This message is dated Friday 16th April 2021 - Ascot

Alert message sent 16/04/2021 13:56:00

Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police


NO CRIME TO REPORT IN THE LAST 48 HOURS – APART FROM THIS BURGLARY:

WITNESS APPEAL:
Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses following an aggravated burglary in Ascot.
Officers were called just before 12.40am Thursday (15/4) after three men forced entry to a house in The Chase.
During the burglary, the three men stole jewellery, watches, and a significant amount of money.
Enquiries are ongoing today and investigating officers will be remaining at the scene. There will also be increased patrols in the area by uniformed officers.
Officers are keen to hear from anyone with information which may assist the investigation.
Senior Investigating officer, Detective Chief Inspector Will Crowther, from Maidenhead Police Station, said: "This was understandably a very distressing experience for the occupants of the house, who were home at the time entry was forced.
"I want to hear from anyone who may have seen or heard anything suspicious in the area of The Chase, from around 9pm yesterday through to 1am today.
"If you have CCTV cameras outside your home, or a dash cam in your vehicle which may have captured footage, please get in touch with us.
"Officers will be making enquiries in the area today. If anyone has any concerns or information that may assist, then please do not hesitate to approach them.
"Anyone with information can also call 101, quoting the reference 43210157848."

SOME SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY:

I would like to let you know, that last week, someone turned up at my door, claiming to be from EON (which is in fact my energy supplier), saying they'd been sent to check my smart metre (which is inside the house), I had not been expecting anyone and so did not let him in.

Since this, I have contacted EON, who have confirmed, they did not send anybody to my house and therefore I can only conclude, this was a scam, trying to get access inside my property.

I have a video bell so can download the footage and send it to the police.

It may be worth letting other neighbours know of this?

I live in North Ascot.

Kind Regards

Chloe

Thanks Chloe


NEXT:  COLD CALLERS IN SUNNINGDALE:

Hi Jeff

Just had 2 separate callers at door trying to get persuade us to have drive cleaned Oakdene, Sunningdale.

Elderly people could easily be tricked.

John

Thanks John – can everyone please remember our NHW motto:

I AM SORRY – I DO NOT BUY GOODS OR SERVICES AT THE DOOR.

Then firmly, but politely close and lock your front door !

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.

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 - www.crimestoppers-uk.org

ASCOT:
ascotgeographical@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
SR.windsor&maidenhead@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
SUNNINGDALE:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.

SUNNINGHILL:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.

ASCOT & SOUTH ASCOT:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.

NORTH ASCOT:

The burglary referred to above in The Chase.


MEMBERS’ COMMENTS:

Good Morning Jeff, I hope you are keeping well ,

I received this phishing email this morning, which could worry some of our members.  It’s quite long and will leave it to the neighbourhood TVP to edit as necessary. I am sure this one warrants wider exposure as to the lengths the scammers are going.

Kind Regards Brian

Thanks Brian.

It is long and very threatening.  The email comes from ‘Kaitlin’.  The reference is ‘Waiting for payment’ and it is simply addressed ‘Hello’.
It says ‘Bad news – I have access to all your internet devices …… and have been tracking you.  I have also started to use your email, but you cannot see it.  I installed a Trojan on all your systems, when you opened an email from me.  I now have all your contacts, photos and files.


Kaitlin then adds that she can see Brian is a ‘fan of Porn’ and goes on in the usual way.  She wants $1,750 in Bitcoin within 48 hours, or she will send video footage to everyone in his personal address book.

If you get one of these – Stop, breathe, think – then bin it !


NEXT:  It can work the other way !!!!

Hi Jeff,
FYI, I received this. "Dear Customer" email from Gov.Uk and I was immediately on my guard that this was a scam.

In addition "Why you may not eligible for the fourth grant" rang warning bells.

I logged into my Government Gateway tax account, as suggested in the email, to see whether there was anything there, indicating a problem with my tax affairs, - there was nothing.
I then forwarded it to the HMRC phishing email address, to report a possible scam. They emailed me back, to confirm that it was genuine !

What chance has anyone got, when the genuine emails, appear to the recipient to be fake?
What gave me second thoughts before I would have binned it, was there was no obvious information that the email was requesting from me. (No requests for DOB, bank details etc.)
Regards

John

This was the email:

Dear customer,
We are writing to you as you’ve previously claimed a Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) grant. Based on the latest information we hold, we do not think you will be eligible to claim the fourth SEISS grant, which covers the period of February 2021 to April 2021.

We realise the significant financial impact that this might have, which is why we have contacted you as soon as possible. We would also like to provide you with details of other support that you may be eligible for.
Why you may not eligible for the fourth grant …………..

Access the National Cyber Security Centre’s guide on how to stay secure online and protect yourself and your business against cyber crime by searching ‘Cyber Aware’ on GOV.UK.
Yours sincerely
Jim Harra
Chief Executive and First Permanent Secretary – HMRC

I agree – you just have to be cautious and think !


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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Eyes, ears.....and Brain

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


NEWS UPDATE FROM NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH

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 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 www.ourwatch.org.uk and enter your postcode. 

For any questions relating to Neighbourhood Watch please contact the Windsor & Ascot NHW Association at contact@windsorascotnhwa.org.uk

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

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