This message is dated Monday 28th February 2022 - Maidenhead
Alert message sent 28/02/2022 12:39:00
Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police
FIRST: A VARIATION ON THE STANDARD ‘COURIER SCAM’ – NOT TO CONFUSE IT WITH THE USUAL COURIER FRAUD !
The victim was contact on Instagram by a woman and later moved across to using WhatsApp.
The initial conversation was about investing in crypto currency. The victim was asked to sign up to multiple ‘Apps’ which she did. She was also asked to provide the scammer with her personal details, including her DOB, address and passport number.
Later, victim was persuaded to take out 3 mobile phone contacts – which included 3 brand new iPhones
The victim was told that parcels would be delivered to her address the next day, but she was not to open them.
She has become suspicious of this and when they arrived, took them to her bank. They were opened, revealing the three brand new iPhones.
The bank closed her account to protect it and a new bank account was created.
She then started to receive threatening phone calls to recompense the scammers with £1500 as they did not have the phones.
The victim told the scammer not to contact her again and has informed them that she won’t be paying them and that all information has been passed to the Police. She is also going to be going to all the providers of the phone contracts and will be cancelling them so that she isn't out of pocket.
The police have now been involved and tracking the various phone numbers and websites used.
PLEASE BE ON YOUR GUARD, PARTICULARLY IF YOU GET COLD CALLS FOR WHATEVER REASON – YOU HAVE NO IDEA, WHO IS ON THE OTHER END OF THE PHONE !!!! AND ….. NEVER GIVE ANYONE YOU DON’T KNOW ON THE PHONE ANY PERSONAL INFORMATION.
NEXT: Applications for the latest round of the PCCs Community Fund closes on Friday (4/3) at 4pm.
The Community Fund supports voluntary and community groups assisting both the PCC and Thames Valley Police in helping to prevent crime and keep communities safe.
Organisations from across Thames Valley can apply for grants for projects that support one of the PCC’s ‘Police and Criminal Justice Plan’ priorities:
Strong Local Policing (preventing crime & protecting communities)
Fighting Serious Organised Crime (protecting vulnerable people)
Fighting Fraud & Cybercrime (fighting modern crimes)
Improving the Criminal Justice System (reducing re-offending)
Tackling illegal encampments (reducing the impact of encampments)
Further information, including a link to the application form, can be found at: www.thamesvalley-pcc.gov.uk/get-involved/community-fund.
If you require any assistance in completing the application form, please contact Partnerships@thamesvalley.police.uk.
NEXT: Healthwatch Windsor, Ascot and Maidenhead has launched a survey to understand the experiences of South Asian unpaid carers in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead.
The results of the survey will be anonymously shared with NHS and Local Authority commissioners so that services can be better in the future.
Our aim is to Identify:
· What support services the south Asian carers are currently able to use
· What additional or specific needs South Asian carers have
· What services can do more of to support South Asian carers
I would be very grateful if you could share the survey amongst your members.
Thanking you for your time in advance,
Healthwatch WAM Officer
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
28/2 Monday 3.30 a.m. Bridge Avenue. Report of a man riding a bike along parked cars looking into tem. Ref. No: 43220089498
26/2 Saturday 1.35 p.m. High Street. Locked up bike stolen from outside a fast food outlet. A black bike. Ref. No: 43220087470
RIVERSIDE & BELMONT:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
email@example.com BISHAM, COOKHAM, HURLEY, THE WALTHAMS, LITTLEWICK GREEN & KNOWL HILL:
25/2 Friday 8 p.m. / 9.20 p.m. Sutton Road, Cookham. Car rear windscreen smashed – 2 bags of shopping, a motorbike jacket and helmet stolen. Ref. No: 43220086695
PINKNEYS GREEN & FURZE PLATT:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
firstname.lastname@example.org BOYN HILL, COX GREEN & WOODLANDS PARK
26/2 Saturday 10.40 a.m. Welbeck Road. The owner heard a noise and went to investigate. They saw a man damaging and kicking a neighbour’s car. The offender immediately made off. Ref. No: 43220088030
25/2 Friday 8.45 a.m. Moor End. White van has been driving up and down the road several times, looking up and down driveways and removing items from skips. Ref. No: 43220085438
25/2 – 26/2 Friday 11 p.m. / Saturday 7 a.m. Farmers Way. Black Range Rover index LD ** LLN, stolen from outside a house. Ref. No: 43220087111. The thieves are fully aware of the tracker systems in these cars. Think about installing a 3rd party tracking system – they won’t know is there, or at least purchase some Apple Airtags and hide them in the car – they are very inexpensive !!!
OLDFIELD, BRAY & HOLYPORT:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
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.
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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