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This message is dated Friday 4th January 2019 - Maidenhead

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This message is dated Friday 4th January 2019 for Maidenhead.
A strange case - SEXTORTION - everyone needs to be careful, when communicating with people they don’t know, online,.  A local resident, became ‘romantically’ involved, with someone on Facebook.  The ‘woman’ only communicated via text, rather that facially using Messenger, or by voice.  The victim, now believes it may have been a scammer man !  Over a few weeks, the ‘woman’, persuaded him to become intimate online, using the webcam in his computer.  As soon as they had compromising material, they informed him they had copied the footage and would send it to everyone on their Facebook page, unless he paid them £3,000.
Please be on your guard.  You have no idea who you are talking to online.  Pictures and identities can easily be faked.  We run lots of schools programmes, warning young people about the dangers of sexting and sending intimate photos by phone, even to friends.  They tend to get circulated.
Please consider all the implications of every photo / video, you share online.  There is very simple software used to capture, copy and keep sensitive footage.
31/12 - 2/1  Monday / Wednesday  Waltham Road, White Waltham.  Residential wagon, broken into via a forced bedroom window, using a spade. 
Unsuccessful attempt to steal a safe, but cash was stolen.
1/1 - 2/1  Tuesday 7.30 a.m. / Wednesday 7.30 a.m.  Lower Road, Cookham.  Fence panels damaged.
2/1  Wednesday 7.15 p.m.  School Lane, Cookham.  A witness heard a noise and looked out to see the passenger and rear windscreen of their neighbour’s car smashed.  The owner has now reported this.  2 Macbook Air laptops, clothing and suitcases stolen.
3/1  Thursday 8.50 p.m. / 9 p.m.  Bath Road, Knowl Hill.  Attempted van break.  A witness heard the alarm sounding.  They saw a car pulling up, someone get out and break into the van.  The steering cover had been removed, possibly in an attempt to steal the vehicle.  Nothing stolen.
27/12 - 2/1  Pinkney’s Road.  Rear car index plates stolen.
1/1 Tuesday 10.55 p.m.  Small Supermarket, Bath Road.  CCTV, shows 2 young men attempting to remove a padlock in an attempt to gain entry.  No entry gained and nothing stolen.
2/1  Wednesday 4.40 p.m.  Treesmill Drive.  A group of youths have kicked the wing mirror from a car.
31/12 - 2/1  Monday 2 p.m. / Wednesday 7.40 a.m.  Court Close.  CAR ENTERED BY UNKNOWN MEANS - loose change stolen from the centre console.
3/1  Thursday 7 a.m.  Oldacres.  The owner of a car was standing at the back of the vehicle, when they heard a young man say ‘Your door’s open mate’.  The owner saw him fumble with something and thought he may have stolen something from the car and challenged him.  The man immediately made off on a bike towards Oldfield Road.  The glovebox had been searched, but nothing appears to have been stolen.
4/1  Friday midnight / 4.30 a.m. 
Hello Jeff
I received a text this evening, on my Tesco Mobile number, mentioning a Tesco prize draw and urging a reply, for winners’ details. I did not reply.
However being suspicious and having searched on line for scam info, I entered the link, on my browser and it showed a page offering the prize draw. I suspect that by clicking on the link, I would have incurred a repeating charge of £4.50 per week or similar.
The webpage is convincing. Perhaps you could publish a warning/disclaimer? Notice the addition of .com to the regular web address.
NEXT:  Hi Jeff
Another friendly scam email from the TV licensing renewal.  It is headed - ‘only 2 days left’.
The first half does look genuine, but the second half is the giveaway. The link says - do not reply at TV licensing.  So you have to click on a link to a web address that makes no sense whatsoever and has nothing to do with TV Licensing !
Everyone should run their curser over the link, to see where it is actually going, before clicking on it !
Perhaps you can include this explanation in a neighborhood crime update to warn others.
It may stop unsuspecting recipients being caught out.
Best wishes for a low crime 2019.
Kind Regards
I have also received this from Jo, Richard and others - definitely a scam !
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:

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

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