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This message is dated Friday 25th September 2020 - Ascot

Alert message sent 25/09/2020 16:17:00

Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police


FIRST:  ANOTHER ATTEMPTED COURIER FRAUD REPORTED TO ACTION FRAUD
 
A neighbour reports that her elderly neighbour, received a phone call at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, from someone who said they were the police at Slough Police Station.  The man said they were investigating fraud at the resident’s bank - would they be prepared to help the police with their investigation ?  If so, could they please go to the bank as soon as possible and withdraw their savings in cash.  The police would send a courier to collect the cash, so that they could fingerprint it, to identify who in that branch, was committing the fraud.
 
The potential victim was suspicious and asked to speak to his supervisor.  The phone was immediately handed to another man, who said he was the Police Superintendent.  The resident was not convinced and said they would speak to their neighbour first.  The alleged police officer, said that would be against the law and they were being silly !  The potential victim put the phone down and has not heard from anyone since.
 
These courier frauds have been happening for many years now and cost thousands of victims across the entire UK who have lost their whole life savings, believing they were helping and working with the police.
They are though, still finding new victims, but hopefully the pool of potential victims, is shrinking, as we circulate the details to protect anyone who is possibly vulnerable and might fall for it- tell and alert, everyone you know, to prepare them.
 
If you get one of these calls - JUST PUT DOWN THE RECEIVER
 
NEXT:  A funding stream available to anyone living in Radian Housing:
 
Apply for funding from Radian
 
Did you know that Radian offer community grants for groups that support Radian residents and kick start grants for children that live in a Radian property age 11+.
For more information please go to https://www.radian.co.uk/residents/community-investment/grants-funding/
 
Many Thanks
 
Danielle
Danielle Lane,

Parkside House, 33 - 39 Sheet Street, Windsor SL4 1BY
Tel:  01753 777421
www.radian.co.uk
 
MORE FUNDING STREAMS:

 
Cllr David Hilton reports funding is available from the Fire Brigade Trust - who has £40,000 in their budget, as well as the Sunninghill Trust.  He is aware of about £140,000 which is available from various l funding streams and each of them is fairly informal.  For more information, please contact David on:  hiltonda@btinternet.com
 
NEXT:  AS THE EVENINGS START TO GET DARKER - SUNSET IS NOW 6.58 P.M. THINK ABOUT YOUR HOME SECURITY, IF YOUR HOUSE IS IN DARKNESS AND YOU ARE NOT HOME:
 
Preventing burglary in the Royal Borough, is a priority for us. Opportunist thieves, take advantage of open, or vulnerable doors and windows, keys left in insecure ‘hiding places’ and unlocked side gates.
 
To reduce burglaries, Thames Valley Police, work closely with our Community Safety Partners, including the local Authority, to keep homes safe.
 
Don’t leave your home in darkness, advertising the fact that there is no one at home. Use a segment timer and set it to turn on a light, or a talk radio station, as it starts to get dark. Try and vary the time each day, to make it look more natural. Also, consider purchasing a ‘fake TV’ with timer and dusk to dawn sensor.
 
Look out for your neighbours’ houses, especially, when they are not at home.
 
If you see anything that you feel needs urgent police attendance (e.g. an unknown person in your neighbour’s back garden), phone 999 immediately.
If you see anything suspicious, which does not need an immediate response, phone Thames Valley Police, on the non-emergency number – 101.
If you have any information about a crime and do not want to speak to the Police personally, nor be identified, please call Crime Stoppers anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

If you are not a member of a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme, you can find details of your local schemes, by going online at ‘Our Watch’, using this link: https://www.ourwatch.org.uk
If no such group exists in your area, consider establishing your own group.
 
As a Neighbourhood Team, we are still offering free Home Security Surveys, to assess the current security measures in place in your home. We will work with you to identify opportunities, to make your home even safer. If you would like to arrange a survey, please email us at:

homesecuritysurveyrequests@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
 
For more details on any of the above options, please contact your Neighbourhood Police Team on 101 and they will be pleased to advise on home security options.
 
