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World Autism Awareness Day Conference

Location: The Curve, Slough
Date: 02 Apr 2019 - 09:45 to 14:30

World Autism Awareness Day takes place every year on 2nd April. To mark the occasion this year, Autism Berkshire is holding an All About Autism conference at The Curve library and cultural hub in Slough.

Parents and carers living in the East of Berkshire – the Bracknell Forest, Slough and Windsor & Maidenhead council areas - and professionals and students with an interest in autism are invited to come along to get plenty of practical advice from autism advocates, experts from the NHS and the University of Reading, and parenting specialists.

Visit Autism Berkshire website for more information.

Cold Callers And Doorstep Rogue Traders

Warning to residents about Cold Callers and Doorstep Rogue Traders

This is the time of year when we traditionally see an increase in offences that start with a 'cold call' knock at your door, from someone claiming to be a tradesman working in the area. They will call unexpectedly, offering services or goods that you hadn't asked for. Those who accept work find the price increases or work is left unfinished.

The usual type of work offered includes pressure washing driveways, garden clearance, chimney repairs, replacing loose tiles, repairing leaking roofs or guttering and driveway work.

If you accept work from a doorstep trader you're very likely to pay much more than the price initially agreed for very poor, unnecessary and sometimes dangerous work and you are likely to be targeted by them again in the future. They generally target the older generation, who are sometimes more trusting and more vulnerable to falling victims to these offences.

Doorstep traders rarely provide paperwork so they can't be traced once they've left your home. Names, addresses and business details are often false and telephone numbers don't get answered. They have no interest in doing work properly, their only concern is getting the cash and disappearing before Trading Standards or the Police can catch up with them.

Cold Calling can also be a cover for persons planning more serious offences, such as burglaries, to see if houses are occupied. Cold Callers might also commit 'Bogus Official' offences where they gain entry to the house by deception in order to steal, whilst the occupant is distracted.

Please be aware of cold callers in the area and pass on this advice to friends and neighbours who might not receive the neighbourhood alert emails. Genuine reputable local tradesmen do not need to find work in this way.

You shouldn't feel pressured to accept any work or service you don't want. It's your home and your right to say 'No'. If you suspect a crime is in progress, or about to occur please note descriptions and contact police on 999.

Message received via Thames Valley Alert.

Scam Warning - Fake Tv Licensing Emails

An ongoing TV Licensing phishing campaign, first identified by the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) in September 2018, continues to be reported to Action Fraud in high numbers. Fraudsters are sending the public fake TV Licensing emails that are designed to steal their personal and financial information. Since April 2018, Action Fraud has received over 900 crime reports with victim losses totalling more than £830,000.

How you can protect yourself:

  • Don’t click on the links or attachments in suspicious emails and never respond to messages that ask for your personal or financial details.
  • Don’t assume a phone call or email is authentic, even if someone knows your basic details (such as your name or address). Remember, criminals can spoof phone numbers and email addresses to appear as companies you know and trust, such as TV Licensing.
  • Your bank will never call and ask you for your PIN, full banking password, or ask you to transfer money out of your account.

What to do if you’ve fallen victim:

  • Let your bank know as soon as possible and monitor your bank statements regularly for any unusual activity.
  • If you suspect your identity may have been stolen you can check your credit file quickly and easily online. Use a reputable service provider and follow up on any unexpected or suspicious results.
  • If you have been a victim of fraud or cyber crime, report it to Action Fraud at, or by calling 0300 123 2040.

Message from Action Fraud.

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