This message is dated Monday 7th September 2020 - Ascot

Alert message sent 07/09/2020 14:41:00

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The victim, received a friends request from someone he didn’t know on Facebook.  He accepted and later that day, the person made contact.  The person suggested they get to know each other better and they then started video chatting.  During those conversations, they became intimate.
Immediately, the caller said he had videoed the incident and will be forwarding it to the victims, family and friends.  So far, they have not said they want money and have not forwarded the video.
Can everyone, be on their guard for this scam.  Please do not do, or say, anything online, or even on a mobile phone, that you would not want your parents, family, friends or work colleagues, to see or hear.  Think about, who is in your personal address book, your phone lists, your circle on Facebook.  Would you want them to see or hear, what went on.
There are unscrupulous people out there - please do not be a victim !
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.
I have added a new email address below.  The first email address is directly to your local Neighbourhood Team.  The second is to our investigation team.  Please use it to send any intelligence / video doorbell / CCTV footage you may have, which is relevant to any of the crimes lists below - quoting the reference number.
Alternatively you can call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or email -
6/9  Sunday 6.30 p.m. / 8.30 p.m.  Broomfield Park.  2 bikes left unlocked outside the property stolen.  1.  A black, Crossfire 2, Woman’s hybrid bike.  2.  A black, Crossfire 2, Woman’s hybrid bike.  Ref. No:  43200279257


FIRST:  The TV Licensing scam

Hi Jeff
I have received an email asking me to renew my TV licence - £154.50.  I have 8 days to do this - would I please click on the LINK to pay this amount.
If you hover your cursor over the link - it does not go to TV Licensing !!
Absolutely.  Can everyone be aware and always hover their mouse over the link to see where the email will go, before clicking on it !
NEXT:  An Amazon Prime Scam

Dear Jeffrey
Over the past few days, I’ve had repeated telephone calls with an electronic message claiming to be from Amazon.
Up to now, I’ve simply put down the receiver, but today, I listened to the whole message and it has to do with Amazon Prime and - the sound was not very clear - something about a sum of what sounded like ‘£79’ which will be taken from my bank a/c.
I’ve checked with my bank and alerted them to this, but the bank employee I spoke to, agreed with me that this is a scam.
What’s so annoying, is the frequency of these calls and, of course, the threat of removing money from my bank.
Is there any way I can stop these calls?  I used to report this sort of nuisance call to the Telephone Preference Service  and have just checked to see if that is still operating but instead of the free service run by Ofcom I was taken to an ‘independent Company’ website which charges for the service - as the genuine TPS warns!
Thought I’d just check with you as the calls are so persistent - and threatening.
Many thanks for this.  TPS is still a free service,

What is the ‘Telephone Preference Service’ ?
The Telephone Preference Service (TPS) is a free service run by the Direct Marketing Association (DMA). It stops your telephone number being available to organisations, including charity and voluntary organisations, who may telephone you with sales or marketing calls.

As you can see the web address is 'https', which means it is a safe and secure site.  Normal sites have the prefix 'http'.  Never deal with any personal information / banking with any site, without the additional 's' !

How do I register?
If you sign up for BT Privacy at Home we'll register you to the Telephone Preference Service. We also offer Caller Display which allows you to see the number of the person who's calling. Sign up here >
You can also register with the Telephone Preference Service directly by visiting their website at (opens a new window) or by calling them on 0845 070 0707.
There are free services as well as some you have to pay for.  The FREE service is:
BT Call Protect
BT call protect gives you the ability to identify and prevent nuisance calls by sending them to a junk voicemail service. You can retrieve messages by dialling 1572 from your home phone.
BT Privacy at Home
Registers you for the telephone preference service (TPS) to help prevent unwanted sales calls
ALTERNATIVELY - you can buy and instal a ‘Call blocker’ phone.  These are not expensive.  You pump in numbers from whom you will accept calls - family, friends, doctors, dentists etc.  Those are the only calls that get through.  If anyone else rings, they hear a message - ‘all calls to this number are monitored.  Please leave your name and we will see if the owner will accept your all.  The owner then has the choice to accept the call and add them to the list of acceptable calls, or push another number, to reject that call, and that number, will never get through again.
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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The lockdown has resulted in many neighbourhoods drawing closer together in supporting local residents with needs, and in neighbours spending a lot more time talking to each other over fences or across the road. This has improved community spirit to no end, and a great way to keep this spirit alive is for residents to join their local Neighbourhood Watch scheme, or start up a new scheme if there is not already one covering their respective street.

Neighbourhood Watch is not just about looking out the window and being alert for any crime in the neighbourhood, it is much more than that. It serves as a valuable resource for crime prevention, in supporting the Police with things such as local home security surveys, installing crime prevention aids in homes for the vulnerable and elderly especially, helping those vulnerable and elderly residents with any other needs, and in drawing residents together in supporting one another.
The Windsor & Ascot NHW Association is making great strides in reactivating and expanding Neighbourhood Watch within the various parishes of Windsor & Ascot. Its Facebook page (@WindsorAscotNHW) is receiving multiple enquiries from interested residents and serves as a means to highlight local issues relating to crime and residents in need. New NHW schemes are continuously being set up with active Coordinators, and residents within those scheme areas can now benefit from the new initiatives being introduced by Neighbourhood Watch and Thames Valley Police.
To search for your nearest NHW scheme, or to set up a new scheme, visit and enter your postcode. 

For any questions relating to Neighbourhood Watch please contact the Windsor & Ascot 
NHW Association at
Message sent by
Jeffrey Pick (Police, Community Engagement & Resilience Officer, Windsor & Maidenhead LPA)

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