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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:

Other places for help and advice:


Wethersfield Remembers

Join Wethersfield in commemorating the end of World War 1 in Wethersfield Village Hall on 10th November 2018 from 1.30pm to 4pm.
Information and photos of the many local young men who lost their lives will be displayed plus archive photos of Wethersfield and surrounding areas. There will also be a display of childrens artwork and “Tommy” kindly loaned by the Finchingfield branch of the Royal British Legion.
Stay awhile and enjoy tea, coffee and a slice or two of delicious home made cake, with fairy cakes and squash for the children. £1 entrance fee payable on the door, children free.
If you have any queries contact Margaret McCloud on 01371 850934 or by email


On 4th September the newly refurbished Wethersfield Village Hall opened its doors to its first booking! The Trustees are delighted with the result and hope very much that the community of Wethersfield will feel the same. On the 11th September we welcomed our new Postmistress, Christine, to the first session of the pop-up post office – she is certainly delighted with her comfortable surroundings. The post office operates on a Tuesday and Friday afternoon from 2pm until 4pm.  We must remember that if we don’t use it we will loose it so be sure to come along whenever you need something. We would remind you that this includes not just the odd stamp but you can withdraw cash, pay money into your bank, foreign exchange, send parcels and post letters. and so much more. It’s all there for you!

The Trustees are pleased to invite you to come along to our Grand Open afternoon on Sunday 14th October from 3pm. Have a look around the hall, enjoy a cup of tea, catch up with old friends and maybe make new. There will also be representatives from clubs and hall users so you will have the opportunity of finding out what is going on and maybe suggest some new activities.

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


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:

Bus Passes & Concessionary Fares:

Bus Timetable changes:

Community Link: the in house fleet and services

Demand Responsive Transport:

Feedback – your views are important to us:

Infrastructure Team: This team deals with queries relating to Bus Stop Infrastructure, such as shelters, flags, timetable holders or location:<>

Local Bus Consultation:

Park & Ride services in Essex and recent changes:

Traveline: for details of local bus services please visit<>

Travel Trainers: services and how to apply

Travelling to School:

Integrated Passenger Transport Unit
Essex County Council

T: 0345 743 0430

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.

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