Warning about Courier Fraud

Detectives in Northamptonshire are issuing a warning to the public following an incident of courier fraud in Wellingborough on Monday, April 27.

Courier fraud often targets the elderly.  The criminals carrying out these scams are very devious and know how to manipulate their victims.  Please speak to your elderly relatives about this kind of scam and remind them that a police officer or bank staff member will never ask for your PIN or personal details or request you hand over cash.

At about 10am, fraudsters pretending to be police officers called a woman in her 80s and told her they needed her to withdraw £2000 to enable them to investigate alleged corruption within her bank.

When she asked what she should tell her bank if they enquired as to why she was withdrawing such a large amount, the scammers suggested she tell them that her children needed the money due to financial hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The offenders arrived at her house and took the money, promising to reimburse her once their ‘investigation’ had completed. They never did and never attempted to contact her again.

Detective Inspector Dave Harley, said: “The lady yesterday lost over £2000 to a sophisticated scam which left her feeling panicked and rushed into actions she later regretted.”

Tips to avoid becoming a courier fraud victim:

– Remember that neither a bank or the police will ever ask for your PIN or arrange collection of your bank card

– Your bank and the police will never ask you to make high value purchases or withdraw cash to send for examination

– Your bank, the police and any genuine organisation will never contact you and ask for your online banking log in details, including a one-time password, or to move money to another account

– If you receive one of these calls, end it immediately and contact the police and your bank via a different phone line, using a number you have verified. If you do not have another phone line you can use, hang up and wait five minutes until the line has fully cleared.  A genuine member of either organisation will have no issue with a person putting the phone down and ringing 101 or the bank to establish their true identity.

Message Sent By
Kelly Noble (Police, Social Media Engagement Officer, Corporate Communications, Countywide)
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Repairs to Barrier on Brookside Lane – 6th/7th May

Northamptonshire Highways are planning to carry out repairs to the roadside barrier on Brookside Lane, between Chapel Lane and Brook House, starting on 6th May.  To carry out the works safely the road will need to be closed for up to two days at off peak times.

The closure and diversion can be viewed here https://one.network/?tm=117176289

If you require more information about the works please contact David Coleman on 01604 883400.

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Broadband in Badby

Having received comments from local residents on the speed and reliability of broadband in the village, I would be interested to know how happy other people are with their broadband performance.

I expect that, due to the lock-down, some people are working from home for the first time and others are spending more time working at home than they normally do.  Also, others may be using internet tools such as Zoom, Whatsapp, etc. more widely than usual to conduct regular video calls with family and friends.

Please let me know by emailing chairman@badby.org.uk

Richard Piner
Chairman – Badby Parish Council

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LINK Magazine for May 2020 –

With the coronavirus still disrupting normal life, the May edition of the LINK will not be delivered to houses in Badby.

However, the full text can be read here NOW.

There is one important extra piece of news that missed the deadline for this edition – the appointment of a new Rector to the Knightley Parishes -see the announcement here.

 

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New Rector appointed –

The Churchwardens, Judy Jordan and Frances Williams, are pleased to tell you that the Archdeacon of Northampton announced on Sunday (April 26,2020), that the Revd Malcolm Ingham, currently Rector of Alwalton and Chesterton, has accepted the invitation to become the Rector of Badby and the Knightley Parishes.

Malcolm and his wife Liz will live at Badby but dates for taking up the post have yet to be arranged.  See message here.

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Scrubs Up for Northants NHS

Badby resident Charlotte Shaw (tel. 07788 968527) is making scrubs and is looking for fabric donations – it doesn’t have to be new, just needs to be washable at 60 degrees and have a good thread-count i.e. thick enough not to show undies through.  Duvet covers are ideal!  Plain or patterned, but not white, cream or black.  Please drop off at Rose House, at the bottom of Bunkers Hill.

“Scrubs Up For Northants NHS are looking for experienced machinists, anyone with fabric that can be donated, fabric supplier contacts, and monetary donations to their Just Giving page to help them purchase materials to make scrubs for hospitals, GP surgeries and medical centres across Northamptonshire.  They have been featured in the media on Radio Northampton, Radio 2 and several local newspapers”.

For further information please view https://m.facebook.com/scrubsupnorthants, (@scrubsupnorthants), https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/katie-rashid

 

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Anglian Water – Practical Support during Self-Isolation

Some residents, including those people who are self-isolating due to Coronavirus, can register for free, additional practical support from AW’s Priority Services.

Ways being on the Priority Services Register could help include: help with reading the water meter, a knock and wait service where AW will wait longer for the door to be answered when visiting, and a scheme to protect people from bogus callers and scams.

To find out more about Priority Services and to sign up call Anglian Water on: 0800 919 155 or visit http://www.anglianwater.co.uk/help-and-advice/extra-support/priority-services/.

Alongside Anglian Water, other water and energy providers also offer a Priority Service. If you think you may need extra help during an interruption to supply or a power cut due to being medically dependent on electricity, if you are elderly or disabled or have specific communication needs, contact your provider to find out how they can assist you.

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Coronavirus and scams

Be particularly aware of people offering or selling:
Coronavirus testing kits – these are only offered by the NHS
Vaccines or miracle cures – there is currently no vaccine or cure
Overpriced or fake goods to protect yourself from coronavirus such as anti-bacterial products
Shopping or medication collection services
Offers to clean your home of coronavirus

Don’t assume everyone is genuine.
It’s okay to reject, refuse or ignore any requests. If someone attempts to pressure you into accepting a service then they are unlikely to be genuine.  Don’t be rushed into making a decision, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.  Only buy goods or services from trusted sellers and think before parting with money or personal information.

Contact:
For advice on scams call the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on:
0808 223 11 33
To report a scam, call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040
Contact your bank if you think you have been scammed.

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How to report suspected Covid19 breaches

We hope you are staying safe and well.

We are receiving a high volume of suspected Covid19 breaches.

To assist us in managing these reports and balance our demand we ask that suspected breaches of Covid19 are made online through the following link: https://www.northants.police.uk/tua/tell-us-about/c19/tell-us-about-possible-breach-coronavirus-measures/

Thank you for your support.

Nick Paul (Police, Neighbourhood Sergeant, Northampton)

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Parish Council Meeting on 6th April

In line with the Local Authorities and Police and Crime Panels (Coronavirus) (Flexibility of Local Authority and Police and Crime Panel Meetings) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020 which come into force on 4 April, the next meeting of Badby Parish Council will be a an online “virtual” meeting, on Monday 6th April at 7.30 pm.  To attend, please click or copy and paste the following link, and enter the meeting ID number if prompted:

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/999844461
Meeting ID: 999 844 461

The agenda can be found on this website under Badby Parish Council – Meetings and Agendas.

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