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BE CYBER SAFE: MESSAGE FROM ESSEX POLICE CYBER CRIME UNIT

IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM ESSEX POLICE CYBER CRIME UNIT:

Do you know to whom you are answering the phone?

Telephone Fraudsters want access to your computer and your money (Computer Software Service frauds) – What is this and what can you do.

Telephone fraudsters are now cold calling/ making unsolicited phone calls pretending to be from your internet service provider, telling you there is a problem with your device or router, it could lead to fraudsters asking for credit card information to ‘validate your software’, or access to your computer to fix the problem. These are all scams, so what do you need to look out for.

Common scams that use the brand names include:

* Receiving a phone call from ‘Microsoft Tech Support’ to fix your computer.

* Receiving a phone call from your internet service provider i.e. BT, Sky, EE, Virgin etc.

* Receiving unsolicited emails with attached security updates.

* Being asked for your credit card information to ‘validate your copy of Windows’.

* Being told you have won the ‘Microsoft Lottery’.

They might say that they can fix the problem for a fee, or alternatively they can compensate you for the problem you are experiencing.

What these fraudsters really want is for you to unwittingly grant them remote access to your computer by installing software or visiting a particular website, and for you to give them your payment details. This is a scam.

These are all fraud scams – No reputable computer firm will send unsolicited emails or make unsolicited phone calls to request personal or financial information, or ask for access to your computer to fix it.

How to protect yourself

If you receive such communication delete the email or hang up the phone do not engage in a conversation.  If you require further assurance contact the firm directly using the method and phone numbers obtained from their contract or other trusted sources, never use the numbers or email address supplied by the fraudsters.

* Legitimate companies like your Internet Service Provider (ISP), will never cold call you asking for remote access to your computer or for your financial details.

* Always be wary of unsolicited calls. If you’re unsure of a caller’s identity, hang up.

* Even if the caller is able to provide you with details such as your full name, don’t give out any personal or financial information during a cold call however convincing they sound.

Never grant the caller remote access to your computer,

never go to a website they give you and never Install software as a result of the call.

* If you think you have downloaded a virus, consider having your computer looked at by a trusted technician in order to determine if malicious software was installed on your machine during the call.

Did you know that?

Fraudsters will keep your details so they can contact you again pretending to be a ‘Recovery Company.’ They usually advise victims that they can recover the lost amount for a small upfront fee.

* There are free services like the Telephone Preference Service (TPS) to block unsolicited calls.

* You can protect your friends and family (especially if you think they may be vulnerable) by telling them about the signs to watch out for.

* Having anti-virus software installed on your devices and keeping it up to date will help prevent your computer from being infected with malicious software.

Report and get advice at:

www.actionfraud.police.uk

Other places for help and advice:

www.getsafeonline.org

www.cyberaware.gov.uk

 

Scam Mail

Royal Mail is seeking to raise awareness of scam mail in the community.  Royal Mail never knowingly delivers scam mail and understands the distress that it can cause when received.  This type of mail is illegal and targets the most vulnerable in society.

Typically, scam mail involves professional fraudsters sending convincing letters that are designed to trick people out of money or other valuables.  Scam mail can include bogus competitions and fake prize draws.  The mail mostly originates from overseas and is hard to detect.

Should you be concerned that someone you know is in receipt of scam mail, please contact Royal Mail by:

  • Writing to Royal Mail at FREEPOST SCAM MAIL, enclosing any items that are suspected of being scam mail;
  • Calling the Royal Mail Scam Mail Helpline on 0800 0113 466; or
  • Emailing scam.mail@royalmail.com

 

Halloween Bonanza

Another new event will be coming to the village this October as we celebrate Halloween! On Saturday 27th October the very first Halloween Bonanza will be taking place on the Wethersfield playing field with a raft of fun for all the family including live music from the Stents, hot food and a licensed bar as well as kids inflatables and mini fun fair, if this wasn’t enough we’ll also be ending proceedings with a firework display! Gates will open at 5pm and all details can be found on our Facebook page along with ticket prices, so get them booked now as prices on the gate will be more.

Bus Transport Contact Information

Please see the links below which may be of interest:

Bus Operator details: http://www.essexhighways.org/Transport-and-Roads/Getting-Around/Bus/Bus-operators.aspx

Bus Passes & Concessionary Fares: http://www.essex.gov.uk/buspass/

Bus Timetable changes: http://www.essexhighways.org/Transport-and-Roads/Getting-Around/Bus/Bus-timetable-changes.aspx

Community Link: the in house fleet and services
https://www.essexhighways.org/getting-around/bus/accessible-transport/Community-Link.aspx

Demand Responsive Transport: http://www.essexhighways.org/Transport-and-Roads/Getting-Around/Bus/Demand-Responsive-Transport-DaRT.aspx

Feedback – your views are important to us: http://www.essexhighways.org/Transport-and-Roads/Getting-Around/Bus/Feedback.aspx

Infrastructure Team: This team deals with queries relating to Bus Stop Infrastructure, such as shelters, flags, timetable holders or location: infrastructureteam@essexhighways.org<mailto:infrastructureteam@essexhighways.org>

Local Bus Consultation: http://www.essexhighways.org/Transport-and-Roads/Getting-Around/Bus/Supported-bus-services.aspx

