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This message is dated Friday 25th January 2019 - Ascot

Alert message sent 25/01/2019 14:56:00

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This message is dated Friday 25th January 2019 for Ascot.
 
FIRST - A CASE OF RANSOME WARE.
 
It encrypts your entire computer, which cannot be recovered, without an encryption key.  You know if you are infected as you get a front screen demanding money !
 
23/1  Wednesday 2 40 p.m.  Windsor.  The victim, passed the police to their IT support department.  The computer was infected when the victim opened an attachment to an email.  The attachment, ‘appeared’ to be an outstanding invoice, which had not been paid.  The victim passed this attachment to others in the office, to check if ‘the invoice’ had in fact been paid.
 
Four machines and three servers, have become infected with ‘Global Imposter version 2’.  For most residents, this is not a massive problem.  There is only one way to remove it without paying the ransom and that is to have your computer reformatted.  That means it is reset to factory settings - you lose everything.  If you are a business, that can be catastrophic.  If the Ransom is paid, it often is set to reappear 6 months later, so is an ongoing problem.
 
These fake emails are very clever and really do look genuine.  This is an old scam - sending an outstanding invoice to a business - which works really well.
 
BE ON YOUR GUARD
 
 
CRIME:
ASCOT:
ascotnhpt@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
SUNNINGDALE:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
 
SUNNINGHILL:
23/1  Wednesday 10.20 p.m.  Lower Village Road.  Burglary.  Entry via a hole big enough to crawl through in the patio door.  Untidy search of the house - drawers pulled out and searched - jewellery stolen.
23/1  Wednesday midnight / 9.45 p.m.  Truss Hill Road.  Car entered and laptop stolen.
 
ASCOT & SOUTH ASCOT:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
 
NORTH ASCOT:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
 
 
The 101 number is still functioning properly, but I am afraid it may be slow to answer at the moment - if you are experiencing delays, you can always make contact with us using the online reporting system:
 
https://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/
 

 
 
 
Eyes and Ears..........and Brain.
 
Jeff
jeffrey.pick@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
 
‘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: https://act.campaign.gov.uk/
 
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If you are not a member of a Neighbourhood Watch scheme
You can find details of your local schemes, by going online at
‘Our Watch’ using this link:
https://www.ourwatch.org.uk/
 
If no such group exists in your area, consider establishing your
Own group
 
Message sent by
Jeffrey Pick (Police, Community Engagement & Resilience Officer, Windsor & Maidenhead LPA)

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