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Scam Alert

Alert message sent 12/11/2015 15:25:00

Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police

 11th November  A woman was stopped on Wednesday outside Waitrose in Rectory Road,Wokingham at 16:00 by an Asian woman in her 30’s 5ft 2, average build and asked if she could change a £2 for £1 coins, then somehow, the lady does not know,  her bank card was stolen.

Update: on Wednesday (11th November) a resident in New Road, Twyford telephoned to say they had just had someone knocking at the door and saying a tile had fallen off their roof and it needed repairing.  The resident said they already had a builder in the family and shut the door and then telephoned the police.  Officers were sent to the area to speak with the trader going roundPeople are asked to ring the police on 101 to report such incidents.
Market Place, Wokingham 11th November at 11am, a man was arrested for causing intentional harassment alarm & distress to the people who were paying their respects at 11am when he walked through the crowd singing I shot the sheriff at the top of his voice on Armistice Day.

Scam Alert – One of our Twyford residents has brought to our attention the following scam using his Facebook account:

Last night my Facebook account was hacked. For your information this is what happened.

I found that I needed to sign in to my account, but the sign in only lasted for a few seconds, before being thrown off.

I then started to get emails, texts and phone calls from friends (some not even on FB), asking me if I was OK? The hacker had sent a personal message (PM) stating that 'I needed some funds now and could you use your PayPal account to transfer me money'. Once in (FB) conversation the hacker asked for an email address, and also for a telephone number. In the hope of getting some money !!

How did I get my FB back?
My computer was effectively 'locked out'.
I had a trusted friend access my FB account from a different location and change the security settings/password.

I have changed my passwords, and I suggest those people that were contacted should do the same.
I have also found that a number of friends were unable to see my profile/contact me. In my security settings a number of friends had been blocked by the hacker. I have now gone to 'view all blocked users' and unblocked them.

If you get similar messages.
Be wary, do NOT use Facebook but make contact to check the request.
If you do answer the PM. Ask questions that only the two of you know the answers.

Lastly, in one case the FB page used was an old page, using an old 'Profile Picture'. Once the person contacted sent a message 'This is a scam you are being reported', contact was lost, and the FB profile picture immediately changed to my current one. Interesting!

If you have information on a suspected crime in progress, call 999. If you have information which could help police, please call the 24-hour Enquiry Centre on 101 or you can ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111

Thank you – Message ends

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Christine Seal (Police, NHW & Community Messaging Co-ordinator, Wokingham LPA)

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