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Crime Update Wednesday 14th June 2017 - Maidenhead

Alert message sent 14/06/2017 10:25:00

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This message is dated Wednesday 14th June 2017 for Maidenhead.
Please see the Action Fraud case reported to us from Littlewick Green below.  Please pass the details onto everyone you know who may be vulnerable to this type of attack by scammers !
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13/6  Tuesday 2 p.m.  Grenfell Park.  A witness reported a group of about 10, 16 year olds, pulling down some trees and setting fire to them.
13/6  Tuesday 2 p.m.  Bridge Road.  Bike stolen.  A grey & brown bike.

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13/6  Tuesday  Littlewick GreenAction Fraud case.  An elderly victim was contacted on the phone by a man calling himself ‘Andrew’, who said he was from a Bank.  He said there had been a withdrawal from the aggieved’s account of £600, which was unusual expenditure – he was phoning to make sure it was his ?  He suggested, there had been some illegal usage.  He went on to say that a new account had been created for him and he would help him transfer all his funds – a lot of money - into the new account, to prevent any further fraudulent activity.  He then gave the aggrieved an account number and sort code, for the transfer.  Would he please go to his bank and have the funds transferred.  If he was asked about the transfer, he was to say it was for a ‘property’ transaction.  the aggrieved went to his bank and transferred the funds without any problems, into to new account.  A few days later, he received another call from Andrew, to say a parcel would be delivered shortly.  Would he accept it, put on a new label and post it onto him.  The parcel duly arrived, but by then, the aggrieved had made contact with his bank and the scam had been revealed.  The parcel was taken to Maidenhead police station and opened.  It contained 2 small gold bars weighing 1 oz and a 100grams, supplied by ‘Bullion by Post’.  Since then, the aggrieved has been bombarded with calls from a withheld number and BT are going to resolve this.  Can everyone be on the guard and let everyone they know this has happened.  If the scammers are targeting one person that we know about, there will be others who are unaware, they have been scammed !

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Eyes and ears.....................and brain
‘You can play your part in helping to tackle the terrorist threat facing the UK’.
‘Everyone, from law enforcement, to businesses, to the general public, has a role to play in keeping the UK safe from terrorism and to effectively combat the threat.  Everyone needs to work together.  Our aim, is to encourage people to be more vigilant – ‘if you suspect it, report it’ – please report all suspicious activity to the confidential Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321’.
‘For more information follow this link:
More advice about what to carry with you:
There is no need to carry your UK driving licence in the UK, so the person doing so is doing it unnecessarily - just something else to lose when you're out! If you are stopped by the police and asked to produce it you have 7 days to show it at a police station.
NEXT:  more strange emails:
Hi Jeff
Just received an email, were the From was a name of a relation, who I occasionally contact and To had both my names correctly.  Has anyone else had a similar message? Full message was as below.
The email just said: - ‘You may find this interesting’ followed by a Link.
This is the type of Trojan, that affects people’s address books, in the same way we used to get – ‘I am crying on the beach in Moldovia, having had my wallet and passport stolen…….’  Addressed personally from someone you actually know.  Your relative need to run a virus scan and change all their passwords.
NEXT:  A scam email from Waitrose:
Malcolm sent me this apparently from Waitrose, but addressed to him by name:
I was informed by my logistics dept that you have not confirmed you details re a voucher offered to you.  For more details……follow this Link !
NEXT:  The old Microsoft, Windows or BT SCAM is still with us:
Dear Jeff,
I’ve just received a telephone call. A man claimed that he was calling from BT about my broadband connection.
I replied that I had no problem and did not require any help. I put the phone down.
BUT, I had a very similar call last week. On that occasion it was a woman, who phoned with a foreign accent (possibly American).
She said that "she was from BT and my Broadband connection had been hacked and been infected with a Virus. All Broadband connections in my area were affected."
This woman was very persistent and even phoned back again TWICE
I must have sounded a bit doubtful the first time, I suppose, but I told her not to phone again. I would phone my son.
Of course, Keith told me to ignore her, but, in the meantime, to turn off my computer and my Modem. This I did!
I think I’ve been told that BT do not phone their customers.
Is it good practice to turn off the Modem/Router when not in use?
‘Yours sincerely
Don't worry about the calls at all !  They are just SCAM calls.
Even though they say they are from a particular company, they do not and have no connection to Windows / Microsoft / BT.
It is merely a call centre, often in India who just cold call anybody randomly, to say their computer is running slowly etc. etc.  They have no idea, whether or not you have a computer.  They just call on the off chance.
They can only access yours, if you give them access, by typing in the diagnostic coding that they give you.
As long as you just put the phone down each time they call, nothing can happen to your computer / laptop or router.
You don't need to turn it off, as they cannot access it.
I hope this is reassuring ?
NEXT:  Tony has sent me one he did not open, but which was addressed.
His virus protection prevented it.  It just said – ‘Hello tony, Ownership confirmation is required to avoid account being disabled….’
Message sent by
Jeffrey Pick (Police, NHW & Community Msg Co-ordinator, Windsor & Maidenhead LPA)

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