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This message is dated Friday 21st May 2021 - Ascot

Alert message sent 21/05/2021 10:51:00

Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police


FIRST: ANOTHER SEXTORTION CASE:

The aggrieved reported that he started a video chat with a woman online.  They then agreed to meet in a video offline chat room – ‘hangout’.  When he entered this chatroom, the female was completely naked. After a brief conversation, they both engaged in intimate activity.  Immediately after logging out, he received a messages stating that she had videoed their interaction and he needs to pay £300.  There was a link to an account to send the money.  He has not paid any money and so far there have been no repercussions.  Due to his embarrassment the aggrieved does not want to be seen by officers, as he doesn't want his family to know.

This is a perfect example of how this scam works.

PLEASE – PLEASE – PLEASE – DO NOT WRITE, SAY, TEXT OR DO ANYTHING ONLINE, YOU WOULD NOT WANT YOUR FAMILY, RELATIVES, NEIGJBOURS, FRIENDS, WORK COLLEAGUES – EMPLOYERS – TO SEE.  That will include everyone in your personal address book !

NEXT:  OUR CAMPAIGN TO PROMOTE VIDEO DOORBELLS.

I have received this link from Justin, who had two bay trees stolen from beside his front door;

He sent me these links, which he was happy to share with everyone.  This is how it happens !

https://drive.google.com/file/d/16qutzPX_upSOIwmA4YRns_7aUIEaje3I/view?usp=sharing

https://drive.google.com/file/d/198uCeEeHDNMtHUQc_aKWRrX_5SfA-nAk/view?usp=sharing


AND THE SAME EVENT IN FULL COLOUR:-

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1fXnWp-aF7FOwAEoBvFMuDznFnqPkmn7d/view?usp=sharing

This man may well have walked onto all sorts of people’s driveways in that area, looking for crime opportunities.  If you don’t have a video doorbell – thing about getting one.  If you have, check it regularly and send me any clips of suspicious activity, even if you have not actually been a victim of a crime..  Even if the images are blurred and the offender – as in this case covers his face with a hoody, our teams can often recognise an offender by their clothes, stature, walk, bearing or demeanour !

As I say, if you are not sure about the technology and need some advice, we have a volunteer NHW Video Doorbell IT Advisor !  To access the advisor, you can email the Chair of the Windsor & Ascot NHW Association Chair – Valerie Pike, using the NHW email at the very bottom of this message, or email me and I will forward your request to her.

NEXT:  FROM RBWM:

The Big Bike Revival

As part of Cycling UK’s Big Bike Revival, Maidenhead and Windsor Cycle Hubs are holding pop-up workshops to carry out free bike safety checks.

These drop-in sessions check and adjust crucial bike parts such as breaks, tyres, and gears.

The sessions are due to run from 8.30am – 4.30pm on:

Saturday 22 May at Desborough School in Maidenhead
Monday 23 May outside Maidenhead Town Hall

Email comms@cyclehub.org.uk to book.

More details are on the Cycle Hub UK Facebook page


CRIME:

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

ASCOT:
ascotgeographical@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
SR.windsor&maidenhead@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
SUNNINGDALE:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.

SUNNINGHILL:

18/5 – 19/5  Tuesday 6 p.m. / Wednesday 9 a.m.  Exchange Road.  CAR ENTERED BY UNKNOWN MEANS – boot found open and golf clubs stole.  The golf bag was left behind.  Ref. No:  43210216187

ASCOT & SOUTH ASCOT:
20/5  Thursday 2 p.m.  Suspicious incident.  A resident phoned through that a man knocked on her door and then stood back out of site from cameras. He said he was doing work over the road on Friday 21st May ‘on guttering’ and was apologising for noise. He then knocked on every door on the road. There were 2 of them.  They then went on to next road Royal Victoria Gardens according to a the local Facebook page. The resident said they did not produce business cards, but he was wearing a jumper with a logo. They are described as white, dark curly hair, grey hoody's with some insignia on the hoodies in Blue writing, both average build and height.  Ref. No:  43210217966
20/5 – 21/5  Thursday 8.20 p.m. / Friday 7.50 a.m.  London Road.  CAR ENTERED BY UNKNOWN MEANS – Golf Clubs stolen.  Ref. No:  43210219142

NORTH ASCOT:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.


