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Coronavirus Scams / Cold Callers
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Dear <<First Name>>
Coronavirus phishing scams
A series of phishing scams are exploiting the ongoing pandemic to either spread malware, trick victims into giving away sensitive information, or raise funds that they falsely claim will help find a vaccine.
 
Preying on the common desire to learn more about the signs and dangers, or even how to survive potential exposure to COVID0-19, cybercriminals have started sending phishing emails that promise exclusive information in the form of attachments and links to protection gear at highly discounted prices. Many even ask for Bitcoin donations that they say will support research for a Coronavirus vaccine.
Most online scams occur through spam emails that entice with amazing discounts for medical supplies that have long since flown off the shelves of pharmacies and stores.
 
Someone claiming to be a doctor working for the World Health Organization (WHO) is the source of one of the most popular email scams which claims to have new and exclusive information on how to prevent and protect against Coronavirus infection. All you have to do is open the attached document to read more. DON’T!
Preying on our concerns, fraudsters are impersonating institutions affiliated with or linked to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organisation (WHO). Their tactic includes deploying malicious links or attachments claiming to give you a list of infected people in your area.
 
Many of us having to live in isolation will be doing more on-line shopping than usual if not doing it for the first time, so we all need to take extra care. In particular, do not click on any links in unsolicited emails, especially if they are offering items that are in short supply.
Cold Callers selling Compost 
There have been reports from members in Cossington and Catcott over the past two days of two youngish lads calling around the village offering compost for sale.  If they call on you it would be useful to have the registration number of their vehicle as presumably, they’re not using a wheelbarrow – if indeed they genuinely have compost to sell!  As they are not calling at every house, their activity seems all the more suspicious.
 
Such callers should be reported to the police (101) and you should remember the oft repeated advice from both Trading Standards and the Police - NEVER BUY FROM OR SELL TO, COLD CALLERS.
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To contact your village leader, click on the appropriate name below.
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
In an emergency dial 999

Ask for your call to be tagged Neighbourhood Watch.


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