Park & Ride services in Essex and recent changes: http://www.essexhighways.org/Transport-and-Roads/Getting-Around/Bus/Park-and-Ride.aspx

Traveline: for details of local bus services please visit www.traveline.info/se<http://www.traveline.info/se>

Travel Trainers: services and how to apply http://www.travel-training.co.uk/

Travelling to School: http://www.essex.gov.uk/Education-Schools/Travel-School/Pages/Travel%20to%20School.aspx

Integrated Passenger Transport Unit
Essex County Council

T: 0345 743 0430
E: Passenger.Transport@essex.gov.uk<mailto:Passenger.Transport@essex.gov.uk>
W: www.essex.gov.uk<http://www.essex.gov.uk>

A120 Millennium Way Slips Scheme

Message From Essex County Council:

The consultation, which was planned to start today on the Braintree Integrated Transport Package (ITP), has had to be postponed by two weeks in order to ensure that we have the right information available for those who want to respond. It is now scheduled to commence on Monday 24th September 2018 and will be open for 6 weeks, closing Monday 5th November 2018.

Information on Local Road Closures

ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 – SECTION 14(1)

1. Temporary Traffic Regulation Order of Stambourne Road & Cornish Hall End, Finchingfield

Please click on the following link https://roadworks.org to find details of the intended closure of Stambourne Road & Cornish Hall End Road, due to commence on 4th January 2019 for 14 days. The closure is required for the safety of the public and workforce while Gigaclear Limited undertakes Fibre Optic Cable Installation.

2. Temporary Traffic Regulation Order of Great Sampford Road, Little Sampford

Please click on the following link https://roadworks.org to find details of the intended closure of Great Sampford Road, due to commence on 22nd October 2018 for 12 days. The closure is required for the safety of the public and workforce while Gigaclear Limited undertakes Fibre Optic Cable Installation.

3. Temporary Traffic Regulation Order of Stambourne Road & Cornish Hall End, Finchingfield

Please click on the following link https://roadworks.org to find details of the intended closure of Stambourne Road & Cornish Hall End Road, due to commence on 22nd August 2018 for 37 days. The closure is required for the safety of the public and workforce while Gigaclear Limited undertakes Fibre Optic Cable Installation.

4. Temporary Traffic Regulation Order of Bovingdon Road, Beazley End, Braintree

Please click on the following link https://roadworks.org to find details of the intended closure of Bovingdon Road, Beazley End, due to commence on 6th November for 8 days. The closure is required for the safety of the public and workforce while Essex County Council undertakes Pre-Patching in preparation for Surface Dressing in Spring/Summer 2019.

5. Temporary Traffic Regulation Notice of Codham Mill Lane, Codhams Lane, Lones Hole Lane

Please click on the following link https://roadworks.org to find amended details of the restriction of Codham Mill Lane, Codhams Lane, Lones Hole Lane, due to commence on 10th September 2018 for 5 days. The restriction is required for the safety of the public and workforce whilst Essex County Council undertakes carriageway patching.

A120 Millennium Way Slip Roads – Upcoming Works and Public Information Events

A120 Millennium Way Slip Roads – Upcoming Works and Public Information Events

We are writing to let you know that preliminary works will begin in the next few weeks on a scheme to create northbound and southbound slip roads linking the A120 to B1018 Millennium Way.

The scheme is being funded by the Department for Transport’s National Productivity Investment Fund, Essex County Council, Braintree District Council and Highways England. It will provide an essential upgrade in road infrastructure to help support regional economic growth in Essex.

The completed scheme will help increase highway capacity along the A120 and reduce congestion at Galleys Corner, improving air quality in Braintree District and providing further opportunities for investment in jobs and businesses along this key east-west route in Essex.

When will the work take place and how will it affect you?

Preliminary investigative works will officially get underway in September 2018 to facilitate the scheme construction; this is expected to take up to six weeks to complete.

These works may be noisy, however, we do not anticipate any disruption to local residents. We will make every attempt to minimise any inconvenience caused to local residents and businesses.

·        Works will take place during the daytime wherever possible

·        If any night work is required, it will be planned works and neighbouring residents and businesses will be notified in advance of any impacts

·        Minor vegetation clearance will be required to allow access to the site

·        Any necessary lane restrictions will be temporary

·        Disruption to users of the A120 will be minimised wherever possible

Further information and public exhibitions

To view the latest updates on the scheme and get more information on the plans, including a visualisation of what the changes will look like please visit:

www.essex.gov.uk/a120millenniumway

Further information on the A120 Millennium Way scheme will be presented in conjunction with a number of other major schemes proposed in Braintree District as part of the Braintree Integrated Transport Package (Braintree ITP) consultation, which is scheduled to launch on Monday 10th September 2018. Public exhibitions featuring information about the A120 Millennium Way scheme will be held on the following dates:

·        Saturday 6th October, 10am to 4pm – Council Chamber, Braintree Town Hall

·        Friday 12th October, 11am to 7pm – Alec Hunter Academy

If you wish to view further information about the scheme, or would like to discuss the planned improvements, please do come to the events. Staff will be on hand to answer any questions you may have.

In the meantime, if you have any comments please contact the Essex County Council customer service team by telephone: 0345 603 7631 for general enquiries or by completing the online form at http://essex.gov.uk/enquiries.

Web: www.essex.gov.uk/highways

Twitter: www.twitter.com/essexhighways     


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