This message is dated Wednesday 14th July 2021 - Maidenhead
Alert message sent 14/07/2021 14:50:00
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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 old images she had posted on her InstaGram account and also from her old SnapChat account.
The screenshots he sent from her old 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:
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:
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
email@example.com NO CRIME TO REPORT.
RIVERSIDE & BELMONT:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
firstname.lastname@example.org BISHAM, COOKHAM, HURLEY, THE WALTHAMS, LITTLEWICK GREEN & KNOWL HILL:
14/7 Wednesday 9 a.m. Choseley Road. A witness reports a white transit taking items from a driveway. Ref. No: 43210311564
12/7 Monday 11.25 p.m. Graham Road, Cookham. Land Rover Defender stolen from driveway. The policeacted immediately and reported it on the Police National Computer as stolen. Police officers out on patrol saw the car being driven in convoy on the Lower Cookham Road, but the cars immediately made off at speed and it was lost. Other police cars in the area were notified as the convoy was driving through red lights and speeding. The car was again seen speeding on the Shoppenhangers Road where the driver lost control over the mini roundabouts, lost control of the car flipping it. The driver emerged from the boot of the car and was arrested on suspicion of theft of motor vehicle along with driving offences. Ref. No: 43210309453
PINKNEYS GREEN & FURZE PLATT:
12/7 Monday 0.05 a.m. Napier Road. The owner reports that he has video doorbell footage of an unknown man who drove up his road. He stopped at the next house, got out, walked up to the front of the house and is seen looking at the front of the house, where he notices the CCTV and a video door bell. He then appears to change his mind, walks back to his car before slowly driving down the road towards Highway Avenue. Ref. No: 43210307958
13/7 Tuesday 11 a.m. / 1 p.m. Balmoral. Bike left unlocked, propped against a wall stolen. A dark blue & yellow, classic, Scott racing bike. Ref. No: 43210310741
BOYN HILL, COX GREEN & WOODLANDS PARK
13/7 Tuesday 3.20 p.m. Westmoreland Road / Bath Road. Van break. Van left unlocked and side door opened – tools stolen. Ref. No: 43210310517
OLDFIELD, BRAY & HOLYPORT:
14/7 Wednesday 0.50 a.m. Holyport Street, Holyport. A witness reported a man on the water tower cutting metal from it. Ref. No: 43210311331
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:
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’ - £1534.00. 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.
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 !
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!
Many thanks Lynne, this shows how many calls are being made – tell everyone you know – to just put the phone down !
NEXT: From Steve
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 !!
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 Surry Police – it is good !
If you have been a victim, report it to TVP – not Surrey Police who have their details at the bottom.
Today I hired a Transit van.
I had to show my driving licence, 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.
As I had not heard about this before – I passed it over to Paul Hay, our NHW Volunteer IT Guru.
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 !
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 !
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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