This message is dated Friday 30th August 2019 - Ascot
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This message is dated Friday 30th August 2019 for Ascot.
ONCE AGAIN MY FAVOURITE MESSAGE - NO CRIME TO REPORT IN THE LAST 48 HOURS !!
NO CARS BROKEN INTO
WELL DONE EVERYONE.
FIRST - A CALL FROM A LOCAL BANK YESTERDAY, AS A RESULT OF THE BANKING PROTOCOL - AN ELDERLY RESIDENT TRYING TO TRANSFER A LARGE AMOUNT, TO A SUSPECT ACCOUNT:
The man came into the bank because he had been asked to transfer £8,400 to another account and he wanted the bank to confirm all was in order and that it wasn’t a scam. He had been told to say, if anyone in the bank used the ‘Protocol’ - as this was an unusual transaction - that he was transferring the money to his son’s account.
This issue started 8 days ago, when he got a call from a company to say his land line phone was at risk of scam calls. They could protect him with a one off payment of £159. He agreed and paid this amount using his bank card.
On the 29th he received another call from someone, who said he was Robin Wilson, from Lloyd’s Bank in London. The man asked him if he had authorised a Western Union payment to Canada for £600. The aggrieved said NO ! Robin Wilson, said he would pass it onto his Fraud department who would be in contact. 15 minutes later, an ‘Adam Wilson’ from the fraud department rang. He confirmed the £600 was a scam and that he believed, certain members of staff at his local branch were involved in various frauds and his savings were at risk.
He should immediately go to the bank and transfer all his savings, to a secure account, which he gave him, at HSBC. If asked about the transaction - he was not to alert the teller about the suspicious activity, as they may be involved with the frauds, but to say, he was transferring the cash to his son.
The aggrieved was slightly suspicious, so decided to go to the bank and speak to the manager. They explained it was all a scam. The account was checked and nothing had been transferred. As the Aggrieved had paid for the online protection using that account, it was closed and the savings transferred to another account.
I have gone into a lot of detail, to show how these scammers operate. They have put in place a lot of planning - and - they are very good at what they do. They can spend hours and days, ‘grooming’ a potential victim.
Please circulate this as widely as possible amongst your relatives, friends, neighbours and work colleagues - everyone needs to be protected from these scammers !
DON’T LET IT BE YOU OR ANYONE YOU KNOW !!
NEXT - On my way out of the police Station yesterday an elderly man was standing there looking very concerned. He had just received a phone call with an electronic message, apparently from the police, saying that a warrant had been put out for his immediate arrest. For further details press 1 on the phone. He knew he shouldn’t do that, but was really worried that a warrant had been issued.
I checked it out for him, to reassure him - but it was a scam. He was 85, and it had completely unsettled him as he had never been in trouble with the police.
These types of emails have ripples of effects on the recipients. Some people, cannot simply shrug them off.
NEXT - PCSO Isabel Santacruz-Machin- has just been to see an elderly resident, who has been contacted by a security company. They said she needed an immediate Home security Survey, to make sure her security was adequate. The call and the hard sell they used, really worried her. If you get one of these calls, just put the phone down.
NEXT - We have just had our ‘Co-Design’ meeting meeting, when we discussed the local initiatives, they are managing. The first initiative - the ‘Fashion Upcycle’ project - starts on Thursday 12th September at East Berks College - This is two 8 week courses, re-purposing donated clothes to make them individual and fashionable. Anita Ambasna, who chairs that group, still needs some sewing volunteers for that course. Do you have any sewing experience / were you trained many years ago and are able to pass on traditional skills to a new group of young people ? This is aimed to be an ‘intergenerational’ project, bringing together different generations. If you would like to be part of this brilliant project, which ends in a Fashion show at Langley College, where other students, studying fashion, hair and make-up, will participate. If you would like to volunteer - or join this group as a participant - please contact Anita or Gabriella on: firstname.lastname@example.org
NEXT - Sally has emailed me and asked about window and shed security.
Individual windows need ‘Window Shock Alarms’ - very easy to instal on double sided tape. Go to the main online shopping site !
