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Crime Update Wednesday 2nd August 2017 - Ascot

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This message is dated Wednesday 2nd August 2017 for Ascot.

 

First from Dawn re the intercepted post issue:

 

Hi Jeff,

 

Issues with post and both external/ internal letter boxes, are relevant for everyone.

 

Vulnerability, is not just of concern to the elderly, as your website keeps reciting.  We have people who suffer from mental health issues in our communities, which lack support and intervention.  There are also those who also lonely, living alone, as well as in isolation and do not know what to do?

 

Therefore I would appreciate you stop referring to ageism, as it's discriminatory to others.

 

Firstly, I question how money can be successfully paid to the fraudsters and you are left with a contract to pay the loan?

 

Secondly, post mail left with others addresses, how does that happen information open to any fraudster. I have complained to Royal Mail lack of diligence by post people who are in the hands of personal data, which could be sellable for a price ?

 

What can I say - it continues loans, business being carried out, insurance policies using my address.

 

Sadly TVP only sees this as an accident I'm sure am not alone as I would not spend my time responding to your blog.

 

Dawn

 

Several points to think about:

 

Ageism – Most of those targeted for our major frauds, are elderly and are targeted, because they are elderly.  Usually, I add the word ‘vulnerable’, which covers all those other groups you mention.  Often, as you say, they are isolated and need us, to help and support them.  Most will not receive my messages, so our – our role, is to pass out this information as far and wide as we can, which they cannot get anywhere else, to protect them.

 

Re question 1.  Re the ‘Delivery Courier Frauds’, re delivery of mobile phones and other articles online, your identity will already have been copied to enable the fraudsters to buy them.  As they purchase them, they can track the delivery date and time online.  They then phone you the evening before delivery, to say they are on the van and cannot be removed, but are being delivered the next day.  A courier will be sent to collect them from you.  Please sign for them and await the courier.  The ‘courier’ sits outside and watched the delivery van deliver the parcel.  They then knock on the door to say – ‘you have been told about the mistake, they are there to collect the package’.  You hand it over.  They take the parcel and you….get the bill.  The advice is – if you get one of these calls, say that you will not be handing the parcel over to anyone.  You will take it to the police station and they can collect it from there !

 

Question 2.  Please remember, most items are no longer delivered by the GPO, but by all sorts of private delivery companies, which have taken over this market.  GPO staff are completely honest, but we have had post stolen from the delivery trolleys – and even whole GPO trolleys.  I often get home and a parcel is sitting on the doorstep, in full public view.  Often when arranging delivery, you can specify a safe area for delivery (which they often ignore), or specify that the item can be left with a neighbour at no X.

 

It is very important that if you get letters addressed to your home, but not your name, to follow them up immediately and not just bin them !

 

NEXT - I HAVE RECEIVED A LOT OF FEEDBACK RE ‘CHARITY COLLECTORS’ COLD CALLING:

 

Hi Jeff .

 

A lady and her daughter, turned up on my doorstep today. The mum said that her daughter was doing a ‘charity Hair Shave’, for a children’s charity.

 

I told her that I didn’t give money at the door.  She got very loud and abusive - saying people like me, don’t have an idea.

 

Later, I saw the same couple in town at McDonald's with 3 other "Charity" workers, counting out their money and laughing.

 

I found this unusual.

 

Nicholas

 

This is very disconcerting !

 

Hi Jeff

 

I have been targeted again !  I had a couple of East European ladies on my doorstep, with a collection box.

 

They said they were collecting for a "children’s charity" in Africa, but they were very vague.

 

They were giving away (after you put money in of course), what looked like cheap badges.  When I again said, I don’t give money at the door, the younger of the two, got very aggressive and swore in a foreign language.

 

I said I was going to call the police and they then walked away rather quickly; shouting something to a driver of a large white people carrier filled with other " charity workers and climbed inside" and drove off at speed.

 

I couldn’t get out of my house quickly enough, to get the registration number due to having 3 under 3 children in the house with me

 

This is now the second time this has happened within a week !

 

If they are cheating children’s charities, it is the lowest of the low.  If they turn up again I will take a picture of them.

 

Nick

 

The ‘give away’ badges sometimes evidence a scam !

 

Charity collectors collect money for registered charities and you get nothing in return (apart from poppies / daffodils / ribbons etc. - which have little or no value) other than a warm glow.

