28 February 2014
Courier Fraud in Maidenhead yesterday – see below – fortunately it was
only an attempt and the message is getting through – The warnings are
front page of the Maidenhead Advertiser this week and the BBC are running
continual news items.
We have had reports of strange signs
appearing in roads. I have attached a handout showing examples of
the traditional road signs that have been used. The various borough
departments will be out and about repairing drains etc. the Borough /
Water Companies uses spray paint
in blue or yellow.
A white van was pushed on its side in Wraysbury and the catalytic
converter stolen from the exhaust system.
Neighbourhood Page on TVP's Website - Click Here
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
RIVERSIDE & BELMONT:
27/2 – 28/2 Thursday 8 p.m. / Friday 8 a.m. Ray Mead
Court, Boulter’s Lane. Car rear windscreen smashed.
No attempt to search or remove anything.
BISHAM, COOKHAM, HURLEY, THE WALTHAMS, LITTLEWICK GREEN &
Neighbourhood Page on TVP's Website - Click Here
27/2 Thursday 11.30 a.m. / 12.30 p.m. Shottesbrook,
Waltham Road, White Waltham. A petrol disc cutter stolen from the
rear of a tipper truck.
PINKNEYS GREEN & FURZE PLATT:
27/2 Thursday 4.15 p.m. Farm Road. ATTEMPTED
COURIER FRAUD. The
Aggrieved received a call to say there had been illegal usage of her
credit cards. Would she please cut them up, place them in an
envelope and hand them to a courier, who would be sent shortly. She
was in the process of doing this, when fortunately a friend arrived at
that moment, explained that this was a scam and the police were called.
The taxi driver, who had been called by the Scammer to deliver the
envelope to a garage in London, also felt this was suspicious and thought
it might be connected to the Courier Frauds, also called the police.
The police arranged to watch the drop off point, but the scammer became
suspicious and did not show. The Aggrieved cancelled her cards and
confirmed with the bank that nothing had been taken from her accounts.
BOYN HILL, COX GREEN & WOODLANDS PARK:
Neighbourhood Page on TVP's Website - Click Here
THREE BURGLARIES IN COX GREEN LAST NIGHT
! The police are still attending and on scene, so I only have
details of two. The third is apparently a ‘Vamoose Burglary’.
A burglary during which the keys and car are stolen. Did anyone see
anything suspicious ? not only last night but perhaps in the
previous week ?
28/2 Friday 1 a.m. / 6.20 a.m. Bedford Close, Cox
Green. Property entered BY UNKNOWN
MEANS – possibly letterbox entry (for our new members -
fishing with a long rod through the letterbox, to remove house keys from a
hallway table). The UVPC front door had not been double locked.
Tidy search, a handbag and another bag stolen. The handbag was
recovered on the front lawn minus the cash from inside.
28/2 Friday 3.50 a.m. Lillibrooke Crescent, Cox Green.
Burglary via forced front door. Tidy search. Mixing deck,
iPhone 4, laptops X 2 and Watches X 2 stolen. The owner – being
technologically literate, turned on the mobile tracker software and the
phone was recovered nearby round the corner.
Whilst talking about Tracker Systems / Apps. I now understand that
as most new Smart TVs can connect to the internet, you can pump in your
post code and details. If we recover it, we can simply turn it on
and it will show on screen your full details ! If the thieves have
not re-set it to factory settings – which they may not know how to do.
New gaming devices – Xboxes / PlayStations etc all now work wirelessly
via the Internet for multiple player gaming – and – they also contain
tracking software !!! If you have kids / grandkids with these
devices, ask them to familiarise themselves with this new development.
If they are stolen it could help them to get them back – and – just as
importantly, send the thief or the handler, down for a long time, if they
are caught in possession !!!
OLDFIELD & BRAY:
26/2 – 27/2 Wednesday 11.30 p.m. / Thursday 8.10 a.m. Fane
Way. Garage break – 2 locks forced – extensive search.
Welder and possibly other items stolen.
27/2 Thursday 1 a.m. – 7.30 a.m. Norden Road.
Car left UNLOCKED on a
driveway entered and searched. iPhone adaptor, SAT
NAV, loose change and cables stolen.
28/2 Friday 1.30 a.m. Aysgarth Park. An
offender entered the front garden and pulled up solar lights.
26/2 - 27/2 Wednesday 8 p.m. / Thursday 8.30 a.m. Holyport
Street, Holyport. Doormat stolen from outside a house.
There may have been more stolen, but only one reported so far.
24/2 – 27/2 Monday 9 a.m. / Thursday 10.10 p.m. Windsor
Road. Communal bike area entered – bike stolen. A
gents white / black, Giant Rapid bike.
TO STOP UNWANTED EMAILS:
Add the following to your
contact list, most of those unwanted emails will be blocked or sent to the
junks box, which works well on Windows Live Mail.
:AUTO SENDING STOP
Hope this helps.
Many thanks George, anything we can
do will help !
THE WINDOWS / MICROSOFT SCAM HAS CHANGED
I received a call from an Indian/Asian man, supposed to be calling from BT
Internet Tech Support. He
said that their system had been alerted them to the fact that my computer was
running slow and had a serious virus.
He asked if I had noticed that my computer
sometimes ran slowly and sometimes froze over. (whose doesn't ?)
He said that the virus on my computer, was
causing problems at his Tech Department and could mess up their systems.
