This message is dated Friday 28th May 2021 - Ascot
Alert message sent 28/05/2021 12:57:00
Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police
A BRILLIANT START TO THE BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND !
NO CRIME TO REPORT IN THE LAST 48 HOURS
NO CARS BROKEN INTO
FIRST: RESIDENTS IN HORTON RECEIVED SCAM EMAILS SUPPOSEDLY FROM THEIR LOCAL VICAR !! THIS CAN HAPPEN ANYWHERE !
Some people have received a message like this, from "Rev Colin Gibson".
"Rev Colin Gibson - ‘Have a great day ahead’. I need a favour from you, Are you available here on email ?"
This is not from Vicar Colin's email address and is not from Vicar Colin!!!
If you respond – the supposed "Rev Colin Gibson" will ask you for money !
I have emailed everyone that is a member of the church, put a warning message on our local Facebook pages and the churches' FB pages, but could you please also mention it, in your next Thames Valley Alert message . It may well be that scammers have realised that there is often a high level of trust in church congregations and we are being picked out, as ripe for exploitation
Please do not reply to the message - just delete it.
The Reverend Colin Gibson's Admin Assistant and PA
These emails are particularly disturbing, as they come from a vicar to everyone in his personal address book – mostly members of his flock – so the email appears to come from someone who they trust and therefore, unlikely to be a scam.
I put out a message a few days ago, from one member of his flock who had received this email and emailed back. They were then asked to purchase £200 worth of I-Tunes vouchers, for his niece. Once these had been purchased and sent, they received a second email asking for another £300 worth – that’s when the resident became suspicious and binned the email – but, they had already spent £200 !
This happened in Horton, but it can happen to anyone, anywhere – often in situations of a shared computer, accessed by several people, who open attachments, believing someone else has asked for the information and it is therefore safe, to click on and open an attachment / update.
Generally this situation is not caused by a virus, but the computer has been infected by a ‘Trojan’. Which would not be caught by their virus software. Trojans are hidden in attachments and slip though ! SO – NEVER OPEN ATTACHMENTS IN EMAILS, UNLESS YOU KNOW EXACTLY WHO THEY ARE FROM AND YOU TRUST THEM !
NEXT: Chris would like me to clarify something:
Thanks for the good work.
I think many people are unaware that many scams are now mobile phone text based.
You mentioned the Hermes one (which I have had), but should perhaps make a specific point about texts. I have also had DPD missed delivery, Royal Mail shipping fee, as well as automated calls (press 1 etc).
I think many people assume text, is more likely to be legitimate and/or unaware that scams target phones as well as people using a PC or laptop
Thanks Chris – yes as many scams and frauds come via Text / phone calls as via email. Many thanks for pointing this out.
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
NEXT: THIS HAPPENED IN WINDSOR – BUT IS RELEVANT FOR EVERYONE:
28/5 Friday 3.40 a.m. Dedworth. Car stolen from outside a house. Aggrieved says they have video footage showing one man came to the car and tried to open doors. As it was locked this was not possible. He has then called another man over, who arrived with a long cable. He walked around the drive and up to front door, obviously looking to intercept a signal. The car doors then opened and they drove it away. A dark blue Mercedes GLC index NL ** LVE Ref. No: 43210231016 This car obviously has keyless entry. The wire was used to copy the signal given out by the fob and obviously the fob was not protected in a metal case, but must have been left near the front door. The device with the aerial wire was obviously able to locate the signal from the fob and copy it, enabling the car to be entered and driven away. If you have a keyless car – the fob must never be left anywhere near the front door and kept at least 30 feet from the pavement, unless it is in a signal dampening metal container.
SUNNINGDALE: NO CRIME TO REPORT.
SUNNINGHILL: NO CRIME TO REPORT.
ASCOT & SOUTH ASCOT: NO CRIME TO REPORT.
NORTH ASCOT: NO CRIME TO REPORT.
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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 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