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Crime Update Wednesday 11th January 2017 - Maidenhead

Alert message sent 11/01/2017 10:49:00

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This message is dated Wednesday 11th January 2017 for Maidenhead.
First – Forged £20 notes in circulation in Windsor.  Three were passed at a local fast food outlet.  Please be on your guard.
Second a request from a local organisation – with whom I have worked closely, as I think it is brilliant:
Hi Jeff
A happy new year to everyone.
From Monday 6th February, ‘Men's Matters Windsor’ will run a 'drop-in' centre for any men over 50, who live in and around Windsor. It is open from 1pm to 3.30pm every Monday, from the 6th February at the All Saints Church, Dedworth Road, Windsor SL4 4JW to meet with others and enjoy a cuppa.
Would it be possible to publicise this through the Thames Valley Alert?
Many thanks
Paul Samuels
Trustee Men's Matters
07923 494744
There are very few facilities solely for men over 50.  Women seem to be much better at this, which results in a large number of retired men, feeling very isolated.  ‘Men’s Matters’, was created to bridge that gap.  I have been to loads of their events.  Men arrive very nervously at first, not knowing anyone there, but within a very short time are made to feel very welcome, introduced to everyone and then find that men seem to have a lot in common re lifestyles, hobbies and experiences, by the end of their first session, they are very happy to come to the next.  Don’t worry about taking that first step.
Every journey starts with the first step !
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28/12 – 10/1  Pub, Queen Street.  4.5 metres of lead flashing stolen from the roof.  A full survey has not taken place, so more may be missing.  If you have lead on your roof or visible as flashing from the road and is accessible.  Please take extra precautions at this time.
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10/1  Tuesday 7.30 p.m. – 10 p.m.  Milley Road, Waltham St. Lawrence.  Thieves entered the garden via an UNLOCKED gate then propped it open with a brick.  They then entered an INSECURE shed which they searched.  They then moved to an INSECURE side door to a garage, which was also searched.  Nothing appears to have been taken.
9/1 – 10/1  Monday 9 p.m. / Tuesday 6 a.m.  Highway Avenue.  Van ENTERED BY UNKNOWN MEANS – valuable tools stolen.
9/1 – 10/1  Monday 8 p.m. / Tuesday 8.30 a.m.  Heywood Avenue.  Transit van stolen from outside a house BY UNKNOWN MEANS.  Index NU ** JZJ The van contained tools
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1/1 – 10/1  Palmer’s Close.  Garage break.  Door forced open with a crow bar.  Garage searched but nothing appears to have been stolen.  The garage is in a block of about 15 garages and it is not known if any others have been entered.
9/1  Monday  Lillibrooke Crescent X 2.  1.  8.30 p.m. The garage alarm sounded when the door was forced open.  The owner head car doors and a boot being closed, looked out and saw 3 men in a dark Subaru Legacy driving off at speed – power tools stolen.  2.  Garage break, padlock cut off.  Nothing appears to have been stolen.  Unknown how many other garages have been entered prior to thieves being disturbed.  GARAGE ALARMS.  One low cost effective situation is a PIR infra-red wireless Shed alarm.  They cost around £12  They are battery operated and uses a passive infra red beam. With an alarm sounding a 110 decibels.  They are easy to install – you just hang them on a wall, or place them on a shelf facing the door.  They fob on and off, so could not be simpler.  Follow this link to Amazon.
9/1  Monday 7.25 p.m.  Cox Green Community Centre.  Stock box containing a valuable train set stolen.  It includes antique green & red diesel trains, a green steam train, a grey train and a charity box stolen.
10/1  Tuesday, 8 p.m. / 8.30 p.m.  Manor Grove, Fifield.  Burglary.  Thieves entered the rear garden then forced and smashed rear French windows to gain entry.  Untidy search of the whole house.  Cash stolen.
First from Marjorie,
Hi Jeff
I have had three calls from people saying they are ‘BT Technical Department’ who say there is a problem with my broadband.  It is reporting serious interference from unknown sources to them.
I almost believed the call was from BT and phoned them re my vision box.
They said they never make such calls and only react when a customer calls them, to report a fault.
They sound so convincing, one giving me a serial number and another giving me a name.
Everyone should be aware.
Hi Jeff,
Although I don't have full details yet, I wanted to make you aware that there is a BT scam doing the rounds - it may well be an old one.
My sister advised that our elderly father was nearly scammed out of £1800. 
Not only that, but they managed to access his bank accounts.  He's quite switched on - being a retired accountant - and is aware of scams and we repeatedly warn him about current scams.
He received a call from BT, saying there is a problem with his laptop and his Internet connection. To compensate him for his inconvenience, they were willing to offer him £200.
He then received a call to apologise, as the compensation had gone through for £2,000.  Could he send back £1,800, paid into his account by mistake.  The caller added – to gain sympathy - that if BT found out about the mistake, he could lose his job.
My father said he would send it back the way it came, into that bank account.  The caller said no, it would have to go to a different account.
My father then asked them to send an email request with the correct details of where the money was to be sent.  When her received it, he saw it came from China !
He contacted his bank immediately.
