Residents at risk of being scammed over COVID-19 vaccine.
Remember: The NHS don’t need your bank details and won’t ask for them in an email or text!
Dyfed Powys Police Economic Crime Team has become aware that criminals have been sending texts and emails attempting to lure people to apply for the COVID-19 vaccine.
DC Gareth Jordan, from the Cyber Crime Unit, said: “The text is made to look like it comes from the NHS and states ‘we have identified that you are eligible to apply for your vaccine’ and advises you to follow a link to get more information and ‘apply’.”
“If you follow the link, you are taken to a convincing looking, but fake NHS website that asks for your personal details.
“After entering your details, it then requests bank/card details to ‘check your identity’.”
“But as with all scams, if you look a little closer, you will see it is not real. In this instance, note the URL is not www.nhs.uk/
As multiple vaccines are now being approved for use in the UK, these types of fraud attempts will continue as criminals look to take advantage of the vaccine roll out.
“It’s not only texts, beware of cold calls and emails regarding the vaccine as scammers are also asking people to pay for it over the phone. Remember – the vaccine is free of charge and there is no way to jump the queue by paying for a ‘priority slot’.
“If you receive one of these calls, hang up and block the number.
“If you have received an email, which you are not quite sure about, forward it to the Suspicious Email Reporting Service (SERS) at email@example.com
“Suspicious text messages should be forwarded to 7726. This free-of-charge short code enables your provider to investigate the origin of the text and take action, if found to be malicious.”
Stop: Take a moment to think before parting with your money or information – it 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 victim to a scam and report it to the Police.
Remember – The NHS, The police, or your bank, will never ask you to withdraw money or transfer it to a different account. They will also never ask you to reveal your full banking password or PIN.
Do not click on links or attachments in unexpected or suspicious texts or emails.
Confirm requests are genuine by using a known number or email address to contact organisations directly.
Always check the URL of a website.
Scammers are trying to trick people regarding the Covid-19 Vaccine
The NHS don’t need your bank details and won’t ask for them in an email or text.
Warning – New domain pretending to be Microsoft could fool a lot of people!
The campaign has so far targeted over 200 million Microsoft Office 365 users, including those working in the financial services, healthcare, manufacturing, and utilities industries. Users receive an email, purportedly from Microsoft, to test a new feature of O365 which states that it allows them to reclaim emails mistakenly marked as spam. When the user clicks the link, however, they are redirected to a fake Microsoft portal which requests they enter their credentials, which are then harvested by the attacker.
This is a timely reminder to always be vigilant and always check the email address of the sender thoroughly.
- Always check the domain of the sender carefully: Micros0ft.com, MIcrosoft.com and Microsoft[.]com are not Microsoft domains.
- If you are on a web page, look at the address in the URL bar – make sure it is the correct domain.
- If you have clicked on a link and entered user information and password, report it to IS&T
- Be extra vigilant on the run-up to Christmas of fake shopping sites that have been made to look like the originals
St Athan Community Together Remembrance Service Sunday 8th November 2020
It is with much regret that due to COVID 19 social distancing rules, this year’s Remembrance Service will not go ahead as it has in previous years.
Attendee numbers are restricted and only those who have been invited should attend.
However, families are encouraged to show their support and solidarity in memory of all those who made the ultimate sacrifice by standing in front of their homes at 11am on Sunday 8th November 2020
Let us remember them
If you would like more information on what you can do to be involved go to: https://www.britishlegion.org.uk/get-involved/remembrance
Unfortunately, the Community Council will not be able to host the senior citizens Christmas party this year – due to the COVID-19 restrictions and of course the need to protect our local residents from any risk.
The Christmas party has been a feature in our village for a number of years, is always a lovely social event with excellent entertainment from the school choir.
It was therefore very disappointing to have to cancel the event for this year.
Notice of date appointed for the exercise of electors’ rights under the Public Audit (Wales) Act 2004
St Athan Community Council
Financial year ended 31 March 2020
- Date of announcement 27th August 2020
- Each year the annual accounts are audited by the Auditor General for Wales. Prior to this date, any interested person has the opportunity to inspect and make copies of the accounts and all books, deeds, contracts, bills, vouchers and receipts etc. relating to them for 20 working days on reasonable notice. For the year ended 31 March 2020, these documents will be available on reasonable notice on application to:St Athan Community Council.
Old School Community Centre,
between the hours of 09:00am to 12 noon documents are available for inspection on Monday to Friday
commencing on 7st September 2020
and ending on 2nd October 2020
3. From 3rd October 2020 until the audit has been completed, Local Government Electors and their representatives also have:
- the right to question the Auditor General about the accounts. The Auditor General can be contacted via Grant Thornton; and
- the right to attend before the Auditor General and make objections to the accounts or any item in them. Written notice of an objection must first be given to the Auditor General via Grant Thornton. A copy of the written notice must also be given to the council.
- Grant Thornton can be contacted at: Grant Thornton, 3 Callaghan Square, Cardiff, CF10 5BT
- The audit is being conducted under the provisions of the Public Audit (Wales) Act 2004, the Accounts and Audit (Wales) Regulations 2014 and the Auditor General for Wales’ Code of Audit Practice.
Clerk to the Council
Date of notice posting : 28th August 2020
ST ATHAN COMMUNITY COUNCIL – ST ATHAN & FLEMINGSTON WARDS
Notice is Hereby Given:
That two vacancies have occurred on the above mention council wards.
Any local government elector who is interested in the possibility of being Co-opted onto the Council should contact the undersigned.
Closing Date: 12noon on Friday 21st August 2020.
(It is not a requirement to be resident within the subject ward)
Point of Contact:
Mr D Patterson
Clerk to the council.
St Athan Community Council
Old School Community Centre
Vale of Glamorgan
Telephone: 01446 750 452 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Date of posting 4th August 2020