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This message is dated Friday 7th August 2020 - Maisdenhead

Alert message sent 07/08/2020 16:20:00

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This message is dated  August 2020 for Maidenhead.
Hi Jeff

Your note regarding Investment / Share scams, refers to reporting to the FSA (Financial Services Authority) but this organisation was split in 2012 into a successor regulator FCA (Financial Conduct Authority) and the Bank of England PRA.
So any reference should be to FCA.
I think the message is, nobody should be “cold calling“ you, as this is not permitted under FSM Act 2000 (Financial Services Market Act) so - if they do -  just put the telephone down.
Alternatively, you could simplify say-  ‘can I do this, when I only receive benefits’ ? - that usually works !
If you want to invest, seek out an authorised IFA (Independent Financial Advisor), or even your bank, to provide you with approved advice.  You will then have the protection, afforded by the FSCS (Financial Services Compensation Scheme), if you are mis-advised.
Anybody trying to offer you a regulated investment, - MUST - be an authorised firm with FCA registration and can either be a UK incorporated entity, or an EU passported firm, which would have a similar UK registration.
Before entering into any investment activity, the broker, or investment firm would undertake an assessment, to decide your attitude to risk i.e. low, medium or high and would then provide you with a terms of engagement letter and possibly a KFC (key facts document).
Without going through the above process, it is more than likely, somebody is trying to scam you so - Do Not even engage in any conversation.  You may give them personal information.
Remember the motto “if is something appears too good to be true it is”
Hope the above helps.
Best regards
Thanks Graham - this really helps.

A major event like Coronavirus can initiate new types of scam activity. You may have already seen reports of fraudulent activity, around the sale of face masks and hand sanitiser.   BE ON YOUR GUARD.

NEXT:  Hi Jeffrey
I hope you are well.  I would be very grateful if you could share the email below with your contact list across Windsor, Ascot and Maidenhead please.
Thank you so much.
Kind regards
Dear WAM Voluntary and Community Groups
We are very excited to share with you some of our FREE online training accessible in the comfort of your own homes and offices!  
This includes Advanced Zoom Training (Tuesday 11th August) and Keeping Vulnerable Adults and Children Safe - Safeguarding Training (Wednesday 11th August) for this coming month and Social Enterprise Training, Happiness Matters, Volunteer Management Training for September 2020.  The link to registering onto our training sessions is:
We will be organising more online training via zoom particularly from September onwards so please do register and book on as our WAM Get Involved training programme.  This will be shared across Slough, Windsor, Ascot and Maidenhead community and voluntary groups.  
All training is FREE and at no cost to WAM voluntary groups - however we do pay a good rate to our trainers, so if you are unable to attend, please do let us know, so that we can give your place to a reserved member.  
If you have any suggestions for training your voluntary group particularly requires please get in touch and we will see what we can arrange without any costs involved.  Equally if you are able to train others in specialist areas using zoom get in touch.  We want to ensure we support our WAM community trainers wherever possible.
I will be attending the zoom training myself (limited places left), so hope to see some of you next week! 
Looking forward to seeing more of you signing up in the near future.  
Kind Regards
Asma Aziz
WAM Gets Involved/Slough CVS
HMRC during an operation, saw the hand over of a white coloured Ford Transit.  8 men were arrested by HMRC following an operation and found to be in possession of illegally obtain cigarettes with non paid duty.
I have attached reference numbers to each crime report. If you live in the vicinity of any of the crimes mentioned and have CCTV or a video doorbell, can you please check the footage. If you have any that might be of interest to the police, can you please make contact with us, quoting reference number given.
I have added a new email address below.  The first email address is directly to your local Neighbourhood Team.  The second is to our investigation team.  Please use it to send any intelligence / video doorbell / CCTV footage you may have, which is relevant to any of the crimes lists below - quoting the reference number.
Alternatively you can call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or email -

5/8  Wednesday 7.40 p.m.  Cookham Road.  Car window left open.  Bank cards, cash and paperwork stolen from a wallet.  Ref. No:  43200242348
6/8  Thursday 10.15 p.m.  Groves Way & Bridge Avenue, Cookham.  A man walked down the road vandalising a large number of cars with a skateboard.  If you have video doorbell / CCTV footage it would be really useful.  Please send it to the SR email above quoting Ref. No:  432002343756
6/8  Thursday 5.10 a.m.  Farm, Marlow Road, Bisham.  Farm van stolen.  The owner was awoken by the sound of their van - index DE ** PNJ - being driven away.  A silver Toyota Hilux with a silver Ivor Williams, silver back was on the back.  Ref. No:  43200242674
6/8 - 7/8  Thursday8 p.m. / Friday 7 a.m.  Northumbria Road.  Someone has entered a rear garden, pulled up plants, overturned potted plants & ornaments and spread compost over the lawn.  Video footage would be useful.  Ref. No:  43200244009
6/8  Thursday 3 p.m.  Wessex Way.  A man was delivering to a local shop.  While he was doing so, a large amount of cigarettes was stolen from the rear.  Ref. No:  43200242348
7/8  Friday 11.40 a.m.  Bray Lake, Monkey Island Lane.  Car door lock forced.  Handbag and contents including a mobile phone & Sat Nav, stolen.  Ref. No:  43200244336
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 Maidenhead Police Area NHW Association continues to flourish and is making great strides in reactivating and expanding Neighbourhood Watch within the town and its surrounding areas. Many new schemes have been established over the past year and, thanks to a number of new active Coordinators and despite lockdown,  Neighbourhood Watch in Maidenhead has continued to be active during these past months and a number of new schemes have been started and others expanded.  Areas which may not have been fully covered in the past but now are, or are much improved, include:-   Calders Close, Grosvenor Drive, Ray Park Avenue, Somerford Close, Brampton Ct, In the Ray, Leighton Gardens, Camperdown, Addison Ct, Ray Mill Road East, The Pagoda, Grant Lane, Clappers Meadow, Boulters Ct, Boulters Lane, Boulters Gardens, Lower Cookham Road (A4094) (Between boulters lock and boulters carpark), Boulters Island, Horton Close, Waltham St Lawrence Parish, The Paddock, St Margaret’s Road, Lees Close,  and others.
Residents within these scheme areas can now benefit from the new initiatives being introduced by Neighbourhood Watch and Thames Valley Police.
To search for your nearest NHW scheme, or to set up a new scheme, visit and enter your postcode.
If you have any questions relating to Neighbourhood Watch please contact the Maidenhead Multi-Scheme Administrator, John Diack at

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

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