|Criminals are exploiting the COVID-19 pandemic to try and get their hands on your money and personal information. To date, Action Fraud has received reports from 2,378 victims of Coronavirus-related scams, with the total losses reaching over £7 million.
How you can protect yourself from Coronavirus-related scams:
There are some simple steps you can take that will protect you from the most common Coronavirus-related scams. Here’s what need to do:
1 – Watch out for scam messages
2 – Shopping online
3 – Unsolicited calls and browser pop-ups offering tech support
NHS Test and Trace scams:
The NHS Test and Trace service plays an important role in the fight against coronavirus and it’s vital the public have confidence and trust in the service. However, we understand the concerns people have about the opportunity for criminals to commit scams.
What you need to know:
Contact tracers will only call you from the number 0300 013 5000. Anyone who does not wish to talk over the phone can request the NHS Test and Trace service to send an email or text instead, inviting them to log into the web-based service.
All text or emails sent by NHS Test and Trace will ask people to sign into the contact tracing website and will provide you with a unique reference number. We would advise people to type the web address https://contact-tracing.phe.gov.uk directly into their browser, followed by the unique reference number given to you, rather than clicking on any link provided in the message.
The NHS Test and Trace service will never:
If you think you have been a victim of fraud, please report it to Action Fraud at https://www.actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040. If you live in Scotland, please report directly to Police Scotland by calling 101.
We now have a lot of purple recycling bins on our estate, one per block entrance. The purple bins have slots at the top to input smaller items and the lid can be lifted for larger amounts and recycling bags.
Whilst putting recycling into pink recycling plastic bags may be beneficial as it is better to recycle using a plastic bag than not at all and also it can prevent a spoiling of the whole container if somebody puts dirty recycling into the container like greasy pizza boxes, dirty nappies, I would recommend using paper bags to put recycling into the containers.
For your information The Sainsbury’s Chop Chop service delivers within 60 minutes of ordering up to 20 items via their App, which can be downloaded. That’s just an extra service for those who have to self-isolate.
Perhaps those receiving food parcels in paper bags, can ask those delivering them to take them back for the recycling once they have been filled. Or in each block recylcing bags could be taken from people’s flats to the recycling containers via the dedicated volunteer services.
Those bags lend themselves to become recycling containers, to collect and carry our recycling until it reaches the purple bins.
From Saturday 16. May the park will open from 7Am East side and 7:30 AM West side and close at 5pm. See all therules to observe. Have fun in our local park
As announced yesterday, by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, from Wednesday 13. May 2020 people are allowed to use the park again for sun bathing and group sports. People are allowed to use benches. We are also allowed to leave the home unlimited times.
However, people should only stay together closely only in groups with people they usually share a home with. All other gatherings need to show people staying 2 metres apart. So you can meet up with A FRIEND outside as long as you stay 2 metres apart.
Fines are increasing for breaches.
Please stay at home whenever you can, and stay away at least 2 metres from those around you.
A strong recommendation is that those who go to crowded indoor spaces like shops or public transport, please wear face masks.
According to data published via the Sun newspaper there are no recorded deaths from Corona Virus in Bethnal Green North so far. Lets hope it stays that way.
Victoria Park is open for reduced opening hours from 8:30 – 16:00 and is a great opportunity to get a walk a day. Please note there are dedicated entry and exit points and all should keep to the left of a path. The park is patrolled by wardens.
Currently people are expected to keep moving and benches are taped up. So anybody planning a walk needs to consider which route to take because there are no resting stations.
Plan a short walk around the smaller park if you are taking short walks and take the route around the large part if you can cope with that. The large park walk is around 3.5km long and takes 6.000 steps.
Walkers have to keep dogs on leads and all water stations have been taped up too, so bring a drink of water, if you anticipate needing one.