Police are advising that in 2021 alone, 3,625 people across the country were victims of courier fraud with loses totalling more than £15.2 million.
An analysis of data from the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) has highlighted four modus operandi (MOs) that are now more commonly being used by fraudsters:
– Bank card expiry: Fraudsters claim to be from the victim’s bank and say their card is no longer valid. The scammers ask for the pin number and then send a “courier” to collect the card before using it for fraudulent purposes
– Purchasing high end items: The suspects pretend to be police officers and ask the victim to help with an undercover operation by purchasing expensive items like watches, jewellery and gold. Once the item is bought, the victim will hand over the item to the criminals
– Counterfeit cash/ bank investigation: A person claiming to be the police or bank official informs the victim that they need to help with a banking corruption investigation. The victim is told to withdraw a large amount of money and the cash is picked up later by a “courier” to “check for fingerprints or to identify counterfeit bank notes.”
– Computer takeover: The fraudsters telephones the victim, purporting to be from their internet service provider, saying that they have had an issue with their internet connectivity and the victim is due compensation. The victim is persuaded to download a remote access application, giving the suspects access to their home computers. The fraudster persuades the victims into thinking they have been paid too much compensation and the victim then withdraws cash to pay the money back, which is later collected by a “courier”.
If you think you’ve been a victim of fraud, contact your bank immediately and report it to Action Fraud online at police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040.
MORE THAN WORDS is Clevedon’s Literary Festival of poetry, prose, performance, art, music and fun. We will engage the local and wider literary communities in opportunities to share and celebrate the written and spoken word and related art forms for mutual benefit. This will be achieved through high quality readings, open mics, public art, multidisciplinary events showcasing local talent, published authors, nationally recognised poets and performing artists, and fostering creative development for adults, young people and children. For more details https://www.clevedonliteraryfestival.uk/programme-2022/
If you get some unexpected news that you’re owed a ‘refund’ from the Tax Office, it may seem like good news. But, remember that with the self-assessment deadline looming on January 31, fraudsters will be bombarding people’s email inboxes and phones with fake offers of tax refunds. They may also cold call victims, or text or email links which will then take them to a false page, where their bank details or money will be stolen.
Over the past year, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has received nearly 900,000 reports from people about suspect contact – including over 620,000 reports from people about bogus tax rebates.
Never give out your personal information or click on links or download information from unexpected emails. If someone calls you out of the blue and makes you feel under pressure, just put the phone down to give yourself time to think. Details of suspect calls or emails claiming to be from HMRC can be forwarded to email@example.com and texts to 60599.
AppleShed Inclusive Theatre Company is a brand new venture, rooted in Congresbury.
They are a friendly little company, designed to make everyone feel welcome. Their ethos, modelled on Chickenshed Theatre in London, is to help young people who may or may not have additional needs, work together to create truly inclusive theatre events.
25thFebruary 2019 was claimed to be the hottest February Day ever recorded. The sun shone all day and despite the early morning frost, it felt like Spring. The best place to enjoy Spring has got to be the ‘Strawberry Line’.
I was not the only person to take advantage of the glorious weather. Two young Mums were pushing their babies in pushchairs at the same time as answering their phones ! The normal rash of cyclists all trying to beat the speed record for the track and lots of Joggers. One ambitious walker asked how far it was to Wells. Perhaps he had a dose of ‘Spring Fever’.
To promote an interest in Allotments and Gardens. Encourage good practice, enjoyment and the benefits of having an allotment. Help and advise members on cultivation and sustainability. Liaise with the Parish council on matters concerning the allotments site and its environs.
Congresbury Allotments and Gardeners Association was formed to represent the tenants of Congresbury Parish Council who rent a plot on the Bristol Road Allotments. Membership gives the opportunity to obtain 50% discount on seeds from Kings and of 10% on garden supplies purchased from the Garden Park centre, 2 miles down the A370 at the left turn for Puxton. The allotments shop will open on 4 consecutive Saturday mornings in Spring for the sale of bamboo canes, Growmore and slug pellets. Non-allotment holders are welcome to join and will enjoy the same discount benefits as allotment holders. Please visit our Web Site
Rod Stephens (833512). Janet Dickson (835055). Dave Miles (832893) (all 01934)
To provide sports and recreation facilities for the village of Congresbury and surrounding areas.
Cricket, Football, Tennis, Skittles, Darts, Pool.
Function room available for private hire.
Well stocked bar with real ales.
SKY TV and large screen.
Open 7:30-11:00pm Mon-Fri, 4:00-11:00pm Sat, 12:00-3:00pm Sun.
Meat raffle every Sunday at 2:00pm. Click here for Web Site.