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This message is dated Friday 20th August 2021 - Windsor

Alert message sent 20/08/2021 12:54:00

Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police

FIRST:  A strange scam case – but it can easily happen.
The victim is vulnerable and thinks he is therefore an easy target.

To manage stress, he tried to order a ‘weed vape’. He linked up with an American online who grows and sells it. The man, asked him if he wanted a really good quality ‘vape’ and the aggrieved said yes.

The man said he couldn't sell only one and that it would have to be 2. The aggrieved transferred about £300.   The man said in order for it to be delivered more quickly, he would have to supply 4 vapes instead of 2.  The aggrieved then transferred another £200-£300.

The male then told him that there would be a clearance fee of £200, which the aggrieved transferred.

There was then a call from someone saying they were the manager of the shipping service, who said the parcel had been confiscated and a fee of £400 had to be paid to clear the item.  The aggrieved transferred the money.

Once the money had been paid the ‘shipping manager’ phoned back to say he wasn't sure what to do with aggrieved’s parcel.

The aggrieved said he didn't want anything else to do with it, because of all the money he had transferred.  The shipping manager kept emailing, saying he really wanted caller to have his parcel, so the aggrieved then transferred about another £300.

The shipping manager then said he had organised an agent to deliver the parcel, but the agent was saying that he didn't have any money to get from Manchester to London to deliver it could the aggrieved send yet another £200 and asked caller for £200.  The aggrieved sent him £40.

The next morning the aggrieved received several emails, saying the parcel had been confiscated by UK Drug Law.  The emails were threatening saying that if he didn't reply within 20 minutes, they would send an agent to his home.

The Manager of the shipping service then phoned to say that he could make this whole mess go away, if caller paid him £1500 as he knows people on the inside who would talk to the police - caller did not pay any further money.

The aggrieved now believes none of this was genuine and is sure he has been scammed. He has sent in excess of £1500 to these people via PayPal

Scams take many forms and we all need to be on our guard.  If something sounds dodgy – rely on your instincts – they are there for a purpose and to protect you.  Your brain receives many more messages and information that our eyes see and ears hear !

NEXT: Received from Danielle Lane, from ABRI

Hi Jeff


Would it be possible for you to post the attached two leaflets onto the Thames Valley Alert please ?
They relate to a ‘Job Club’ and a ‘Start Your Own Business’ course now available.

The Job Club will meet every Wednesday 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. in the Pump Room, Sawyers Close, Windsor SL4 5HW and the meetings will start on 8th September.

The ‘Turning an Idea into a Business’, is in the form of an online ‘Webinar’.  That is a video course you log into and watch.  You will have to download ‘Microsoft Teams’ onto your computer to do that.
They are on:
Wednesday 1/9 & Friday 3/9 for Session 1 to 3 – 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.
Wednesday 8/9 for session 4 – 9.30 a.m. – 12.30 p.m.  There is a lot of after session support within this initiative.

For more details of both projects, just make contact with me.

Danielle Lane
Community Development Officer – 0800 432 0570

ABRI – Creating Communities.  Creating Lives
Tel:  01753 777421 – 0300 123 1 567
Mob:  07880 107 269


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.

Alternatively you can call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or email -

18/8 – 19/8  Wednesday 11 p.m. / Thursday 12 noon.  Oxford Road.  Several cars vandalised.  Ref. No:  43210372062
19/8  Thursday 11.30 p.m.  Athlone Square.  A witness reported two men attempting to steal a motorbike outside the property.  They were disturbed and made off on 2 E-Scooters.  Ref. No;  43210373049


18/8  Wednesday 9.15 p.m.  Dedworth Road.  Bike propped up outside a takeaway for a few minutes stolen.  The owner came out to see someone riding away on it.  Ref. No;  43210371199




19/8  Thursday 0.05 / 11 a.m.  Hotel Car Park, Burfield Road.  Catalytic converter stolen from a car.

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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Eyes, ears.....and Brain



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 and we will be delighted to assist.

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