LEICESTERSHIRE TRADING STANDARDS SCAM NEWSLETTER

October 2021
Welcome….
to the October edition of the Leicestershire Trading Standards Service scams newsletter. Here you will find details of the latest scams and information about how to protect yourself and report a scam.
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NHS Covid-19 Scams
As we approach winter, look out for potential NHS Covid-19 scams. In the past criminals have used text messages, phone calls, fake websites and even home visits to try and trick people into making a payment or handing over their financial information. This could be for things like the Covid pass, Covid jabs including the booster jab, and even the NHS app.
Fraudsters will try and convince you that you have to “pay” for these things, but they are all available from the NHS free of charge.

Remember the NHS will never:
⚠️Ask for payment or bank details
⚠️Arrive unannounced at your home
⚠️Ask for copies of personal documents to prove your identity

More information can be found on the NHS website links below;
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/covid-pass/

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/coronavirus-booster-vaccine/

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No Cold Calling Door Stickers

We would like to remind residents that Leicestershire TS can provide no cold calling door stickers as a deterrent for those who may be experiencing doorstep callers.
The door stickers could be useful for those who may live alone or be particularly vulnerable to cold callers.
If you, a family member, friend or neighbour could benefit from having one of these door stickers, you can request one by calling 0116 305 8000 or email tradingstandards@leics.gov.uk

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Shopping Online Safely

With shorter days and longer nights drawing in, and Christmas fast approaching, this gives us more time to spend online looking for bargains.
Being scam savvy will help you know what to look out for. Here are some of the risks of online shopping to be aware of:

 Fraud resulting from making payments over unsecured web pages or using an unsecure Wi-Fi connection
 Bogus online stores or shops – fake websites and email offers for goods and services that do not exist.
 Buying fake goods – even if unintentional, or they are of substandard quality. This could also possibly be funding more serious crimes in the process.
 Losing money when you make direct bank transfer payments, only to find that the goods are inferior, or do not exist at all.
 Receiving goods or services which do not match the advertiser’s description.
 Being offered tailored prices based on information gathered by the retailer about your online shopping habits and websites visited.

So, what are that steps that you can take to keep yourself safe from online shopping scams?

 Choose carefully where you shop – Research retailers online to make sure they’re legitimate and beware of fake shopping websites.

 Make sure the website is secure – A padlock next to a website’s URL means the site is encrypted, so what you do on it – such as browse or make payments – can’t be intercepted.
Secure websites begin with https://

 Keep your devices and software up to date – by installing the latest software and app updates. These usually contain important security updates that can protect you against fraud and identity theft. You may be able to turn on automatic updates so your device will update itself in future.

 Keep your email and online accounts secure – By using different passwords for different accounts and using strong passwords, this will help to ensure that if one of your accounts is hacked, the fraudsters won’t be able to access your other accounts. You can further protect your important accounts from being hacked by turning on two-factor authentication (2FA). Turning on 2FA stops hackers from accessing your accounts, even if they know your password. It does this by asking you to confirm that it’s really you in a second way – usually by asking you to enter a code that’s sent to your phone.

 Use a credit card to make online purchases – This may provide you with some level of protection if things go wrong. You could also consider using an online payment platform, such as PayPal, Apple Pay or Google Pay. Using these platforms to authorise your payments means the retailer doesn’t see your payment details.

 If things go wrong – The first step, if you have been sent the wrong or defective items, should be to contact the online seller or the website.
If you paid on card and you’re not happy with the retailer’s response, or you have received no response, contact your card provider.
If you think your card has been used fraudulently, let your bank know straight away so they can stop it being used any further.
As long as you haven’t acted fraudulently or negligently, you’ll usually get your money back from your card company if your card details are used online by a criminal to commit fraud.
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Spam & Scam Emails & Texts….
You may have subscribed to receiving communications from organisations and companies that you deal with. Amongst these genuine messages, there may well be fake ones, containing links designed to steal your money and personal details that can be very difficult to spot. Fraudsters do this by pretending to be someone you trust, or from an organisation you trust. Examples of this could be your telephone or internet service provider, a utility company, banks, HMRC, parcel delivery companies. And they may contact you by phone call, email or text message. The term ‘phishing’ is often used when talking about emails.
Not all messages are bad, but if something doesn’t feel right, follow these tips:

• If you have received an email which you’re not quite sure about, forward it to the Suspicious Email Reporting Service (SERS) at report@phishing.gov.uk.
• If you’ve received a suspicious text message, forward it to 7726. It won’t cost you anything and allows your provider to investigate the text and take action (if found to be a scam).
• If you come across an advert online that you think might be a scam, report it via the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) website. This allows ASA to provide online service providers with the details they need to remove these from websites.

