Scams, burglaries and lost dogs
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Somerset burglaries
Some of you may have seen in the local newspaper that householders are being urged to be on the alert following a spate of burglaries in which cash and jewellery were stolen.
A total of 14 burglaries have been reported since mid-November in Burnham-on-Sea, Clevedon, Congresbury, Highbridge, Nailsea, Pill, Weston-super-Mare and Yatton.
While the householders were out, burglars have forced rear doors, often smashing a glass panel to gain entry. They are targeting cash, watches and high-value jewellery and leaving costume jewellery and other valuables.
You can deter burglars by:
  • keeping side gates locked and storing tools and ladders securely;
  • ensuring doors and windows are closed and locked if you’re not in the room;
  • locking up and setting the alarm, if you have one, when it gets dark as well as when you go out;
  • keeping cash in a bank, building society or post office account;
  • using a specialist storage firm or safety deposit box for high value jewellery;
  • if you do use a safe, investing in a good quality one that’s professionally fitted to a solid wall or floor;
  • keeping a record of your valuables including a photo and short description;
  • wherever possible, installing and using burglar alarms, CCTV and smart doorbells;
Scams are ongoing and could be getting worse
An article in the Daily Mail last week described how online ‘schools’ are teaching budding swindlers how to steal bank details. Students learn how to send spam texts purporting to be from reputable firms and are taught a) how to use plundered financial details to buy goods online, and b) ‘how to' guides for Universal Credit fraud are fuelling a benefits fraud epidemic. Fraudsters then boast about crimes online, showing off about making £5,000 a day. 
Recently one of our members received an email, supposedly from E.ON, informing him he was due a refund of £85. Luckily it was recognised as a scam, maybe partly because the originating email was obviously not from E.ON and came from .jp which is Japan!
Martin Lewis, of MoneySaving, whose name has been used in several scam emails, has warned people NOT to unsubscribe from scam emails as this can warn the scammer that the email address is ‘live’. Send them to and delete.

Lost dogs in Ashcott
Yesterday (Saturday) afternoon around 3pm, 2 working cocker spaniels, one brown, the other brown/white roan, went missing in a field near the park in Ashcott.
As of now, 4.15pm on Sunday, they have not been found.
If you have any information please phone 07470 099984 or 01458 210740.
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