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This second message is dated Thursday 19th march 2020 - the whole area

Alert message sent 19/03/2020 15:10:00

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This is an additional message is dated Thursday 19th March 2020, for the whole area.
 
I am trying to collate a list of all the Community Facebook groups in RBWM, so that we can extend our advice coverage, if the current situation deteriorates.
 
We are not permitted to register as a member of random Community Facebook sites for obvious reasons - unless of course, we are members of that community / group.  We can always communicate with the Facebook Page Admins, asking them, to put out relevant information updates on their sites, for their members benefit.
 
SO - if you are part of a Facebook Group active in RBWM, which covers a community group, residents Association, W.Is, Faith group, Carers Group Parishes, Cllrs. whatever - can you please let me know the name of the group, roughly how many members it has and the name and contact details for the group Admin officer

This has also just come in:

BRIEFING NOTE

COVID19 – 2 – 19/03/202

Advice on potential corona-virus related scams.
We have heard reports that individuals may be taking advantage of the vulnerable, by posing as door-to-door Coronavirus testers, in order to gain access to people’s properties.

Nobody, and specifically neither the NHS nor the Police, are conducting such tests.  If anyone attends your property and claims to be conducting such tests, please call the Police on 999.

Unfortunately, there are some people who will try to cash in on people’s vulnerability, at a time when they may be distracted by concerns regarding the Coronavirus.

It is worth taking time to make sure you are protecting yourself and your family from those, hoping to take advantage of this situation.

Fraudsters may well exploit this unprecedented situation, to prey on others.

They may try to target those assisting vulnerable people, or those in self-isolation, sending coronavirus-themed phishing emails in an attempt to trick people into opening malicious attachments or revealing personal and financial details, or even coming to people’s houses to try and target them in person.
The advice around fraud and cyber-crime has not changed because of this virus. The most important thing to remember is if you are contacted by someone you don’t know, either in person or online exercise caution and if something doesn’t feel right then it probably isn’t. If you can’t be sure, check with someone you trust, or the Police.

If someone knocks at your door claiming to be from a company or organisation, don’t let them in.  Ask the person to wait outside, shut and lock the door and contact the organisation,  If they’re genuine, they’ll understand.
There is a range of advice on how to protect yourself from fraud, which can be found here:-

https://www.met.police.uk/advice/advice-and-information/fa/fraud/personal-fraud/.
 
Twitter is down at the moment, but I will be putting updates on our local TVP Facebook page, as well as via Thames Valley Alert:
 
https://www.facebook.com/TVPWindsorandMaidenhead
 
Eyes, ears.....and Brain
 
Jeff
Jeffrey.pick@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk

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

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