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This message is dated Friday 22nd March 2019 - Ascot

Alert message sent 22/03/2019 16:28:00

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This message is dated Friday 22nd March 2019 for Ascot.
A really good end to the week.
The aggrieved, who lives in Windsor, received a phone call on the 15th March, from someone purporting to be a police officer.  The PC explained that someone had used his bank card, to remove £300 from an ATM machine and spent £449 in a shop.  Shortly afterwards he was called by someone who said he was a sergeant from the Fraud Department.  The Sgt explained that as there had been fraud on his bank account, he should place all his funds into a safeguarding account. To ensure his money was safe. He could either transfer £20,000 into the safe account, or withdraw £14,000 in cash and the other £6,000 in foreign currency.  The aggrieved chose the latter and withdrew the foreign currency from a supermarket.  He was asked for all notes to be placed into a paper envelope and not to touch it.  A man purporting to be a police cadet came and collected it.  He and a member of the fraud department arranged to come back next week, when he had the rest of the cash. The aggrieved now believes something was odd and realised it was a scam and reported it to us.  He was alarmed that he had given the scammer all his personal details, so they knew where he lived.  Police PCSOs have visited him to day, to ensure he is OK.
The advice given:
Call Blocking
Most service providers offer some form of call blocking service which would mean that it may be possible to block the number that is calling. If victim contacts their service provider direct they should be able to advise the victim.
Telephone Preference Service
Although I appreciate this instance has been identified as a scam call I would recommend victim registering with the Telephone Preference Service which is a central opt out register where you can record your preference not to receive unsolicited sales or marketing calls.
CIFAS – Protective Registration
Sadly it is not uncommon for victim’s details to be added to what is known as a “Victims List” which gets sold onto other scammers. For a fee of £20 for 2 years “Protective Registration” will assist in protecting against identity fraud and from fraudsters using personal details to apply for products and services.
Credit Reports
It is recommended that the victim keeps a check on their credit report. The 3 main credit reference agencies in the UK are Experian, Call Credit and Equifax. Further details can be provided on this if required.
NEXT:  Just to let you know - we have had Nottingham Knockers across Windsor in the last few days - the young lads and now girls - going door to door, selling household products.  Please remember out NHW Motto
I do not buy goods and services at the door !
NEXT: from Trading Standards:
I have been asked by Sarah at Trading Standards, to send this message out:
Dear Jeff,
Please can you put into your alert the following:-
We have been made aware of a spate of doorstep crimes, relating to the power washing and sealing of driveways, in the Maidenhead area. We have very few details other than no paperwork is being given. A reasonable quote is given at first and work starts immediately. Payment is soon requested - in cash. As the work progresses, the price is escalated and consumers feel intimidated, into giving large amounts of cash for little/poor quality work.
We only have a description of three men, one with an Irish accent who may be driving, a white transit type van.
If anybody is offered driveway work from a cold call, we would advise them not to deal with doorstep traders. If they see anybody doing this type of work on driveways of neighbours’, particularly if they are elderly or vulnerable and are concerned if it is safe to do so, take down any vehicle registrations and report the matter either on the police non emergency number 101, or alternatively / as well as, to ourselves, via the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 03454 04 05 06.
Many thanks.
Sarah Stevens
Trading Standards Officer
Trading Standards Service
Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead
NEXT from Rob Abell re an underage sale of alcohol operation:
Hello Jeff
I know you like to be made aware when we undertake joint operations relating to underage sales, hence this email to you, and your onward inclusion in the Neighbourhood Alert..
On the 13th March,working jointly with TVP Officers, Trading Standards officers conducted an underage sales operation to contribute to the week of action, preventing knife crime.  We were assisted by volunteer Police Cadets, aged from 13 to 17 whom, following a detailed briefing, acted as test purchasing agents for us.
We tested 8 shops in Windsor Town Centre and 2 shops in Ascot & Sunningdale.  We are delighted to report that all shops, had procedures in place, to ensure they did not sell the knives to the children.
Four simila events have taken place in maidenhead with similar reults.
Kind regards
Rob Abell
Fair Trading Officer
Thanks Rob - very reassuring.
20/3  Wednesday 4 p.m. / 5.10 p.m.  Chobham Road.  Index plates stolen from a car.
20/3  Wednesday 1 p.m.  Sunninghill Road.  A witness saw a car pull up and a man got out and removed a large plant pot from the communal garden, placed it in his car and drove off !
Hi Jeff,
I am the Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator for Chanctonbury Drive and we have recently had an incident, which we would like you to include in your bulletin.
The aggrieved and his wife, came back from being away in South Africa from 6th February to 15th March and opened a letter from Royal Mail, dated 6th February, advising him that his mail would be redirected from 11th February !
Someone else, pretending to be his wife, had managed to convince Royal Mail, to redirect all his mail to a London address.
He has now re-established that all post will be delivered as normal to his address in Sunningdale and has been busy contacting banks, credit card companies and other financial institutions.
He understands that there have been two incidents of the same type at Fireball Hill in Sunningdale and has suggested the details of this incident should be included in your bulletin, without mentioning his name or address.
Regards Ewan
Thanks Ewan, can everyone be on their guard ?  We had issues with this several years ago, when the post office enabled you to complete re-direction forms online !  If you are expecting anything from your bank - particularly nre bank cards, make sure you follow it up quickly if they do not arrive by the due date.  React more quickly if you get anything from your bank, which does not make sense !!
NEXT from John Diack the NHW MSA - Multi Scheme Administrator for RBWM.  He liaises with me and the Area Commander to support all NHW Schemes in RBWM.
Hi Jeff - I have just had this scam email:
He has apparently been placed in a Bingo draw to win £500 worth of free groceries !!!  All he has to do is click on a large red box to find out if he is a winner !!!
Thank you John.
The 101 number is still functioning properly, but I am afraid it may be slow to answer at the moment - if you are experiencing delays, you can always make contact with us using the online reporting system:
Eyes and Ears..........and Brain.
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Jeffrey Pick (Police, Community Engagement & Resilience Officer, Windsor & Maidenhead LPA)

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