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Crime Update Monday 3rd April 2017 - Maidenhead

Alert message sent 03/04/2017 13:36:00

Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police

This message is dated Monday 3rd April 2017 for Maidenhead.
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1/4 – 2/4  Saturday 11 p.m. / Sunday 9.45 a.m.  Norfolk Road.  Car rear window smashed – criminal damage.
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31/3  Friday 7.30 p.m.  Knowl Hill Common, Knowl Hill.  Garage broken into.  The owner returned and saw water pouring down her driveway.  A large metal drinking trough had been kicked over and the grass collection box from a lawnmower was in the middle of the drive.  They then found the garage door had been forced and garage searched.  Fuel container, bird feeder, hosepipe, wheelbarrow, plastic buckets, car tools in a bag, hand tools, sledge hammer, Mountfield mower, power drill, driving gloves & loose change stolen from an unlocked car inside the garage, car battery and trailer light board stolen.
29/3 – 31/3  Thursday 11 p.m. / Friday 7 a.m.  Furze Platt Road.  Shed break and car broken into – BOTH LEFT UNLOCKED.  10 bottles of wine, a bottle of whisky and bottles of beer stolen.
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5/3 – 1/4  Welbeck Road.  Rear index plate stolen.
30/3 – 31/3  Thursday 4 p.m. / Friday 7.45 a.m.  Ilchester CloseVAN ENTERED BY UNKNOWN MEANS – tools stolen.  It had correctly been parked with it’s rear doors against a fence to prevent the doors being opened, but the thieves entered the front and moved it forward.
From Carol, who has received an email from James Comey at the FBI !!!!
It is addressed to ‘undisclosed recipients’
Subject:  official letter from the FBI !!!
It says it is …the FBI seeking to Wiretap the Internet....
‘The federal bureau of investigation (FBI) through our intelligence-monitoring network has discovered that the transaction that the bank contacted you previously was legal.
It goes on to say that the fund has been approved and she has a right to claim $5,500,000.00
Choose one of the options below and transfer the appropriate amount to proceed:
Premium Express (24hrs Delivery)
Mailing $60.00 00.00
Insurance $100.00 00.00
Vat $60.00 00.00
TOTAL $245.00
$220(Two Hundred and Twenty US Dollars Only).

Hi Jeff,
The latest PayPal email scam which was sent to me today ! It’s another phishing example.  It says you will be charged for something - unless you click the cancellation button !
Needless to say – I didn’t !.
Other less vigilant recipients, may fall for it.
Do not click on their link.
Kind Regards,
The email was addressed to Brian.  It says that he has ordered ‘1 X 8 Ball pool TM’ ???  The charge of £49.59 has been taken from his Paypal account.  If you wish to cancel, you need to do this within 7 days !!!
AND another from Chloe:
Hi Jeff,
I'm a super-savvy web user and do masses of online shopping and selling using my Paypal account. In the last month, I have received two scam emails purporting to be from Paypal, saying they are debiting my payment to ‘Groupon’. I was only suspicious about the first one, because I haven't used Groupon, for over a year, but I do have an account with them.
The only clue, was the option to challenge the payment - the link to the refund sent me to an external web address, which then leads to a pseudo-Paypal Login page with this address.
Don't follow this link !!.
The email is almost faultless and I was very worried, so changed all my online passwords.
I think it's worth letting people know about this one as it is very convincing. 
Thanks you Chloe – I agree !
I receive copies of the Alert messages sent in Nottingham.  Today this was sent out:
Trading Standards have received reports that there is a scam email circulating stating that people are entitled to a refund of their TV Licence fee.
The aim of the emails is to steal bank details.  The link in the email sends people to a website that looks like the TV Licensing own website with a form to complete.
Always be suspicious of unsolicited emails that are supposedly from a trusted organisation because the address can easily be faked.  Never a click on any links before stopping to check that they are genuine.
Genuine emails from TV Licensing will never ask you to provide bank details or personal information.
7 ways to spot an email you’ve been sent is a scam:
  1. The sender’s address doesn’t match the website address of the organisation it says it’s from. Roll your mouse pointer over the sender’s name to reveal its true address.
  2. The email doesn’t use your proper name – using something like ‘’Dear customer” instead.
  3. There’s a sense of urgency, asking you to act immediately.
  4. There’s a prominent website link which may seem like the proper address, but with one character different.
  5. There’s a request for personal information.
  6. There are spelling and grammatical errors.
  7. The entire text of the email is within an image rather than the usual text format and the image contains an embedded hyperlink to a bogus site. Again roll your mouse pointer over the link to reveal its true destination.
For further details regarding TV Licences and how to obtain a refund please visit their official website at
NEXT: from Peter:
Hi Jeff,
The scammers are branching out.
Yesterday I had a call purporting to come from ‘BT Openreach’.  They had had reports of problems, when I opened up my internet connection.  "Would I go and sit down at my computer and they would sort out the problem".
My response was "No I will not, you are attempting to con me". The line went dead. On checking the number, as I had expected, the number was witheld. I reported this to the PEC.
Today I received a similar call, purportedly from BT technical department. My response was "Oh BT are now attempting to con me". The call was promptly ended and again, as I had expected, the number was withheld.
Hopefully, you can publicise this as widely as possible, before it really takes hold and many are affected.
It is a great pity that the telephone companies cannot be required to differentiate between "Number witheld" and those numbers which come from genuine switchboards, where the number is automatically not released.
The above has been passed to Action Fraud.
Eyes and ears.....................and brain
Message sent by
Jeffrey Pick (Police, NHW & Community Msg Co-ordinator, Windsor & Maidenhead LPA)

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