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This message is dated Friday 8th April 2022 - Ascot

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NO CRIME TO REPORT

NO BURGLARIES

AND

NO CARS BROKEN INTO


My thanks to the Lynwood Retirement Village for their kind invitation to present at their Friday Coffee Morning today.

The turnout was brilliant.  We very briefly covered burglary and car crime before moving onto Scams and Frauds.

Several residents had been targeted, but fortunately, were not caught out.

We covered lots of ground and hopefully, they will remember my words, will be aware of new scams – so won’t get caught.

Thanks you to the residents – they were brilliant – and as always – we had a few laughs.

RBWM Community Warden Carlos Dissegna also presented, outlining the work of the Community Wardens and how they supported local residents.

If you would like us to come and present to your group – just email me at my police email below.  It is not boring – we laugh a lot !

BEFORE WE START – ANOTHER COURIER FRAUD TO REPORT – AGAIN, SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT:

5/4 First call 4.15 p.m. followed by 6 other calls, supposedly from a ‘Liam’ who worked in the fraud department at their bank.  He explained that there had been some fraud on their accounts and £500 had been transferred from one of their bank accounts, to a woman called ‘Elsie’ ?  The victims revealed details of their various bank accounts, when asked ‘to protect them’.

‘Liam’, went on to say there was unlawful activity at the bank branch in question.  Would they help the police track the offenders within the bank ?

‘Liam’ then explained to them how to load some software into their computer, so that he could examine at their accounts, to see what was going on.  We call this ‘proxying’ their computer.  He had access to everything in their computer hard drive remotely.

The next day, the calls continued - with another 4 calls.  ‘Liam’ instructed them to go to their bank and withdraw £25,000 cash.  Fortunately the bank was closed and he could not withdraw the cash.

‘Liam’ also explained that the people involved in the frauds, also had burglar associates.  Did they have anything in the house that was valuable ?  The victim confirmed, he had £10,000 in cash and his wife’s jewellery, valued at £25,000, along with some other valuable items.  The victims were asked to take a video of the jewellery on their mobile phones and forward it to ‘Liam’ – which they did.  ‘Liam’ explained the safest place for the cash, jewellery and other items, was the police station and he would send a courier for it. 

Everything was to be placed in a back pack and handed to the courier.  The courier would have a code, to prove he was genuine – The victims were to say – ‘Mr. Irvin, I need you to take this to my son’.  The courier would place a shirt over the backpack, to hide it from view.

A dirty black BMW arrived at the appointed time, the passwords were used and the back pack handed over.

Later that day ‘Liam’ called again to say, he still needed the £25,000 cash and it is believed the cash was transferred online to a safe ‘Police’ account.

Later that day, the victim had an opportunity to speak to their son, who explained that this was a Courier Fraud.  The victims are confused about what has happened and It now appears the initial £25,000, which could not be handed over in cash, may have been transferred to a safe ‘Police’ account.

Police advice has been given.

When answering the phone the only word you use is ‘Hello’.  Listen – to the person on the other end.  If they are not someone you know:

PUT THE PHONE DOWN !  DO NOT ENGAGE.



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.

Alternatively you can call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or email - www.crimestoppers-uk.org

ASCOT:
ascotNHPT@thamesvalley.police.uk
SUNNINGDALE:
NO CRIME TO REPORT

SUNNINGHILL:
NO CRIME TO REPORT

ASCOT & SOUTH ASCOT:
NO CRIME TO REPORT

NORTH ASCOT:
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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Jeff
Jeffrey.pick@thamesvalley.police.uk

NEWS UPDATE FROM NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH



A new year, a new logo, a new beginning

Why not start a new scheme in your street - A scheme is a group of members, usually in the same road or area, which has a coordinator to manage the scheme.
In the last week, we have had inquiries from various residents and we are delighted to announce that three new schemes are being set up.
There are many benefits to starting a scheme - awareness of types of crimes that affect our communities such as vehicle crime and advice on scams, access to CCTV,  for instance.

Neighbourhood Watch is not just about crime awareness though. It's about supporting communities and tackling issues within them like, loneliness and vulnerability.

Being aware of these issues will enable you to be proactive in your community to help those in our communities that need support.

Please contact us on contact@windsorascotnhwa.org.uk and we will be delighted to assist.
Valerie Pike, Chairman of Windsor & Ascot NHW Association. 

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

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