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This message is dated Wednesday 4th March 2020 - Ascot

Alert message sent 04/03/2020 15:12:00

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This message is dated Wednesday 4th March 2020 for Ascot.
We are pushing video doorbells at the moment, as we are receiving brilliant footage from people who have them.  I put out a week or so ago, about a resident asleep in bed, who was woken up by a message from their video doorbell, with footage of someone in their rear garden.  They could shout out through the doorbell camera, to ‘get out of the garden’, which the person did immediately.  In a potential burglary in Datchet, the family were at home, when the camera alerted them, to the fact that a car had reversed onto their driveway.  They were again able to shout at the men, who immediately made off.  As a ‘Crime Prevention Tool’, this proactive active protection approach, appears to be a leap forward, from traditional CCTV, which simply passively records 24 hours a day.  It is also a fraction the cost !
FIRST - A potential possible Fraud or Scam.
A resident went to their bank to transfer £15,000 to an unsecured offshore account.  The bank were suspicious and instigated the ‘Banking Protocol’.
The resident is elderly and revealed that he had received a phone call from a financial advisor, who explained the benefits and fast returns, of investing in Bit Coin.  Without any further investigation, the resident had transferred £50,000 to the ‘advisor’.  He has now received another phone call from the overseas advisor, that his investment had increased to £92,000.
The Advisor was leaving the company he worked for and was setting up on his own and asked the resident if he would like to move with him, in which case the £92,000, would have to be transferred to a new account.  In order to do that, the resident would have to send another £15,000 to facilitate that - and that was why they were at the bank to transfer those funds.
The bank after initiating the Banking Protocol, explained that without further investigation of the investment company, that would be unwise.
The resident was of the view that the risk of losing the money to a scammer was worth it, if he had in fact increased his initial investment to £92,000 and insisted the bank proceed with the transfer.  He could not be persuaded that this was possibly a scam and needed further investigation before proceeding.
The resident was unwilling to do that and insisted the transfer take place immediately.  After consultation, the bank felt there was a strong likelihood that this was a scam from what they had been told by the resident and suspended the account temporarily, pending further investigation.
The bank hopes everything is OK and that the resident has not already lost £50,000, but can everyone be aware, THESE SCAMMERS ARE REALLY GOOD AT WHAT THEY DO AND ARE REALLY CONVINCING.
If an investment seems too good to be true, it probably is and will need a full investigation of the investment company- particularly if it is abroad - before sending any money !!  This potential victim, has sufficient funds on hand and is mentally fully competent and willing to take the risk !
NEXT: Something to be aware of:
2/3  Monday 11.45 a.m.  Supermarket, Maidenhead.  A woman was walking along when she was approached by 2 men.  They asked her to pick up an envelope from the floor for them, as they could not bend down.  She did so.  Later she found her purse was missing.
NEXT: a reminder from the Windsor Lions with a date for your diary:
1 in 8 men will get Prostate Cancer - a simple blood test, could save your life.
Windsor Lions, one of the leading local community services group have just announced their 4th Prostate Cancer Awareness Event is open for booking with a brand-new online system that allows men to book an appointment online to minimise waiting times.
The event will take place between 4pm and 8pm at Windsor Racecourse on Thursday 23rd April.  It targets men over 40 and invites them to come along to have a simple blood test to measure their PSA level.  A raised reading can be an early sign of Prostate Cancer or related problems.
At the last three events the Lions have tested nearly 2000 men in total and almost 150 have needed follow up investigations for previously undetected symptoms.
Talking about the day, organiser Diane Purchase said ‘This is a major event in our calendar and important for men’s health as there is no national screening programme for Prostate Cancer.  We are doubly excited this year to have great financial support from Savills Estate Agents in Windsor and the Shanly Foundation coupled with the launch of a new online booking system. We ask everyone to book in advance and bring the booking form with them on the day. This will reduce waiting times and make the whole process more efficient.  Results will also be given electronically and much more quickly’
The system is up and running and can be found on Windsor Lions Website – go to and click on ‘Prostate Check’ in the diary section on the home page.
 For more information call 07973 884648
Diane Purchase


3/3 - 4/3  Tuesday 11.30 p.m. / Wednesday 7.30 a.m.  Cheapside Road.  Garage break.  Door forced.  Valuable fishing equipment stolen. 

