / 4 p.m. Terry’s Lane, Cookham. Burglary. Property presently unoccupied, due to be demolished and rebuilt. Thieves removed boards from the windows and climbed inside. The owner heard noises when he attended the property and called the police who attended immediately. Two men were arrested upon suspicion of burglary.
11/7 – 12/7 Tuesday 5 p.m. / Wednesday 7 a.m. High Road, Cookham. House under renovation. Thieves have broken in and stolen extension cables, tools and copper piping.
PINKNEYS GREEN & FURZE PLATT:
12/7 Wednesday 3 p.m. Allenby Road. Burglary. Thieves climbed over a fence into the garden. A tool was then used to try and force open the rear conservatory door, with no success. They then found a small bathroom window left open for ventilation, reaching, opened a larger window and climbed inside. Untidy search of the bedrooms and very unusually the loft ladder was down to the attic. A padlock on the rear garden gate had also been forced. No known if anything stolen.
BOYN HILL, COX GREEN & WOODLANDS PARK:
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13/7 Thursday 8 a.m. / 8 p.m. Northumbria Road. Someone has damaged a letterbox and the brush draft excluder removed.
OLDFIELD & BRAY:
11/7 – 12/7 Tuesday 8.15 a.m. / Wednesday 1 p.m. Windsor Road, Bray. Locked up bike stolen. A black & white, Ridgeback man’s mountain bike. It had been secured using a ‘combination lock’. These are not sufficient to protect a bike. If ‘jerked’ hard, they will easily snap. Bikes need to be protected with 2 substantial D locks. Make the opportunist thief look for an easier target !
Eyes and ears.....................and brain
‘You can play your part in helping to tackle the terrorist threat facing the UK’.
‘Everyone, from law enforcement, to businesses, to the general public, has a role to play in keeping the UK safe from terrorism and to effectively combat the threat. Everyone needs to work together. Our aim, is to encourage people to be more vigilant – ‘if you suspect it, report it’ – please report all suspicious activity to the confidential Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321’.
‘For more information follow this link: https://act.campaign.gov.uk/
First from Emma-Louise – who is one of 20 lucky winners, who have just won a share of $500,000.00 !
It is unaddressed, but starts ‘Congratulations from Facebook’. After an online draw she is a winner ! If she supplies them with her full details via the LINK they will start the process of sending money to her !!!
DON’T DO IT !