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This message is dated Monday 25th March 2019 - Ascot

Alert message sent 25/03/2019 15:27:00

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This message is dated Monday 25th March 2019 for Ascot.
As Fraud and Scams are so prevalent, I have received this from one of our members today, which everyone should read !
Good morning Jeff,
I wanted to share a current fraud case that I reported to my bank.
On Thursday 22nd March, I received a text from my bank, to let me know that my card had been reported stolen.  I immediately called them, to let them know that I had not done this. They explained that someone called and tried to get a new card, saying they were me, but failed the security questions - hence their text. 
They said they had taken the necessary measures to secure my account.  I then checked my account and could see that there had been two cash withdrawals - that I did not make.  One for £100 on 22nd and one for £900, on the 23rd, the day after the incident.  I reported these to NatWest fraud.  They told me that someone had been into the bank and using an ‘ID’ and had withdrawn the amounts.  I expressed my concerns that this had actually happened after the problem had been detected, however they are still investigating the case and I am awaiting the outcome, I was at the branch again today.
This is the second time we have been victims of fraud, last time it was around 4 years ago and it was over the phone / cyber crime and transactions of over £8,000 have been made on business and personal accounts.
As a result of the previous frauds, we are very protective of our card details / IDs etc. and we never share them in unsecured environments.
I hope this can be shared with the community, so they are aware there is current fraud going on and to keep an eye on their accounts and details.
If you would like to share the info please do so, as this happened to me even after I reported suspicious actions to my bank !
Best wishes, 
M. A.
I have had a further update from M.A.  He has been back to his bank as he is really not happy, someone was able to withdra money from his account, after the Bank had alerted him to the problem !
He has also had this issue:
The other day, I also found out by coincidence from my mobile network that I had weekly deductions of £4.50 from a company and another from a gaming company for £2.99 a month, for subscriptions I did not make.  Luckily, I managed to resolve it with the companies in question after several contacts and requests, for a full refund which I received - totalling over £200 !
This one was tricky, because you do not see it on your actual bank statement, because it is hidden, in your mobile bill statement !
Crime report Ascot - 6/2 - 22/3  The caller has had is mail fraudulently re-directed.  This may be a similar situation to the above.  The fraudsters phone through / go online and have post re-directed, they then request new credit cards and account details.  If anything like this happens - you must deal with it immediately and perhaps organise credit checks in case loans are taken out in your name.
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:
Eyes and Ears..........and Brain.
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Message sent by
Jeffrey Pick (Police, Community Engagement & Resilience Officer, Windsor & Maidenhead LPA)

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