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Blue Badge Scams
Following a recent report to Leicestershire Trading Standards, we would like to warn residents about blue badge application scams. Whilst a blue badge application is free (£10 if a badge is issued), some people can find the process a little daunting. This is when the scammers step in by offering to apply for a blue badge on your behalf. They use a variety of methods to con people into feeling that the application fee is money well spent, by using methods such as official-looking websites, convincing website addresses, and exaggerated claims about how hard the process is. The amount the scammers charge for submitting an application for a Blue Badge on your behalf varies, but it’s normally around £50, and some don’t even forward your application on your behalf once you’ve paid. This could mean you have handed over your money for nothing and will still need to apply through the official channels yourself.
Spotting a Blue Badge scammer is easy, if the website address doesn’t end in GOV.UK or a local county council website (which will end in ‘gov.uk’ too), then it’s a scam.
It doesn’t matter how official the website appears to be if it doesn’t end in gov.uk it’s not an official website and is almost certainly a scam. For further information from the official government website, please see below:
https://www.gov.uk/apply-blue-badge

Finally…..
If you would like to report a scam, you can get in touch with the following organisations:

Action Fraud – https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/

Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline – 0808 223 1133

To keep up to date with the latest scams information and advice, you can follow the Leicestershire Trading Standards Service Facebook page on: www.facebook.com/leicstradingstandards

Leicestershire Trading Standards Service
Tel: 0116 305 8000
Email: tradingstandards@leics.gov.uk
/LeicsTradingStandards

M42 CLOSURE OVER THE CHRISTMAS WEEK

Dear customer

Balfour Beatty VINCI is working in partnership with HS2 Ltd and National Highways to undertake preparatory works which will require a one week closure of the M42 Motorway between junctions 9 and 10.

To complete these works safely and efficiently we will close the M42 motorway between junction 9 (Dunton Interchange) and junction 10 (Tamworth Interchange) from:

9pm on Friday 24 December (Christmas Eve) to 9pm on Friday 31 December 2021 (New Year’s Eve).

A clearly signed diversion route will be in place over this period with advance signage in place to help remind motorists of the closure.

More information:
High Speed Two (HS2) is the new high speed railway for Britain. Balfour Beatty VINCI is working in partnership with HS2 Ltd and National Highway (formerly Highways England) to prepare for the construction of Marston Box, which is the bridge that will carry the HS2 line over the M42 motorway near junction 9 Dunton Interchange. The construction of the bridge is being carried out on land adjacent to the motorway before it is moved into position in winter 2022.

During the closure in December 2021 we need to undertake work, between junctions 9 and 10 of the M42 motorway, to prepare the ground which will enable us to slide the Marston Box bridge into position in winter 2022. The works we will complete, in the closure this year, will include:

• Removing the existing surface of the motorway where the bridge will be located.
• Installing construction materials to create the foundations and improve the stability of the ground to support the weight of the bridge.
• Replacing barriers and installing additional safety barriers.
• Removing and upgrading the existing drainage system.
• Installing a new surface to enable the motorway to re-open to road users.

For more details on this closure and diversion route, please visit: www.hs2.org.uk/marston-box

