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Internet Security

The Parish Council has advised us this letter has been circulated widely in Congresbury. It is linked to an app. Concerns have been raised regarding the security of products and services sourced via this app. Users submit their real names and addresses which can be accessed by other users including commercial enterprises. Please read, research and make your own judgement. Stay safe on line.

Two comments were made about this on Facebook. Dave Robins There is nothing wrong with this social Media App… it has 285 people in congresbury and 444 people in Yatton and 80 in Kingston Seymour alone using it daily as we speak… 

it has been live in this area since 2018 and world wide since 2008….
Facebook and Apple have tried to buy it but were refused…. 
the person who has posted this has just followed the misinformed local rumour mill like Chinese 
whispers…the letter may or may not be a scam as described but the App is international…. 
maybe Google the App and have a look on wikipedia….or the recent BBC article which described the App as the Facebook that Mark Zuckerberg wished he had made.

Love Congresbury As was reported yesterday, the app is genuine and can be used well, but it uses people’s names/addresses without express permissions and can be a site for fraudsters-there are safer ways to help your neighbours during this time.

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Call Blocker

The National Trading Standards (NTS) Scams Team is releasing more call blockers for the vulnerable and elderly today, Friday 13th March 2019.

These were a huge success last year and they ran out very quickly.

Applications can be made through their website:

 www.FriendsAgainstScams.org.uk/callblocker

A trueCall Secure call blocker is a unit that filters unwanted scam and nuisance phone calls from your landline. It allows you to set a trusted caller list for friends, family members, GPs and any other trusted contacts. The unit plugs into an existing phone and phone line and can work alongside broadband or lifeline/pendant devices that are already installed. These are intended more for the vulnerable and elder, and those receiving a high level of nuisance calls.

Bike security

Police officers in North Somerset are encouraging those who had new bikes for Christmas to get them security marked.
On Sunday 26 January between 9am-3pm officers from the Worle beat team will be at Sainsbury’s carrying out security marking of bike frames – in an effort to deter thieves.

Police warn against telephone fraud

Click HERE for full information

Two victims were contacted by callers purporting to be from Lloyds Bank and advised there was a problem with their bank debit card and they would be sending someone to collect the cards and that a replacement card would be delivered to their home. In both incidents the bogus caller was wearing a high visibility jacket. We are urging people to be vigilant and on their guard to such calls. Banks will never personally attend a home address to collect or deliver cards or important documents, and bank details and personal information – including PiN numbers – should never be disclosed.

Taxi services and courier companies in the county who have been made aware of the courier fraud offending and continue to pick up ‘packages’ from victims could face prosecution

Trading Standards, Advice Session


In light of the increase of reported scams, there will be a session with a North Somerset Trading Standards, Advice Officer held at Congresbury Recreational Club on November the 26th at 7pm.
This session is open to anyone, not just Neighbourhood Watch, so please do tell your friends and neighbours.
Anyone interested in attending this event can email caroline.pinnell@me.com to register their attendance.

Police warning of a scam

A telephone scam is circulating across the county where residents have received telephone calls from people claiming to be from Westminster Police. 

The caller states that they are investigating a crime or have a suspect in custody who has their bank details. The caller then asks them to reveal their card details for checking. A second call is often made a short while later claiming to be from their bank. Again this appears to be part of the scam.

Please remember never to give bank details to anyone you do not know or trust and do not continue conversations with persons you do not know or trust.

If you experience a similar call, please report it direct to the national fraud and cybercrime centre, Action Fraud on 0300-1232040 or via their website at http://www.actionfraud.police.uk

New surgery gets go-ahead

A new doctors’ surgery will be built in Smallway, Congresbury, replacing the Yatton and Congresbury facilities.

North Somerset planners approved amended plans this week having previously turned down the application despite council officers recommending approval.

The new surgery will be on land opposite Cadbury Garden Centre.

An artist’s impression of the Smallway surgery

The original plans had been refused because of concerns over access, particularly pedestrian access.

Councillors approved the plans, noting that if it went to appeal, they would lose.

Mendip Vale Medical Group looks after 44,000 patients as a result of merging with the Riverbank Medical Centre in Worle and Sunnyside Surgery in Clevedon. Its modern Langford  facility was  built in 2013, and the purpose-built St Georges site opened in 2012.

Rehab 4 Alcoholism Helpline and Website

Providing impartial and independent advice for people seeking alcohol rehab.

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Our alcohol rehab services are available to people suffering from varying degrees of alcohol addiction. Invariably this includes treatment for so-called chronic alcoholism but also for sufferers exhibiting mild forms of alcoholism. Left unchecked alcoholism leads to serious health complications including brain damage and alcohol-related liver disease. Alcoholism left untreated inflicts lasting wounds on relationships including family life, professional life, and social life.

Rehab 4 Alcoholism aims to save lives by stopping addiction before it becomes too late. Tel: 0800 111 4108 Web: https://www.rehab4alcoholism.com

Beware doorstep sellers

Police are warning of an increase in door to door callers, often trying to sell cleaning and kitchen equipment. “We are taking this opportunity to remind you all that you should not have dealings with callers at the door. Likewise don’t respond to letters or Emails from unknown sources or have dealings with cold callers on the phone,” say Avon and Somerset Police.

“If you are looking for someone to provide goods or services then please make local enquiries with companies that you know and trust. Your local Trading Standards office can often help with details of reputable tradesmen.

“Please remember it’s your door step, it’s your decision. All suspicious callers should be reported to the police using either the 101 or 999 numbers.”

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