Month: January 2017

General, News

Beats, Bars and Banter (a music project for young people in Rugby)

Aspire in Arts (supported by WREP) are running a unique music project for young people aged 11 – 25 in Rugby. 

Do you fit that criteria and wish to learn about different aspects of music from singing and songwriting to making music videos etc.  If so, come along to the taster workshops.

The first taster workshop will take place on Thursday 2nd February 2017 from 4pm – 6pm at Hill Street Youth Centre, Hill Street, Rugby.

PLACES ARE LIMITED!  If you are interested in attending, then please visit this link for further information: http://www.wrep.org.uk/content/beats-bars-and-banter-unique-music-project-rugby

Community Safety, News

Payment diversion alert

action-fraudAction Fraud (National Fraud Intelligence Bureau) has issued an alert about fraudsters emailing members of the public who are expecting to make a payment for property repairs. The fraudsters will purport to be a tradesman who has recently completed work at the property and use a similar email address to that of the genuine tradesman. They will ask for funds to be transferred via bank transfer. Once payment is made the victims of the scam soon realise they have been deceived when the genuine tradesman requests payment for their services.

Protect yourself

  • Always check the email address is exactly the same as previous correspondence with the genuine contact.
  • For any request of payment via email verify the validity of the request with a phone call to the person who carried out the work.
  • Check the email for spelling and grammar as these signs can indicate that the email is not genuine.
  • Payments via bank transfer offer no financial protection; consider using alternative methods such as a credit card or PayPal which offer protection and an avenue for recompense.

If you believe that you have been a victim of fraud you can report it online http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/report_fraud or by telephone 0300 123 2040.

Community Safety, General, News

Have you had you Free Healthcheck yet?

HealthcheckAre you between 40 – 74 or know someone who is?  Warwickshire County Council launches a campaign to encourage residents aged between 40 and 74 to have their free NHS Health Check.

To find out more about the free NHS health check visit: https://onething.warwickshire.gov.uk/news/nhs_health_checks

 

To find out about health and wellbeing services in Warwickshire visit: http://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/health

 

 

Community Safety, News

Latest Scam Alerts and Warnings from Warwickshire Trading Standards

16/01/2017 ‘Migrant Helpline’ exposing computer users to Ramnit malware

Scammers are reported to be sending out bogus emails that purport to come from a genuine charity called Migrant Helpline, to trick computer users in to downloading Ramnit, a type of malware designed to steal personal and corporate banking details.
The email address sending most of the bogus emails is noreply@yeshivadonations.com, but this may change. The email itself it titled ‘Thank you for choosing to donate to Migrant helpline’ and makes reference to a donation of
196.  It invites recipients who wish to query the donation (because they haven’t made one) to click on a link in the email. At this point the malware is downloaded on to the recipient’s computer.
This fraud is in no way related to the genuine charity.

This and many other phishing emails are being sent out with the sole purpose of encouraging users to click on a link, leading to a malware download.

Beware of any unusual emails you might receive and delete them without opening them, clicking on any link they might contain or downloading any attachments.

Even emails that appear to come from businesses or people you know or trust should be treated with caution. The email addresses of your family and friends or businesses you trade with could have been spoofed (or forged)!

If you receive an email from a business you buy goods or services from or a bank or utility company, never follow any links in their emails. Instead, always visit the company’s website by typing their web address into your browser.

When choosing a web mail account (such as gmail or Hotmail) make sure it offers spam/junk mail filtering and keep this feature turned on.
Most internet security packages also include spam/junk mail blocking. Ensure that the one you use is up to date and switched on.

13/01/2017 More threatening ‘HMRC’ scam phone calls!

Warwickshire consumers are continuing to report threatening bogus phone calls from scammers claiming to be HMRC.
The recorded phone calls falsely claim that HMRC have filed a lawsuit against them and request that they press 1 to speak to a call handler or the Police.

People who have responded have reported being asked for their National Insurance Number and other personal details, suggesting that this is an organised attempt to steal personal and financial information for the purposes of identity theft and other criminal activity.
This phone scam, along with a number of others appear to be use phone numbers beginning with the Manchester prefix 0161.
Residents are advised to put the phone down immediately on receiving a call of this nature. Never follow any instructions given or reveal any personal or financial information.

10/01/2016 Bogus PPI claim scams

Warwickshire residents are warned to beware of scam phone calls from people arranging delivery of bogus PPI awards.
A Warwick district resident reported receiving a telephone call from someone who claimed to be arranging the couriering of a £3750 PPI award payment to his home.

The resident was asked to hand over a fee of £375 in iTunes vouchers when the courier arrived. The caller knew both the resident’s name and address.

This scam can involve the handing over of forged or stolen cheques in return for the iTunes voucher. In many cases, the courier may simply just try to obtain the voucher’s serial number and not hand over anything.
The perpetrators of the scam only need the voucher serial number to redeem it, they don’t need the physical card. Therefore, the serial number can be passed on to criminal gangs operating abroad.
The phone calls are often made from call centres in the Far East, even though the callers use English sounding names.
Never pay for any goods or services using iTunes vouchers.

06/01/2017 Fake Amazon email warning
Action Fraud has received several reports from victims who have been sent convincing looking emails claiming to be from Amazon.

The spoofed emails from “service@amazon.co.uk” claim recipients have made an order online and mimic an automatic customer email notification.

The scam email claims recipients have ordered an expensive vintage chandelier. Other reported examples include: Bose stereos, iPhone’s and luxury watches.