 

We believe this is a way of circumventing the law.  If we question these people after a call from a resident, what we are told is - you ‘purchased’ a badge from them, it was not a charitable donation.  No actual price was mentioned, you merely gave them whatever you felt, was reasonable !

 

We have this exact problem with ‘collectors’, in the town centres.  Men dress up in Superman outfits and do the same thing – they ‘sell’ you a wrist band !  As there is an exchange – cash for something they hand you – they escape the law !  They work on the principle that we all know about the fathers for children charity - where real charity collectors also dress up as supermen and we will believe we are supporting a real charity !

 

NEXT:  THE CHILDREN’S CANCER CHARITY COLLECTORS ARE STILL OUT THERE.

 

Hi Jeff,

 

Just to let you know that I have just had 2 youngish individuals, ring the doorbell.  They had ‘Clic Sargent Cancer Charity’ on their sweat shirts.

 

Both were very pleasant, cheerful and went away immediately, when I said ‘I didn't buy or sell at the door’.

 

They never had a chance to say what they wanted ! I live in Shurlock Row.

 

It was probably all very innocent !

 

Keep up the good work.

 

David

 

Yes, it should be absolutely fine and above board, but we just don’t want people to become used to letting people into their homes.  These people may be fine….the next person may not.

 

Hi Jeff

 

I was out this afternoon, but my babysitter said we were door knocked by a young man and lady, for a breast cancer charity.

 

Apparently, they were wearing branded t shirts, but not carrying any literature.

 

They left sharpies when told my son has chicken pox. This was about 4.30 Tuesday evening in Shurlock row. 

 

Thanks

 

Clare

 

Best to stick to one simple rule:

 

NO-ONE COMES INTO YOUR HOME UNLESS YOU KNOW THEM, OR THEY HAVE MADE AN APPOINTMENT.

 

ANOTHER VIEWPOINT:

 

HI Jeff,

 

I wish to comment on the 'Charity Collection' discussion.

 

I collected for many years for the Salvation Army, but never with a box, nor asking people to sign up for anything. Our approach was to post an envelope through the door and then call to collect it a few days later. This way allows the home owner to verify that it is a genuine collection, if they wish, and they can either return the envelope filled or empty (as many have !).   Also if one does not want to answer the door, the envelope can be put out through the letter box or thrown out an upstairs window (watch out below).

 

The collectors always carried an issued ID card, but I know these can be easily duplicated.

 

There is also the option to return the envelope freepost to the SA.

 

I know that the scam artists are getting into all ways of life at the moment, but feel it necessary to say that not all Charity Collectors are scam artists and most Charity Collectors are volunteers, so don't need abuse at the door, any more than a shop assistance or doctors receptionist !

Scam artists have been around for decades and door to door collections are what keeps most of these charities surviving.  Believe me those who suffered in the Grenfell Tower, and many other situations, would be in a desperate state but for these charities.

 

At Grenfell Tower the charities are still there 6 weeks later and will be for many weeks to come.

 

Strangely enough, it was often the ‘not so young’ who welcomed and appreciated a chat at the doorstep, not having seen another living person for days.

 

Please don't dismiss all Charity Collectors because you've met a bad one. There are more issues raised here than just scam Charity Collectors.

 

Rant Over !

 

Anthony

 

Nowhere, do we advocate being rude to anyone at the door – even with Nottingham Knockers !  The advice is always – ‘firmly, but politely close the door….’.

 

I always add that many charities do do excellent work and people should say – ‘Many thanks for calling and reminding me of the good work you do……I will make my own arrangements thank you, but please leave me any forms I need to make those arrangements’.

 

What we find, is the collectors will not leave forms, but try and pressurise residents, to sign them – a direct debit - on the spot.

 

We have had real issues with the problem highlighted in the press, of elderly people being pressurised into signing the £3 per month standing orders and then receiving harassing phone calls, asking them to increase their monthly payments and then really pressurising for just another £1 or whatever…they can afford.

 

Most of those charity collectors are now employed by agencies, with targets, which make the selling very highly pressurised, particularly the charity lotteries !

 

Each of us must make our own decisions re charitable contribution - but complete and submit standing orders yourself.

 

CRIME:

ASCOT:

ascotnhpt@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk

SUNNINGDALE:

30/7 - 1/8  Sunday midnight / Tuesday 9 a.m.  Heather Drive.  CAR LEFT INSECURE - untidy search, nothing stolen.

