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Come along and learn how to save a life.

Rugby First Responders 2017 Logo Hi-ResThe Parish Council is organising 2 awareness sessions, to be run by Rugby First Responders at the Townend Memorial Hall in Clifton upon Dunsmore on Saturday 25 March 2017.

The sessions will demonstrate life saving skills such as CPR, choking, recovery position etc and  show residents how the new Community Defibrillator works. dEFIB

The sessions will run at 10am and 11.15am. Please book a place to avoid disappointment by contacted the Clerk here or by telephoning 07786 102789.

Refreshments will be served between 10.45 and 11.15am, with an opportunity to complete the residents surveys on the proposed Joint Village Event and the proposed Adult Trim Trail.

Please note that the sessions are considered suitable for people aged 12 years and over.

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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.

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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

 

 

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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.

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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

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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.

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Warwickshire’s new Living Well with Dementia website

Warwickshire County Council has launched a brand new website warwickshire.gov.uk/dementia to support people living with Dementia in Warwickshire.

The website is designed for people with dementia, their carers, family and friends as well as practitioners supporting people with dementia and organisations who would like to know more about becoming dementia friendly.

dementia-websiteThe new website is easier to navigate and includes a new support and services map to enable people to search for dementia services in their local area. 

For further information please contact: dementiapartnership@warwickshire.gov.uk

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Cyber Crime Survey

In October the four PCC’s in the West Midlands region in launching a cyber crime survey, which will help build a more comprehensive picture of online crime and help shape support for victims. The survey is aimed at the individual, including young people, rather than organisations.
The survey is open until the 9 January 2017 and only takes a few minutes to complete.
A link to the survey is shown below
https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/RegionalCyber16

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Winter Driving Advice 2016

Warwickshire Police – Winter Driving Advice 2016

Autumn is almost at an end… Winter is coming.

To help keep you and other road users safe this winter we would like to provide you with some relevant road safety information. Please visit https://www.warwickshire.police.uk/article/26192 for winter driving advice.

Please take the time to read the material provided and share it with other persons within your community.