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Crime Update Wednesday 25th January 2017 - Maidenhead

Alert message sent 25/01/2017 14:58:00

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This message is dated Wednesday 25th January 2017 for Maidenhead.
I mentioned in a message recently for Ascot, possible thefts from letterboxes that might have been happening there.  I have had a further possible case.  Can everyone be on their guard, please watch any external letter boxes and check that mail – if you are expecting something - does arrive, when it is supposed to.
Dear Jeff,
I hope this is the correct way to contact you, to keep you abreast of an issue we encountered earlier today.
I live in Sunningdale and at 11.20am today, I noticed through my window, someone at our letterbox.  They were wearing a dark anorak, with the hood up, tracksuit bottoms and trainers, I only saw a side view, but it appeared to be a man.  Normally, I wouldn't have paid too much attention and just thought it was some junk mail, being placed in the letterbox.
On Friday of last week, my partner received a call from Barclays Bank Fraud Department, informing him that his bank account had been compromised by someone, trying to set up new telephone banking details.  As a result, they had frozen his account.  If he wanted, he could set up new details there and then, over the phone (he chose not to do this, being wary)
He said, he would like the new details sent out to him, by letter.  They advised him not to request this, as people apparently, will hang around, waiting for the postman to make his delivery and then steal the mail.
They then suggested, he go to his local branch and deal with it there. This, is what he chose to do.
When this incident happened, I called my partner to tell him there was someone at the letterbox.  By the time he got his shoes and keys, the person had left, but he followed the man up the road for a minute or two.  He has a better description.  He was black with a rucksack.  He had and was looking at an A4 sheet of paper.  My partner returned and decided to drive after him to see where he went and what he was up to.  The man continued walking in the direction of Windlesham, so my partner returned home.
He didn't go to any other properties on the road, or deliver any kind of mail to any other addresses.
My partner came back and we checked our post box, which was completely empty, no junk mail nothing, so he was not delivering any mail to my address and what I question is, what had he been doing at my post box ?
Normally, our mail is delivered around 11am, but today it came about 2.15pm and it wasn't our usual postman (he could be off sick or on holiday hence the delay in delivery time).  So there wouldn't have been anything in the box, for the potential letter box thief anyway.
I just want people to be aware that these people are out there and to be vigilant with their mail.
Many thanks Margaret.  We have had incidents like this in the past in Ascot and I am sure the description matches previous cases.  Can everyone keep an eye on their post and particularly, if you are expecting anything and it doesn’t arrive.  Don’t wait another few days, follow it up immediately !
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23/1  Monday 2.25 p.m.  High Street Car Park.  The aggrieved was sitting at work looking out of his window to the staff car park at the rear. He saw 2 Asian lads walking through the car park, trying car door handles and their boots !  One of the cars – was his own !  Nothing stolen.
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First something in from Judith:
Hi Jeff
Last night, 19th January, we had an intruder come into our garden Cookham. He broke through our back fence, came to the kitchen window holding up hands that were bleeding (I think from the thorn bush we have at the back of the house near the fence) demanding to be let in. It was about 10.30pm and obviously dark. He was forceful and aggressive and picked up a fishing net, which he may have thought was some form of threatening weapon. My husband responded with a “No” and went around the front of the house, got a neighbour and then saw that two policemen had been called by another person in our road who had seen him in their garden. Eventually the man was caught and the police took him away. Extremely scary.
Just now we have learned he forced himself into the house of our elderly neighbours next door who told the police. He wanted to use the phone and was very aggressive. My neighbour is speaking to my husband now.
He seemed to be known to the police. He could have been high on drugs from how he was behaving. We are now taking extra precautions with security.
Has anyone else in Cookham had anything similar ?
Just making people aware.
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25/1  Wednesday 3.45 a.m.  Pub, Cannon Lane.  Burglary.  Thieves entered through a rear door, smashing the glass.  They made for the fruit machines which they smashed and took the cash.  The made off in a blue saloon type car towards Woodlands Park.  Can everyone mention to any pub you go into, that pubs have been targeted for their fruit machines.  On the same day a pub was targeted in Old Windsor:  25/1  Wednesday 2.40 a.m.  Pub Restaurant, Straight Road.  CCTV shows 3 offenders driving up in a dark car.  They got out of the car, went up to the front door carrying a sledgehammer.  They smashed through the 2 glass front doors and made for the till and the fruit machines.  This is the second time they have been targeted in 2 weeks.  The police arrived immediately, but the thieves had already driven off.
First from Liz.
Hi Jeff
I had a recorded phone call today, saying that "HMRC are filing a case against you. Press 1, to speak to your case officer" !
I believe it came from an International number.
Just to warn people.
Thanks Liz – keep up the excellent work.
NEXT from Debbie:
Hi Jeff – I have now had two of these scam attempts – can you let everyone know ?
Sure can Debbie !
It is an email from ‘The Insolvency Service’
‘Company Investigations Inquiry Reminder’
This is to inform you that we have received criticism about your company which implies corporate exploitation.
As part of the case we made our own background research… we can apply to the court to eliminate the company and stop it trading.
For more detailed information….CLICK THE LINK BELOW.
It is a scam email – just bin it.
NEXT from John
Hi Jeffrey,
Thanks for your good work. Please find attached what could be another angle on scams.
What caught my eye, was the ridiculous proposition of having to wait 3 months before delivery (!) and the naivety, of their commitment to provide a direct refund from them, rather than from Amazon.
If I had responded, the next follow up email would surely have been, please confirm your bank details, so that we can transfer money directly into your account!
If I am wrong, then I will wait for the official Amazon apology of non-delivery, planned for delivery between 24th / 28th Jan.
I have also emailed a copy to:
Hope I haven't wasted your time.
Love your 'sign-off': 'Eyes, ears and brain!'
Best wishes John
This was an email purporting to be from a store manager at ‘Dancing Whale’ who supply Amazon, about a book supposedly purchased about ‘practical golf’.  The email confirmed it would be dispatched from a local supplier apologising for the delay within the next 3 months and they were!!  Mistakes sometime happen, but to forgive is divine ???
If three months delivery is too long………simply respond to this email……
Eyes and ears.....................and brain
Message sent by
Jeffrey Pick (Police, NHW & Community Msg Co-ordinator, Windsor & Maidenhead LPA)

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