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This message is dated Monday 20th January 2020 - Ascot

Alert message sent 20/01/2020 14:56:00

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This message is dated Monday 20th January 2020 for Ascot.
A local resident - neither elderly, nor vulnerable - received a call supposedly, from the Fraud Department at her Bank.
They explained that there was fraud going on within her branch of the bank and they would like her help, to find out who the culprit was.
They persuaded her, to part with all her banking information and found out how much she had - her life savings - £5,000.  They asked her top transfer that to a safe account and they would monitor the transfer, to see if the person at the bank interfered in any way with it.
As that was all she had ……….. They then persuaded her, to apply for a bank loan of £11,000.  They explained over the phone how to do this online and then took her through each part of the online application, telling her what to put in the various boxes, so that the loan would be approved.
The online loan, was immediately approved and £11,000 was credited to her account, which at that moment - showed a zero balance !
The scammers immediately removed £10,000.  They explained that the £5,000, would cover the staff fees for the bank, investigating Fraud.
As the transfers were being completed, the victim’s granddaughter walked in and asked what was going on.  When she heard, she immediately said it was a scam and called the police.  PCSO Tara Harris, went to see the victim and granddaughter and take the police report.  She immediately took them to the bank, to find out exactly what had occurred.
The bank were extremely apologetic and immediately cancelled and wrote off the £11,000 loan.  They are hopeful they can trace the £5,000, but won’t know for between 15 / 31 days.
The victim was persuaded that she was helping the Fraud Department at her bank.  She says they were really convincing.  When they found out how little she had in the bank, they were prepared with the online loan information and must have had a copy of the online form in front of them, as they took her through every part, telling her what to put in the boxes, most of which was completely fraudulent re work and income, in order to have the loan approved.
The Met Pol have produced this video:

It is really good and explains everything.
There are still people falling for these scams every day, so we are obviously not spreading the awareness message far and wide enough.  It is up to those of us that know, to help and support our neighbours, work colleagues, friends and relatives !!
NEXT - RE SCAMS: I have just had this in from Steve Birt, who is on Exec Committee of the Windsor & Ascot NHW Association:
Hi Jeff
I hope you’re well?
I was just wondering if this is a new take on scam calls?
I had this call this morning and have posted it on our NHW Facebook page.
Has anyone else received a call from a Bristol number, saying do you need your carpets cleaned ~ if so Press 1 ?
Watch out as it may be a new type of Scam!!
I haven’t heard about this one.  Often if you press 1, it takes to a premium rate answerphone message, which goes on for some time !!
The Borough’s online newsletter has just come out:
Take part in our children's and youth centre consultation 
We want to hear your views on our plans to transform early help services into integrated, one-stop family hubs.
The proposals could see local resources refocussed to support our most vulnerable children, young people and families, helping to reduce the need for statutory intervention.
If approved, the plans will see services being run by children's centres, youth centres, parenting service, health visitors, school nurses and the family resilience service bought together into one stop "family hubs" so that residents accessing this support can get all the help they need in one place. The hubs will provide services to children aged between 0-19 and up to 25 years for young people with a learning difficulty or disability.
The proposed model focusses on using high footfall centres more intensively and responsive outreach work to replace the reliance on a static and inflexible timetable led programme, allowing our resources to keep pace with the needs of our most vulnerable residents. 
The consultation is available online or you can attend a variety of consultation sessions in children centres - click here for more information.
Free NHS health checks
If you are aged between 40 and 74, an NHS Health Check is available free of charge from your local GP. 
The 20-minute appointment can help lower your risk of developing type-2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke and kidney disease. Through simple lifestyle changes, such as diet and physical activity, you can lower your risk of developing serious health problems. 
Call your GP surgery to book a health check today and enjoy a healthier life for longer.
To register to get these online updates:
Keeping in touch

Keep up to date with news and information from across the borough by following us on Twitter and Facebook.
Our recent press releases are also on the website.
Other accounts you may be interested in:
Royal Windsor Information Centre tourism web page.  
Enjoy Maidenhead web page and Facebook.
Libraries on Facebook and Twitter.
Children's centres on Facebook.
Borough Leisure Centre web pages.
Communications Team
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Town Hall
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T: 01628 683800

20/1  Monday 4.15 a.m.  Lambourne Drive.  Shed break.  Offender possibly climbed over a fence to access the garden.  They then opened the unlocked door of the shed, when the Video doorbell alarm sounded, and they made off, jumping the fence into the next door garden.  Described as about 25, 5’6’’, slim build, wearing a dark blue hoody, dark tracksuit bottoms with a backpack.  ANOTHER SUCCESS FOR VIDEO DOORBELLS.  I knew they video continually, not just when the doorbell is pressed or the beam broken and that they record not only video but sound - so that you can tell someone on the doorstep what to do with packages - or visitors to wait - but now we know you can also cause them to emit a siren and alarm - another reason to get one. !  If you don’t have wifi, there are also versions you can buy, but they need hard wiring.
16/1 - 17/1  Thursday 11 a.m. / Friday 9 a.m.  Agincourt Place.  Garage break.  The owner was working on their motorbike and forgot to lock their garage.  When the aggrieved left for work the next morning, they noticed the garage door slightly open.  They closed it thinking no more about it.  later they found a new impact driver and a set of golf club clubs 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”

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

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