Beware false Information and ‘Virus’ based scams
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Dear <<First Name>>
Beware false Information and ‘Virus’ based scams

“If you can hold your breath without coughing, discomfort, stiffness, or tightness, your lungs do not suffer from fibrosis and therefore you have no COVID-19 infection.”
According to SNOPES (the internet’s definitive fact-checking resource), this statement IS NOT TRUE, but one of several bits of mis-leading advice that are spreading, like coronavirus itself, around on Facebook Twitter and WhatsApp.
One member has expressed concern that the ‘I can Help’ forms we distributed yesterday could be used to trick the vulnerable elderly into parting with their money.
If you use the forms, you must ensure you have clearly identified yourself and those receiving them should ensure the person offering help is genuine and local.  The next issue is, if the helper is delivering groceries how are they to be paid for? It may not be wise to keep large sums of cash at home and handing over one’s credit or debit card is definitely not a good idea.  This is a new situation which none of us have had to face before and there seems to be no easy answers.
We can be sure that there will be more false information in the days to come and be certain that, even as you read this, scammers are planning how to use our anxiety to trick us into parting with our money and/or our bank details. Washing our hands will not keep us safe from these crooks but will help keep us safe from the virus.
Organic Compost
A Cossington member reports: “I’ve just had two boys knock at the door saying they were selling organic compost. I’ve come across these two before when they and another of their friends had tried to get through my garden from the back to reach the road at the front, so they are definitely local. They are in their late teens, both about 5 foot 6 inches or so, one has light hair and a fair complexion, the other is darker with black hair. Some elderly people in particular might find them intimidating.
They offered no ID or licence details.”
Do not buy from callers at the door.
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Bawdrip: Richard Culverhouse
Catcott:   David Thomas 
Chilton Polden:  Kate Midgley
Moorlinch:  Ron Hixon
Cossington:       John Clasby
Edington:           Carol Clark
Woolavington:   Graham Lockley
Shapwick:  (awaiting nomination)
Please note: if your village is  not listed above, it is probably because your village does not have a Watch Scheme, or that the Scheme is not formally linked with the e-watch service.  All Polden Villages are welcome and we hope others will join in with us soon.
If you see someone acting suspiciously around a neighbour’s property, call the police straight away. If they’re obviously breaking in, ring 999. Otherwise, call the non-emergency number 101: police operators are on hand 24/7.

If you have information about any crime, phone 101 or call anonymously CRIMESTOPPERS 0800 555 111
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