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BANKING SCAM

I received this From a friend who works in online banking security - Extremely sophisticated scam going about this morning. Bank customers get a message saying a payment hasn’t been taken, eg O2 and to click here. As soon as you touch it the money is gone. They already have all your details and it’s the most advance scam the banks have ever seen. Pass this on to everyone. Please. This is from work this morning - they are being inundated with calls - thousands flying out of peoples accounts.

It is worth taking a note of this. I expect we will see lots of new scams as people get desperate for money!

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COVID-19 Scam awareness and advice update

Following the update provided earlier this week from our colleagues in Trading Standards and Action Fraud, sadly have to report that more fraudulent scams associated with the Coronavirus pandemic are appearing on a daily basis.

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FRAID THERE ARE MORE CORONAVIRUS SCAMS, SOME LISTED BELOW

Unscrupulous criminals are exploiting fears about COVID-19 to prey on members of the public, particularly older and vulnerable people who are isolated from family and friends.
Members of the public should ignore scam products such as supplements and anti-virus kits that falsely claim to cure or prevent COVID-19. In some cases individuals may be pressurised on their own doorsteps to buy anti-virus kits or persuaded into purchasing products that are advertised on their social media feeds. In addition, some call centres that previously targeted UK consumers with dubious health products are now offering supplements that supposedly prevent COVID-19.
Communities are also being urged to look out for signs of neighbours being targeted by doorstep criminals. While there are genuine groups of volunteers providing help during self-isolation, there have been reports of criminals preying on residents – often older people or people living with long-term health conditions – by cold-calling at their homes and offering to go to the shops for them. The criminals often claim to represent charities to help them appear legitimate before taking the victim’s money. There are genuine charities providing support, so consumers should be vigilant and ask for ID from anyone claiming to represent a charity.
Action Fraud are also reporting an increase of 400% of Coronavirus-related frauds. The majority of these reports are associated with online shopping scams, where people are ordering protective face masks, hand sanitizer and other products, which never have arrived. There are also reports of themed phishing emails attempting to trick people in opening malicious attachments or revealing sensitive or financial information. Their advice is as follows:
• Watch out for scam messages
• Research first before you purchase online
• Protect your devices – Always install the latest software and Apps updated.
Please see attached list of COVID 19 scams identified.
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Awareness and Advice Coronavirus Scams (363 KB)

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DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS ALL THEATRE TRIPS HAVE BEEN CANCELLED as the Theatres have temporarily closed down. Please monitor this site for any further information or if you are unable to do that please ring me on 01992 678571.
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Coronovirus Related Scams - Be Aware

Fraudsters are exploiting the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus to facilitate various types of fraud and cyber crime.
Since February 2020, the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) has identified 21 reports of fraud where Coronavirus was mentioned, with victim losses totalling over £800k. Ten of these reports were made by victims that attempted to purchase protective face masks from fraudulent sellers. Reporting numbers are expected to rise as the virus continues to spread across the world.

Fraudsters are also sending out coronavirus-themed phishing emails in an attempt to trick people into opening malicious attachments or revealing sensitive personal and financial details.

Fraudsters purporting to be from research organisation’s affiliated with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) have contacted potential victims via email. They claim to be able to provide the recipient with a list of coronavirus infected people in their area. In order to access this information, the victim needs to click on a link, which leads to a malicious website, or is asked to make a payment in Bitcoin.

Watch out for scam messages: Don’t click on the links or attachments in suspicious emails, and never respond to unsolicited messages and calls that ask for your personal or financial details. • Shopping online: If you’re making a purchase from a company or person you don’t know and trust, carry out some research first, and ask a friend or family member for advice before completing the purchase. If you decide to go ahead with the purchase, use a credit card if you have one, as most major credit card providers insure online purchases.

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Coronavirus Advice - An Update

What's the risk of catching coronavirus in the UK?

The NHS and Public Health England are well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases. The NHS has put in place measures to ensure the safety of all patients and NHS staff while also ensuring services are available to the public as normal.

The UK Chief Medical Officers have raised the risk to the public from low to moderate. But the risk to individuals remains low. If you have arrived back to the UK from mainland China and other specified areas, follow the advice for returning travellers.

How is coronavirus spread?

Like the common cold, coronavirus (also known as Covid-19) infection usually occurs through close contact with a person with novel coronavirus via cough and sneezes or hand contact. You can also be infected by touching contaminated surfaces if you do not wash your hands.

The risk of being in close contact with a person with coronavirus or contaminated surfaces in very low at the moment, as members of the public who have visited Wuhan, Hubei province, China are currently in isolation.

