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This message is dated Wednesday 14th July 2021 - Windsor

Alert message sent 14/07/2021 14:20:00

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OH DEAR – YET ANOTHER SEXTORTION – THIS TIME NOT FOR MONEY, BUT FOR MORE IMAGES !

The victim – a young girl met a man online through Bumble.  They then switched to SnapChat to talk.
He asked for her Instagram details – which she gave him.

He then sent her screenshots of historic images she had posted on her InstaGram account and also from her old SnapChat account.

The screenshots he sent from her SnapChat included intimate images. He then threatened to send them to her university if she would not send more images.

He then asked for new videos – she sent some of the old ones she had taken, but he wanted new ones, He then insisted and she sent three or four videos.

She then took a screenshot of his profile and said she would report him to the police and he immediately blocked her.  She also blocked him.

PLEASE – PLEASE – PLEASE – PLEASE – DO NOT SAY, TWEET, TEXT, WRITE, EMAIL, PHOTOGRAPH OR VIDEO ANYTHING ONLINE, YOU WOULD NOT BE HAPPY FOR YOUR FAMILY, FRIENDS, NEIGHBOURS, WORK COLLEAGUES, EMPLOYERS – OR ANYONE IN YOUR PERSONAL CONTACT LIST - TO SEE !

NEXT:  FROM THE BOROUGH:

All Royal Borough’s libraries to stay open thanks to community partnerships

All of the Royal Borough’s permanent libraries will remain open, after a successful public consultation helped to identify ways to deliver services in partnership with our communities.

Thank you to everyone who took part in the consultation, we received more than 1,000 responses. Your feedback helped form our new Library Transformation Strategy, which runs until 2025.

This strategy, which was adopted last month, will see a ‘Select and Deliver Service’ established to replace the mobile library vehicle, and an expanded Accessibility Service set up to increase support for people with disabilities.

NEXT:  OUR GRATEFUL THANKS – to all those people that take the time and trouble, to report suspicious incidents / people and cars, to us.  It does help us enormously when investigating crimes as it adds to our ‘Rich Picture’.  It can establish an exact time a crime occurs – rather than just ‘overnight’.  It also can indicate a route taken by an offender – particularly the reports of someone walking along a road, trying car door handles !

LASTLY – If you don’t have a video doorbell – do think about getting one.  As we enter the summer and the hotter weather – and our Summer Burglary Campaign - people will be leaving windows open for ventilation.  Video doorbells not only record anyone who steps onto your property, it can also send you an alert if this happens – and – they have the facility for you to talk to anyone on the property, from anywhere in the world – if you are on holiday. If it is a delivery – you can tell the person where to leave the package, if it is an intruder, you can tell them to ‘leave’ immediately and that you have already forwarded the video footage, to the police.

If you are not techy and are concerned about which one of the many on the market to choose from, how to fit it, what Internet do you need etc.  We have a NHW volunteer Video Doorbell Guru who can help and advise you.

The first port of call is a website they have created which has a series of FAQ – frequently asked questions, before you make a decision:

https://sites.google.com/view/videodoorbells/getting-started

If you need more information or a referral to the Gurus, please email Valerie Pike, the Chair of the Windsor & Ascot NHW Association, who will put you in contact with them:

Her email is:

contact@windsorascotnhwa.org.uk


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

WINDSOR:
CENTRAL WINDSOR:

centralwindsorneighbourhoodteam@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
13/7  Tuesday 6.15 p.m.  Frances Road.  The owner has found cigarette butts and a win cork in the side access to their property.  This can only be accessed via a locked gate.  Ref. No:  43210310842  Does anyone have any video doorbell footage from around that time that could throw more information about this ??
14/7  Wednesday 0/30 a.m.  Charles House, Ward Royal.  The owner was awoken by someone trying to insert their key into the front door lock.  Ref. No:  43210311308  If anyone has video doorbell footage from around that time containing evidence of anyone acting in a suspicious manner – can they let us have it ?

ETON & ETON WICK:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.

WINDSOR WEST

windsorwestnhpt@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
CLEWER, DEDWORTH & OAKLEY GREEN:
13/7  Tuesday 1.30 a.m.  Sheepcote Road.  Motorbike stolen.  The motorbike has a tracker and the owner received a notification on his mobile phone that it was moving and was two streets away in Park Corner.  A white Honda fcx 125 A  index LO ** OKH.  Ref. No:  43210309549.  Does anyone in that area have video doorbell footage of the bike being taken – driven along the road or deposited in Park Corner ??

CLEWER EAST & PARK:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.

WINDSOR EAST

windsoreastnhpt@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
DATCHET, HORTON & WRAYSBURY:
13/7  Tuesday 1.35 p.m.  Wraysbury Road, Wraysbury.  Burglary.  Few details at this time.  Untidy search of the whole house.  Safe pulled out, but the offenders left it as they were unable to open it.  Ref. No:  43210310315
12/7  Monday 5 p.m.  High Street, Datchet.  The owner saw a man and a woman walk onto their driveway and ‘scope’ the area.  They were tugging and pulling at the hedge.  The man was heard to say – ‘Is this the house’ ?  To which the femail responded ‘No’.  Ref. No:  43210308918  Had someone hidden something in a hedge in that area and the two were trying to recover it ??  Can everyone who lives nearby check around their properties, to see if anything – possibly in a polythene bag – to protect whatever is inside from the rain, has been hidden there.
13/7  Tuesday 9.15 p.m.  Coppermill Road.  A witness reported 2 youths climbing over a fence into a property.  Ref. No:  43210311097  Has anyone in Coppermill road suffered any crime ?  Can you all check any video doorbell footage around that time please.

OLD WINDSOR:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.


