This message is dated Friday 12th August 2021 - Ascot
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NO CRIME TO REPORT IN THE LAST 48 HOURS !
NO CARS BROKEN INTO
FIRST: YET ANOTHER COURIER FRAUD TO REPORT:
The victim was called by ‘police officer’, who called himself Peter Miller from the Hammersmith Police Station Fraud squad. He also mentioned a DC Burns, who also works on his team.
Peter Miller made multiple calls on the house phone, or his wife’s mobile and the number was always withheld. He explained that the victim’s wife, has been the victim of a scam and that money had been removed from their bank accounts. Could they please check that they still have their debit cards and they has not been stolen.
The victim checked and said yes, they still had them. Peter Miller, told them to put the receiver down, then pick it up again and call his bank, using the security number on the back of the card. The victim did this and really believed, he was legitimately speaking to the bank. The person they were speaking to, confirmed that £16k had been taken from their current accounts.
‘The Bank’ said that £10k had been sent to Nigeria and the other £6k had been spent on two separate occasions at shopping centres on luxury items.
‘The Bank’ said that they understood that these transactions were fraudulent and will collect the scammed cards and sending him and his wife new bank cards, by courier.
‘Peter Miller’ called that afternoon and said that he needed their help with a ‘police sting’ operation. Would they go to their bank and withdraw £4,650.
They went to their bank in Windsor, which correctly went through the Banking Protocol as this was an unusual withdrawal and refused to let them withdraw the cash, so they left without the money.
When they got home, they received another phone call and told that they were under observation and Peter Miller who to prove it, described their surroundings.
He told them to go to a foreign currency exchange in Windsor and withdraw £7,650 in Euros. They followed the instructions, went and attempted to do this, but again, they were turned away.
They then got a taxi home and have not heard from Peter Miller since. They phoned their bank and were told this was a standard scam and that nothing has been taken from their account.
THE MESSAGE ABOUT THIS SCAM IS OBVIOULSY NOT BEING SPREAD WIDELY ENOUGH AS THESE ARE STILL YAKING PLACE WEEKLY – THE ONES WE KNOW ABOUT !
NEXT: We are working closely with Valerie Pike the Chair of the Windsor & Ascot NHW Association, to re-start local community meetings now that Covid restrictions are being lifted.
We had a provisional start date for our first Ascot meeting – it will be in the week beginning 8th September and we are liaising with the Durning Library in the Race Course as a venue.
We hope to create a standard format for these meetings which we will take everywhere. I will talk about current crimes and the appropriate crime prevention. We will then have either Honor Ryan from Trading Standards and RBWM Community Warden Clive Dent, who will talk about scams and frauds, Valerie Pike, to talk about NHW and one of your local PCSOs.
While we were at the first public meeting in Wraysbury, a very brave resident stood up and said she would like to tell her story. She was certainly not elderly, nor vulnerable. She went on to explain how she had been sucked into a courier fraud and how long it lasted before she realised it was a scam. It was a very moving experience, as she explained that though she had doubts, the scammers were so convincing, she went along with it. She now wants to talk to others, to prevent them from doing what she did. We may be able to bring her along.
If there is anything else you would like us to cover – I can always bring along other speakers if you want to hear from them– it may be video doorbell Gurus, online safety gurus, perhaps someone from the jewellery / watch security databases I have been publicising ???
NEXT: I have PC Mike Thomas with me who manages the RBWM Police Cadets would like me to let everyone know that they are now recruiting for new Police Cadets to join the Unit. Their first meeting will take place on the 8th September. If you know of anyone aged between 13 - 16 who might like to join – they do a lot of brilliant work, attending events and carrying out police initiatives, such as the Clear Car Campaign – it is never dull – and looks good on a UCAS form !!!
To find out more, you could also watch this recruitment video:
If you are part of a community Group and would like to involve the Police Cadets in your work, email us at the above address. They are doing some retraining after Covid and will be available from October.
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.
Alternatively you can call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or email - www.crimestoppers-uk.org
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
ASCOT & SOUTH ASCOT:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
FIRST: FROM HELEN
I have just had a SMS message, which claims to be from the Royal Berkshire Hospital asking me to update my records, by supplying telephone number and email.
Because I have no dealings with the Royal Berkshire Hospital, I am convinced it is a scam and have therefore deleted it. But what happens if it goes to somebody who is being treated by that hospital they may well think it is genuine.
Thanks Helen – be on your guard. If you are being treated by a hospital, they will have your and your doctor’s contact details !!!
NEXT: RE GUMTREE
I wonder if you can help.
I have been advertising a few items on Gumtree and received what I thought was a very suspicious and odd reply from someone:
‘Hi, Sorry I received a message from the courier about the collection fee,
Please I am adding an additional £50 to the payment and this is for the arrangements to get the (furniture) picked up.
You are to just help me to get it sent to the courier agent on Amazon Gift Card once payment is cleared into your account. Sorry for the hassle as I need to inform you about this and I will gladly appreciate your help with this once paypal is made and PayPal will also notify you about this.
I should not have bother you but I work in a remote area which there is no outlet around me to do it that’s why i am letting you know about the collection fee to avoid any setback on collection. I hope you understand’.
I was very suspicious and checked. I have received no money in my PayPal account, so there is no way I was going to purchase Amazon vouchers and send details off to somebody I don't know !!
Martyn sent this email to Paypal who responded
Further to my earlier email I contacted PayPal - firstname.lastname@example.org - who confirmed to me it was not authentic, they then requested I forward information to them to investigate further.
Many thanks Martyn. Everyone should keep that Paypal spoof email in their personal address book and do as you did – forward any suspicious email to them for further investigation.
NEXT: A POSSIBLE HMRC SCAM FROM HEATHER:
Is this a new scam?
I file tax returns as self-employed and as such, am registered with the Government Gateway.
I have received an email saying that I was eligible for a refund of £240, if I filled out an online form.
The first give away, was the email address it was sent from. The link for the online form looked dodgy too.
I worry that someone may get caught out if they are unaware of this scam going round.
Many thanks heather – please be on your guard.
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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 email@example.com and we will be delighted to assist.