Crime Update Friday 3rd February 2017 - Maidenhead
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This message is dated Friday 3rd February 2017 for Maidenhead.
FIRST – It appears some of you are having problems with the formatting of the messages, which read right across the page rather than within the standard window. I have asked VisaV, who wrote the software for Alert, to look into why this is happening. I have the message sent to myself at my police inbox – to make sure they go and there, they look fine. Just to reassure those with a problem, we are looking for a solution.
NEXT:THE WINDOWS SCAM PHONE CALLS.
These are taking a new turn and are being more threatening !
I have had this in from Maria:
Good morning Jeff,
I took a call today from an Asian girl called ‘Lisa’, introducing herself as being from the IT Support at Windows. She asked to speak to the owner of the computer, as there was a serious error. Their records show that for a couple of months now, some people had been using our computer, for illegal activities.
I told her that my husband was not available, as he was sick in bed, but she said that this was urgent, so she had to speak to him. When I said no, she said "Listen, this is serious, so put him on the phone to me" I was incensed and told her not to speak to me in this manner, that her call was an invasion of my privacy, I knew what they were up to and please remove me from their records.
Her response to that, was no, they would not remove me from their records and will call me, again and again!! I said fine, I would report her to the police, which she didn't seem to care about, so I cut her off.
Do these people ever give up ? Hopefully there are no vulnerable people still out there, who would fall for this scam and divulge their details and that one day, these people will be stopped. Whoever employs these people and trains them to behave is such an aggressive and pushy manner needs to be penalised, and heavily.
Please let people know the Windows are definitely out there again.
Kind regards Maria
Unfortunately you have to imagine how much money they are making and then decide, whether we can stop them doing it.
I was doing a talk this morning to a group of elderly residents with RBWM Community Wardens Lorraine Rellis and Clive Dent, who have a specific responsibility for those who are ‘Vulnerable’. I was going through scams and came to the ‘Windows’ scam. One of the ladies there admitted that she had fallen for it, the day before. She was perfectly intelligent, compos mentis and said she felt she knew it was a scam, but the woman, was so convincing and threatened that if this work was not done, she would block the computer and turn off Windows, making the computer useless.
She then agreed to give them access, despite her reservations and used her credit card, to pay a lifetime bill for £167.99.
RBWM Community Warden Clive Dent went with her to her flat, where her computer had been left on, to change all her passwords, cancel her cards and apply for new ones. She felt more relieved then and the bank confirmed, nothing had been taken from her account.
She uses her computer for emails, online purchases and online banking, so she was really at risk.
We still need to spread the message as far and wide as we can, as this danger is still out there – every day and people are being bamboozled by the threats.