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January Cyber Scam Update

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Temporary closure of C137 Tithe Barn Lane, Earlswood 31 January – 5 February 2019

This closure is required to facilitate drainage works. Links to the traffic order, notice and the diversion plan are below. The contractor will inform local businesses and residents directly affected by the closure.

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Temporary closure of D5015 Nuthurst Lane and D5016 Nuthurst Grange Lane, Hockley Heath – 29th January – 1st February 2019

Links to the traffic order, notice and the plan relating to these road closures, which will take place from the 29th January – 1st February 2019 are below. The contractor will inform local businesses and residents directly affected by the closure.

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You are invited to a Palm Court Style Tea

This is hosted by St Patrick’s Church and will beheld on  Saturday 16 February  at Earlswood Village Hall Tickets are £10 each and available from Barbara Philp 07734228500 and Jean Brown on 01564702367. There will be a ‘Palm Court’ Style afternoon tea and entertainment provided by Val & Peter. There will be a warm welcome for everyone to come and have a sociable Saturday afternoon. Car parking is available on site. It may be possible to arrange local transport if need be.

 

Earlswood Wildlife Partnership Newsletters

These  have been added to the EWP page.

Christmas waste collections

To find out when your bin(s) will be collected over Christmas use this calculator on the Stratford on Avon DC web site

Cabinet 10 in Earlswood is now connected to Superfast Broadband

We are delighted to advise you that all the hard work has paid off and that superfast broadband is now available in parts of Wood End & Earlswood. Cabinet Earlswood 10 has been upgraded, meaning that properties connected to the upgraded cabinet may now be able to order the improved service.

To find out which cabinet you are connected to what speeds you might achieve, you should visit the BT Broadband Availability Checker. For the best results, you will need to be able to enter a BT landline number for the property. If you do not have this then  use your address, but it may be less accurate. It should be noted that customers are not restricted to buying a service from BT and that can go to any Internet Service Provider (ISP).

There are a number of different Internet Service Providers (ISPs), and it is best to check carefully as there are a wide range of packages available, with some including telephone calls and even TV options. Websites like MoneySavingExpert.com and Broadband Genie can give free, impartial advice on cheap broadband deals and provide information on which packages might be best for specific needs.

The ‘About Broadband’ section on the CSW Broadband website has lots of information about Internet Service Providers, a very useful jargon buster to help people to get through the sometimes baffling terms surrounding broadband, and lots of self-help guides so that users can get the most from the new, improved service.

 

Do you want Malthouse Lane and adjacent roads gritted?

As many of you will be aware, the Resident’s Association has been trying to persuade Warwickshire County Council to add Malthouse Lane, Springbrook Lane, Cloweswood Lane and Small Lane to the winter gritting programme for several years without success.

We have now written to Nadhim Zahawi, our MP, asking him to take up the issue with Warwickshire CC. See Gritting email to NS 17Nov18.

We are asking for support on this and would be grateful if you could circulate and write to Nadhim Zahawi MP email; constituents@zahawi.com and County Cllr. John Horner ; cllrhorner@warwickshire.gov.uk

We need to act before the worst of the weather moves in.

You can use of the wording above or do your own, we just need you to do it please.

Volunteering Opportunity with Warwickshire Police

Do you have some time to spare each week?  Have you considered volunteering your time, your skills and your experience?  Would you like to learn new skills and feel like a key part of a small dynamic team?

Warwickshire Police are currently advertising for Police Support Volunteers to assist staff in our busy Vetting Unit at Stratford upon Avon Police Station.

We ask for a commitment of 2 to 4 hours per week for a minimum of a 12 month period and any required training will be given.  Our Police Support Volunteers are not paid but we do pay reasonable travel expenses.

If you would like to know more about this volunteering opportunity, or to submit an application, please click on the link below.  Thank you.

https://www.warwickshire.police.uk/article/17199/Vetting-Unit-Support-Volunteer—Stratford-Police-Station

Warwickshire Trading Standards Scam and Rogue Trader Alerts

Door to Door Mattress Sellers: Warwickshire residents are again being targeted by door to door mattress sellers. The sellers often employ high pressure sales techniques to encourage a sale and Trading Standards are also concerned that the mattresses may not meet UK fire safety regulations. Don’t buy at the door. If in doubt, keep your door closed.

Insulation cold callers: Warwickshire residents are urged to be vigilant and beware of companies that cold call and offer home insulation whilst falsely claiming to be operating on behalf of the Government or local council. Residents may be misled and the companies may be breaking the law.

Apple Pay targeted by fraudsters: Warwickshire residents are urged to beware of phishing emails arriving in their email inboxes falsely purporting to come from Apple. The emails may display an ‘@support’ name and inform the recipient of a ‘purchase’. The recipient is urged to follow a link to a bogus Apple login page from which Apple ID and other confidential information can be stolen. Always delete suspicious emails. Never follow any links they may contain or download any documents.

Spotify Premium phishing email: Spotify Premium streaming service users are warned to beware of bogus emails asking them to verify their subscription information. Recipients are again taken to a bogus Apple ID login page, from which passwords can be stolen. Always delete suspicious emails. Never follow any links they may contain or download any documents.

Fake TV Licence refund emails: Don’t fall for bogus TV Licence refund emails, Warwickshire Trading Standards is warning. These emails encourage recipients to visit bogus websites from which personal and financial information can be stolen. Always delete suspicious emails. Never follow and links they may contain or download any documents.

Local landline telephone numbers ‘spoofed’: With increasing numbers of people choosing not to answer phone calls displaying international or regional numbers, expecting them to be high pressure sales calls or fraudsters, scammers are turning to ‘spoofing’ local landline numbers. They do this by using easily obtainable technology to alter Caller ID so that when they phone, the recipient’s phone shows a local number in the Caller ID display and not the real one. The landline number the fraudsters use is likely to belong to another unsuspecting person who won’t realise what has happened until they begin to receive hundreds of calls to their landline from people trying to speak to the fraudsters! Fraudsters also try to ‘spoof’ the telephone numbers of banks and similar organisations to try and make their victims think they are speaking to a genuine business.

HMRC paying ‘refunds’ direct!: Fraudsters are sending out bogus emails claiming recipients are due an immediate tax refund that can only be claimed online and will be paid on to their credit card. The fraudsters direct their victims to a bogus HMRC online ‘portal’ which asks for credit card details and other financial and personal information. The customer portal web page suggests that it will expire on the day the recipient received the email, encouraging them to act quickly without thinking/verifying the claim or asking a friend or family member first. Always delete suspicious emails. Never follow any links they may contain or download any documents.

Sim swap fraud: O2 and Vodafone customers are at risk of Sim swap fraud, Warwickshire Trading Standards is warning residents after a BBC Watchdog investigation. Sim swap fraud takes places when a criminal is able to convince a mobile operator (such as O2 or Vodafone) either online or in person at a high street shop, that they are you. The criminal then asks for a replacement Sim card for your phone. If successful, the criminal now has control over your mobile phone number and could potentially both see and hijack your calls and texts, including those relating to your online banking. They could then attempt to steal money from your bank account. If your Sim stops working or your phone experiences an extended period of loss of signal, these could be signs of Sim swap fraud. Contact your service provider immediately.

More information

  • Make a scam/rogue trader complaint to Trading Standards via Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 040506.
  • Sign up to scam alerts at www.warwickshire.gov.uk/scams
  • Avoid rogue traders. Consider using Warwickshire Trading Standards ‘No Rogue Traders Here’ approved trader scheme. Phone 0800 233 5000