This message is dated Monday 10th August 2020 - Ascot
Alert message sent 10/08/2020 15:28:00
Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police
FIRST: ANOTHER REFERRAL FROM ACTION FRAUD:
Caller is reporting that her mother has been a victim of fraud. As a result a huge amount of money has been removed from her bank account.
It started with a text on 01/08/20, from a number claiming to be PayPal. It stated that her 'PayPal account had been suspended, due to irregular activity'.
The victim clicked on the link. It looked like a genuine PayPal website, so she proceeded to enter all her account and security details.
On 06/08/20 - she received a text, claiming to be from her bank, which said that her debit card had been used illegally on 05/08/20. ‘If this was her, please reply yes, otherwise, please reply no’. ‘There is no need to call us, responding to this text, is the quickest way to update your account'.
The victim replied 'No' and received an immediate confirmation from the ‘bank’, which stated that they would call her back or she could call them on a number they gave her. She received a call from the 'Bank', stating that the card would be blocked.
She received another phone call on Friday, stating that they needed to create three new accounts and to transfer all her funds to those accounts, to protect her money.
All her savings were transferred to those accounts between 8th Aug and 9th August.
The real bank has been spoken to and they have raised their own independent fraud investigation.
As we have seen from previous investigations, the bank suspends the account for 150 days, while they try and track the money - but - there is no guarantee, they will recover it, Fraudsters usually transfer the money into other accounts and then immediately transfer it again, through dozens of accounts world wide.
These frauds and scams are happening every day and fraudsters are getting away with millions, just with a couple of phone calls. Please speak to everyone you know and ask them to pause and think, before doing anything, someone on the phone asks them to. You have no idea who they are - and - you never phone a number, they give you.
STOP, THINK AND PAUSE BEFGORE RESPONDING. In this case - go online into your PayPal account and make sure what you are being told is true. If the call supposedly comes from your bank, ring them from your account statements, or better still, go in and talk to someone.
NEVER GIVE SOMEONE ON THE PHONE YOUR BANK DETAILS, OR CLICK ON A LINK IN A TEXT AND DO THAT.
NEVER AGREE TO TRANSFER YOUR SAVINGS TO A SECURE / SAFE ACCOUNT - WHOEVER ASKS YOU TO, UNLESS YOU ARE IN YOUR BANK AND THEY SUGGEST IT - BUT THEY WON’T - THEY WILL PROTECT YOUR EXISTING ACCOUNT.
A HUGE AMOUNT OF MONEY HAS BEEN TRANSFERRED - DON’T LET IT BE YOU, OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW.
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.
I have added a new email address below. The first email address is directly to your local Neighbourhood Team. The second is to our investigation team. Please use it to send any intelligence / video doorbell / CCTV footage you may have, which is relevant to any of the crimes lists below - quoting the reference number.
Alternatively you can call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or email - www.crimestoppers-uk.org
7/8 Friday 11.30 a.m. - 12 noon Cedar Drive. The owner heard a noise and went to investigate. They disturbed a man who immediately made off. Later the owner found a window damaged and tool marks around the door frame. The man is described as white, wearing a hoody and a base ball cap. If anyone in the area has video doorbell / CCTV footage of tbhis man perhaps trying their homes, please send any footage to the SR email above quoting the following ref. No. Ref. No: 4300244400
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
ASCOT & SOUTH ASCOT:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
4/8 - 9/8 Gatcombe Crescent. Bike stolen from locked rear garden. A matt black Specialized Rockhopper mountain bike. Ref. No: 43200246883
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NEWS UPDATE FROM NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH
The lockdown has resulted in many neighbourhoods drawing closer together in supporting local residents with needs, and in neighbours spending a lot more time talking to each other over fences or across the road. This has improved community spirit to no end, and a great way to keep this spirit alive is for residents to join their local Neighbourhood Watch scheme, or start up a new scheme if there is not already one covering their respective street.
Neighbourhood Watch is not just about looking out the window and being alert for any crime in the neighbourhood, it is much more than that. It serves as a valuable resource for crime prevention, in supporting the Police with things such as local home security surveys, installing crime prevention aids in homes for the vulnerable and elderly especially, helping those vulnerable and elderly residents with any other needs, and in drawing residents together in supporting one another.
The Windsor & Ascot NHW Association is making great strides in reactivating and expanding Neighbourhood Watch within the various parishes of Windsor & Ascot. Its Facebook page (@WindsorAscotNHW) is receiving multiple enquiries from interested residents and serves as a means to highlight local issues relating to crime and residents in need. New NHW schemes are continuously being set up with active Coordinators, and residents within those scheme areas can now benefit from the new initiatives being introduced by Neighbourhood Watch and Thames Valley Police.
To search for your nearest NHW scheme, or to set up a new scheme, visit www.ourwatch.org.uk and enter your postcode.
For any questions relating to Neighbourhood Watch please contact the Windsor & Ascot NHW Association at firstname.lastname@example.org