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This message is dated Friday 9th October 2020 - Maidenhead

Alert message sent 09/10/2020 13:29:00

Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police


I have just written this Fraud / Scams article for a Parish Magazine and thought it should be shared:
 
FRAUDS AND SCAMS COME IN FOUR FORMATS:
 
At the door
Letter
Telephone
Email

 
At the Door:
Remember our NHW motto:
I do not buy goods and services at the door.  Most common will be bogus builders
 
Letter:
Usually the scam – someone has died with a similar name to you leaving millions – Bin them
 
Telephone:
When answering the phone – you only say ‘Hello’  Scammers use computers to generate the calls – 10 at a time.  The first one answered cancels the other nine for a later call – hence silent calls.  You are never personally targeted.  JUST PUT DOWN THE RECEIVER.
 
EMAIL:
There are hundreds of these scam emails, which hit our in-boxes every day.  All scams have certain things in common.
  • They do not address you personally by name, but are addressed ‘dear resident’ / ‘customer’ or whatever.
  • They contain an ‘Inducement’ – Someone with a name similar to you has died, leaving millions….., You are due a refund…...
  • They contain a ‘Threat’ – if you don’t do this by a certain date, usually within 24 hours, something terrible will happen.
  • There will be a ‘LINK’, you need to click on, to do whatever.
The current most common scams are:
HMRC – they have a warrant for your arrest, if you don’t immediately pay outstanding taxes !
You have driven through a charging area without making the payment of £25 !
TV Licensing / Paypal – Your Direct Debit has failed – click on the link to re-enter your bank and card details !
 
THE RULE IS:  YOU MUST NEVER CLICK ON A LINK – EVER - IN EMAILS YOU ARE NOT EXPECTING.
 
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
  
MAIDENHEAD CENTRAL:
maidenheadcentralgeographical@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
SR.windsor&maidenhead@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
13/9 - 7/10  Kidwells Close.  Bike locked un underground car park storage area stolen.  A blue, white & black Thompson R600, bike.  Ref. No:  43200317094
7/10 - 8/10  Lower Cookham Road.  Burglary.  Entry via rear forced rear patio doors.  Untidy search of the whole house.  Not yet known if anything stolen.  Ref. No:  43200315800
7/10  Wednesday 8.30 p.m.  Leander Way.  Wallet and personal items stolen from the glovebox of a car.  Ref. No:  43200315969
 
RIVERSIDE & BELMONT:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
 
MAIDENHEAD WEST

maidenheadwestgeographical@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
SR.windsor&maidenhead@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
BISHAM, COOKHAM, HURLEY, THE WALTHAMS, LITTLEWICK GREEN & KNOWL HILL:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
 
PINKNEYS GREEN & FURZE PLATT:

7/10 - 8/10  Wednesday / Thursday Pinkneys Road.  Garage break.  2 bikes stolen.  1.  A bike.  2.  A very valuable, green mountain bike - WITH FRAME NUMBER.  Ref. No:  43200317391
8/10  Thursday 11.30 a.m.  Wavell Road.  DISTRACTION BURGLARY.  2 men knocked on the door saying they were from the Water Board as there was a report of a leak.  The elderly aggrieved let them in The house was searched and after they left 20 minutes later.  The aggrieved discovered cash had been stolen.  Witnesses said the men made off towards Courthouse Road.  Ref. No:  43200316634.  If anyone in that area has any video doorbell / CCTV footage os anything suspicious, from that area and time.  Please forward it to the SR email above quoting the ref. No.
 
MAIDENHEAD SOUTH
maidenheadsouthgeographical@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
SR.windsor&maidenhead@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
BOYN HILL, COX GREEN & WOODLANDS PARK:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
 
OLDFIELD, BRAY & HOLYPORT:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.

 
 
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   June 2020

The Maidenhead Police Area NHW Association continues to flourish and is making great strides in reactivating and expanding Neighbourhood Watch within the town and its surrounding areas. Many new schemes have been established over the past year and, thanks to a number of new active Coordinators and despite lockdown,  Neighbourhood Watch in Maidenhead has continued to be active during these past months and a number of new schemes have been started and others expanded.  Areas which may not have been fully covered in the past but now are, or are much improved, include:-   Calders Close, Grosvenor Drive, Ray Park Avenue, Somerford Close, Brampton Ct, In the Ray, Leighton Gardens, Camperdown, Addison Ct, Ray Mill Road East, The Pagoda, Grant Lane, Clappers Meadow, Boulters Ct, Boulters Lane, Boulters Gardens, Lower Cookham Road (A4094) (Between boulters lock and boulters carpark), Boulters Island, Horton Close, Waltham St Lawrence Parish, The Paddock, St Margaret’s Road, Lees Close, Auckland Close, Juniper Drive  and others.
Residents within these 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.
 
If you have any questions relating to Neighbourhood Watch please contact the Maidenhead Multi-Scheme Administrator, John Diack at johndiack@hotmail.com.

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

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