This message is dated Monday 21st June 2021 - Windsor
Alert message sent 21/06/2021 11:54:00
Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police
A GOOD WEEKEND
NO CARS BROKEN INTO – 2 ENTERED BY UNKNOWN MEANS !!!!
FIRST: A FRAUD TELEPHONE CALL TO BE AWARE OF:
On 17th June a resident received a call from someone called David, who said he was from the fraud department at their bank. He explained that they believed fraudulent Direct Debits had been set up on their account to withdraw money. One was for a dentist, the other for an Insurance company.
‘David’ then started to ask for all sorts of personal information and the resident became suspicious. To prove the call was genuine, he said he would call back and the number would show on her phone and she could check it against the security number on her debit card.
He did this and the number did correspond to the debit card.
The resident was still suspicious and refused to give the personal information, so ‘David’ said he would send a ‘code’ to use with their online banking, so that they could book an appointment at the bank.
The resident agreed to do this. ‘David’ sent a ‘code’ which was supposedly used to book an appointment, but it did not apparently work, so he sent another, which also did not appear to work. A third was sent and as the resident became more and more suspicious, they clicked into the message shown on screen and it explained that these were authorisation codes to make payments from the account.
At that point, the resident realised they had been scammed and confronted ‘David’, who immediately hung up.
The resident then phoned the bank directly and explained what had happened.
The bank explained that there were no fraudulent Direct debits set up, but there were two payments authorised to be sent from their account, to a prisoner in a London prison !
The payments were stopped and an investigation is under way.
I have included a lot of information to explain how detailed these frauds are and how much work has gone into setting them up – even down to sending a fake phone number to appear on the recipients call screen, to convince them it is genuine.
SO – with this much work put in to set these scams up – this will not be an isolated call, but one of hundreds, working from a script. The call will more than likely come from a call centre, not the prison – even though the payment is made to a prison. If you get a call like this – you will be aware instantly that it is a scam – STOP – BREATHE – THINK – PUT THE PHONE DOWN
Call your bank from a number you have, not one they give you, to make sure everything is in order.
18/6 9 a.m. / 5.30 p.m. Peascod Street. Car keyed and wing mirror pushed in. Ref. No: 43210268923
19/6 1.20 p.m. Bowes Lyons Close. 2 nails pushed into the tyre of a mobility scooter. Ref. No: 43210269538
ETON & ETON WICK:
19/6 -20/6 Saturday 11.30 p.m. / Sunday 10 a.m. Stonebridge Field, Eton. CAR ENTERED BY UNKNOWN MEANS – car searched and wallet stolen. Ref. No: 43210270780
19/6 – 20/6 Saturday 2.30 p.m. / Sunday 9.30 a.m. CAR ENTERED BY UNKNOWN MEANS – car entered and searched – nothing stolen. Ref. No: 43210270979
email@example.com CLEWER, DEDWORTH & OAKLEY GREEN:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
CLEWER EAST & PARK:
18/6 Friday 5.30 p.m. / 8 40 p.m. Knights Place, St Leonard’s Road. Two bike tyres stolen. The owner walked around the block and located one of the tyres. Ref. No: 43210268615
firstname.lastname@example.org DATCHET, HORTON & WRAYSBURY:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
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NEWS UPDATE FROM NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH
Hi, I am Valerie Pike, Chair of Windsor & Ascot NHW Association. The Association was formed in September 2019 and our objective was simply to help residents. In setting up the Association, we asked
How can each of us
· help to make our community safer?
· improve its spirit and neighbourliness?
· help the Police to reduce local crime?
· make our own home security better?
Starting up a Neighbourhood Watch scheme in your street is easy, and it’s free. Police statistics show that a Neighbourhood Watch scheme significantly reduces the probability of your house being burgled.
Neighbourhood Watch is about neighbourliness and making our communities and homes safer. It’s about being friendly and caring, and watching out for the elderly and vulnerable too.
Members of Neighbourhood Watch are assisted in a number of ways, including having free home security surveys conducted by a local PCSO, to identify any areas in which security can be improved, and to advise on optimum ways to safeguard against crime and improve personal and household security
But most of all Neighbourhood Watch is about helping the Police to keep us safe. They need the support of people who care. If that’s you - join us now!
Please contact us on email@example.com and we will be delighted to assist.