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Crime Update Wednesday 26th April 2017 - Maidenhead

Alert message sent 26/04/2017 12:04:00

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This message is dated Wednesday 26th April 2017 for Maidenhead.
 
FIRST A WARNING:
 
NOTIINGHAM KNOCKERS IN THE AREA:
 
Dear Jeff,
 
Just thought I’d let you know that this morning (about 5 minutes ago) we had a young lad from the North trying to sell us cleaning stuff.
My husband answered the door and I could hear him in conversation with the lad.  Following your advice, I called out to him to tell the lad that we don’t buy anything at the door.
My husband did and the lad went off - quite amicably I have to say.
I asked my husband whether he had been shown any identification etc. and he hadn’t.
 
I don’t know whether or not, the lad was legitimate, but thought you might like to know.  This happened in Courthouse Road, Maidenhead.
 
Keep up all the great work and useful advice,
 
Kind regards,
 
Sara
 
Please remember -:
 
I DO NOT BUY GOODS AND SERVICES AT THE DOOR !!!
 
Re copying and sending CCTV to us.  Often the footage is too large to send via email.  In those circumstances, we are always happy to come out and view / collect it.
 
I have had this in from Nick:
 
Hi Jeff,
 
People can send large files such as CCTV files to you for free, using
https://wetransfer.com/
 
The sender uploads to their site and an email is sent to the recipient with a download link.
 
Nick
 
AND another solution:
 
Hi Jeffrey
 
I saw mention of Alison being unable to e-mail you large video files.
 
A possible solution would be for you to open a free Dropbox Basic account of 2 GB cloud space.
 
You could set a directory to be a shared space and issue a username and password to upload a file to it, when they ask you how to send it to you.
 
Then download the file to your network, checking for a virus of course J, then reset the username and password for the next user.
 
A neater way, would be if you have a NAS that is on your network and put a shared space on that for users to upload files to. I use a Synology NAS with 8TB of space. That then costs nothing more as Dropbox could.
 
Many Thanks,
 
Brian
 
Thanks, Brian, I will follow this up internally.
 
NEXT – RE THE PHONE CALL SCAMS – This from Vicci:
 
Hi Jeff,
 
I just wanted to add a note to one of the cases in your last message - (Margaret) - regarding the fact that a number was given for Margaret to verify the identity of the caller.
These ‘companies’ do this, to convince you that they are genuine. In fact what they do is keep your line open, so that you call back straight away and speak to someone, you believe to be from that company.
 
It is possibly worth mentioning that if you are given a number to call back on to prove the identity of the caller, wait some time, before calling back.  Phone someone else that you know in the meantime, or dial the correct number (from an old bill or letter) etc. from a different phone.
 
These scammers know that people will be suspicious and will tell you to call the number on the back of your bank card for example, but as the line is still open, you are only calling them !
 
Vicci
 
Excellent advice Vicci
 
FINALLY – ON WHETHER TO KEEP LISTING CURRENT SCAMS – GEORGE, HITS THE NAIL ON THE HEAD !!
 
Hi Jeff,
 
Thanks for your email. 
 
On the email scams, I agree it is becoming a bit repetitive but because of the number of these scams and the significant amount of money which can be lost I think it is important to keep up awareness. If anything I am concerned about the people who do not receive these emails, who are not aware and therefore, more likely to be at risk of falling for these scams.
 
Keep up the great work.
 
Kind regards 
George
 
George is exactly right.  We have the largest database of recipients in the Thames valley by a huge margin – 11,000 on the database, but that is about 10% of the local population.  We all need to do more to persuade more people to sign up, so that we can protect them.  Can everyone try a bit harder to sign up their friends, relatives and work colleagues ?  The more we can spread the word, the more people we can protect – the less victims of crime !  We need to build more ‘Community resilience to crime, frauds and scams.
 
