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This message is dated Friday 8th November 2019 - maidenhead

Alert message sent 08/11/2019 11:56:00

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This message is dated Friday 8th November 2019 for Maidenhead.
 
WARNING - ANOTHER COURIER FRAUD CASE - FORTUNATELY THE AGGRIEVED BECAME SUSPICIOUS AND DID NOT HAND OVER THE MONEY:
 
7/11  Windsor - The aggrieved received a phone call from a man purporting to be a police officer, from Scotland Yard.  The man explained they were investigating a case of fraud at his bank.  They asked the aggrieved to withdraw £6,500 from the bank, so that they could discover who was involved with the fraud.  The aggrieved was told to get the cash in a paper envelope and not to touch the notes, as they would be fingerprinted.  The notes were to be £20 and £50, as they were harder to trace.
 
The aggrieved was also told to keep his mobile phone on and with him, when he went to the bank, so that the ‘police officer’ could talk him through the process.  The aggrieved went to the bank with his wife and son.  When he returned home with the cash, the fraudster said he would give him a shoulder and reference number, to prove the call was genuine.
 
The aggrieved was then asked to put on a pair of gloves and separate out the notes, into 2 piles.  He was then asked to read some of the serial numbers from each of the two piles and write them on the back of two envelopes, which he was then asked to seal.  They had then to be placed in a plastic bag, ready for a courier to collect.
 
The aggrieved asked if he would be given a receipt for the money and was told, this was not police practice, but he was given a code word, which the courier would give him, to show him everything was above board.  A courier arrived within 5 minutes, to collect the cash.  The son became suspicious and phoned the police.  The fraudster told him this was not necessary, as he was the police.  Eventually the man on the phone became angry and swore at the aggrieved’s son and the courier made off.
 
The police confirmed it was a scam and attended immediately, in case the courier returned.
 
We have been having courier frauds for several years now.  Please warn all your friends, relatives, work colleagues and neighbours - AND:
 
DON’T LET IT BE YOU

 
CRIME
MAIDENHEAD CENTRAL
:
maidenheadcentralnhpt@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
7/11 - 8/11  Thursday 6.30 p.m. / Friday 7.45 a.m.  Braywick Road.  Site under construction power tools stolen.
6/11  Wednesday midnight / 4.45 p.m.  High Street.  Locked up bike stolen from a bike rack.  A yellow, Decathlon Lockrider 520ST, mountain bike.
6/11  Wednesday 3.20 p.m. / 4.50 p.m.  Sports Centre, Grenfell Road.  Locked up bike stolen.  A blue & grey, Specialized Pitch, mountain bike.
 
RIVERSIDE & BELMONT:
NO CRIME TO REPORT
 
MAIDENHEAD WEST

maidenheadwestnhpt@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
BISHAM, COOKHAM, HURLEY, THE WALTHAMS, LITTLEWICK GREEN & KNOWL HILL:
6/11  Wednesday 6 p.m.  Star Lane, Knowl Hill.  Burglary.  The owner returned and disturbed three men attempting to burgle their home. Damage to door and areas searched, nothing appears to have been stolen.
 
PINKNEYS GREEN & FURZE PLATT:
NO CRIME TO REPORT
 
MAIDENHEAD SOUTH

maidenheadsouthnhpt@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
BOYN HILL, COX GREEN & WOODLANDS PARK:
7/11  Thursday 8.15 p.m.  Desborough Park, Desborough Crescent.  A witness reported a man rode up on a bike and smashed a neighbour’s car window, reached in a stole a handbag and contents, then rode off.
 
OLDFIELD, BRAY & HOLYPORT:
NO CRIME TO REPORT

 
 
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/
 
follow us on Facebook:
 
https://www.facebook.com/TVPWindsorandMaidenhead
 
Eyes, ears.....and Brain
 
Jeff
Jeffrey.pick@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk

 
 
Over the last few months, NHW in Maidenhead has seen a resurgence in interest and activity.  Existing schemes have been revitalised and new schemes have been set up with many new members joining and are helping make a difference to the community by creating, for us all, a safer place to live. 
 
To find your nearest NHW scheme please go to
 
https://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/advice/advice-and-information/wsi/watch-schemes-initiatives/neighbourhood-watch/
 
Or
 
https://www.ourwatch.org.uk/
 
Simply enter your postcode and join.
 
Alternatively, you could start a Scheme yourself, in your own street. Just sign in, register and map your area, or contact the Scheme Administrator for Maidenhead,  John Diack at johndiack@hotmail.com

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

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