 

SUNNINGHILL:

NO CRIME TO REPORT.

 

ASCOT & SOUTH ASCOT:

30/7 - 1/8  Sunday 8 a.m. / Tuesday 9 a.m.  Newman’s place.  CAR ENTERED BY UNKNOWN MEANS - Green golfing jacket, iPod and a valuable set of golf clubs stolen.

 

NORTH ASCOT:

NO CRIME TO REPORT.

 

 

Eyes and Ears..........and Brain.

 

Jeff

jeffrey.pick@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk

 

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P.S.

 

FIRST:  BT SCAM EMAILS FROM LESLEY:

 

Hi Jeff,

 

This is another scam - if you hover the curser over the BT link, it redirects to another provider. 

 

Also BT don’t usually sent out emails addressed to 'Dear BT Customer' they normally have the account holder name.

 

Lesley

 

The email referred to recent cyber attacks and asked her to upgrade her security……………….Please do this by CLICKING ON THE LINK !

 

DON’T DO IT !

 

NEXT:

 

Good morning Jeffrey,

 

Further to your article in Thames Valley Alert headlined “Sunninghill”.

 

Unfortunately, quite a few of our clients have misread the article and have thought that we - the security company - have been broken into and as a keyholding company, they are naturally concerned that their keys and keyholding information, may have been compromised.

 

Would you be able to print a few lines to allay their fears that it was one of our clients in Sunninghill, who was burgled and not ourselves – as you know it was in fact the photographic studio who were robbed.

 

We would really appreciate your help in clarifying these circumstances.

 

With kind regards

 

Paulina Billington | Customer Service Manager

Premier Services

 

I am happy to do this.

 

 

ANOTHER BT SCAM:

 

Dear Jeff

 

Yet another scam, email apparently from BT.

 

It starts off with ‘dear FOLLOWED BY MY ACTUAL EMAIL ADDRESS’, then says:

 

This account needs more space. To avoid exceeding quota and continue receiving emails, please follow your email address below to maintain service.

 

Absolute rubbish. I have a BT address, but there is no ‘quota’. The language is abrupt and there is an extra space in the text, which I’m sure would not happen in a professional email.

 

It then tells me to click on the link WHICH IS MY EMAIL ADDRESS, but when I run the curser over it there is a completely different link.

 

The email is from: an Email service and is signed BT Admin Center – note American spelling!

 

Naturally, I’ve deleted it without clicking on anything.

 

Thought you should know.

 

Ann

 

Ann did exactly the right thing  Just delete these emails.  When you see follow this link / Click here:

 

DON’T DO IT

 

NEXT:

 

Hi Jeff,

 

I have today received 3 phone calls, automated messages, supposed to be from HM Customs & Revenue, telling me or my Solicitor to get in touch with them asap, to avoid any legal action being taken against me.

 

When I phoned, to shout at them, there was no response, just a recorded message.

 

The automated message, is from a women with an English accent and is quite menacing.

 

Don't know if anybody else has received any of these phone calls.

 

Kind regards,

 

Lynne

 

I have not heard from anyone about one of these calls - Have you ??

 

ADVICE RE DISCARDING PERSONAL PAPERWORK:

 

Dear Jeff,

 

Reading Angela's message, 31sy July, reminds me of an old tip - Do not put old envelopes, or labels bearing one's name and address, into a recycling bin, or even a waste bin, without either shredding it or tearing into small pieces beforehand.

 

It is a sure way of someone using one’s name and address to open all sorts of accounts in one's name.

 

Jack

 

Exactly !

 

NEXT FROM KAREN:

 

She has an email from a media company - by invite only - she can obtain a 70% discount on the services they supply - if she clicks on a link.

 

DON’T DO IT

NEXT:

 

Hi Jeff,

 

Was away for a few days this week and on returning home, amongst my e mails were 2 from Pay Pal, informing me that my account had been locked and 1 from Nat West, saying the same.

 

Of course they all needed me to CLICK ON A LINK. I haven’t even got an account with Nat West.

 

They were both addressed to ‘Dear Client’ and Needless to say to say, they were BINNED!!

Regards,

Dave.

DON’T DO IT
Message sent by
Jeffrey Pick (Police, NHW & Community Msg Co-ordinator, Windsor & Maidenhead LPA)

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