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this message is dated Wednesday 8th January 2020 - Ascot

Alert message sent 08/01/2020 15:05:00

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This message is dated Wednesday 8th January 2020 for Ascot.
The aggrieved received a telephone  call at 11 a.m. on Monday 6th January.  The caller said his name was Alexander, but gave no other details.  He said he was phoning because someone at his bank was stealing money from the aggrieved’s account.  The aggrieved was really worried.  ‘Alexander’, gave him the sort code and account number of a safe account and said he should transfer the balance of his account - £9,000 - into that account.  The aggrieved said he would do it the next day.
‘Alexander’, phoned again on Tuesday 7th at 10 a.m. to see if the funds had been transferred.
The aggrieved said he was going to the bank at 11.30 a.m.  ‘Alexander’ asked the aggrieved to phone him as he was going into the bank, so that he could listen into any conversations.  He also asked for a description of the aggrieved, so that he could watch him on the bank’s CCTV.
The aggrieved went to the bank and transferred the funds, without question !
After he came out he confirmed the transfer had gone through and ‘Alexander’ terminated the call.
The aggrieved then started to become suspicious and went back into the bank to ask some questions.  The bank then phoned the police.
The bank traced the account to Birmingham.  It appeared that bank account had been used for several suspicious transactions and the police will follow up the address connected to that account.
It will take the bank 15 days to see if they can recover the funds !!
It was that simple.  The aggrieved was so worried and concerned by what he was being told, he didn’t even ask who Alexander was !
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NEXT - Cold Callers:
Preventing doorstep crime
Doorstep crime can include rogue traders offering home improvement
or gardening services, or bogus callers who claim to be the council, police,
health carers or energy companies.
What should I look out for?
Rogue traders
• May say they are in the area and have spotted a problem with your home or garden.
• May claim to have materials left over from another job, like paving or tarmac.
• May try to pressurise you to buy goods or sign up for services on the spot.
• May offer to carry out work cheaply, but charge an extortionate price after it has been completed.
• May offer to drive you to a bank so you can withdraw money to pay them.
• Provide false names, addresses or telephone numbers.
• A pedlar is someone who calls at your door to sell items that they have on offer. This can often include cleaning or household goods.
• By law, they are required to carry a pedlar’s certificate, which are issued by the police force in the area where they live.
Bogus callers
• May claim to be working for the council, water, gas or electric company. They could also say they are a nurse, doctor or from the police.
• May say they need to come into your home, or try to get you to go outside.
• May try to distract you so they can steal your money.
• Can be male, female or even children.
Tips to keep you safe
• If you are not sure who is at the door, don’t open it.
• Check the identity of any caller. Confirm who they are by calling the company they work for using number from the telephone directory or a bill.
• Ask a neighbour to come around to check them before you open the door.
• Tell them to come back at a time when someone will be at home with you.
• Keep doors and windows locked and use the door chain every time you answer the door.
A proper leaflet - DON’T OPEN THE DOOR - is available at:
There is also a very useful Members Guide there as well !


6/1  Monday 10 p.m.  Hospital car park.  Car park parking coin box stolen.
5/1 - 6/1  Sunday 4 p.m. / Monday 7.40 a.m.  Kinross Avenue  CAR ENTERED BY UNKNOWN MEANS - searched, but anything stolen.  The aggrieved is a repeat victim and was sure they locked their car.
7/1  Tuesday 6.30 p.m.  Pub Car park, Cheapside Road.  Car rear windscreen and rear passenger window smashed Macbook Pro and iPad Pro stolen.
7/1  Tuesday 8 a.m. / 6.40 p.m.  Vernon Drive.  Burglary.  Access via forced side door.  Untidy search of the whole house.  A Kate Spade handbag and engagement ring stolen.
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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“The Windsor & Ascot Neighbourhood Watch Association‘s aim is to encourage participation in NHW in the Windsor & Ascot parish areas, with a particular focus on increasing safety for residents, preventing scams, fraud and cybercrime, and assisting our elderly and vulnerable neighbours.
The Neighbourhood Policing Team areas covered by the W&A NHW Association are: Windsor Central (Windsor Inner, Eton & Eton Wick), Windsor West (The Clewers, Dedworth, Oakley Green), Windsor East (Old Windsor, Datchet, Horton, Wraysbury) and Ascot (Ascot, Sunningdale and Sunninghill).
The Association also has a Facebook page: which you can Like and Follow to keep track of local NHW news.
Residents of these areas are encouraged to join the Windsor & Ascot NHW Association by signing up on, using their postcodes to find the most appropriate NHW scheme to become a member of. 
For more information please contact the Multi-Scheme Administrator for Windsor & Ascot
NHW, Paul Ghent at”
Message sent by
Jeffrey Pick (Police, Community Engagement & Resilience Officer, Windsor & Maidenhead LPA)

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