MEMBERS’ COMMENTS:


First – the census scam from Anthony

Morning Jeff,


Had a text yesterday, saying that we had not completed the National Census correctly and could be fined, unless we responded to the text.

Obviously a scam, which we reported to the Census organisation and they confirmed our suspicions.

Please warn your readers.

Kind regards
Anthony

EXACTLY – thanks Anthony

NEXT:  A Santander scam from David:

Hi Jeff,


I received this email – addressed to me – supposedly from the business manager at my bank Santander.

David.

The email is addressed to David.  It explains that new regulations are coming into effect in March.  He now has to supply an ID and security information.  He must click on a link to do this.

PAUSE – THINK – BREATHE – THEN CONTACT YOUR BANK USING CONTACT DETAILS NOT CONTAINED IN THE MESSAGE.

Next: Another bank Scam from Sarah-Jane

Hi Jeff,

Received a text message from “my bank” today, I logged onto my internet banking to check it out as my daughter very rarely (usually with permission) uses my account for small purchases.

I was greeted by a message informing me that this is a scam and not to respond to the message. I wouldn’t have anyway, but not everyone is as aware or cautious as I am.

Thought I’d pass it on so others don’t get caught out.

Thanks for the good work

Sarah-Jane

The text from ‘HSBC’ says that someone has tried to access her account from a new device.  If it wasn’t you – ‘please visit’ then there is a LINK.

PAUSE – THINK – BREATHE – THEN CONTACT YOUR BANK USING CONTACT DETAILS NOT CONTAINED IN THE MESSAGE.

NEXT:  a variation of the ‘I am crying as I write this’ scam email from Peter:


The email is from someone he knows – they have been hacked – Apparently they have tried to purchase a gift on Amazon for their niece as it is her birthday, but their access is not working – could he please order a £100 Amazon gift card and have it sent to her – He will pay you back as soon as Peter confirms it is done.

After a few emails, peter became suspicious and deleted everything.

If you get one of these – even if it is someone you know:

PAUSE – THINK – BREATHE – THEN BIN THE MESSAGE.

NEXT:  Another Click on this Link scam to check your details from Ann:

Dear Jeff


Another silly scam, which I’ve binned, and did not click on the link, but it does look authentic, which is a worry.

The clue is in the sender’s email – and the fact that my BT bill is paid by direct debit, so there would be no need for them to send this.
The email goes on to say that my billing details are out of date and needs to be updated – immediately.  If I don’t do it within 2 days, they will suspend my phone line – CLICK ON THE LINK !

The amounts they refer to are wrong and it refers to October 2020!

Thanks for all your good work.

Ann

The email is from BT billing department Billing Department and simply addressed ‘Hi’.

It has all the traditional Scam featured:
  • Something is wrong
  • It must be addressed immediately
  • A Threat
  • A penalty
If you get an email like this – always:

PAUSE – THINK – BREATHE – THEN BIN THE MESSAGE.


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.

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

follow us on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/TVPWindsorandMaidenhead

Eyes, ears.....and Brain

Jeff
Jeffrey.pick@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk


NEWS UPDATE FROM NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH

The lockdown has resulted in many neighbourhoods drawing closer together in supporting local residents with needs, and in neighbours spending a lot more time talking to each other over fences or across the road. This has improved community spirit no end, and a great way to keep this spirit alive is for residents to join their local Neighbourhood Watch scheme, or start up a new scheme if there is not already one covering their respective street.

Neighbourhood Watch is not just about looking out the window and being alert for any crime in the neighbourhood, it is much more than that. It serves as a valuable resource for crime prevention, in supporting the Police with things such as local home security surveys, installing crime prevention aids in homes for the vulnerable and elderly especially, helping those vulnerable and elderly residents with any other needs, and in drawing residents together in supporting one another.
 
The Windsor & Ascot NHW Association is making great strides in reactivating and expanding Neighbourhood Watch within the various parishes of Windsor & Ascot. Its Facebook page (@WindsorAscotNHW) is receiving multiple enquiries from interested residents and serves as a means to highlight local issues relating to crime and residents in need. New NHW schemes are continuously being set up with active Coordinators, and residents within those 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 www.ourwatch.org.uk and enter your postcode. 

For any questions relating to Neighbourhood Watch please contact the Windsor & Ascot NHW Association at contact@windsorascotnhwa.org.uk

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

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