Survey for Neighbourhood Plan

Neighbourhood Plan:  The link for the  Visions and Objectives survey is below:

http://bit.ly/SLenchesNP

WEEKLY FRAUD UPDATE FROM WEST MERCIA POLICE – ECONOMIC CRIME UNIT – 20/02/2024

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  CRYPTOCURRENCY FRAUD

WHAT IS IT?
Cryptocurrencies are digital currencies that use cryptography to generate ‘tokens’ and verify the transfer of these tokens between people. Criminals have taken advantage of the unregulated nature of cryptocurrencies to scam consumers.

Fraudsters are commonly using cryptocurrencies to defraud unwitting victims in two area. Firstly, in offering tempting and exciting investment opportunities, and secondly, as a method for making demands for payment.

The latter type of scam is often found in Romance Frauds where the person met online has requested money to make some fictitious “emergency” payment and proposes to the victim that they open a Bitcoin account to transfer that money.

Do remember that unlike buying traditional currency or other assets, if you send your crypto to a scammer, you can’t contact your provider to recall your transaction, as you would if you were using a credit card, so your money is lost.

 

How does the Investment Scam work?

Fraudsters will cold call victims and use social media platforms to advertise ‘get rich quick’ investments in “mining” and trading in cryptocurrencies.

Fraudsters will convince victims to sign up to cryptocurrency investment websites and to part with their personal details such as credit card details and driving licences to open a trading account. The victim will then make an initial minimum deposit, after which the fraudster will call them to persuade them to invest again in order to achieve a greater profit.

In some cases, victims have realised that they have been defrauded, but only after the website has been deactivated and the suspects can no longer be contacted.

 

What to watch out for –
• Criminals will advertise schemes promising, in some cases, high returns through cryptocurrency investing or mining.
• These adverts may look official, include celebrity endorsements or personal testimonies. Often the celebrities may not even know their name or photograph has been used.
• Frequently advertised on social media, criminals try to lure you in with adverts offering easy money quickly.
• Criminals benefit from the turbulence of the cryptocurrency markets, rushing people into parting with their money, pretending they are buying in at the right time.
• If something goes wrong with a cryptocurrency investment you are unlikely to get your money back, because they mostly are not covered by the UK’s Financial Services Compensation Scheme.

HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF

• Don’t assume it’s real – professional-looking websites, adverts or social media posts don’t always mean that an investment opportunity is genuine. Criminals can use the names of well-known brands or celebrities to make their scams appear legitimate.

• Don’t be rushed or pressured into making a decision – a genuine bank or financial organisation won’t force you to part with your money on the spot. Always be wary if you’re pressured to invest quickly or promised returns that sound too good to be true.

• Stay in control – avoid uninvited investment offers, especially those over cold calls. If you’re thinking about making an investment, get independent advice and thoroughly research the company first.

Please feel free to share this information with any family, friends, neighbours.
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Take Five to Stop Fraud

STOP: Taking a moment to stop and think before parting with your money or information could keep you safe.
CHALLENGE: Could it be fake? It’s OK to reject, refuse or ignore any requests. Only criminals will try to rush or panic you.
PROTECT: Contact your bank immediately if you think you’ve fallen for a scam and report it to Action Fraud

 

ALWAYS REMEMBER:
• Avoid disclosing security details
• Emails, Phone Calls and Texts may not be authentic
• Always make direct contact with any organisation by using a genuine phone number
• Stop and Challenge any unexpected requests
• Protect others by reporting Fraud and Scams
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If you’ve fallen for a scam,
report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or via actionfraud.police.uk

Scam Text messages can be forwarded to 7726 to help phone providers take early action and block numbers that generate spam on their networks.

Forward Fake Emails received to 

If you think your bank account or personal banking details have been used fraudulently, then use the short phone number – 159 – to contact the Fraud Prevention Department of most major UK banks.

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FREE HOME IMPROVEMENTS

Free Energy Home Improvements now available to residents in Worcestershire – For more information, email 

The Home Upgrade Grant scheme (HUGs) is designed to tackle colder homes that do not have mains gas central heating. Homeowners and tenants in Worcestershire could benefit from a variety of measures to help reduce energy bills including: internal and external wall insulation, loft and cavity wall insulation, air source heat pumps, solar panels, draught proofing and many more.

Worcestershire County Council is working in partnership with Redditch Borough and Bromsgrove, Malvern Hills and Wychavon District Councils and Act on Energy to deliver this programme.

Worcester City Council and Wyre Forest District Council are administering their own HUG2 scheme and information can be found on their websites.

To qualify, households must not use mains gas to heat their home, have a gross annual income of less than £31,000 with a current Home Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of D to G.

Funding is also available for landlords in the charity and private rented sector.

Those who qualify for the scheme will undergo a free technical survey to determine the most suitable energy efficiency measures.

For more information, including full eligibility, and to register your interest visit: www.worcestershire.gov.uk/home-upgrade-grant-scheme-hug2  OR  contact your local energy charity Act on Energy on their free advice line 0800 988 2881

All projects must be completed by March 2025.

Vacancy for Clerk/Responsible Finance Officer.

Advert for Clerk to South Lenches Parish Council.

A vacancy has arisen for the position of a Clerk/Responsible Financial Officer to South Lenches Parish Council due to the retirement of the outgoing Clerk. The successful applicant will be an employee of South Lenches Parish Council.