FIRST:  From Mark:
Hi Jeff,

I've been the unsuccessful target of a ‘phishing’ scam that I've not seen before.
It purports to be from ‘Euro Lottery’ about an unclaimed prize.
Needless to say, I rarely do the Euro Lottery and so it's extremely unlikely that I have an unclaimed prize !
I didn't open the mail, as I didn't want to be exposed to any threat and I transferred it directly to junk mail and flagged it as phishing, so I can provide no more details on its content.
Exactly the right thing to do - BIN THEM
NEXT: From Gillian
Dear Jeffrey,

I received an e-mail earlier in the week from HMRC. I knew it had to be a scam, since I have never contacted HMRC and all the signs were there (hotmail address etc.).
I must admit that I did read it twice, before deciding it was.
I hope that less savvy people don't get tempted, it DOES look convincing. I have also forwarded it to Action Fraud.
Thank you,
The email is not addressed to anyone and thanks them for making contact with HMRC to claim a refund of GBP 515.44.  It then askes the recipient to complete and return the money claim form, using the LINK  !!!
NEXT: From Hazel:
Hi Jeffrey,

One for your collection from EE.
Apparently EE was unable to collect this months payment.  To make sure they have the correct bank details - click on the Link and re-enter all the correct bank details etc !!!
I didn’t as I'm not with EE.
Well done Hazel
AND: From Alan:

Hi Jeff,
I’m forwarding this e-mail to you more for amusement, than anything else.
It might just be the worst phishing e-mail I’ve ever seen !
So, wrong TV licence price, wrong renewal date, wrong e-mail address (my old moribund one) and from “”.  So, nothing suspicious there then!
Feel free to share.
The email says that his TV Licence has expired etc.…….To renew ….Click on the LINK !!!
Thanks Alan
There have been hundreds of these !  If there are that many going out – it must be working !!!

NEXT:  From Chris
Hi Jeff,

Another example of current scam for you to be aware of Jeff
Kind regards
This one relates to a ‘Service Agreement’ supplied with all Microsoft products.  For more information as to what is included - CLICK ON THE LINK

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The Windsor & Ascot NHW Association is making great strides in reactivating and expanding Neighbourhood Watch within the various parishes of Windsor & Ascot. Its Facebook page (@WindsorAscotNHW) has achieved a reach of over 24,000 people in the past month alone, and is receiving multiple enquiries from interested residents. In just the last few months ten new NHW schemes have been set up with active Coordinators, and residents within those scheme areas can now benefit from the new initiatives being introduced by Neighbourhood Watch and Thames Valley Police.

One such initiative is the introduction of free home security surveys conducted by a local PCSO, who will assess the security of your property for any potential vulnerability, and will make recommendations on what you can do to improve your safety and security. They will also offer very useful security items such as a variety of alarms, handbag bells and cables, fake TVs, etc., all of which are available, at no cost, courtesy of Thames Valley Police for those who cannot afford to purchase their own. They can further refer you to NHW for the supply and installation of additional security items such as door chains, magnified spy holes, etc., also at no cost to those who can’t afford them. 
If you are interested in a free home security survey please join your nearest NHW scheme via by entering your postcode, and if there is not a scheme in your area you can set one up very easily. Then you can submit a request for a survey to

For any questions relating to Neighbourhood Watch please contact the Windsor & Ascot
NHW Association at
Message sent by
Jeffrey Pick (Police, Community Engagement & Resilience Officer, Windsor & Maidenhead LPA)

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