 
MAIDENHEAD CENTRAL:
maidenheadcentralnhpt@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
Your Neighbourhood Page on TVP's Website - Click Here
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
 
RIVERSIDE & BELMONT:
maidenheadcentralnhpt@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
 
MAIDENHEAD WEST
BISHAM, COOKHAM, HURLEY, THE WALTHAMS, LITTLEWICK GREEN & KNOWL HILL:
Your Neighbourhood Page on TVP's Website - Click Here
Can I thanks all those that attended the Waltham St. Lawrence Parish Council AGM last night.  I learnt a lot from the other speakers !  It was a really interesting evening.  I thought PCSO Amber Timmis and RBWM Community Warden Elzebieta Debska- Sarwar did a brilliant job outlining their roles and letting you know how that can help you.  As always, I enjoy coming out to the Walthams to make a presentation as the audience always participates, is very knowledgeable and we all have a good time.  Thank you for your support, it is very much appreciated.  I am tabulating the responses to the consultation exercise, I asked people to complete.  The results are a little surprising – The number one priority by a huge margin was speeding / dangerous driving issues.  Number 2 Litter and slightly less of an issue ,dog pooh.  After than it was much of a muchness, but cycling issues seem to be a problem.  I will send the full results onto Amber, who will be happy to arrange a Community Speedwatch, with anyone who feels there is speeding in their road.  Just email me with your concerns and the roads you want checked and I will liaise with Amber.
 
24/4  Monday 9.15 p.m.  Shop, Bath Road, Knowl Hill.  A witness drove past and saw 2 men wearing grey hoodies kicking and trying to force the front door.  Nearby was a red car with the boot open.  They moved the CCTV cameras outside, to point up to the sky and managed to force the front metal door and then unsuccessfully attempted, to force an internal metal shutter, so they did not manage to gain access.  This did set off the ‘Smoke Cloak’, a spray device which filled the shop with dense smoke, which disorientates anyone who breaks in.  The ‘smoke’ usually contains a mist, with a UV marker, which fluoresces under UV.  This is almost impossible to remove, as the mist is so fine, it gets into the hair, ears, creases in the skin and soaks into clothing, particularly those difficult places to scrub.  Most offenders, don’t know and are completely unaware, they have been covered with this UV die – which is very useful to us !!!
24/4 – 25/4  Monday 6.45 p.m. / Tuesday 7.45 a.m.  High Street, Cookham.  Car rear windscreen smashed and at attempt to lift the parcel shelf.  Nothing stolen.
 
PINKNEYS GREEN & FURZE PLATT:
maidenheadwestnhpt@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
24/4 – 25/4  Monday 7.15 p.m. / Tuesday 7.45 a.m.  Heywood court X 2.  1.  Car had both driver’s side tyres slashed.  2.  A second car also had flat tyres, reported by the above.  The owner of the second car, has not yet been in contact with the police.
 
MAIDENHEAD SOUTH
BOYN HILL, COX GREEN & WOODLANDS PARK:
maidenheadsouthnhpt@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
Your Neighbourhood Page on TVP's Website - Click Here
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
 
OLDFIELD & BRAY:
maidenheadsouthnhpt@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
24/4  Monday midnight / 3.15 p.m.  Farm, Forest Green Road – The polo yard behind oak cottage on long lane and around the perimeter of the King power polo Club.  Rural Crime, Poaching Offence.  The caller found a trap with fine wire and a dead rabbit trapped.  This could have been a danger to children or dogs. PCSO Aneta Welnitz is dealing with this.  Multiple traps & snares have been removed in recent months which have killed deer, beavers as well as hares and rabbits.  This is apparently the second year traps have been recovered from this area.  No-one has been seen setting them, so if anyone sees suspicious people / cars in the area to phone it through to the police on the 101 number.
 
 
Eyes and ears.....................and brain
 
Jeff
jeffrey.pick@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
 
P.S.
 
Hello Jeff - Please keep sending out reports of scams and other incidents - however repetitive some people find them.

They are a constant reminder of what could happen - and especially of value to those of us older folk who maybe rather vulnerable - and without these constant reminders could become victims - I too have been phoned by 'BT' twice in the last two days, the foreign accent made it almost impossible to understand what was being said. I feel very confident in being pre-warned and knowing the right action to take.
Thank you - Christine

 
 
Hi Jeff
 
Here's one I haven't seen before.   Looks very convincing - it's only the grammar that gives it away!
 