Symptoms of coronavirus
The main symptoms of coronavirus are:
· a cough
· a high temperature
· shortness of breath

When to call 111

Based on the scientific advice of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) the UK Chief Medical Officers are advising anyone who has travelled to the UK from mainland China, Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia or Macau in the last 14 days and is experiencing cough or fever or shortness of breath, to stay indoors and call NHS 111, even if symptoms are mild.

Do not go to a GP surgery or hospital. Call 111, stay indoors and avoid close contact with other people.

How to avoid catching or spreading germs?

Do:

• Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze.
• Put used tissues in the bin straight away.
• Wash your hands with soap and water often – use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
• Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell.

Don't:

Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.

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Coronavirus Advice

Well is that sniffle just a cold of maybe a sore throat?

Following the confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK, the Government and NHS have issued advice for members of the public. The Third Age Trust wants to share this advice with you.

Typical symptoms of coronavirus include fever and a cough that may progress to a severe pneumonia causing shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.

The UK Chief Medical Officers are advising anyone who has travelled to the UK from mainland China, Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia or Macau in the last 14 days and is experiencing cough or fever or shortness of breath, to stay indoors and call NHS 111, even if symptoms are mild.

More information about the virus, as well as symptoms and advice, is available to view at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public

Or on the NHS England website at: https://www.england.nhs.uk/2020/02/statement-from-nhs-england-and-nhs-improvement-on-coronavirus/

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Winter Health Advice

Herts County Council are sharing top tips to stay healthy this winter and asking people to think now about how the arrival of colder weather could impact their health.

With a few simple precautions, most of us can be ready for the really cold weather and avoid much of the misery associated with it. The impact of falling temperatures is felt most by older people, the very young and those with pre-existing medical conditions (eg. respiratory conditions or heart disease). Although most advice on how to keep warm and well is common sense, it’s important to recognise that some people will find these things difficult to do without help. So, whether it’s an older neighbour, friend or relative who is not in best of health, please take time to think about how you might be able to help them stay healthy this winter.

If you qualify for the free flu jab, get it before it’s too late – it’s the best protection. If you may struggle to stay warm at home this winter, or are worried about someone who might be at risk, HertsHelp can tell you about support that may be available, such as Hertfordshire’s Warmer Homes scheme. Call 0300 123 4044 or email info@hertshelp.net

It’s also important to go to the right place for help. Visit your local pharmacy for advice on many common conditions. Minor injuries units and urgent care centres treat injuries like sprains, cuts or minor burns. For an illness that won't go away, contact your GP. Dial 111 for free if your surgery is closed or if you need advice on where to go, or which pharmacies are open late. A&E is for serious injury, illness or life-threatening conditions such as heart attack or stroke. In an emergency dial 999.

For general advice on staying well this winter visit www.nhs.uk/staywell

More information can be found at www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/winterhealth

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Computer Users

Ravenshead U3A have divised someuseful information regarding using your computer. Just click on Ravenshead to access the link.

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Psychological consequences of fear of incontinence

A disturbing title I agree however Cheshunt U3A have been contacted by Clinical Consultant Shirley Chiu at University College London who is currently studying the impact of worrying about bladder and bowels control on mood and daily activities. Two in every three women over 40, and one in two men, experience losing control of their bladder and around 1 in 8 or 9 adults have experienced losing control of their bowels. Yet the impact of continence concerns is an under-researched area, particularly in the older population.
She would like Cheshunt U3A to help distribute the advert flyer for this project (e.g. by leaving our flyer in your store)? Participants will be invited to complete an online anonymous survey https://uclpsych.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_2aZAKJ89qCbHDXT), which should take approximately 20-25 minutes.
We will obtain those flyers but they are unlikely to arrive before the February meeting. Meanwhile if you like to take part then click on the above link and follow the instructions.

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2020 DATES FOR THE GROUPS BELOW

Click Diary Dates for 2020 for the following groups - Bolivia, Canasta, Rummikub and Music in the Afternoon

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DO YOU WANT TO BE THE ONE WHO MAKES A DIFFERENCE?

Citizens Advice Then join us in offering advice and practical support to those people in need of assistance in the area.
As a charity serving the community for over 20 years, we know the powerful impact our help provides. Whatever your background and skills, we know we have a role that is just right for you! We will provide all the necessary training and support and whilst learning new skills and knowledge, you will also be helping others.

If you’re interested in learning more, please visit our website:
www.citizensadvicebroxbourne.org

or call us on 01992 780 236

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TRUSTY TRADER BOOK

This is kept on the information table to view, please do not remove.
We ask members to enter the names of trades’ people they have used and found to be good and reliable.
No guarantees' are implied or offered, please do your research but this might be a good starting point.

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