This message is dated Wednesday 16th May 2018 for Ascot.
I have received several reports of Nottingham Knockers across the area - the young lads going door to door selling household products - no-one must buy anything from these young lads and now as commonly young women.
It is a scam to locate elderly / vulnerable people who are easily parted from their cash.
Two things to be aware of:
- If anyone wants to go door to door selling anything other than Books or Food, need to have a small white ‘Pedlars Certificate’. These are issued by any police force and are valid across the country. They will only be issued to those of ‘Good Character’ after a PNC police check. The minute they say to you - they are just out prison……… you will know they don’t have one.
- What they will show you, is a large yellow ‘Hawker’s Licence’. This is a made up document and has no validity whatsoever.
Everyone in the Thames Valley uses the same words, which sends a message to these people that we are not easy targets:
I AM SORRY, I DO NOT BUY GOODS AND SERVICES AT THE DOOR !
Then firmly but politely close the door. No other conversation please.
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
14/5 Monday 3 p.m. High Street. The aggrieved returned to their car to find a hole smashed in their front windscreen.
ASCOT & SOUTH ASCOT:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
NEXT - A SCAMMER HAS BEEN OUT AND ABOUT IN ASCOT:
14/5 Monday 11.45 / 1.05 Bagshot Road. Action Fraud. The potential Aggrieved, is fortunately one of our members !
I had a visit, from a man reporting to be from the Met Police, working under a Police operation called ‘Operation Badger’. I was shown a very authentic looking police warrant card, stating that the man was a member on the Metropolitan Police. He stated that he was sent from the Met, to tell people who had been the victims of a scam building company that they could be owed compensation, Plus damages, as the offenders had now been arrested and charged for fraud and illegal trading.
The amount quoted was around £3.5m and the number of persons affected, was over 100. This worried me somewhat, as no way would the police give the amount involved in a fraud of scam.
The man was in plain clothes and was on foot, this surprised me, as to why be not be in uniform and on foot without a car. The explanation was: he was not sure where house was, so had parked further down road and walked. Secondly, as he had been sent from the courts as a liaison Officer in order to get information on how the Avalon Fraud had affected people, he was working ‘incognito’. Any information he received, would then be used by the Court, in order to calculate in any compensation which would be payable and how much, I could receive.
None of this rang true, but I decided to play along and asked the ‘Officer’ to get further info from the court, on how any compensation would be paid and how much to expect. He offered to do this and would contact the court official responsible, to pass on the Info I had given him, in order to see if compensation was due.
After about an hour, I got a call back from him, saying that he had been in touch with the courts and I was due compensation for the money I had lost together with, possible damages. This was still being worked out by the Judge in charge of the case. About half an hour later, I received another phone call, again from the same man, stating that the Court and authorised compensation and damages amounting to £21,000. This was more than double what I had lost, via my previous dealings with the company. When I asked how I would get the money, I was told that as a police officer, he was not allowed to take down my bank details and the only court account available, contained £51,000. The only way to pay me, was to fully close the account, which meant that I would have to pay £30,000 into the court’s bank account. They would then send me a cheque for £51,000.
Since the “now bogus” police man could not take may bank details, I was told that the only way, to get what I was due, was to transfer £30,000 in to the main court bank account, via a website that would be given to me. The £21,000 would automatically be transferred back to me and then, only when the case had been fully finalised and all accounts closed, the £30,000 would be reimbursed to me.
When he explained this, I put the phone down immediately, as I knew it was a scam.
The man has tried to ring me again, to try and convince me that everything was above board and that that he was a valid policeman. He said again he had shown me his ID. I protested that this was not the payment method that I would think of using. The man then said that he would attempt to contact the courts, to see it they would accept any other payment method, but this could mean going to court and giving evidence as a witness under oath. The man the court involved, was the Old Bailey, which as we all know, would not deal with this type of case. I then put the phone down again and rang 101 and Action Fraud.
I believe that this needs to be broadcast to all our members on email@example.com, as this is an obvious case of police impersonation and someone else could be persuaded to part with their money, especially the elderly.
I am very grateful that I was contacted by one of our members to pass this onto everyone. It just shows how persistent scammers are and how believable, they appear to be. Please be on your guard and :
DON’T LET IT BE YOU !
He has now installed a call blocker phone ! This is a warning to everyone - these scammers are very persistent. They adopt various personas, each time they call, once they have located a potential victim. It becomes our role, to protect elderly or vulnerable neighbours from these people. If you see someone suspicious in your road - report it on the 101 number. What is suspicious ? Anything that draws your attention. Our instincts are brilliant. We all know the speed legitimate leaflet deliverers take to deliver things through front door. If they take too long, or take too much interest in side accesses, looking in windows, our attention will be drawn to them - their actions are out of the ordinary. Rely on your instincts and always do something about it. If you see a builders van appear outside the home of a vulnerable / elderly neighbour or perhaps a skip - please let us know for intelligence purposes. We will arrange for a PCSO or an RBWM Community Warden to happen to walk past. They will knock on the door and gently ask what they are having done and would they like them to look at all the relevant paperwork ! Generally, the victims are the last people to report anything to us, as they always say how helpful the builders had been and if they hadn’t knocked on the door, they would never have known their chimney was about to fall through the house as it needed re-pointing. They need our help and support. The scammers are really good at what they do and are very convincing.
I hope you are well, I recently signed up to receive Alerts for Ascot which are very useful. I seem to notice that a lot of crime around the local area is ‘CARS ENTERED BY UNKNOWN MEANS’.
It might help to also include in your report what type of cars are being targeted, whilst I know that lots of people leave their car unlocked, I work in the security industry mainly in London and am seeing on a regular basis cars entered, when they have been ‘locked’ by people using jamming devices and signal scanning key fobs. (Particularly Audi’s and BMWs) It would be good to build up a picture of the type of vehicles so people can report this to their manufacturer and get security firmware upgrades.
Also it would be useful to educate people, on the importance of not leaving their keys by the front door, or in the vicinity where the RFID scanners can pickup their signal. Surrey police, recently put a good image on their Twitter and advised people to buy RFID signal blocking cases which can be bought on amazon for as little as £3-5. (Attached below). I think it is probably the case where a lot of people ‘think’ they locked their car but are not quite sure (and probably did) but don’t realise that there is technology out there which can easily open their car, for people to steal from and then I understand you have to log it as unknown means which doesn’t really give the police an insight to an epidemic that is happening up and down the country.
Many thanks Callum. Regular message recipients will know, I have been putting all this out for several years now, but a reminder is always useful.
Fob locking cars - always try a car door handle, every time you lock the car.
Keyless cars - the key, must be kept in one of those small metal credit card cases and always, kept as far as possible from the front door.
Eyes and Ears..........and Brain.
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