Further information can also be found at https://www.thamesvalley.police.uk
 
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.
 
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
 
ASCOT:
ascotgeographical@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
SR.windsor&maidenhead@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
SUNNINGDALE:
23/9 - 24/9  Wednesday 10 p.m. / Thursday 6 a.m.  Church Road.  Car rear windscreen smashed - vandalism  Ref. No:  43200300258
 
SUNNINGHILL:
23/9  Wednesday 9 p.m.  Holmes Close.  Attempted burglary.  Offenders accessed the property via a forced garden gate and forced rear patio doors.  The alarm immediately sounded and the offenders made off.  No entry gained and nothing stolen.  Ref. No:  43200300041  This shows the advantage of an alarm !
 
ASCOT & SOUTH ASCOT:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
 
NORTH ASCOT:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
 
 
MEMBERS’ COMMENTS:-

 
FIRST:  A NEW SCAM:
 
Hi Jeff,

 
My partner received a very convincing scam e mail today, I’m sure it will catch many people out.
Giveaways are the low penalty (£25!), no vehicle details, or photos, no specific location, or time, nor specifics of the alleged offence. Not to mention the ‘ unavailable at present’ phone number at the end.
She tried to forward the e mail to me but there is some kind of block applied that prevents that.
 
Hope this will help prevent someone from losing £25 for nothing.
 
Keep up the good work.
 
'C'
 
This is an odd one.  The email looks formal from the HM Courts & Tribunal.  It goes on to say that the vehicle has been driven on a road in a 'charging area', without payment of the appropriate charge of £25 !

Where is that charging area ?  ‘The United Kingdom’ !  He has 28 days to make the payment by clicking on the LINK - or face further charges !
 
BIN IT - DON’T DO IT - DON’T LET IT BE YOU
 
NEXT FROM ‘L’

 
Hi Jeff
I have received this email and I will ignore it as I think it is fraudulent.
 
Do you think so ?
 
‘L’
 
She also asks - where is the best place to send these ?  If you receive an email / text, you think is a scam, the first thing to do is copy and paste a few lines into Google.  It will then immediately let you know, if it is a known scam.  NEXT - many of the organisations, banks, utilities involved, run their own scam reporting departments and are really grateful if you send the offending email to them.  They then track them and close them down.  The scammers of course, start up again from another server, but it does delay them.  After that - you can let me know, so that I warn everyone else.
 
This one was the old TV Licence scam.
 
The email states that the TV Licence will expire on the 22nd September and £11.90 is outstanding, because the bank has declined the last Direct Debit.  To pay that amount and - update the bank details - click on the LINK.
 
BIN IT - DON’T DO IT - DON’T LET IT BE YOU !
 

NEXT: The DVLA scam
 
Hi Jeff
 
Have just received this email.  I have double checked my bank account and found the payment to DVLA was made on 15 September.
 
This is obviously a scam and I am deleting it.
 
Regards
 
‘R’
 
‘E’ 
Had the same email:
 
Dear Jeff,
 
I receive your neighbourhood alert and thought I would forward you the below email I received this morning as I’m not too sure who else to send it to.
 
The email is to inform me that my vehicle tax has been cancelled, to due non payment from my debit card …… this is not correct and my car is taxed, therefore this email is a scam.
 
Also if you click, or hover your mouse over the ‘GOV.UK.TAX’ LINK, it's a hotmail A/c.
 
I would be very grateful if you could look into this or forward it on to someone who can.
 
Kind regards,
 
R's email:
The email explains that R’s last Road Tax payment failed and they have therefore generated a new invoice, but they need him to click on the LINK to complete details of his car and full bank details, for a new standing order.  IF HE DOESN’T RESPOND - the car will be clamped, crushed and enforcement action taken against him !!!
 
BIN IT - DON’T DO IT - DON’T LET IT BE YOU
 
 
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.
 
https://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/
 
follow us on Facebook:
 
https://www.facebook.com/TVPWindsorandMaidenhead
 
Eyes, ears.....and Brain
 
Jeff
Jeffrey.pick@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk

 
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 contact@windsorascotnhwa.org.uk

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

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