Click here to join Thames Valley Country Watch
Click here to login to your Thames Valley Business Watch account

This message is dated Wednesday 30th September 2020 - Ascot

Alert message sent 30/09/2020 14:50:00

Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police

This message is dated Wednesday 30th September 2020 for Ascot.
FIRST:  This has come in from a very reliable source:
Hi Jeff,
Not sure if you aware of this one.
Please be aware of this, call received by a friend this morning.
It went as follows:
‘Good afternoon I'm calling from the NHS track and trace service. According to our system, you are likely to have been in close proximity to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. This means that you now need to self-isolate for 7 days and take a COVID-19 test.'
'OK. Can you tell me who that person was ?'
'I'm not able to tell you that. That is confidential information.'
'Right. Um... so ....'
'But you do need to be tested within the next 72 hours. So can I just get the best mailing address so that we can send a kit to you ?'
'Ok (gives address)'
I just need to take a payment card so that we can finalize this and send the kit to you.'
'Sorry - a payment card? I thought this was all free under the NHS ?'
'No - I'm afraid not. There is a one-off fee of £50 for the kit and test results.
Could you read off the long card number for me, please, when you're ready.'
'No - that's not right. This is part of the NHS so there's no charge[PJ1] .'
'I'm afraid there is. Can you give me the card number please - this is very important, and there are penalties for not complying.'
The phone is put down.
This is how scammers work. And vulnerable people may fall for it.”
Don't fall for it...!  Please share.
Many thanks Philip.

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 -

28/9  Monday 6.05 p.m.  Furzebank.  Garage break - heavy chain and padlock removed.  Bike stolen.  A blue Carrera Karkinos, racer road bike.  Ref. No:  43200306980
29/9  Tuesday 6.50 a.m.  Lyndhurst Road.  Two shipping containers set on fire.  Arson considered.  Ref. No:  43200305668
28/9  Monday 3 p.m. / 3.20 p.m.  Kinross Avenue.  Catalytic converter stolen from underneath a Toyota Auris.  Ref. No:  43200305148

29/9  Tuesday 3.30 p.m.  St. John’s Road.  Burglary.  Entry via the rear garden and forced rear kitchen door - glass smashed.  Bedroom searched - Euros, watches & jewellery stolen from a jewellery box on the dressing table.  Handbag contents searched and emptied out on the bed.  Ref. No:  43200306471
FIRST:  From ‘W’  who has received an email from a company saying he has not yet registered for online automatic payslips accounts.
He needs to click on the LINK and enter all his payslip details !!!
Thanks ‘W’ for the alert.
NEXT:  more TV Licence scam emails
‘B’ has sent me his email.  Apparently his licence expires tomorrow !  He needs to click on the LINK to complete a new standing order by completing his bank details.  Hovering my curser over the LINK it shows that the hyperlink is not to the TV Licensing authority, but to an unknown random email address !
I have also had this in from George re TV Licence scam emails.  He sent me the photo of the two people he mentions - an elderly couple in national costume !
Hi Jeff, 

Are these people really from TV licencing ?
As I am sure you know, we are receiving these scam emails nearly every day, some more convincing than others.
This one, is less convincing than most, but seems so dumb and really amusing.  They sent it from their personal email - which has their photo attached (George attached a screen shot).
Kind regards
The elderly couple are definitely not, the TV Licensing authority !
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.
follow us on Facebook:
Eyes, ears.....and Brain


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 to 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 and enter your postcode. 

For any questions relating to Neighbourhood Watch please contact the Windsor & Ascot NHW Association at

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

Message tag words

Back to previous page
Click here to tweet this message to your followers

Discuss this alert message

Please see terms below before using this feature
Please be aware that the facility above is a Facebook service, posting your views will make some of your Facebook information visible to everyone (as with any Facebook activity).

The system administrators (VISAV Limited) monitor the content added. Any misuse or objectionable material should be reported to

The views expressed do not represent the views of the system administrators who are VISAV Limited, the Police, Neighbourhood Watch and other Information Provider using this service.
Thames Valley Police
Cyber Essentials Plus
Part of the Thames Valley Alert family of sites
System powered by Neighbourhood Alert