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« on: May 21, 2018, 07:41:41 PM »

FACEBOOK SCAMS – PLEASE REMAIN ALERT:
 
The aggrieved has received a message from a friend’s Facebook account via Messenger on the 14/03/2018.  It asked if she could transfer money to the aggrieved, as she was setting up a new bank account.  She would need the aggrieved to transfer the money back into her new account later
 
The aggrieved was a bit wary, as she is self-employed and she has to account for any money going in or out of her bank account
 
She eventually agreed to accept the money and supplied her sort code and account number. She was then told to download an App called ‘Team Viewer’, which she did.
 
The scammer didn't tell her to do anything, on Team Viewer. The scammer then said she was going to put £8,500 into the account.  The aggrieved, then started to get suspicious and started asking more questions.
 
She then told the scammer, who she thought at the time was a friend, to call her, so they could speak, but the scammer refused and came up with all sorts of excuses.
 
The aggrieved, has since stopped all contact with the scammer as she realised, this was not in fact her friend.
 
The victim contacted the police and they have advised her to contact Action Fraud.
 
She has since contacted her bank who said the money wasn't in the victim’s bank account. The bank also said that someone with a different ip address from the victim, has accessed her online banking.
 
AND A SIMILAR CASE – NOT HERE THOUGH:
 
The aggrieved received a Facebook message from a scammer, purporting to be one of their friends. The scammer asked the aggrieved, to receive money on their behalf and then forward it, to their bank account.  They provided the aggrieved, with a mobile number to ‘WhatsApp’, to confirm they were willing to do this. The aggrieved complied with the suspects instructions, and sent the money.  It transpired the transfer into the aggrieved’s account was not genuine and the bank removed that credit after the aggrieved had transferred real funds to the scammer.
 
THIS ONE TOOK PLACE IN AUSTRALIA – BUT COULD EASILY HAPPEN HERE:
 
The fraud took place overnight, while the aggrieved was asleep and could do nothing to stop it. Scammers hacked his Facebook account and contacted multiple contacts. They received a message, purportedly from the aggrieved -  "Hiya. Just a quick one ! Do you use online banking and can give me a hand ?"  Several people were then asked for their sort codes and account numbers if they lived in the UK.
 
The scammers would pretend to move money over to a victim’s account, showing a fake screenshot, of the confirmation.  The victim would then transfer the money requested to them. One victim lost £3000; plus a £4,000 loan taken out in their name.   Another was asked if the scammer could send them money from another source into their account and they would get a transfer code to send the money back out. The victims were also asked for several photos of themselves, their passports of driving licenses
 
ANOTHER IN A SIMILAR VEIN:
 
My Facebook account was hacked, to gain access to my friends list. Each was then approached and asked for their bank account details.  The scammer would maintained that the aggrieved had a problem with their bank accounts. The scammer was apparently quite believable, using a lot of my vocabulary and speech modes.  They managed to trick 4 people into giving them money and several others into giving them online banking details.  One lost £3,000 another lost all her money plus a £4,000 loan.
 
Using a proxy bank accounts for these types of transactions, is a common scam to avoid detection for money laundering.  Often the recipient is promised they can keep a percentage of the money paid through the account.  Unfortunately, that rarely happens and the police catch up with the scam and the poor unfortunate victim – goes to gaol.
 
By accessing a single persons Facebook account for example, gives them access often to many hundreds of other people / friends, they can convince to help them, pretending to be the Facebook holder.
 
 
MAIDENHEAD CENTRAL:
maidenheadcentralnhpt@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
18/5  Friday 8.45 p.m.  Cordwallis Road.  Glass panel on a Vauxhall Zafira panoramic roof, damaged.
19/5 – 20/5  Saturday 1 p.m. / Sunday 8.25 a.m.  Ashley Park.  Car badly keyed.
19/5 – 20/5  Saturday 9 p.m. / Sunday 10 a.m.  Cordwallis Road.  Car stolen from outside a house.  A blue Honda Civic.  The car was recovered after a decamp on Castle Hill.
20/5  Sunday 3.15 a.m.  St. Mark’s Road.  Van parked outside a house.  A black car pulled up 3 men got out, forced the rear doors, climbed into the back of the van, stole tools and drove off.
18/5 – 20/5  Friday noon / Sunday 10 a.m.  Penyston Road.  Van break.   Side door forced and tools stolen.
20/5 – 21/5 Sunday 7 p.m. / Monday 1.35 a.m.  St. Marks Road.  Ford Transit stolen.  It was set alight in Kiln Hill below.
 
RIVERSIDE & BELMONT:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
 
MAIDENHEAD WEST
maidenheadwestnhpt@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
BISHAM, COOKHAM, HURLEY, THE WALTHAMS, LITTLEWICK GREEN & KNOWL HILL:
20/5  Sunday 10.40 p.m.  Kiln Hill.  Car set on fire.
 
PINKNEYS GREEN & FURZE PLATT:
MAIDENHEAD SOUTH
19/5 – 20/5  Saturday 5 p.m. / Sunday 10 a.m.  Beech Close.  VAN ENTERED BY UNKNONW MEANS – tools stolen.
19/5 – 20/5  Saturday 9 p.m. / Sunday 5.50 a.m.  Alwyn Road.  VAN ENTERED BY UNKNOWN MEANS – tools stolen.
 
maidenheadsouthnhpt@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
BOYN HILL, COX GREEN & WOODLANDS PARK:
18/5  Friday 11.30 a.m. / 4.30 p.m.  Windsor Road.  Burglary.  The owner returned to find their front door forced.  Untidy search of the whole house.  Many valuable portable items untouched.  Not known if anything taken.
18/5Friday 11 p.m.  Powis Close.  The owner was at home and heard a noise so went to investigate.  She saw a hand attempting to push through the letterbox. The owners dog was in the hallway attempting to bite the hand !.  The owner then looked out and saw a man walking away from the house rather unsteady on their feet.
20/5  Sunday Croxley Rise.  Car rear driver’s side window smashed and car searched.
20/5  Sunday 8.30 p.m.  St. Patricks Close.  Car windscreen damaged – criminal damage.
19/5 – 20/5  Saturday 6 p.m. / Sunday 7.30 a.m.  Sherbourne Drive.  CAR ENTERED BY UNKNOWN MEANS – handbag, purse and cash stolen.
20/5  Sunday midnight /9 a.m.  Stratford Gardens.  Bike stolen from the roof of a car.  A black, Carrera Crossfire, mountain bike.
 
OLDFIELD & BRAY:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
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