Garages, need ‘shed alarms’. At the moment if you go onto the largest online shopping site - these are on special offer ! 2 for £11.99. These can of course be used in vans / transits, to protect tools. 110 decibels in a metal transit van, would wake a whole neighbourhood ! If you haven’t got a burglar alarm, two of these, one in the front of the house and one in the rear where a potential thief would break in, would be just as good. They have heat and movement sensors and are easy, to fob on and off - so a very cheap alternative !!!
NO CRIME TO REPORT
NO CRIME TO REPORT
ASCOT & SOUTH ASCOT:
NO CRIME TO REPORT
NO CRIME TO REPORT
FIRST: in from Tess:
I’m letting you know that about 15 minutes ago I had a phone call.
There were several seconds of silence at first, then an electronic female voice told me: ‘This is Ofcom. Your telephone line will be cut off….
I put the receiver down at once. Others may be targeted too.
Thanks Tess - exactly the right thing to do. It is not rude to put the phone down on an unsolicited call - even if it is an electronic message. When you answer the phone, you only ever say ‘Hello’ You never give your name or number ! If it is an unsolicited call, just put the phone down.
NEXT: from Michael - a similar incident:
On Wednesday, 11 a.m., my wife answered a phone call, advising us that a writ was to be served and for further information, we should press 1.
Obviously she declined.
I just hope everyone would do the same - if asked to press 1 on their phones !!!
DON’T LET IT BE YOU !
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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Minutes of the Co-design meeting - Tuesday 27th August 2019
1) All participants briefly introduced themselves and their organisations.
2) Project Updates:
Fashion Upcycle: -
Project Starts September 12th at East Berks College. From 5 – 7pm.
First week will be for Volunteers only. Participants will start 2nd week.
The first two weeks will be spent learning basic sewing skills and then the participants will choose their outfits to upcycle.
The course is now split into two 8 week sessions following advice from the group last time. The last two weeks are to practice the catwalk and stage managing the fashion show.
We still need participants who want to learn how to sew. EK & AB will send details of their contacts in school, so something can be put in the newsletters.
Project Gardening Buddies:
We are looking to use the Sawyers close allotments to run this project and for it to be the pilot for the ‘Seed to Plate’ project.
Participants will be teamed with an allotment owner who will mentor them to grow their own fruit and vegetables, from preparing the ground over winter to sowing the seeds, thinking the crop and harvesting. We anticipate that some of the participants will then progress to the food academy so that this will become a “seed to plate” project.
Project starts February 2020 and runs until August 2020. With allotment holders and participants meeting on a weekly basis.
This is a project sponsored by the Windsor Lions. 12 youngsters who may experience issues, would be selected to participate and over 7 weeks learn how to cook and this would culminate in a gala dinner on 23/11/19, which the participants would cook.
JP looking for guest Chefs. The entertainment will be provided by The Windsor Boys & Girls School Orchestra and Choir. Anit Ambasna will approach Windsor Castle for Chef for one session. One guest chef organised for the Pizza session. Other guest chefs welcome.
Young Mothers & Toddlers
We want to work with young mothers who are isolated and encourage them & their young children to form intergenerational partnerships with older people.
It was suggested that we could run this project at Sawyers Close and with the Welsh Guards. JP to forward details of Welsh guards contact to Anita
The ‘Childrens Centers Manager’ maybe able to help with guidance on how to set this up
Art School Project
We hope to work with children from the ‘Green Room School’ to help children to encourage themselves through art.
3) Other Items
Update needed for the group re the Community Café project. at the next meeting – which will combine a new Community Café on Sawyers Close, with the Manor Youth centre. Manor Youth Centre has kitchens which could be used to teach cookery and healthy living courses, for all age groups.
JP discussed the PROBUS Club which is group of retired business men, who maybe able to support with funding of projects. JP has made contact and will invite to next Co-Design meeting..
The group also discussed his idea of a ‘mixer’ for local interest groups and bodies such as local businesses / residents who could help with funding or equipment.. This will be progressed at next meeting.
The Welsh guards were discussed. It was felt that they and their families would need support. The mother and Toddler group and food academy were seen as being good starting points.