The position is for 7 hours per week, working from home, so good internet access is required. You must be able to attend six evening meetings of the Parish Council over the year; other meetings may be held if urgent matters arise. A Laptop will be provided and you must be competent in the use of Microsoft Office 365.  Good communication skills, both written and verbal, are essential as you will be dealing with the public and other outside bodies.

Your post will include preparing the agenda for meetings, taking minutes, dealing with correspondence (emails), managing accounts, overseeing a budget, management of ground maintenance contractors and keeping the website updated.

The Clerk’s role also involves ensuring the Parish Council follows procedures and acts within its powers. A background in Local Government is useful but full training will be given to the successful candidate.

Salary is based on the NALC salary scales and will be dependent upon experience.

To discuss the position, or to request an application form, please contact the Clerk by:

Tel: 07835620613. Email:

Closing date for applications: Thursday 29th February 2024  

 

Results of Public Works Loan Board Consultation with the Parish.

Consultation:

Results of the consultation vote with parishioners to provide further funding for the Amphitheatre Project through a Public Works Loan Board Loan for £10,000 over a period of 10 years repayable through parishioners Council Tax are:

139 households responded – 78 voted NO, 58 voted YES, and there were 3 spoiled papers.

The Parish Council will therefore not apply for the loan.

Road Closure

WORCESTERSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL PUBLIC NOTICE
Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984
(C2011 Atch Lench Road to Leys Road, South Lenches) (Temporary Closure) Order 2024
Proposed Order: to close that part of C2011 Atch Lench Road to Leys Road from its junction with U43609 Farm Lane to its junction with U43610 Chapel Lane.
Reason: Drainage Work / Flood Alleviation by WCC.
Exemptions: to permit access to any land or premises fronting the highway affected where there is no other form of access; and to allow the works to be undertaken.
Alternative route: C2011 Atch Lench Road, C2263 Ab Lench Road, C2263 Rous Lench to Ab Lench, C2022 Broad Lane to Rous Lench, C2022 Hill Furze Lane, C2117 Hill Furze, C2117 Badgers Hill to Handgate Lane, C2011 Atch Lench Road to Leys Road and vice versa.
Maximum duration: 18 Months. Anticipated duration: 5 days Commencing: 29 January 2024

Public Works Loan Board Consultation.

The Parish Council will be carrying out a count in regard to the forms received from the Public Works Loan Board Consultation on Friday 22nd December 2023 at 6pm in Church Lench Village Hall. All welcome to attend.

Wanted Handyman!

Person/Contractor required to maintain the Village Pool area in Evesham Road, Church Lench and to maintain the Play area in Ab Lench Road, Church Lench on a weekly basis i.e. rake the bark and attend to the weeds.

Post to commence on the 1st January 2024.

For further information please contact the Clerk.

CIL report 23

South Lenches Parish Council is required to report on an annual basis information relating to monies received from the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) from Wychavon District Council.

For the financial year starting 1st April 2022 and ending 31st March 2023 a total amount of £614.77 was received.  £612.oo was used to replenish the play bark in the playing area.

WEEKLY FRAUD UPDATE FROM WEST MERCIA POLICE – ECONOMIC CRIME UNIT – 07/11/2023


                                                      BLACK FRIDAY
                                           Are they bargains or scams

 

Whilst “Black Friday” is a relatively new event in the UK, it did not take long for criminals to seize another opportunity to defraud unsuspecting members of the public of their hard earned cash.

• In the heat of the moment, it can be hard to tell if it is a bargain or a scam, especially in the run up to Black Friday!

• Criminals may try to trick you into purchasing goods/services that don’t exist by advertising them at too good to be true prices.

• Protect your money and information by only using retailers you trust, or authorised sellers named on official websites when shopping for deals online.

• Beware of Phishing emails that appear to come from reputable retailers with “too good to miss” offers, never click on links in emails from unrecognised senders

• Check out the security of the Website by looking for the https:// in the website address and the padlock symbol which should be in the address bar, and not in the body of the site, as confirmation of a website’s security

• Fake websites can copy mainstream online retailers and enticing buyers with unbeatable prices, always stick with well-known, reputable retailers online

• Some online sellers may be selling counterfeit products at Black Friday prices

                       SPOTTED AN ULTRA-LOW PRICE FOR A SOLD-OUT GAMES CONSOLE?
                                                         #TAKEFIVE – IT COULD BE A SCAM.     

• Does the offer sound too good to be true? Are they refusing to provide you with additional photos? Do they want you to pay up front by bank transfer?

• Only use the secure payment method recommended by retailers and auction sites, where possible, use a credit card for purchases over £100 and up to £30,000 as you receive protection under Section 75 of the Consumer Credit Act.

                       Please feel free to share this information with vulnerable relatives friends or neighbours

 

                                                    Take Five To Stop Fraud

 Stop: Taking a moment to stop and think before parting with your money or information could keep you safe.
• Challenge: Could it be fake? It’s okay to reject, refuse or ignore any requests. Only criminals will try to rush or panic you.
• Protect: If you think you’ve been a victim of fraud, contact your bank immediately and report it to Action Fraud online at actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040.

For further information visit:

https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/

https://takefive-stopfraud.org.uk/