This is where the clever part of the scam takes place.
The bank advised him that £2,000 had been placed into his account.   BUT – when he enquired further, it transpired that the £2,000 had simply been transferred from one of his own savings accounts, to make it look like he had received £2,000. If he had not made the further enquiries as to where the money had come from, the bank would have confirmed the £2,000 in his account and he would simply have assumed everything was in order and transfer out the £1,800 !
Since all this has happened, the bank has frozen his online banking access, so that no-one can tamper with his accounts again.
They must have been very plausible, as they gained his trust and he gave them access to his computer – he let them proxy it from wherever they are.  By doing that, they accessed to his online banking.
Fortunately, he's not lost any money, but he spent at least 5 hours trying to sort it out, with all the needless stress caused by it all.  He also still needs to take his computer to be cleaned up.
My parents have reported it to both BT and to the police.
This is all the info I have for now and will pass on anymore info as I have it.
Many thanks Helen.  I have included a fair amount of detail, as I fell it is necessary to show you how answering the phone and doing as someone tells you can spiral out of control and have dire consequences.  I have just received a call from my sister in Devon about a similar scam telephone call.  She didn’t tell me everything, saying she had not fallen for it.  BUT, as we talked, she inadvertently revealed that the very nice and helpful man, had been using his computer to access hers and she saw the cursor moving all over the screen, as he accessed files in her computer, to find out why it was running slowly.  When I questioned her, more deeply, she admitted, that as he was from Microsoft, she believed he was who he said he was and when he said to accept his connection to allow him access, she pressed ‘OK’  !!!!
She has since changed all her passwords, but of course, he will have copied all her hard drive, which contains details of all her online banking , PayPal, emails and email address books etc. details.  This was not the first time she had succumbed.  The last time, she received an email from ‘PayPal’ to say her security had been compromised, could she please click on the link to access and update her passwords and security information.  That cost her over £200 !!
If you feel you have been targeted on your computer in any way whatsoever, YOU MUST CHANGE ALL YOUR PASSWORDS !  Even if you do so, if you have granted scammers access to your computer, they have copied your hard drive, along with all your emails and contacts both in and out.  So…..if you have booked a holiday / flights, they will know when you are away, who your family and friends are for future emails.
Please remember the case of the woman in the process of selling her house and buying another.  She had one of these calls, but did not subsequently change her passwords.  They would enter her system at regular intervals to read her emails.  They were most interested in her sale and purchase.  They sat and waited for 3 months.  On the completion day, they sent her an email purporting to be from her solicitor – they of course had all their details from previous emails – on completion day, they sent her a fake email, supposedly from her solicitors, giving a fake bank account details to transfer the purchase funds.  She lost a huge amount of money, when the scam was exposed.
Scammers will sit and wait silently. For their best and most advantageous opportunity and you may never be aware of them.
Passwords !  You must not use the same password for everything.  If they get hold of it, they will try all the systems they find on your hard drive.  To make it simple, you can use the same base word, with an appropriate suffix.  So - M1ckeyEbay, M1ckeyPayPal, M1ckeyNatWest, M1ckeyHalifax, etc. etc. etc.  Using the figure ‘one’ to replace the ‘i’ helps, as does the mixture of lower case and capitals.  Remembering these types of passwords, should not be beyond most of us ????
Hi Jeff,
This morning my wife answered the phone from a "Withheld" number.
The gentleman on the other end, said he was from the ‘Telephone Preference Service’ and did we still receive nuisance calls.  My wife said ‘YES’.
He then said that, from today, we wouldn't receive any more, but wanted to make sure he had our up to date details.  He asked if we paid by direct debit ?
My wife immediately smelt a rat, but decided to say ‘YES’, to see where the call was going.  He then asked if our credit card expired in 2017.  
She asked him why he wanted to know and there was silence.  The call basically ended there.
So the message is - people are calling, impersonating the GPS and everyone needs to know this is a scam, as it’s a free service offered by the GPO.
I thought you might be. Interested to know this!
Kind regards,
Many thanks Mike.  This is an old scam which has been going for years.  TPS is a free service and for more information follow this link:
If you do get a large number of bogus calls or you live with someone who suffers from Dementia, you might consider purchasing a BT ‘Call Blocker’ phone – please follow this link:
These phones are brilliant.  They cost between £30 & £50.  Whenever I go to public meetings and mention them, I always receive very positive feedback, from everyone that already has one.
You plug them in like any other phone and then programme in numbers you will accept – family, friends, doctors, hospital departments etc.  The phone will then only accept calls from those numbers.  If anyone else rings, it plays a pre recorded message that all calls are monitored, do you want the phone to put your call through, the caller have to add their details?  If you press ‘yes’, the phone flashes, so that you know a call has been received.  You can pick up the receiver and hear who is on the line.  You can then press ‘add’, to add them to your permitted list, or ‘No’, and the call is terminated and that number added to a blocked list and will not get through again.
This is a really useful service.
Eyes and ears.....................and brain
Message sent by
Jeffrey Pick (Police, NHW & Community Msg Co-ordinator, Windsor & Maidenhead LPA)
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