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This message is dated Friday 12th October 2018 - Ascot

Alert message sent 12/10/2018 15:34:00

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This message is dated Friday 12th October 2018 for Windsor.

 

 

NEXT: From Greg Nelson in Trading Standards:

 

Hi Jeff

 

We are aware that some RBWM residents, have received fraudulent calls regarding Council Tax, from a company claiming to be working on behalf of the Council.

 

Could you please put out an Alert, saying that if anyone receives a call claiming to be from the Royal Borough regarding Council Tax, you can ensure it’s from us, by saying you will call them back via the RBWM switchboard, then put the phone down.  If you do want to check with the Council, the number is 01628 683800

 

Residents should never make any payments, or give out any personal information to telephone callers, without being certain you know who you are speaking to. If in any doubt, just end the call.

 

If you think you have been affected by this, or if you have made a payment, you should contact the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 04 05 06.

 

They will provide the information that you need.  All information provided to them, is passed on to Trading Standards for them to investigate

 

Thanks & regards

 

Greg Nelson

Trading Standards & Licensing Lead

 

Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead

Trading Standards & Licensing

 

Thanks Greg.

 

 

A week or so ago, I mentioned a case of an elderly woman, who was called in by her bank about unusual expenditure on her account.  She had over several years, received cold calls on her phone about her security and agreed to have alarms installed and then been paying for increased monitoring charges.

 

Her details were passed to Honor Ryan at Trading Standards, who has done an enormous amount to sort this all out.  She has sent me this report to update everyone - as a warning !

 

Hi Jeff,

 

As a result of one unsolicited phone call, followed by a high pressure sales visit in the home (lasting 2 hours!), the resident, 81yrs at the time, signed up to a 5 year contract at £39.99 pcm, for an alarm system that she had not required.

The company, then proceeded to take other payments over the years, for guarantee covers and upgrades (also none of which she needed).  12 months into the initial contract, the company then persuaded the lady to extend her contract, for an additional 5 years - so 10 years in total, at £39.99pcm, taking her well into her 90s.

The total amount spent to date is £2,134.44 !  Trading Standards, are now involved in ensuring that the contract is cancelled with immediate effect and through assisting this lady, have discovered that she is also the victim of other common scams, such as roof insulation (£1200), telephone call blocking services (£159), and doorstep traders doing her garden for cash in hand (£80 each time).

 

This type of crime is happening to people in their own homes and going undetected, for years.

 

This lady does not have any immediate family or close friends to look out for her – please read this and consider whether you have a vulnerable relative, who may have signed up to such deals and may have regular amounts coming out of their bank accounts.

 

I am always available to help in cases of cold calling doorstep selling.

 

Honor

 

Thanks you Honor.  In this case, after the first cold call, they came and fitted the alarms the next day.  She will have had 14 days to have cancelled this and get the alarms removed, but she would not have known this !

 

This sounds like a perfect case of a ‘Call Blocker’ phone.  These are easily and cheaply available and just plug into your phone socket.  You enter phone numbers into the database, which are accepted - doctors, hospitals, banks, neighbours, friends and family.  Only those callers with a number in the database get through immediately.

 

Anyone not on that list, receives an automated message that all calls to that number are monitored, please leave your name.  The owner then gets a call to say that X is on the line, will they accept the call.  They can press one button to say yes and add that number to the list of acceptable callers, or no - in which case that number is blocked and will never get through again.

 

It is a very simple device and at my meetings, everyone who has one, says they are brilliant and cuts out all unwanted callers.

 

CRIME:

WINDSOR:

CENTRAL WINDSOR:

centralwindsorneighbourhoodteam@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk

12/10  Friday  4.30 a.m. / 4.45 a.m.  Albert Street.  Car driver’s window smashed.  A large sum of cash stolen from the centre console.

11/10  Thursday 5.10 p.m. / 8.40 p.m.  X 2.  1.  River Way / Barry Avenue. Car rear windscreen smashed laptop bag and LAPTOP stolen from the boot.  2.  Car rear Windscreen smashed - 3, LAPTOPS stolen from the boot.

11/10 - 12/10  Thursday 6.20 p.m. / Friday 0.30 a.m.  Riverside Station Car Park.  Locked up bike in a bike rack stolen. 

 

ETON & ETON WICK:

NO CRIME TO REPORT.

 

WINDSOR WEST

windsorwestnhpt@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk

CLEWER, DEDWORTH & OAKLEY GREEN:

NO CRIME TO REPORT.

 

CLEWER EAST & PARK:

NO CRIME TO REPORT.

 

WINDSOR EAST

windsoreastnhpt@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk

DATCHET, HORTON & WRAYSBURY:

10/10  Wednesday 10.10 a.m.  Staines Road, Datchet.  Police were out on patrol when car passed them in a suspicious manner and then drove off to avoid capture.  An area search was carried out and the car located.  The driver said they were out looking for scrap metal.  In the boot, the police found various items which could be used for break-ins.  The 2 men were arrested on suspicion of ‘Going Equipped’.

 

OLD WINDSOR:

100/10  Wednesday 4.50 p.m. / 5.05 p.m.  School, Priest Hill.  Car passenger window smashed - HANDBAG AND CONTENTS STOLEN.

 

 

I am afraid the PEC are slow to answer at the moment - hence my recommendation that you let us know using the online reporting system:

 

https://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/

 

 

 

 

Eyes, ears.....and Brain

 

Jeff

Jeffrey.pick@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk

 

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