This message is dated Friday 6th August 2021 - Maidenhead
Alert message sent 06/08/2021 15:21:00
Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police
FIRST: WE HAVE HAD A ROMANCE FRAUD REPORTED TO US:
We have received a report a romance scam which has been taking place over many,many years !
It involved a woman – who is not elderly - who lives here and a man who lives in Georgia.
The aggrieved has known him since 2010. When they met on a social network website.
We have been told he used to travel to Turkey as a seasonal worker and also travelled to Belarus.
They formed a romantic relationship and met twice in Turkey between 2012 and 2013. It was then that he started to ask for financial assistance.
As the aggrieved had savings, she agreed to help him on condition – he paid her back.
Sixteen transfers of cash were made in 2016, followed by more transfers in 2017. Since May 2018, he asked for money on a regular basis. He said he needed the money for legal fees, fines, health emergencies and other serious reasons.
So far, between £65,000-£70,000 was transferred between May 2018 and April 2019.
The aggrieved has now realised, she has been the victim of a long term scam and is trying to recover some of the money.
That is going to be extremely difficult as she willingly sent the money.
PLEASE DO NOT LET THIS BE YOU. IF YOU FORM AN ONLINE RELATIONSHIP WITH SOMEONE FROM ABROAD – BLOCK THEM, THE MINUTE THEY ASK FOR MONEY !!!
STOP – BREATHE – THINK – BIN EVERYTHING
NEXT: KEYLESS CAR THEFT:
I have been trying to obtain some CCTV / Video Doorbell footage of how this happens – it is so quick and simple – once they have the electronic devices – which are supplied by organised crime groups.
When you watch these videos – you will understand why I say:
Keep your keyless fob more than 30 feet from the pavement / front door
Keep it is a ‘Faraday Cage’ cage / fridge
Purchase a small credit card protector – remove the card sleeves and keep your key inside.
There are now Faraday purses and handbags to protect keys
YouTube clips showing how it works !!!
In this clip, you can see its on a busy road, but the thieves don’t care, but you can see how they use the device – fortunately – they don’t get a signal !
This is the best clip to watch as it shows how persistent they are and what to watch out for – when out and about
You may have locked your car and placed your fob securely somewhere and therefore not been a victim, but if you have a performance car on the drive, check any CCTV / video doorbell footage regularly. – you may have been targeted, but not know it.
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 - www.crimestoppers-uk.org
5/8 Thursday 2.35 p.m. Kidwells park Drive. Attempted van break Damage to rear doors, but no entry gained and nothing stolen. Ref. No: 43210349721
4/8 Wednesday 6.20 p.m. Queen Street. Locked up bike stolen. A light blue, Cube Stereo bike. Ref. No: 43210348386
RIVERSIDE & BELMONT:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
SR.firstname.lastname@example.org BISHAM, COOKHAM, HURLEY, THE WALTHAMS, LITTLEWICK GREEN & KNOWL HILL:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
PINKNEYS GREEN & FURZE PLATT:
6/8 Friday 5 a.m. Bridle Road. Residents found notes on their cars in the early hours. On first inspection it appeared they might be from children and harmless. Other residents, had also found notes around the Furze Platt area. The notes are strangely worded on pink paper. Has anyone else had these notes and does anyone know what they are about ??? Ref. No: 43210350670
SR.email@example.com BOYN HILL, COX GREEN & WOODLANDS PARK
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
OLDFIELD, BRAY & HOLYPORT:
4/8 Wednesday 6.45 p.m. Braywick Park. 4 bikes stolen. 4 suspects seen. One was an orange Carrera Vengeance. Ref. No: 432103 48408 the second was a black & silver bike Ref. No: 43210348826 The others have not been reported.
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FROM THE MAIDENHEAD NHW ASSOCIATION:
Maidenhead Neighbourhood Watch Association is growing fast, and with more members joining every day, we need to ask for volunteers to join us on the association to help keep the association going and keep Maidenhead safe!
Here is a shortlist of the positions we have available:
Multi-Scheme Administrator (MSA)
Secretary of the Association
Board members of the Association
Vice-Chairman of the Association
Please visit our website: MaidenheadNHWA.org.uk and from there you will be able to see all the different ways you can get involved to help support your local community. There is no time commitment or dedicated hours, but we do ask if you can attend the association meetings (One 60 Minute meeting every 2 months)
If you have any question about any of the positions available, please feel free to contact us at contact@MaidenheadNHWA.org.uk
I look forward to speaking with you soon.
James Cooper HNDip, MBCS
Chairman – Maidenhead Neighbourhood Watch Association & Vice-Chair for Thames Valley Neighbourhood Watch Association