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This message is dated Friday 7th February 2020 - Maidenhead

Alert message sent 07/02/2020 16:06:00

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This message is dated Friday 7th February 2020 for Maidenhead.
FIRST:  Another disabled parking scam - this time in the High Street.  A visually impaired driver approached the road with the new parking meters.  A man came up saying he was one of the new parking attendants and the aggrieved needed to pay using his bank card.  He guided the aggrieved to the machine and asked him to insert his bank card.  After doing that, he fake attendant told him that he had to say his PIN number to the machine.  He then said it had not worked and that his card had been retained.  Did he have another card ?  The aggrieved gave him a second card and spoke his PIN number to the machine.  The fake attendant, then said that card had also been retained..  Would he mind waiting there for 30 minutes, until the next attendant arrived, who would be able to retrieve the cards.
The fake attendant then retrieved the cards and made several attempts to make withdrawals, but they were declined.
Please be on your guard - this is the second disabled driver targeted by a parking scam.

I put out last week details of Honor Ryan’s (from the Trading Standards Scambuster Group) appearances on local Radio.ITV news has now highlighted the work of Trading Standards to combat cyber crime and there is a photo of Honor online - so that you can put a face to a name !
ALSO, this came in from Honor:
Hello Jeff
Something for your alert from the national consumer service which provides immediate civil advice. 
All calls are then shared to relevant local Trading Standards service as notifications (if civil) or referrals (if criminal).
There is also a new additional line which is specifically for reporting scams only.
Consumer Service - 0808 223 1133
Scams Action - 0808 250 5050  
5/2  Wednesday 12.40 p.m.  Nursery, North Town Moor.  3 youths seen in a disused Nursery smashing the green houses. with a pole and a witness could see smoke rising.  They shouted and the youths made off.
6/2  Thursday 3.30 p.m. / 4 p.m.  Market Street.  Car passenger window smashed - Disabled parking badge stolen.
5/2 - 6/2  Wednesday 10.30 p.m. / Thursday 7 a.m.  Blackamoor Lane.  CAR ENTERED BY UNKNOWN MEANS - the owner was sure it was locked - HANDBAG & PURSE and contents stolen.
6/2  Thursday 8 p.m.  Waltham Road, White Waltham.  Burglary.  A neighbour phoned the aggrieved to say his alarm was sounding.  They did a quick check and said no evidence of a break in.  In fact the front door had been forced.  Muddy footprints inside.  Untidy search.  Not yet known if anything stolen.
6/2  Thursday midnight / 6 a.m.  Theft of fuel from a HGV
7/2  Friday6.45 a.m.  Northumbria Avenue.  The owner left the house and found their number plates on the floor beside their car.
6/2  Thursday 8 a.m. / 8.30 a.m.  Harvest Hill Road.  Tyre punctured, while parked up.
5/2  Wednesday 8.20 p.m.  Farm, Paley Street.  Storage barn broken into for the second time in 3 months.  The owner was told the alarm was sounding.  When they approached the barn, they could see it had been broken into.  The back of the barn had been ripped open.  Tidy search electrical items stolen.  Chains cut, hacksaw and screwdriver left behind.
31/1 - 6/1  Friday / Thursday  Springfield Park.  Rear driver’s side window smashed. LAPTOP stolen from the rear of the car..  They pulled the rear seats forward to search the boot, but did not steal the golf clubs stored there.
FIRST: from Tony
Hi Jeff
Just had a recorded message saying there has been an unauthorised withdrawal of £600 from my Mastercard account and to counteract this - please press One.
New one on me, but I guess quite common.
This seems to me a current scam type.  As always the answer is:
NEXT: from Karen

She has received an email from Uber.  Could she please re-set her password - Please click on the link.
There are then 2 more links.  One for more information and assistance and another to give you more control over your account !!
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.
21/1 - 22/1  Tuesday 7 p.m. / Wednesday 8 a.m.  Desborough Crescent.  Car driver’s window smashed - untidy search inside  - loose change stolen.
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Jeffrey Pick (Police, Community Engagement & Resilience Officer, Windsor & Maidenhead LPA)

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