UPDATED ROAD CLOSURE MAIN ROAD SHEEPY MAGNA

TEMPORARY TRAFFIC REGULATION ORDER
SHEEPY ROAD, TWYCROSS AND MAIN ROAD / SHEEPY ROAD /
TWYCROSS ROAD, SHEEPY MAGNA (B4116)
Leicestershire County Council Highways has agreed to a Temporary
Traffic Regulation Order at the above location.
A road closure is required on Sheepy Road, Twycross, and Twycross
Road / Main Road and Sheepy Road, Sheepy Magna between Flax Lane,
Twycross and Crow Lane, Sheepy Magna (B4116) on the 6th December
2021 for 3 days between the hours of 09:00 and 15:00.
The Temporary Traffic Regulation Order will be implemented for public
safety for Leicestershire County Council to facilitate carriageway
patching and any other associated work to the highway.
The proposed alternative diversion route will be via: Atherstone Road,
Pinwall; Atherstone Road, Old Holly Lane, Holly Lane, Watling Street (A5),
Atherstone; Watling Street (A5), Mancetter; Watling Street (A5),
Caldecote; Atherstone Road (A444), Fenny Drayton; Atherstone Road
(A444), Twycross Road (A444), Sibson; Burton Road (A444),
Wellsborough; Burton Road (A444), Twycross Town, Church Street,
Sheepy Road, Twycross and vice versa.
During the closures, alternative routes available to all traffic can be viewed
at https://one.network/?tm=GB123842809
or scan the QR code below.
Leicestershire County Council apologises for any inconvenience caused
during these works

ROAD CLOSURE SIBSON ROAD SHEEPY PARVA

Leicestershire County Council Highways has agreed to a Temporary
Traffic Regulation Order at the above location.
An emergency road closure is required on Sibson Road on the 27th
October 2021 for up to 21 days.
The Temporary Traffic Regulation Order will be implemented for public
safety for STW to facilitate an emergency water main repair and any other
associated work to the highway.
The proposed alternative diversion route will be signed on site. Access to
properties will be maintained, however a short delay in gaining access by
occur whilst the area is made safe.
Leicestershire County Council apologises for any inconvenience caused
during these works.

ROAD CLOSURE MAIN ROAD SHEEPY MAGNA

A Temporary Traffic Regulation Order (TTRO) is to be made for the following location:
Sheepy Road, Twycross, and Twycross Road / Main Road and Sheepy Road, Sheepy
Magna – B4116 (see weblink below). The purpose of the TTRO is to allow Leicestershire
County Council to facilitate carriageway patching and any other associated work to the
highway.
The TTRO will incorporate a temporary road closure and parking restrictions.
The duration of the restriction is not anticipated to exceed a period of 3 days commencing on
the 6th December 2021

ADVANCE NOTICE OF A TEMPORARY TRAFFIC REGULATION ORDER.

A Temporary Traffic Regulation Order (TTRO) is to be made for the following location:
Atterton Lane, Upton, Sheepy (see weblink below). The purpose of the TTRO is to allow STW
and their contractors to undertake the installation of new apparatus.
The TTRO will incorporate a temporary road closure.
The duration of the restriction is not anticipated to exceed a period of 4 days commencing on
the 20th December 2021.

Full Details Below

Advance Notice of a TTRO

Queens Jubilee Weekend 2022

The Parish Council has written to all the community groups in the Parish to invite them to be part of a committee to coordinate a schedule of events over the Queen’s Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend (2-5 June 2022). The aim is to make the weekend a fun, enjoyable and memorable one and help our community groups raise funds where this is their purpose. A number of groups are already discussing and planning to schedule some of their usual events for this weekend, and we’re certain that they would all appreciate any offers of help. With a 4 day Bank Holiday, there’ll also be space for some additional activities, so if you’ve an event idea that you’d like to organise, please join the committee. Please email the Parish Clerk (sheepyparish@gmail.com). The first meeting will be on Thursday 28th October at 7pm in Sheepy Memorial Hall

DEFIBRILLATOR TRAINING

The Parish Council has arranged defibrillator training for all parishioners who are interested in learning how these units can be deployed and used when someone is faced with an individual suffering from a cardiac arrest.

The training is taking place at Sibson Village Hall on Tuesday 2nd November at 6pm, everyone is welcome to attend.

SHEEPY GLADE WILDFLOWER PATCH

The wildflower patch within Sheepy Glade was constructed and subsequently planted in 2019 – The short video below shows the first year of its conception and blossoming and hopefully will grow even more on an annual basis.

 

Completion of the limited assurance review for the year ended 31 March 2021

Sheepy Parish Council
Completion of the limited assurance review for the year ended 31 March 2021

The External Auditor has completed the review of the Annual Governance & Accountability Return (AGAR) for Sheepy

Parish Council for the year ended 31 March 2021. Please find the external auditor report and certificate
(Section 3 of the AGAR Part 3) along with a copy of Sections 1 and 2, on which our report is based.
The external auditor report and certificate detail any matters arising from the review.