Covid-19 related scam advice

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
Your bank, or other official organisations, won’t ask you to share personal information over email or text. If you receive an email you’re not quite sure about, forward it to the Suspicious Email Reporting Service (SERS): report@phishing.gov.uk

2 – Shopping online
If you’re making a purchase from a company or person you don’t know and trust, carry out some research first, for example, by checking to see if others have used the site and what their experience was. If you decide to go ahead with the purchase, use a credit card if you have one, other payment providers may not provide the same protection.

3 – Unsolicited calls and browser pop-ups offering tech support
Never install any software, or grant remote access to your computer, as a result of a cold call. Remember, legitimate organisations would never contact you out of the blue to ask for financial details such as your PIN or full banking password.

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:

  • ask you to dial a premium rate number to speak to them (for example, those starting 09 or 087)
  • ask you to make any form of payment or purchase a product or any kind
  • ask for any details about your bank account
  • ask for your social media identities or login details, or those of your contacts
  • ask you for any passwords or PINs, or ask you to set up any passwords or PINs over the phone
  • ask you to download any software to your PC or ask you to hand over control of your PC, smartphone or tablet to anyone else
  • ask you to access any website that does not belong to the government or NHS

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.​​​​​​​

Be savvy with recycling

recycling-paper-bagWe 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.

Many retailers now pack into paper bags. Amazon Fresh, Sainsbury’s Chop Chop and also our local volunteers deliver food in large paper bags.

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.

Please note that if you are from a household with a Corona Virus sufferer please ensure that all your waste is double bagged and binned carefully.

 

Rule-changes for using Victoria Park

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.

Further details on the new rules can be found here. I am still awaiting confirmation from Tower Hamlets council on the changes.

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.

Our park

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.

VickyparkApril20Currently 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.

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People are currently not allowed to use the grass for sun bathing, everybody has to keep moving.

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.