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This message is dated Monday 21st June 2021 - Ascot

Alert message sent 21/06/2021 11:51:00

Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police


NO CRIME TO REPORT OVER THE WEEKEND !

NO BURGLARIES

AND

NO CARS BROKEN INTO !

FIRST:  A FRAUD TELEPHONE CALL TO BE AWARE OF:


On 17th June a resident received a call from someone called 'David', who said he was from the fraud department at their bank.  He explained that they believed fraudulent Direct Debits had been set up on their account to withdraw money.  One was for a dentist, the other for an Insurance company.

‘David’ then started to ask for all sorts of personal information and the resident became suspicious.  To prove the call was genuine, he said he would call back and the number would show on her phone and she could check it against the security number on her debit card.

He did this and the number did correspond to the debit card.

The resident was still suspicious and refused to give the personal information, so ‘David’ said he would send a ‘code’ to use with their online banking, so that they could book an appointment at the bank.

The resident agreed to do this.  ‘David’ sent a ‘code’ which was supposedly used to book an appointment, but it did not apparently work, so he sent another, which also did not appear to work.  A third was sent and as the resident became more and more suspicious, they clicked into the message shown on screen and it explained that these were authorisation codes to make payments from the account.

At that point, the resident realised they had been scammed and confronted ‘David’, who immediately hung up.

The resident then phoned the bank directly and explained what had happened.

The bank explained that there were no fraudulent Direct debits set up, but there were two payments authorised to be sent from their account, to a prisoner in a London prison !

The payments were stopped and an investigation is under way.

I have included a lot of information to explain how detailed these frauds are and how much work has gone into setting them up – even down to sending a fake phone number, to appear on the recipients call screen, to convince them it is genuine.

SO – with this much work put in to set these scams up – this will not be an isolated call, but one of hundreds, working from a script.  The call will more than likely come from a call centre, not the prison – even though the payment is made to a prison.  If you get a call like this – you will be aware instantly that it is a scam – STOP – BREATHE – THINK – PUT THE PHONE DOWN

Call your bank from a number you have, not one they give you, to make sure everything is in order.

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:
NO CRIME TO REPORT

SUNNINGHILL:
NO CRIME TO REPORT

ASCOT & SOUTH ASCOT:
NO CRIME TO REPORT

NORTH ASCOT:
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/

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Eyes, ears.....and Brain

Jeff
Jeffrey.pick@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk


NEWS UPDATE FROM NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH

Hi, I am Valerie Pike, Chair of Windsor & Ascot NHW Association. The Association was formed in September 2019 and our objective was simply to help residents. In setting up the Association, we asked
How can each of us
·       help to make our community safer?
·       improve its spirit and neighbourliness?
·       help the Police to reduce local crime?
·       make our own home security better?
 
Starting up a Neighbourhood Watch scheme in your street is easy, and it’s free. Police statistics show that a Neighbourhood Watch scheme significantly reduces the probability of your house being burgled.
Neighbourhood Watch is about neighbourliness and making our communities and homes safer. It’s about being friendly and caring, and watching out for the elderly and vulnerable too.

Members of Neighbourhood Watch are assisted in a number of ways, including  having  free  home  security  surveys  conducted  by  a  local PCSO, to identify any areas in which security can be improved, and to advise  on  optimum  ways  to  safeguard  against  crime  and  improve personal and household security.

But most of all Neighbourhood Watch is about helping the Police to keep us safe. They need the support of people who care. If that’s you - join us now!
Please contact us on contact@windsorascotnhwa.org.uk and we will be delighted to assist.

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

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