FAKE COVID-19 VACCINE SCAM TEXT

Fake Covid-19 Vaccine Scam Text
Scammers continue to exploit the confusion and urgency of the coronavirus pandemic to commit fraud on unsuspecting victims – this time by way of a fake text claiming the recipient can get a dose of one of the newly-approved vaccines.
The bogus message, seen below, states that the recipient is entitled to a vaccine and to receive more information they should click on the link in blue.

Unfortunately these texts are completely fake and if the link is clicked the recipient is taken to a webpage, branded to look like a genuine NHS page, which requests to see ‘proof of ownership of address’ in the form of their bank account, sort code and a full bank card number.

Image of bogus webpage designed to steal information
Please do not give any bank or card details to make payment for a vaccine or to prove your residential address. Coronavirus vaccines are administered free of charge. Your surgery or the NHS will not ask for any money or bank details.
(N.B. Both the text message and the fake webpage it links to have spelling and grammatical errors which help to identify its illegitimacy but the scammers may get wise to that soon so don’t be fooled by a message that doesn’t appear to have such mistakes).
Beware also telephone calls claiming to be from NHS instructing you to press a key to confirm you’d like to receive the vaccine or asking for bank details as affirmation to receive the vaccine. Both are likely to result in financial fraud – either as a charge on your bill or unauthorised use of your bank account.
For genuine COVID-19 related advice including vaccination information, visit www.gov.uk and www.nhs.uk
Forward suspicious texts to 7726.
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National Lockdown announced

A National Lockdown has been annouced which becomes law at one minute past midnght on Tuesday, January 5. Full information can be found on the .gov.uk/coronavirus website. During this time the play areas on the Millennium Green and Recreation Ground will remain open but please follow the guidelines regarding hygiene and social distancing. If anyone needs help with anything at all please contact the Parish Council. Stay safe all.

FLOOD WARNINGS – Latest information

River Great Ouse at St Neots, Little Paxton and The Offords
Flooding is expected – immediate action required

River levels have risen at the Bedford river gauge and continue to rise at the Tempsford river gauge following the heavy rainfall on Wednesday 24th December. Consequently, flooding (of property) is imminent. We expect flooding to affect Chester Road, School Lane, Barford Road, Cromwell Road, St Neots Road, Cross Hall Road, Mill Hill Road, Huntingdon Street and Cambridge Street in St Neots, Skipper Way in Little Paxton, High Street in Offord D’Arcy and Station Lane in Offord Cluny. Further rainfall is forecast on Sunday 27/12/20 and Monday 28/12/20 so we expect river levels to remain high. We are closely monitoring the situation. Our incident response staff are liaising with emergency services. Please follow advice from emergency services. Call 999 if in immediate danger. Move possessions and valuables off the ground or to safety. This message will be updated in 8 hours, or as the situation changes.

This information was last updated at 9:19am Saturday 26 December 2020 For the latest information please follow this link:

Flood information for River Great Ouse at St Neots, Little Paxton and The Offords – GOV.UK (flood-warning-information.service.gov.uk)

2021 Census Recruitment for Full and part time temporary roles

With 5 months until everyone in England and Wales will be asked to take part in Census 2021, here’s an update on the ONS plans in light of Covid-19.

The coronavirus pandemic has impacted us all in different ways, and it has further emphasised the need for up-to-date data about the population to help organisations such as local authorities shape services for society for the years to come.

They have reviewed and refined their Census plans and are confident that everyone will be able to provide their census information safely and securely.  Their design now means they can conduct the main census field data collection operation without anyone ever needing to enter a house. All contact will be socially distanced, field staff will be equipped with PPE in line with government guidance and our recruitment and training have been moved wholly online.

Some 200 full time ONS-employed census engagement managers (CEMS) have recently started work across England and Wales, responsible for engaging communities in local areas and raising awareness of the census. 

Recruitment

Full and part-time Census Officer roles are now open for applications, until 27th January, on the Census jobs website here.

There is also a Roma Community Advisor role for Cambridgeshire, applications close 8th January, details are here.

SCAM WARNINGS

Online Marketplace Photo Scam
With the PlayStation 5, or PS5 as it’s known, completely sold out in all major retailers across the UK, purchasers are being warned of a cruel trick targeting those desperate to get their hands on the games console in time for Christmas.
Some sellers on eBay are listing photos or an empty box of the new next-generation games console in an attempt to mislead eager buyers to part with their hard-earned cash – with some selling for £550. Often the listings are accompanied by good quality pictures and a decent description but hidden amongst the small print is included ‘photo’ or ‘box only’ or a similar statement of the true product.

Fortunately eBay are committed to removing all listings for photos of PS5s from their marketplace. However, at the time of writing, we found 28 listings when we used the search term ‘PS5 photo’.
Whilst we know this is particularly prevalent on eBay and linked mostly to the highly-sought after PS5, the trick may also be used on other online marketplaces and/or for other high value items such as laptops and smartphones.
Please read all of the item title and item description carefully when buying items online and, if in doubt, ask the seller a question and document the answer for any future redress.
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Banking Smishing Scams

Watch out for these ‘smishing’ (phishing by SMS) scams purporting to be from a bank and claiming that a new device has been paired with the recipient’s bank account. As with all phishing and smishing scams, the purpose of this is to trick you into clicking the link and parting with your banking or other personal details which the fraudster can then use to steal your money.
It’s not just Lloyds Bank’s good name that are being fraudulently used in this scam – this could also come from fraudsters using other bank names. Please be alert and warn others.
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Royal Mail / Courier Scam
In case you missed this on our social media feeds or in recent news, please beware scam e-mails and texts that request payment to rearrange delivery of an undelivered parcel or item of mail. The message appears to be from Royal Mail or a recognised courier company and the victim is asked to provide card details for payment of a small fee, typically £1.99, to receive the fictitious undelivered item.
Remember you will never be asked to pay a redelivery fee by Royal Mail or other legitimate couriers. And just because a company logo is used doesn’t guarantee authenticity of the communication. Never input your bank or card information after following a link on any e-mail or text that claims to be from Royal Mail or another courier, because it will result in your card details being stolen by criminals.
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Christmas and New Year Waste Collection Arrangements

If your normal day is: Change to:

Monday December 21 Saturday December 19
Tuesday December 22 Monday December 21
Wednesday December 23 Tuesday December 22
Thursday December 24 Wednesday December 23
Monday December 28 Tuesday December 29
Tuesday December 29 Wednesday December 30
Wednesday December 30 Thursday December 31
Thursday December 31 Saturday January 2
Friday Janauary 1 Monday January 4
Monday January 4 Tuesday January 5
Tuesday January 5 Wednesday January 6
Wednesday January 6 Thursday January 7
Thursday January 7 Friday January 8
Friday January 8 Saturday January 9

The household recycling centres will close at 1pm on Christmas Eve and will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. A booking system is now in place at all sites so if you are planning on visiting between Christmas and the New Year, book a slot today. Visit www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk for more information.

Christmas Tree Recycling
We are supporting East Anglia’s Children’s Hospice again this year who will be collecting real Christmas trees for recycling on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th January.
To check availability and book your slot visit just-helping.org.uk/register-tree
Donations received from the Christmas tree collection provide vital funds for your hospice and other local charities.

Real trees can be placed by the side of the garden bin on collection day. If the tree is bigger than the bin we ask that it is chopped
in half.
The Household Recycling Centres will also take Christmas trees.