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Crime Update Friday 7th April 2017 - Maidenhead

Alert message sent 07/04/2017 10:14:00

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This message is dated Friday 7th April 2017 for Maidenhead.

A very good last 48 hours in Maidenhead !

 
ANOTHER COURIER FRAUD !  THIS TIME IN ASCOT !
 
5/4  Wednesday 2.40 p.m.  Huntsman’s Meadow.  On 28/03/2017 the aggrieved received a phone call from a person calling himself ‘Paul Williams’ who claimed to be the manager of the local Barclays Bank in Ascot.  The man said that they needed to collect and replace his credit and bank cards and would be sending a courier.  He handed over the cards, but later became suspicious and phoned his bank.  They confirmed it was a scam, checked his accounts and a large amount of money has been removed.  In this specific case, his bank have replaced the stolen funds.
 
Obviously we have not spread the warning far and wide enough – please make sure everyone you know who might be elderly or vulnerable is fully aware !
 
 
MAIDENHEAD CENTRAL:
maidenheadcentralnhpt@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
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3/4 - 6/4  Station Car Park.  Bike stolen from bike shed at the rear of the station.  A white, Whyte Carnaby 2015, unisex, hybrid bike.
 
RIVERSIDE & BELMONT:
maidenheadcentralnhpt@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
 
MAIDENHEAD WEST
BISHAM, COOKHAM, HURLEY, THE WALTHAMS, LITTLEWICK GREEN & KNOWL HILL:
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NO CRIME TO REPORT.
 
PINKNEYS GREEN & FURZE PLATT:
maidenheadwestnhpt@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
 
MAIDENHEAD SOUTH
BOYN HILL, COX GREEN & WOODLANDS PARK:
maidenheadsouthnhpt@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
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NO CRIME TO REPORT.
 
OLDFIELD & BRAY:
maidenheadsouthnhpt@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
5/4  Wednesday 8.50 p.m.  Larchfield Road.  The aggrieved had his phone snatched by two men as he walked along
 
MEMBERS’ COMMENTS:
 
FIRST from Janice:……………….
 
Hi Jeff,
 
Ever mindful of scam emails, I had an email today purporting to be from John Lewis asking me for feedback regarding my recent purchase. I was suspicious as I haven't bought anything there recently. I opened it & it was just gobbledygook so I deleted it instantly. Will i have done any harm by just opening it? I definitely didn't click on anything.
 
I'm getting paranoid these days!
 
Kind regards,
 
Janice
 
It is very difficult to say if everything is fine !  Once you have clicked on and opened the attachment, that ‘gobbledegook’, may in fact have been code, giving someone remote access to your computer, or installing something.  Janice needs to run virus scans and change all her passwords !
 
PLEASE REMEMBER THE ADVICE
 
DO NOT OPEN ATTACHMENTS IN SUSPICIOUS EMAILS !!!
 
DON’T DO IT !
 
NEXT a bank scam email !
 
Dear Jeff
 
Thought you should know about this one…I’ve notified the bank.
 
It is an email from Nat West, which starts – ‘Don’t get locked out of your account’ !! – ‘There are some unusual errors in your profile’.  Please review the information we have by clicking on the link below……..
 
Have a look and the sender, it was certainly not Nat west bank !  It comes from someone called: HELCHARM and optusnet !!!
 
Ann
DON’T DO IT !
 
NEXT a DHL Scam email from Lesley:
 
Dear Jeff,
 
I received a message on Monday supposedly from DHL. I was not expecting any packages and have become suspicious of this sort of email, having seen the various scams reported to you.
 
It comes from DHL Parcel UK but the email address is ‘Marco Kueng’ not DHL. This was not immediately visible when I first looked at the email.
 
It goes on to say that to check the ‘shipment tracking’ click on the link which starts with ‘downloads……..’  Not a good sign !
 
You might like to warn others.
 
Kind regards,
Lesley
 
Thanks Lesley, hopefully we are getting better at recognizing these !
 
DON’T DO IT !
Hi Jeff
 
I have recently received a scam from Amazon!
 
Unfortunately I "clicked on" thinking it was from Amazon – but managed to stop my cards, before damage was done.
 
I've also had several PayPal scams !
 
As we say "DON'T DO IT".
 
Meg
BUT YOU DID !!!
 
In case hidden software has been installed onto her computer, as she clicked on the link, she must now run a virus scan and change all her passwords.
 
If you have been listening to the investigations going on in the USA re external involvement in their election, you will have heard about the 'Bot factories'.  There are hundreds of state sponsored scammers, breaking into random people's computers in exactly this way, to hide remote access software, which they then use, to forward their messages - avoiding detection.
 
DON’T DO IT !
 
NEXT a phone scam from Philip:
 
Hi Jeff
 
This morning, I had a call from 'Thames Water' from an 0800 number.
 
The man had a lot of my details and knew I had recently had a water meter fitted.
 
He wanted to refund my last payment and then bill for actual usage. He knew the exact amount.
 
He hung up but called back almost immediately.  What he wanted was my bank account details for the refund!
 
I refused to give them over the phone, so he said he would email me for them.
 
This he did with a very proper looking email, but having at the bottom copyright 2011.
 
I became suspicious, so I phoned Thames Water and told the lady what had happened.  She confirmed it was a scam.
 
She has reported it to their security people.
 
I have no idea how he got my name, address, mobile number, account number, date I had the meter fitted and my direct debit amount ?
 
Regards
 
Philip
 
Thanks for this Philip.  When someone comes on the phone with this amount of detail, it becomes even harder to detect whether or not it is a scam !  I wonder if the database has been hacked ??  To counter this, the only advice I can give is to take down the details they want, then end the call.  Get out an authentic bill and then phone the company yourself to verify exactly what they want and why they want it.  Never phone a number the original caller gives you is they suggest you call back !
 
A really good reminder – thank you Phillip
 
 
Eyes and ears.....................and brain
 
Jeff
jeffrey.pick@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
 
Message sent by
Jeffrey Pick (Police, NHW & Community Msg Co-ordinator, Windsor & Maidenhead LPA)

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