This message is dated Wednesday 6th January 2021 - Maidenhead
Alert message sent 06/01/2021 17:01:00
Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police
FIRST: WE HAD A CASE OF 2 MEN PURPORTING TO BE POLICE OFFICERS IN DEDWORTH:
5/1 Tuesday 6.15 p.m. Washington Drive. A care worker visited a client, who recounted how earlier in the day, he had been visited by 2 men, saying they were police officers. They said his wallet had been handed in to the police station and it contains a large amount of cash. If he would let them have his bank details, they will arrange for the money to be paid into his account. Ref. No: 43210005569There are no further details at this time. Can everyone be on their guard and warn any elderly of vulnerable neighbours / relatives. THE POLICE WILL NEVER DO THIS !
NEXT:- A ROMANCE SCAM IN MAIDENHEAD
6/1 Wednesday. The police received a distraught call from a woman, saying a man she had met online had been kidnapped in Yemen and needed help. She had sent out a large amount of cash out to free him, but she was still really concerned. The police carried out checks and have confirmed, it was a Romance Scam and the man was not at any risk. Please be on your guard from this type of fraud !!
NEXT:-I have had a request from ‘The DASH Charity’ to publicise their work in the field of Domestic Abuse.
They really support victims in total confidence, with advice, both personal and legal, assisting them in any way needed – even if it is just someone to talk to.
They also support businesses:
£1.9 Billion, is the cost of Domestic Abuse to UK businesses
2 – 3 years is the average time it takes for a victim to get te help they need
The DASH Charity, offers online training for organisations to help spot the signs of Domestic Abuse, provide the appropriate response to disclosures, to understand the impact of Domestic Abuse in the workplace.
If you are a victim of Domestic abuse, you can rely on their total confidence, if you wish to discuss any issues you have – email: email@example.com
Chief Executive Officer
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 - www.crimestoppers-uk.org
4/1 – 5/1 Monday 10 p.m. / Tuesday 9 a.m. Derwent Drive. Red Audi A4 S Estate, index RE ** XXJ stolen from outside a house. Ref. No: 43210004648
RIVERSIDE & BELMONT:
5/1 Tuesday 12.15 p.m. Ray Mead Road. A delivery driver was delivering a parcel and left the white Ford Transit index AM ** XUE - unlocked, the key in the ignition and the engine running. When they returned, the van was gone. Ref. No: 43210004955. If anyone has any video doorbell footage from the area with anything suspicious – please forward it to the SR email above quoting the re. No.
SR.firstname.lastname@example.org BISHAM, COOKHAM, HURLEY, THE WALTHAMS, LITTLEWICK GREEN & KNOWL HILL:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
PINKNEYS GREEN & FURZE PLATT:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
SR.email@example.com BOYN HILL, COX GREEN & WOODLANDS PARK:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
OLDFIELD, BRAY & HOLYPORT:
6/1 Wednesday 2.05 p.m. Church Road, Bray. Several number plates seen down a drain near the church. As yet, indexes unknown. Ref. No: 43210006560
FIRST: Delivery scams:
There's an email I was sent purporting to be from Royal Mail saying they had an incomplete address for a parcel they were trying to deliver.
Firstly, how would they have my email address and:
Secondly the reference number was invalid
As I suspected a scam, I went on the actual Royal Mail website, which showed the delivery number was made up !
AND from another member, who screenshot the text, in order to send it to me and get through our police virus protection:
The text is from – apparently – the Royal Mail, including the correct logo at the head of the message.
It then goes on – Due to a lack of a complete address, we have been unable to deliver your parcel. Please click on the link and complete the relevant details, so that we can re-deliver.
If we do not receive this information by return, we will return the parcel to the sender.
Fees will be payable for re-delivery. Please complete your bank details, when clicking on the Link.
Many thanks Fiona and other members who have sent texts and emails to me. As the shops have been closed, people have ordered large numbers of packages online – which will need to be delivered. We have then seen a huge number of scam delivery emails / texts etc. If you have ordered something online, they usually send you a delivery number, so that you can track delivery. Make a note of these reference numbers and keep them to hand in case you get one of these calls !!
AND – THERE IS NEVER A CHARGE FROM ROYAL MAIL FOR A RE-DELIVERY.
AS ALWAYS – BREATHE, THINK AND TAKE A MOMENT BEFORE RESPONDING
NEXT AN APPLE SCAM:
Another e-mail scam I received today that I have not been aware of before- pretending to be from Apple with an invoice attached for $27.
To cancel it, within one day, I must click on the "cancel and manage subscription" button - which asks for e-mail and password to sign in !
It was obviously not from Apple, so I sent a copy to Apple’s phishing department.
Exactly the right thing to do.
BREATHE – TAKE A MOMENT TO THINK BEFORE RESPONDING
NEXT: the old scam letters from Hong Kong are back !
I have received a letter from a bank in Hong Kong. Apparently someone there with a name similar to mine, has died, leaving millions on deposit in a bank account.
If I send them my full personal and bank details they will share it with me.
Needless to say - we binned it !!!
A hit rate of 1%, if 100,000 letters are sent will be a good return. When we first saw these some years ago, we thought because they were franked, we could find out from the post office who was sending them ! They told us – the franks wee faked and just printed on the fake envelopes !!!
BIN IT – DON’T LET IT BE YOU !
FINALLY:-- From Vera:
If we get a scam email who should we report it to ?
I just delete them, but they should be stopped !
A really good question. Each of the organisations which are targeted by mass scams, such as the banks, Amazon, Royal Mail – all have scam reporting contact details on their websites. They are really grateful if you forward scams to them, as they can then follow them up, to try and prevent them.
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.