He said he would have to go through my computer with me on
the telephone, to clean it up and make it run faster and cleaner.
I asked his name which he said was Danny.
In view of his strong accent, I doubted this. I said I would
call him back. He said no - he would call me back. I insisted
on getting a number from him, making the excuse that I had someone with
me. I insisted on a telephone number.
I also said I wanted to verify he was who he
claimed to be and that he was really calling from BT. He
laughed and said are you accusing me of being a scammer? I
said I had a right to check him out. He gave me the telephone number
0121 822 7061. I hung up and tried to call this number three times,
but each time it was unobtainable.
I called BT immediately and they confirmed that
no call had been made to me by them and that it was likely to be a scam.
I gave the full details and they checked my line to see if I had
received any calls, but nothing was listed???
Which means these scammers must be able to
conceal calls they make to householders ? The BT Operator said she
would report this to the Managers.
I have reported it to Thames Valley Police.
I have a daughter with learning difficulties who would have probably tried
to go along with these people and given them access to our computer.
My father would also have gone along with it too.
I thought you might like to put this
information on your Neighbour Hood Watch emails for everyone to be aware
and warn their children and elderly relatives.
Jan (Ears only on this occasion)
Many thanks Jan – you did exactly
the right thing. We are all expecting these calls to come from
Windows / Microsoft – not BT Tech Support. Now we know and can be
NEXT FROM MICHELLE RE – ONLINE BANKING
USING AN APP:
Are mobile banking apps safe?
James Lyne Global head of security research at Sophos
Around half of us now
manage our money online,
to the Office for National Statistics.
These days you don't even
need to be at a computer to manage your accounts, you can do it through
Banking applications allow
you to pay bills, transfer money and keep an eye on your finances. But are
they safe ?
That really depends on the
application. Most internet banking providers, invest heavily in the
security of their mobile applications.
These apps often have
limitations, on the amount of money they can transfer, to minimise the
Alternatively, they might
require a code from a token or card reader, to authorise larger
Often, doing your banking
through your smartphone, may be more secure than on a standard computer,
but there are some exceptions.
The most important thing, is
to make sure you use the official application for your bank and that you
keep it updated.
Check that your Bank's mobile
app has been validated for its security. Firstly, you should look on the
bank's website for their own published statement on how they have
validated, the security of their app.
If you can't find anything
there, look for views from other customers that have used the app. One way
to do this, is to put the bank's name and 'mobile app' in an internet
search engine such as Google, to see what views there are of the app.
the risks different to normal online banking?
speaking, there is far less nasty stuff targeting smartphones than
traditional computers, which in a way, makes them more safe.
That said, there are over
650,000 malicious Android applications out there. Many of them are fake
banking applications that claim to be official.
Much like a phishing
campaign, these applications are put onto various app stores, where
they wait for users to hand over their banking information.
It is critical that you make
sure you install the right banking application.
Check your Bank's official
website, for the latest advice on how to safely download the latest
version of their banking app, to suit your phone.
can I do to minimise the dangers of mobile banking?
you start using the application, find the option ‘to be sent a message
every time there is a transaction in your account’. If your bank sends
you an SMS whenever money goes in or out of your account, you can quickly
spot, if something is wrong.
More generally, switch on
your phone's pass code, password or pin security lock, so that only you
can unlock it every time you go to use your phone.
You should also keep the
operating system and apps updated with the latest versions. You can do
this in your phone settings.
phone-tracking app which allows you to erase your data if it gets lost, is
also an excellent idea.
antiviruses needed for smartphones?
on the smartphone operating system, antivirus technology could be a good
for example operates a locked down or 'walled garden' model, where only
trusted applications can be installed on the device.
There have been examples
of malicious applications but they were quickly removed from devices
(not just the store), by Apple.
operating system requires appropriate security controls and best practice,
to keep it safe.
Malware which poses as a
legitimate application (or a free version of a commercial application) is
very common and often relies on you to download and install it.
You can pick up free
antivirus for Android, via an app store.
should you do if you think you've been scammed?
your Bank immediately. You can also report your case to Action
safe on your mobile
FOR THE BBC’s TOP 10 TIPS TO BEING SAFE
- Never leave your device unlocked
- Keep the apps on your phone regularly
- Try not to use unsecured wi-fi
networks for banking, purchases, or checking your emails
- Take care when downloading apps - if
something looks too good to be true, it probably is
- Encrypt your phone
- Check the security settings in your
device to ensure maximum protection
A question re the I am crying as I write this scam from someone you know
to say they are abroad and been robbed !
I received an e mail allegedly from a good friend who lives in Henley,
saying that she was stuck in Ukraine, had been robbed and urgently
required a loan of £2500. It was obviously not from her, the
language and spelling were not what she would have used.
I checked with her at her home address by phone and learnt that I was the
third person to have reported back, and she deduced that her computer had
She is taking the appropriate steps to report this and change her log in
details etc. Is there any
possibility that knowing my e mail address, my computer could also be
hacked. I use an apple mac which I understand are
not so easily hacked. Is there any safeguards that I should take ?
We asked Paul Hay our IT Guru – who as
always, was most helpful and reassuring:
No, you don't have to worry.
Just because you received the email will not mean your computer will be
This is a common scam. Just
delete the email.
Emails that could cause
problems, are ones that have an attached file that, once
you have opened the file, will potentially release a virus and infect your