MEMBERS’ COMMENTS:


FIRST: A NEW SCAM SENT IN FROM ANN & PHIL
It is an email – which looks like it comes from the NHS with all the appropriate logos - offering a new ‘Coronavirus Digital Passport’, which will be accepted by all countries when you travel – and – you won’t have to self-isolate, or quarantine.

All you have to do is click on the link and provide all your personal details.
If you run your cursor over the Link, you will see where you will go.
The link goes to a company called floristeriakarismatropical.com !!!!
Always check a link, by placing your cursor over it – but do not click - before clicking on it !!!!


NEXT: FROM ROB:

Hi Jef
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I’ve just received a WhatsApp message from 07868816131.  It purports to come from my son.

It says he is using a new temporary mobile number and asks me to pay a bill for him, for something he bought online through ‘afterpay’ - £1,534.00.  It goes on to say he will pay me back on Wednesday.

I immediately made contact with my son, who said this was not him, so obviously it’s a scam.  I tried to ring the number, but there is no answer. 

Please warn others, as it seemed very much like my sons way of messaging.
 
Regards Rob


Many thanks Rob.  If my son sent me a WhatSapp message asking me to pay a bill of that size and he would pay me back on Wednesday – I would be on the phone to him in seconds !!!  I would at least expect a phone call / face time !!!!  Has anyone else received anything like this ?

NEXT:  3 COURIER FRAUD SCAM CALLS RECEIVED BY LYNNE !

Hi Jeff,

I have received 3 calls from a 'Detective' regarding fraudulent activity on my bank account.

The 1st time, I asked for their warrant card number and
The 2nd time, I asked which Police Station they were calling from, as they just kept saying they were calling from Thames Valley Police.  Both times they got very shirty with me.
On the 3rd time, I said that the person they were calling wasn't here, as she had been arrested for impersonating a Police Officer !  They then put the phone down.

I have had no further calls!

Lynne

Many thanks Lynne, this shows how many calls are being made – tell everyone you know – to just put the phone down !

NEXT:  From Steve

Hi Jeffrey,


I received an almost standard call now on my landline in Maidenhead, letting me know that my Amazon order from yesterday, had failed.

After a few seconds, the caller realised he was getting nowhere with me and hung up.

I dialled 1471 and was very surprised, to see it was from an 01628 number.

I logged on to ‘BT Protect’ and blocked the number.

I know scammers now have a way to display false numbers, so may be just that.  Or is it someone locally in Maidenhead !!

Take care.

Steve

Many thanks Steve, I imagine many people will have received these calls !

NEXT: Robert has sent me a Newsletter about Scams & Frauds he has received from Surrey Police – it is good !

https://assets.neighbourhoodalert.co.uk/images/site_images/78192_Fraud_Newsletter__July_2021_.pdf

If you have been a victim, report it to TVP – not Surrey Police who have their details at the bottom.

NEXT:
Hello Jeff,

Today I hired a Transit van, 
I had to show my driving licence and give my National Insurance number together with my mobile number for them to do their checks.
After returning the hire vehicle I received a phone call on my mobile from a computer generated voice “07931 683132” advising my national insurance number has been compromised saying press one on the keypad to speak to an adviser?
I assume this was a scam call and then I hang up.
I called the hire company and told them what had happened, I then said your computer may have a virus? They advised me no one else has gone back to them with this problem.

Could you please advise me what I should be doing next or is there someone in the police I should contact.

Kind regards

Derek

As I had not heard about this before – I passed it over to Paul Hay, our NHW Volunteer IT Guru.

Hi Jeff,

Does sound strange and a coincidence that it happened not long after giving them both pieces of information.

However, it would be difficult to prove that was the source of the data leak.

One would hope that they looked into it and see if other customers have been similarly approached. I don’t know if the police have any jurisdiction to approach them ?

I didn’t realise that a hire company would need to have your NI number in the first place, but searching the internet, it shows that they do.

However, there is a possible solution - it seems that rather than sharing you N.I number with the hire company, you can use the DVLA site, to create a code to use instead !

https://www.gov.uk/view-driving-licence

Regards,
Paul
As always – our grateful thanks to Paul, for his expertise and really good advice.

NEXT: An email into my Police email inbox !

It comes from Daniella a widow in the Philippines, who is dying from cancer.  She would like to donate some of her extensive wealth - £3,700,00.00 to orphans and charitable groups in this area.  Can I help her to do that ?  Please email her back with my full details so that she can transfer the money !!!!

I stopped – I thought – I breathed – I binned it !


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.

https://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/

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https://www.facebook.com/TVPWindsorandMaidenhead

Eyes, ears.....and Brain

Jeff
Jeffrey.pick@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk


NEWS UPDATE FROM NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH

Hi, I am Valerie Pike, Chair of Windsor & Ascot NHW Association. The Association was formed in September 2019 and our objective was simply to help residents. In setting up the Association, we asked
How can each of us
·       help to make our community safer?
·       improve its spirit and neighbourliness?
·       help the Police to reduce local crime?
·       make our own home security better?
 
Starting up a Neighbourhood Watch scheme in your street is easy, and it’s free. Police statistics show that a Neighbourhood Watch scheme significantly reduces the probability of your house being burgled.
 
Neighbourhood Watch is about neighbourliness and making our communities and homes safer. It’s about being friendly and caring, and watching out for the elderly and vulnerable too.

Members of Neighbourhood Watch are assisted in a number of ways, including  having  free  home  security  surveys  conducted  by  a  local PCSO, to identify any areas in which security can be improved, and to advise  on  optimum  ways  to  safeguard  against  crime  and  improve personal and household security
 
But most of all Neighbourhood Watch is about helping the Police to keep us safe. They need the support of people who care. If that’s you - join us now!
Please contact us on contact@windsorascotnhwa.org.uk and we will be delighted to assist.

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

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