Best wishes and thanks for all your advice.
 
Ann
 
It is an email from M&S – ‘Dear customer’.
 
It goes on about random fraud checks and they require Dear Customer to complete their security information……by clicking on a link to access their account.  If you fail to do so, within 48 hours, your account will be suspended !
 
DON’T DO IT
 
Standard scam email, not personally addressed, Link. Urgent, Threat.
 
Another from Ann from the Bank of America !  How many of us have bank of America accounts in England ???  Addressed ‘Dear customer’, this time $18.5 million is up for grabs !  Apparently, it belonged to the late President Saddam Hussein and was lodged ina Swiss bank account.  They now have instructions to share it with 700 thousand people across the world and Ann was chosen as one of those people.
 
All they need……….are her full details !!
 
DON’T DO IT
NEXT:
Another from Cornwall !
 
‘To Licensed Clergy and PCC Secretaries (paper copies to those not on email)
 
Dear All
 
We thought we should draw your attention to the fact that one of our churches has recently received two parcels containing a DVD and a blank glossy card. The DVDs contain poorly made films about conspiracy theories. It may be that they relate to a scam or virus threat, so we urge any parish receiving a similar parcel, to discard the DVDs without playing them.
 
With best wishes,
 
Lesley
 
NEXT FROM JOHN – THE OLD HMRC SCAM EMAIL:
 
Hi Jeff,
 
The fact that I no longer send in a Tax Return made me instantly suspicious.
On closer examination the e-mail address is  vitan@optusnet,com. Then “au” for Australia !
 
Needless to say I deleted said message unopened.
 
I thought that maybe some other of your readers may be receiving something similar.
 
 
Hope this is of help.
 
Best regards and thanks for the ongoing useful information.
 
John
 
The email explained that they have some information that is different form information previously reported in your tax return and ….’we have verified that you are a victim of identity theft’  There was apparently an Identity Theft Indicator on his account !!!
 
DON’T DO IT
 
NEXT – I have received this through from Mari who received an email ‘Final Request’, from the DVLA:  It goes onto say that they have been trying to contact ‘you’ offering a refund.
 
Hi Jeff,
 
I clicked on the link in the email and it took me directly to a page which looked correct and it said I have refund for £48.
 
It went on to request my personal and card details. I consider myself fairly tech savvy and for a moment, I almost believed it to be true.
 
I did some quick research the DVLA says:
 
(https://www.gov.uk/government/news/scam-warning-for-dvla-customers)
 
‘We’re aware that some members of the public are receiving emails, texts and telephone calls claiming to be from DVLA. Links to a website mocked up to look like a DVLA online service, are sometimes included in the message. We don’t send emails or text messages with links to websites asking you to confirm your personal details or payment information. We strongly advise anyone who receives such a request not to open the link and delete the item’.
 
If you haven't already reported, would be good to warn others.
 
Thanks, 
 
Mari
 
As Mari clicked on the link, she must now change all her passwords, in case hidden within ‘the link’ was a Trojan or hidden software, which then loaded into her computer hard drive.  She also needs to run anti -virus scans.
 
We all know that we can look at emails in our inbox.
 
I have had this back from Mari – so everything is fine:
 
Hi Jeff
 
Thankfully, I had opened the link within a virtual machine, so everything should be ok.
 
It's all very scary how smart some of these scammers are.
 
Many thanks,
Mari
 
BUT
 
WE MUST NEVER CLICK ON THE LINKS
 
HOWEVER TEMPTING
 
DON’T DO IT
YET ANOTHER FROM Ann
 
From BT – they have apparently ‘upgraded their servers’ – can Ann please log on via the link to validate her E-space.  No emails will be sent from her existing account, until she does so – so Urgent to create panic and a threat as usual.
DON’T DO IT
 
 
Message sent by
Jeffrey Pick (Police, NHW & Community Msg Co-ordinator, Windsor & Maidenhead LPA)

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