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This message is dated Tuesday 5th March 2019 - Windsor

Alert message sent 05/03/2019 16:11:00

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This interim message is dated Tuesday 5th March 2019 for Windsor.
1/3  Friday 4 p.m.  The aggrieved received a telephone call from a man purporting to be DC Lee Morris, from Hammersmith Police Station.  He used the same script - two men had been arrested using her credit cards.  She was immediately suspicious and put down the phone.  She found a number for Hammersmith Police station and immediately, was told it was a scam.  When police attended, she informed them she received continual scam calls and had recently had the HMRC scam asking her for payment of back tax or she would be arrested.  She knew about these and would not be fooled.
Old Windsor:
2/3 2.30 p.m.  The aggrieved was called by DC David Morris at Hammersmith Police Station.  He was told that his account at a certain bank had been compromised and the police were operating a sting operation, monitoring the staff at that branch.  They believed someone there, was passing counterfeit notes.  .  Could he help the police and withdraw all his funds, from his account.  Would he please not touch the notes, but ask the teller, to put the cash in an envelope, as they would be fingerprinting them.  The police would then show him photos of various staff members, to identify who had touched the notes.  The aggrieved was uncertain, so DC Morris told him, to put the phone down and dial 999 - which he did.  The scammer of course kept the line open and handed the receiver to an accomplice.  The accomplice confirmed DC Morris’ identity and the sting operation.  DC Morris then asked him to call the security phone number, on his bank card to get more confirmation - which he did.  Again the line was help open and he was speaking to an accomplice.  The bank's head office 'security department - asked for all his security procedures, PIN numbers and passwords.  The aggrieved was then convinced, went to the bank and withdrew a large sum of money.  A courier was sent and took the cash.  The aggrieved’s nephew, who was security savvy, had recently fitted a video doorbell - so the police now have footage of the courier.  The money has gone and police have safeguarded him
4/3  Monday 10.30 a.m.  The aggrieved received a call from DC David Morris at …….Hammersmith Police Station.  He explained that the police had intercepted criminal activity at her bank.  Could she please supply the police with details of all her accounts.  She refused to engage and put the phone down.
4/3  Reported Monday 7.40 p.m.  During the day, the aggrieved was called by DC David Morris at Hammersmith Police Station.  He alleged there was fraudulent activity at her bank and the police have mounted a plain clothes surveillance operation there.  Could she please withdraw all her cash from her account and they would arrange for a courier to come and collect it.  He explained that the bank may ask why she is withdrawing such a large amount and she was to say, it was to purchase a car !  She called a taxi, to take her to her bank.  The manager, went through the 'Banking Protocol' and was not satisfied with her explanations, believing it to be  scam.  He refused to allow her to withdraw all her funds, but did allow her to withdraw £1,000.  The scammer called her back on her mobile to ask if she had all the cash and she explained she could only get £1,000, DC Morris became insistent that she go back inside and make the bank release the money.  She went, but was again refused.  DC Morris called her again and instructed her to go to a currency exchange outlet, in Peascod Street and withdraw 3,500 Euros.  She went to do this, but could not find it.  He phoned again and she explained she did not have the money.  He became extremely angry.  He instructed her to go to a cash till and withdraw the money, but she said she did not know how to do this.  Fortunately, the battery on her mobile phone died and she had time, to think about what was happening.  She then took the taxi home.  In his next call he said a courier would collect the cash she did have, the next day.  The police were called who went with her to put the cash back in her account and she has been safeguarded.
NEXT - We had a theft last week of a keyless BMW.  The owner kept the keys by the front door, in a tin.  2 points - 1.keyless fobs should be more than 30 feet from the pavement.  2.  They should be inside a proper metal container - this tin obviously did not work !  There are metal card cases specifically made for this purpose. Simply remove the plastic card slots.  I did suggest keeping them in microwaves and fridges, until someone had forgotten the keys were in the microwave and blew them up !!
NEXT: You will all have had an Alert message from TVP HQ - From 4 – 8 March 2019, we will be running a Rural Crime focus week, increasing the spotlight on operations to prevent and disrupt crime in rural communities.
Thames Valley Police define rural crime as cases where the offence occurred at a farm barn, farm shop, farm building, farm yard, farmhouse, farm field or a fish farm or the property is agricultural machinery, agricultural tools, fencing, hay/straw, heating oil and red diesel, horses, livestock and horse boxes and the offence is burglary, robbery, theft (excluding bilking - leaving a premises without paying - usually petrol, but can be food in restaurants), criminal damage, or a public health offence (fly tipping).
NEXT:  There has been a lot of national publicity, about knife crime this week.  Next week, will be a specific Knife Crime Week of initiatives.  This has been planned for some time and we will be publicizing various activities.  Watch this space.
A witness appeal from PC Harry Nogami:
An incident happened on Saturday 9th of Feb 2019, at around 3:45 p.m..  A group of boys were cycling along Thames Street, Windsor towards the High Street in Eton, when a suspect, has kicked one of the boys and subsequently stolen their bike. He is described as white, with short blonde spikey hair, about 5’10 tall, wearing jeans, blue NIKE shoes with a white sole, short blonde spikey hair.
If you’ve any information that would assist the police, please contact PC 6666 Harry Nogami based at Maidenhead, quoting NICHE ref number 43190042542.
We are currently experiencing high calls for service on 101. 
Please consider using our online reporting system but please note this reporting tool is not for use where a crime happening right now, the suspect is still at the scene, or anyone seriously injured or in immediate danger.

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Jeffrey Pick (Police, Community Engagement & Resilience Officer, Windsor & Maidenhead LPA)

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