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This message is dated Monday 8th February 2021 - Maidenhead

Alert message sent 08/02/2021 15:25:00

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WE ARE SEEING AN INCREASE IN THEFTS OF CATALYTIC CONVERTERS ACROSS RBWM.  IF YOU CAN, PARK IN A WELL LIT PUBLIC AREA – COVERED BY YOUR VIDEO DOORBELL / CCTV !

NEXT: We have received a report of another possible Covid 19 vaccination scam call.  Can everyone be on alert for these please and warn everyone you know – we are obviously not reaching everyone that needs to know.  I put out the correct procedures being followed last week.  If – anywhere in the conversation – someone asks for bank details or a payment of any kind – replace the receiver – it is a scam call !

NEXT:  YET ANOTHER SEXTORTION CASE !!!!


A woman has been the victim of a very common romance scam.  She met a man on a dating website and it now appears it may have been two men, purporting to be one man.  The ‘man’ posed as a doctor, working for the UN.

Over the course of several months, she believed they were getting in to a real and deep relationship.  During their conversations, he asked her for and she sent him, differing amounts of money – sometimes, hundreds of pounds at a time.
He claimed he needing it for various reasons including - airline tickets and also - that he had been taken hostage and needed to pay a ransom to gain his freedom.  The hostage story, is fairly common in these scams, as it means they can ask for much larger sums of money and play on the sympathy of the victim.

The aggrieved has calculated that she has sent him, many, many thousands of pounds, since their first contact.

The transactions have been done using Bitcoin as well as online gaming vouchers – as of course all transactions using these are both completely untraceable.

She is at last convinced that she has been the victim of a romance scam and made contact with the police.

We have clearly not reached all potential victims of these Romance Scams.  Please pass this onto everyone you know.  The victims are not always stupid to believe the stories they are being told.  The scammers are really good to ‘groom’ and suck people in.  Victims are both men and women, young and old.  The giveaway immediately – is a request for any form of financial assistance.  Particularly if the transactions use an untraceable form such as Bitcoin.  Even bank to bank transfers are not safe, as the scammers remove the money from the receiving bank immediately and pass it through dozens of accounts, almost always overseas, which are then untraceable.


PLEASE – PLEASE – PLEASE – PLEASE – DO NOT LET IT BE YOU – OR ANYONE YOU KNOW !


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



MAIDENHEAD CENTRAL:
maidenheadcentralgeographical@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
SR.windsor&maidenhead@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
6/2  Saturday 2.45 p.m.  Ellington Park.  A man was running around the estate, kicking over refuse bins and damaging cars.  Ref. No:  43210051244


RIVERSIDE & BELMONT:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.

MAIDENHEAD WEST

maidenheadwestgeographical@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
SR.windsor&maidenhead@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk

BISHAM, COOKHAM, HURLEY, THE WALTHAMS, LITTLEWICK GREEN & KNOWL HILL:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.

PINKNEYS GREEN & FURZE PLATT:
7/2  Sunday 1.30 p.m. / 6.30 p.m.  Radcot Close.  Security light on the rear of a property damaged.  Ref. No:  43210053056

MAIDENHEAD SOUTH
maidenheadsouthgeographical@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
SR.windsor&maidenhead@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
BOYN HILL, COX GREEN & WOODLANDS PARK:

6/2 – 7/2  Saturday 10 p.m. / Sunday 9 a.m.  Altwood Road.  Garage break – door forced.  3bikes and 2 ‘iTwit’ paddle boards stolen.  1. A red bike.  2.  A black Felt B12 TT trail bike.  3.  A white Cube, Fritzz mountain bike.  Ref. No:  43210052946
7/2 – 8/2  Sunday / Monday St Chad’s Road.  Fence panels damaged by people jumping over them.  Ref. No:  43210054200


OLDFIELD, BRAY & HOLYPORT:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.



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