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« on: September 20, 2017, 02:55:10 PM »

FIRST - a very unusual case of Blackmail, I felt you need to know about as it could happen to you.  This could happen to anyone, if they are not careful and as this looks like a fairly slick operation, they must be doing it a lot !
 
We received a call from someone who has been blackmailed online, via Facebook.  He accepted ‘friend requests’. from random people he did not know.
 
Later, they accessed his Facebook photo albums and doctored various photos, using photographic software, by adding his face, to naked pictures of someone else.  They then threatened to post them online, so that all his contacts on Facebook, would see them.  They demanded £2,000 to prevent this.  He transferred some cash, in the hope that this would stop them.
 
They have since started to contact his friends on Facebook, suggesting that they contact the aggrieved and suggest, he pay the money to prevent the release of the pictures.  He has now contacted everyone in his Facebook, explained the situation and asked everyone to delete these people.
 
He sent the money via Western Union, to the Ivory Coast in Abijan !
 
PLEASE BE VERY CAREFUL WHEN YOU RESPOND TO A ‘FRIEND REQUEST’ ON FACEBOOK.
 
When I recently spoke to my 15 year old niece, who has over 500 friends on Facebook, I asked her whether or not she knew these 500 people.  She responded no, she always accepted friends requests, to increase her number, to compete with her friends !  When her mother and I went through the Friend’s list, many of the friends…..turned out to be middle aged men that she had never met, or had any idea who they were, she always just clicked OK.  She felt she was in no danger.  She had been given advice at school about the dangers of online predators, but felt the dangers had been exaggerated and she knew, how to look after herself !
 
When I checked more carefully, she had in fact several Facebook Accounts.  One in her full name, she was happy for her mum to see and follow as a ‘Friend’. She also had two others.  One was under her school ‘nickname’, used by her and her friends, to communicate without their parents knowing about it and yet another in a name she has decided to call herself.  On that account, she gave a false date of birth making her 18 and saying she was working in a local business !  Her mother trusted her implicitly, but knew nothing about these accounts !  Teenagers…………………..
 
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MAIDENHEAD CENTRAL:
maidenheadcentralnhpt@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
19/9  Tuesday 1.35 p.m.  Creden Close.  An elderly resident was at home when her doorbell rang.  When she answered it a man was standing there who said, his builders were working next door and it may be noisy.  They entered into conversation and she asked if they could remove the moss / algae from her drives as it was slippery.  They agreed a price of £500 cash and he started work.  Later when he had finished she gave him the £500 cash.  As she thought he was so kind and helpful, she asked him if he could deal with some cracks in the tarmac and perhaps put a film over it.  He said yes it would cost £750.  When he had completed that job, he came and asked for the £750.  She said no, she thought the £750, included the £500 for the moss removal.  He said no, they were separate jobs with separate prices.  She said she didn’t have that sort of cash and he suggested she go to her bank and get the cash out.  He had another job he had to go to and needed to be paid.  He then left saying he would come back for the money.  The aggrieved is no angry with herself as she felt she was savvy enough not to fall for a scam, but feels due the amounts involved that she has been scammed.  I have put a lot of detail into this report, to show how easy it is to fall for these people, even if we feel sure we would not be caught.  They are very good at what they do !  If they were aggressive and unfriendly, they would not gain your trust to take on work.  They are polite, courteous and believable.
PLEASE REMEMBER OUR NHW MOTTO
 
I DO NOT BUY GOODS AND SERVICES AT THE DOOR !!
 
19/9  Tuesday 9.30 p.m. / 10.30 p.m.  High Street.  Locked up bike stolen.  A black & red, Carrera, racing bike.
 
RIVERSIDE & BELMONT:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
 
MAIDENHEAD WEST
maidenheadwestnhpt@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
BISHAM, COOKHAM, HURLEY, THE WALTHAMS, LITTLEWICK GREEN & KNOWL HILL:
18/9  Monday 3.30 p.m. / 3.40 p.m.  Church Hill, White Waltham  Van broken into while the owner was working nearby.  Window smashed - strimmer and leaf blower stolen.
 
PINKNEYS GREEN & FURZE PLATT:
19/9  Tuesday 8.25 p.m.  Greenway’s Drive.  The owner was away and a Neighbour reported finding their front door forced, possibly with a large screwdriver.  The neighbour also noticed lights on in the house and items discarded in the road outside.  The bedroom was searched and it is believed jewellery stolen.
15/9 - 18/9  Friday noon / Monday 2 p.m.  Heywood Court Close.  Small hole made in a house front window, which is now cracked.
 
MAIDENHEAD SOUTH
maidenheadsouthnhpt@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
BOYN HILL, COX GREEN & WOODLANDS PARK:
18/9 - 19/9  Monday 6 p.m. / Tuesday  11.45 a.m.  Croxley Rise.  Offenders gained entry to a car and carried out a search of the glovebox.  There is no report of damage claimed for the car so presumably CAR ENTERED BY UNKOWN MEANS - Nothing taken.
19/9 - 20/9  Tuesday 11.30 p.m. / Wednesday  7.50 a.m.  Graham Close.  CAR ENTERED BY UNKNOWN MEANS - Dash Cam stolen from the centre console.
 
OLDFIELD & BRAY:
17/9 - 18/9  Sunday 7 p.m. / Monday 9.45 a.m.  Canon Hill Close, Bray.  CAR ENTERED BY UNKNOWN MEANS - Trainers and PURSE stolen.
 
 
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‘For more information follow this link: https://act.campaign.gov.uk/
 
 
P.S.
 
FIRST in from Malcolm:
A prize winning type scam- ‘we have been trying to reach you because your email is a winner !  it was put in a draw and pulled out.  All we need are your full details to receive £1,000 Morrison’s Gift Card.
 
TO RECEIVE YOUR FREE GIFT CARD - CLICK HERE !!!!
 
DON’T DO IT !
Thanks Malcolm.
 
NEXT from Chris:
 
Same as above - exactly - only this time it was an M&S Gift Card !!
 
DON’T DO IT !
 
It must be the same email, but with random rotating company names for the Gift card !!!
 
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