The emails cleverly state that if recipients haven’t authorised the transaction they can click on the help centre link to receive a full refund. The link leads to an authentic-looking website, which asks victims to confirm their name, address, and bank card information.
Amazon says that suspicious e-mails will often contain:

  • Links to websites that look like Amazon.co.uk, but aren’t Amazon.co.uk.
  • Attachments or prompts to install software on your computer.
  • Typos or grammatical errors.
  • Forged (or spoofed) e-mail addresses to make it look like the e-mail is coming from Amazon.co.uk.

Amazon will never ask for personal information to be supplied by e-mail.
You can read more about identifying suspicious emails claiming to be from Amazon by visiting https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=201489210

05/01/2017 Boiler calls warning
Warwickshire residents are warned to beware of persistent and unwanted phone calls from people claiming to be offering free boilers for householders on benefits.

Consumers are warned that these calls may be being made by people who actually want to sell you overpriced boiler cover or a boiler at a ‘discount’ which may not save you money at all!

Never agree to purchase goods or services from cold callers, or arrange for those callers to visit your home. It can be hard to tell a good trader from a bad one on the doorstep! If you are looking for a new boiler, consider using local businesses and where possible go on recommendation.

Some householders on certain benefits may qualify for free boiler grants funded by energy companies as part of the Energy Company Obligation (ECO). To find out if you can benefit from ECO funding, please contact the Energy Saving Advice Service (0300 123 1234)

Make a scam/rogue trader complaint to Trading Standards via Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 040506.

Community Safety, News

Cold weather predicted: reminder for residents to look after the vulnerable

Cold weather predicted: reminder for residents to look after the vulnerable and protect themselves from flu and other winter bugs:

As temperatures drop, and we are predicted to have snow showers and icy conditions in the region, Warwickshire County Council reminds residents that there is still time for a free flu vaccination for those eligible and to protect themselves and others from falling ill with Norovirus – the winter vomiting disease.

Cold and flu viruses as well as tummy bugs such as Norovirus, are now starting to circulate more widely this year. To prevent the spread of Norovirus the advice is to wash your hands regularly with soap and water, stay off work or school for 48 hours after your last symptoms, and do not visit relatives in care homes/hospital until 48 hours clear.

As further cold weather is predicted, residents are reminded to look after those most vulnerable and help to support our health and care services. Cold weather can lead to serious health problems and can kill, even when temperatures are not at their lowest.

Advice to keep snug, warm and well this winter ranges from getting a free flu vaccination for those entitled, to ensuring homes are heated to at least 18C day and night. It is also wise to check if you are due for a free pneumococcal vaccination, which protects against pneumonia and other infections. Older people, those with chronic health conditions and people who have a disability, are particularly at risk during the cold weather.

To view the press release in full, visit: news.warwickshire.gov.uk

For information about flu vaccinations, visit warwickshire.gov.uk/flu

General, News

Families needed to twin with French families in Evreux

There are already six families in Clifton that twin with families in Evreux and there is a need for another family to twin with the Chaperon family.

Antony and Joanna Chaperon is a French couple in their mid/late thirties with three children who would like to start twinning with a local family. Although they have three children it is likely that it will only be the 7 year old that will join Antony and Joanne for the twinning weekend this year.

The Rugby Evreux Twinning Association has been exchanging with French families in Evreux for well over forty years. We alternate annual visits to French families in Evreux with entertaining them in Rugby. Group visits are arranged to places of interest here and across the channel as well as enjoying hospitality in their respective homes. The next twinning weekend will be a visit to Evreux.

If you would like to know more about twinning with a French family please contact the Association’s chairman, Steve Woodford, on 01788 561996.

General, News, Parish Council, Traffic

Car park refurbishment – update

The Parish Council is planning to refurbish the surface of the car park on Lilbourne Road,  The works will start during week beginning 16 January 2017.

The works (installation of an Ecogrid surface) are likely to take several days to complete, during which time the car park will be closed to all vehicles.

Please accept our apologies for the temporary inconvenience caused due to the closure; which will hopefully improve the facility in the long term.

Community Safety, News

Fake Amazon emails claim you have placed an order

action-fraudAction Fraud has received several reports from victims who have been sent convincing looking emails claiming to be from Amazon. The spoofed emails from “service@amazon.co.uk” claim recipients have made an order online and mimic an automatic customer email notification.
The scam email claims recipients have ordered an expensive vintage chandelier. Other reported examples include: Bose stereos, iPhone’s and luxury watches.

The emails cleverly state that if recipients haven’t authorised the transaction they can click on the help centre link to receive a full refund. The link leads to an authentic-looking website, which asks victims to confirm their name, address, and bank card information.

Amazon says that suspicious e-mails will often contain:

  • Links to websites that look like Amazon.co.uk, but aren’t Amazon.co.uk.
  • Attachments or prompts to install software on your computer.
  • Typos or grammatical errors.
  • Forged (or spoofed) e-mail addresses to make it look like the e-mail is coming from Amazon.co.uk.

Amazon will never ask for personal information to be supplied by e-mail.
You can read more about identifying suspicious emails claiming to be from Amazon by visiting https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=201489210

To report a fraud or cyber crime, call us on 0300 123 2040.

General, News, Traffic

Traffic Calming Scheme consultation commences on 12 January 2017

Warwickshire County Council are opening the consultation period on the amended traffic calming scheme on 12 January 2017.  Any comments on the proposals must be submitted to markoconnell@warwickshire.gov.uk at the County Council by 3 February 2017.

Minor changes have been made to the proposals:

  • on Lilbourne Rd between the Manor and the raised junction by the church,
  • on Main St from the raised junction to before the school, and
  • on Church st from the raised junction to around the graveyard.

Mainly this is changing S humps into bumps, but at the entrance to the village on Newton Road a new S hump has been introduced.

A copy of the formal notice can be view here.

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A copy of the plan of the proposals can be viewed here.

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