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This message is dated Friday 22nd March 2019 - Windsor

Alert message sent 22/03/2019 16:25:00

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This message is dated Friday 22nd March 2019 for Windsor.
 
FIRST: ANOTHER COURIER FRAUD:
 
The aggrieved, who lives in Windsor, received a phone call on the 15th March, from someone purporting to be a police officer.  The PC explained that someone had used his bank card, to remove £300 from an ATM machine and spent £449 in a shop.  Shortly afterwards he was called by someone who said he was a sergeant from the Fraud Department.  The Sgt explained that as there had been fraud on his bank account, he should place all his funds into a safeguarding account. To ensure his money was safe. He could either transfer £20,000 into the safe account, or withdraw £14,000 in cash and the other £6,000 in foreign currency.  The aggrieved chose the latter and withdrew the foreign currency from a supermarket.  He was asked for all notes to be placed into a paper envelope and not to touch it.  A man purporting to be a police cadet came and collected it.  He and a member of the fraud department arranged to come back next week, when he had the rest of the cash. The aggrieved now believes something was odd and realised it was a scam and reported it to us.  He was alarmed that he had given the scammer all his personal details, so they knew where he lived.  Police PCSOs have visited him to day, to ensure he is OK.
 
The advice given:
 
Call Blocking
Most service providers offer some form of call blocking service which would mean that it may be possible to block the number that is calling. If victim contacts their service provider direct they should be able to advise the victim.
 
Telephone Preference Service
Although I appreciate this instance has been identified as a scam call I would recommend victim registering with the Telephone Preference Service which is a central opt out register where you can record your preference not to receive unsolicited sales or marketing calls.
https://www.tpsonline.org.uk/tps/index.html
 
CIFAS – Protective Registration
Sadly it is not uncommon for victim’s details to be added to what is known as a “Victims List” which gets sold onto other scammers. For a fee of £20 for 2 years “Protective Registration” will assist in protecting against identity fraud and from fraudsters using personal details to apply for products and services.
https://www.cifas.org.uk/services/identity-protection/protective-registration
 
Credit Reports
It is recommended that the victim keeps a check on their credit report. The 3 main credit reference agencies in the UK are Experian, Call Credit and Equifax. Further details can be provided on this if required.
 
 
JUST TO ADD - I have had reports of Nottingham Knockers in Windsor  - The young lads and now girls who go door to door selling household products.  this week in Frances Road and others.  Please be on your guard and remember our NHW Motto
 
I AM SORRY, I DO NOT BUY GOODS AND SERVICES AT THE DOOR !
 
 
NEXT: I have been asked by Sarah at Trading Standards, to send this message out:
 
Dear Jeff,
 
Please can you put into your alert the following:-
 
We have been made aware of a spate of doorstep crimes, relating to the power washing and sealing of driveways, in the Maidenhead area. We have very few details other than no paperwork is being given. A reasonable quote is given at first and work starts immediately. Payment is soon requested - in cash. As the work progresses, the price is escalated and consumers feel intimidated, into giving large amounts of cash for little/poor quality work.
 
We only have a description of three men, one with an Irish accent who may be driving, a white transit type van.
 
If anybody is offered driveway work from a cold call, we would advise them not to deal with doorstep traders. If they see anybody doing this type of work on driveways of neighbours’, particularly if they are elderly or vulnerable and are concerned if it is safe to do so, take down any vehicle registrations and report the matter either on the police non emergency number 101, or alternatively / as well as, to ourselves, via the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 03454 04 05 06.
 
Many thanks.
 
Sarah Stevens
Trading Standards Officer
Trading Standards Service
Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead
 
CRIME:
WINDSOR:
CENTRAL WINDSOR:
centralwindsorneighbourhoodteam@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
20/3  Wednesday 5.15 p.m.  River Street Car park.  Car rear passenger window smashed - handbag and contents, clothing, laptop, cosmetics Bose and Apple headphones stolen.
21/3  Thursday 4.15 p.m.  Arthur Road.  A delivery driver was delivering to a store, leaving the rear doors of their van open.  When they returned, packets of cigarettes had been stolen.
21/3  Thursday Royal Windsor Station.  Locked up bike stolen.  A purple & Mauve Specialized, hybrid bike - WITH FRAME NUMBER !
 
ETON & ETON WICK:
21/3  Thursday 4.45 a.m.  Princess Close, Eton Wick.  The aggrieved was woken up, when they heard noises.  They looked out to see someone trying to break into their van.  They shouted and the offender immediately made off.  Driver’s door damaged.
21/3  Thursday 5.05 a.m.  Colenorton Crescent.  The owner heard their van alarm sounding, looked out and saw someone trying to break in.  As they had been seen they immediately made off in a silver Astra.
 
WINDSOR WEST
windsorwestnhpt@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
CLEWER, DEDWORTH & OAKLEY GREEN:
20/3 - 21/3  Wednesday 10/50 p.m. / Thursday 7.50 a.m.  Shop, Longmead.  Attempt overnight to force the shop shutters and causing damage to locks,  No entry gained and nothing stolen.
20/3  Wednesday 7.30 p.m. / 9 p.m.  St. George’s Close.  Van door lock forced - Hilti Grinder, Hilti impact drill, Hilti battery drill, Hilti SDS drill and a petrol generator stolen.
 
 
CLEWER EAST & PARK:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
 
WINDSOR EAST
windsoreastnhpt@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
DATCHET, HORTON & WRAYSBURY:
20/3  Wednesday midnight / 8 a.m.  Southlea Road.  Shed breaks.  2 sheds in a garden brokebn into and locks forced.  Nothing stolen.
20/3 - 21/3  Wednesday 5.30 p.m. / Thursday 6.30 a.m.  Hotel Car Park, High Street, Datchet.  Estate car rear windscreen smashed and power tools stolen
 
OLD WINDSOR:
 
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.
 
https://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/
 
Eyes, ears.....and Brain
 
Jeff
Jeffrey.pick@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
 
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Message sent by
Jeffrey Pick (Police, Community Engagement & Resilience Officer, Windsor & Maidenhead LPA)

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