Neighbourhood Watch Scam Information

Alert message sent 04/05/2020 11:09:00

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This is a message from Val McPherson who is covering Neighbourhood Watch in Aylesbury Vale.
Good morning everyone and I hope you are all keeping well and safe.
I am sure some of you may already know but the Green Bin collection service will begin again on 11 May 2020 - hurrah!  Also 5 out of the 9 of the Household Waste  centres will re-open these are Amersham, Aston Clinton, Beaconsfield, Buckingham and High Heavens High Wycombe as these are able to deal with queuing vehicles as soon as the Government give the go ahead.

I am always trying to send out information regarding present Scams to keep you informed but this time I thought I would share information from two different sources on how to keep safe whilst  because criminals are exploiting the COVID-19 pandemic to defraud people.

Always question unsolicited calls, texts or emails requesting your personal information. Below are some of most common scams to be aware of:
Email, Test and Phone call Scams:
  • An unexpected email from Government offering you money.
  • The "infection list" scam mimicking the World Health Organisation (WHO) claiming to provide a list or map of land infections.
  • An HMRC email stating you are eligible to receive a "tax refund"
  • Sale of fake COVID-19 swabbing tests, supplement and anti-virus kits.
  • A text message asking you to pay a fine as it says you have been recorded as leaving your home on 3 occasions during the lock down.
  • A phone call stating " Government Guidelines " now require everyone to wear a mask outside their house. Press 1 to purchase mask.
  • Doorstep Crime - Cleansing services that offer to clean drives and doorways to kill bacteria or offering to "decontaminate" the inside of your home.
  • Bogus health workers offering "home testing" for the virus.
  • Criminals offering to do your shopping, takes the money and never returns.
  • And lastly as we are all using the internet more especially while lock down is in place so:
  • Do you have a different password for your personal email account(s)? 
  • Your email is the gateway to all your other accounts so keep it safe and separate.
  • Always use different password or different accounts or systems 
  • If you have a weak password you are vulnerable to being hacked. 
  • Do not use your partner's name, your date of birth  or your pets name in your password. 
  • Use three random words ex: Yellowhouseleopard25
  • Keep your email secure with a password that is different from all the others
And lastly something more light hearted and hopefully give you a laugh:
Taken from actual Church Notices
 The Fasting and Prayer Conference includes meals. 
The sermon this morning: 'Jesus Walks on the Water.'  The sermon tonight: 'Searching for Jesus.' 
Ladies, don't forget the rummage sale.   It's a chance to get rid of those things not worth keeping around the house.   Bring your husbands. 
Remember in prayer the many who are sick of our community.  Smile at someone who is hard to love.  Say 'Hell' to someone who doesn't care much about you. 
Don't let worry kill you off - let the Church help. 
Miss Charlene MASON sang 'I will not pass this way again,' giving obvious pleasure to the congregation. 
For those of you who have children and don't know it, we have a nursery downstairs. 
Next Thursday there will be try-outs for the choir.    They need all the help they can get. 
Irving BENSON and Jessie CARTER were married on 24 OCTOBER in the church.    So, ends a friendship that began in their school days. 
A bean supper will be held on Tuesday evening in the church hall.    Music will follow. 
At the evening service, tonight, the sermon topic will be 'What Is Hell?' Come early and listen to our choir practice. 
Eight new choir robes are currently needed due to the addition of several new members and to the deterioration of some older ones.
Scouts are saving aluminium cans, bottles and other items to be recycled.    Proceeds will be used to cripple children. 
Please place your donation in the envelope along with the deceased person you want remembered. 
The church will host an evening of fine dining, super entertainment and gracious hostility. 
Potluck supper Sunday at 5 pm - prayer and medication to follow. 
The ladies of the Church have cast off clothing of every kind.     They may be seen in the basement on Friday afternoon. 
This evening at 7 pm there will be a hymn singing in the park across from the Church.    Bring a blanket and come prepared to sin.
Ladies’ Bible Study will be held Thursday morning at 10 am.     All ladies are invited to lunch in the Fellowship Hall after the B.S. Is done. 
The pastor would appreciate it if the ladies of the Congregation would lend him their electric girdles for the pancake breakfast next Sunday. 
Low Self Esteem Support Group will meet Thursday at 7 pm.     Please use the back door. 
The eighth-graders will be presenting SHAKESPEARE’s Hamlet in the Church basement Friday at 7 pm.    The congregation is invited to attend this tragedy. 
Weight Watchers will meet at 7 pm. at the First Presbyterian Church.    Please use large double door at the side entrance. 
The Associate Minister unveiled the church's new campaign slogan last Sunday : 'I Upped My Pledge - Up Yours‘.


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Val McPherson BEM (NWN, Multi Scheme Administrator, Thames Valley)

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