This message is dated Wednesday 28th April 2017 for Windsor.
FIRST A WARNING:
NOTINGHAM KNOCKERS IN THE AREA:
Just thought I’d let you know that this morning (about 5 minutes ago) we had a young lad from the North trying to sell us cleaning stuff. My husband answered the door and I could hear him in conversation with the lad. Following your advice, I called out to him to tell the lad that we don’t buy anything at the door. My husband did and the lad went off - quite amicably I have to say. I asked my husband whether he had been shown any identification etc. and he hadn’t.
I don’t know whether or not, the lad was legitimate, but thought you might like to know. This happened in Courthouse Road, Maidenhead.
Keep up all the great work and useful advice,
Please remember -:
I DO NOT BUY GOODS AND SERVICES AT THE DOOR !!!
Re copying and sending CCTV to us. Often the footage is too large to send via email. In those circumstances, we are always happy to come out and view / collect it.
The sender uploads to their site and an email is sent to the recipient with a download link.
AND another solution:
I saw mention of Alison being unable to e-mail you large video files.
A possible solution would be for you to open a free Dropbox Basic account of 2 GB cloud space.
You could set a directory to be a shared space and issue a username and password to upload a file to it, when they ask you how to send it to you.
Then download the file to your network, checking for a virus of course J, then reset the username and password for the next user.
A neater way, would be if you have a NAS that is on your network and put a shared space on that for users to upload files to. I use a Synology NAS with 8TB of space. That then costs nothing more as Dropbox could.
Thanks, Brian, I will follow this up internally.
NEXT – RE THE PHONE CALL SCAMS – This from Vicci:
I just wanted to add a note to one of the cases in your last message - (Margaret) - regarding the fact that a number was given for Margaret to verify the identity of the caller. These ‘companies’ do this, to convince you that they are genuine. In fact what they do is keep your line open, so that you call back straight away and speak to someone, you believe to be from that company.
It is possibly worth mentioning that if you are given a number to call back on to prove the identity of the caller, wait some time, before calling back. Phone someone else that you know in the meantime, or dial the correct number (from an old bill or letter) etc. from a different phone.
These scammers know that people will be suspicious and will tell you to call the number on the back of your bank card for example, but as the line is still open, you are only calling them !
Excellent advice Vicci
FINALLY – ON WHETHER TO KEEP LISTING CURRENT SCAMS – GEORGE, HITS THE NAIL ON THE HEAD !!
Thanks for your email.
On the email scams, I agree it is becoming a bit repetitive but because of the number of these scams and the significant amount of money which can be lost I think it is important to keep up awareness. If anything I am concerned about the people who do not receive these emails, who are not aware and therefore, more likely to be at risk of falling for these scams.
Keep up the great work.
Kind regards George
George is exactly right. We have the largest database of recipients in the Thames valley by a huge margin – 11,000 on the database, but that is about 10% of the local population. We all need to do more to persuade more people to sign up, so that we can protect them. Can everyone try a bit harder to sign up their friends, relatives and work colleagues ? The more we can spread the word, the more people we can protect – the less victims of crime ! We need to build more ‘Community resilience to crime, frauds and scams.
ETON & ETON WICK: firstname.lastname@example.org 28/2 - 25/4 Common Road, Eton Wick. Old car used for filming has been parked up in a field next to building, since February, but need for filming on Monday – found to be missing. A beige, Volvo, index A **6 GGW.
OLD WINDSOR: email@example.com 21/4 – 24/4 Queen’s Close. Attempt to force entry to a van damaging rear and side doors. No entry gained. If you know of anyone with a van which contains tools, can you advise them to get a wireless PIR, heat and movement sensor alarm, to place in the back. They sound at 110dB which in the early hours would be deafening !!! They are really simple to operate – you fob them on as you close the rear doors and fob it off as you open them. At the moment they are 2 for about £11.99 on Amazon. One for the van and one for the shed !!
Hello Jeff - Please keep sending out reports of scams and other incidents - however repetitive some people find them.
They are a constant reminder of what could happen - and especially of value to those of us older folk who maybe rather vulnerable - and without these constant reminders could become victims - I too have been phoned by 'BT' twice in the last two days, the foreign accent made it almost impossible to understand what was being said. I feel very confident in being pre-warned and knowing the right action to take.
Thank you - Christine
Here's one I haven't seen before. Looks very convincing - it's only the grammar that gives it away!
Best wishes and thanks for all your advice.
It is an email from M&S – ‘Dear customer’.
It goes on about random fraud checks and they require Dear Customer to complete their security information……by clicking on a link to access their account. If you fail to do so, within 48 hours, your account will be suspended !
DON’T DO IT
Standard scam email, not personally addressed, Link. Urgent, Threat.
Another from Ann from the Bank of America ! How many of us have bank of America accounts in England ??? Addressed ‘Dear customer’, this time $18.5 million is up for grabs ! Apparently, it belonged to the late President Saddam Hussein and was lodged ina Swiss bank account. They now have instructions to share it with 700 thousand people across the world and Ann was chosen as one of those people.
All they need……….are her full details !!
DON’T DO IT
NEXT: Another from Cornwall !
‘To Licensed Clergy and PCC Secretaries (paper copies to those not on email) Dear All We thought we should draw your attention to the fact that one of our churches has recently received two parcels containing a DVD and a blank glossy card. The DVDs contain poorly made films about conspiracy theories. It may be that they relate to a scam or virus threat, so we urge any parish receiving a similar parcel, to discard the DVDs without playing them.
With best wishes,
NEXT FROM JOHN – THE OLD HMRC SCAM EMAIL:
The fact that I no longer send in a Tax Return made me instantly suspicious. On closer examination the e-mail address is vitan@optusnet,com. Then “au” for Australia !
Needless to say I deleted said message unopened.
I thought that maybe some other of your readers may be receiving something similar.
Hope this is of help.
Best regards and thanks for the ongoing useful information.
The email explained that they have some information that is different form information previously reported in your tax return and ….’we have verified that you are a victim of identity theft’ There was apparently an Identity Theft Indicator on his account !!!
DON’T DO IT
NEXT – I have received this through from Mari who received an email ‘Final Request’, from the DVLA: It goes onto say that they have been trying to contact ‘you’ offering a refund.
I clicked on the link in the email and it took me directly to a page which looked correct and it said I have refund for £48.
It went on to request my personal and card details. I consider myself fairly tech savvy and for a moment, I almost believed it to be true.
‘We’re aware that some members of the public are receiving emails, texts and telephone calls claiming to be from DVLA. Links to a website mocked up to look like a DVLA online service, are sometimes included in the message. We don’t send emails or text messages with links to websites asking you to confirm your personal details or payment information. We strongly advise anyone who receives such a request not to open the link and delete the item’.
If you haven't already reported, would be good to warn others.
As Mari clicked on the link, she must now change all her passwords, in case hidden within ‘the link’ was a Trojan or hidden software, which then loaded into her computer hard drive. She also needs to run anti -virus scans.
We all know that we can look at emails in our inbox.
I have had this back from Mari – so everything is fine:
Thankfully, I had opened the link within a virtual machine, so everything should be ok.
It's all very scary how smart some of these scammers are.
Many thanks, Mari
WE MUST NEVER CLICK ON THE LINKS
DON’T DO IT
YET ANOTHER FROM Ann
From BT – they have apparently ‘upgraded their servers’ – can Ann please log on via the link to validate her E-space. No emails will be sent from her existing account, until she does so – so Urgent to create panic and a threat as usual.