The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau has identified an increasing number of reports submitted to Action Fraud from the public concerning courier fraud.
Fraudsters are contacting victims by telephone and purporting to be a police officer or bank official. To substantiate this claim, the caller might be able to confirm some easily obtainable basic details about the victim such as their full name and address. They may also offer a telephone number for the victim to call to check that they are genuine; this number is not genuine and simply redirects to the fraudster who pretends to be a different person. After some trust has been established, the fraudster will then, for example, suggest;
- – Some money has been removed from a victim’s bank account and staff at their local bank branch are responsible.
- – Suspects have already been arrested but the “police” need money for evidence.
- – A business such as a jewellers or currency exchange is operating fraudulently and they require assistance to help secure evidence.
Victims are then asked to cooperate in an investigation by attending their bank and withdrawing money, withdrawing foreign currency from an exchange or purchasing an expensive item to hand over to a courier for examination who will also be a fraudster. Again, to reassure the victim, a safe word might be communicated to the victim so the courier appears genuine.
At the time of handover, unsuspecting victims are promised the money they’ve handed over or spent will be reimbursed but in reality there is no further contact and the money is never seen again.
Your bank or the police will never:
- – Phone and ask you for your PIN or full banking password.
- – Ask you to withdraw money to hand over to them for safe-keeping, or send someone to your home to collect cash, PIN, cards or cheque books if you are a victim of fraud.
Don’t assume an email or phone call is authentic
Just because someone knows your basic details (such as your name and address or even your mother’s maiden name), it doesn’t mean they are genuine. Be mindful of who you trust – criminals may try and trick you into their confidence by telling you that you’ve been a victim of fraud
Stay in control
If something feels wrong then it is usually right to question it. Have the confidence to refuse unusual requests for personal or financial information.
The Village Hall had a break-in recently and the mower was stolen. In addition there has been other similar thefts of mowers in the last month from surrounding villages.
A shed alarm can be purchased through a local Neighbourhood Watch group or from the usual security/DIY outlets.
If you have concerns or information, you can contact Goldhanger Neighbourhood Watch.
We had a wonderful evening on May 12th at our biennial May Ball. The theme was the Royal wedding of Prince Harry & Meghan Markle and the hall was befittingly adorned with red, white & blue. With flags, streamers and even a 6ft wedding cake! Thanks to all who came to support the event and make it a hugely enjoyable night. We had a lot of laughs.
Thanks also to Jenny Pulsford & team for their usual high standard of catering, to Rob & The Loggers band for some great sounds and keeping us dancing all night, to all who kindly donated raffle prizes – including Lauriston Farm, Burnham Golf Club, Crowne Plaza Country Club & Spa, and many people who generously donated items. Over £900 was raised, a fantastic contribution towards the Village Hall Improvement Project. Thank you!
When the weather is so hot and sunny, with not enough wind to sail, what could be nicer than paddling a kayak along the shore? The club youngsters love to explore in the safety of the creek and to race each other in the shallows close to the club. A few more mature members may also have been seen on the early tides trying out their kayaking skills. That is why we decided to try to raise funds for more kayaks and the idea for the “Pop-Up Tea Room” was born.
We could not have asked for better weather or support in our efforts. A wonderful afternoon of tea and cakes was enjoyed in the sunshine on the driveways at the end of Fish Street. We raised an impressive £370.00. Enough for one new child’s kayak with some left over to add to our next fund raising event to buy another. We were very pleased. A big THANK YOU to everyone who supported us, both in making and donating cakes, and in the eating of them. We are very grateful and look forward to the increase in our club kayak fleet.
If you are interested in joining the sailing club, please speak to Rod or Jenny @ 41 Fish Street – 788145 or call the club secretary Kay on 01621-892612. We would love to see you.
or The Ap-peal-ing Tale of a Novice Campanologist
When I tell people I am learning to ring the bells this is usually followed by, “What made you want to do that?” (and the look from my work colleagues who now have confirmation that I am a bit mad). So I thought this would be a good place to start.
I had enjoyed listening to the bells ever since we came to Goldhanger particularly as they were ringing as we were walking around the sea wall with the dog or on Christmas Eve whilst staggering home from the pub. Continue reading “Learning to Ring”
Have you ever heard of a gotch? I came across it recently in an article in a regional newspaper, and as it was related to bell ringing I asked Andrew, our tower captain, if he had ever heard of one. His reaction was “Is it something rude?” Well dear readers, fear not. It is in fact a relic from the bell ringing past.
A gotch is a large jug, either two or three handled, that was filled with ale or beer and kept by the ringers to give them some liquid refreshment. Continue reading “What is a ‘Gotch’”
Friendly Brothers annual dinners weren’t held at Christmas, as they are now. The Society was originally a form of mutual sickness benefit scheme and working men’s club with a registered address of The Chequers Inn. As it still exists today it is probably unique.
In a 1993 PM article the late Cecil Chaplin recalled that a big wooden box with three locks containing china plates and cutlery used to be held in The Chequers, but it was destroyed in the 1950’s. Continue reading “Friendly Brother’s Annual Dinners in the Past”
The red brick walls in the centre of the village could well be unique as nothing similar, and to the extent, has been seen elsewhere. In the mid 1800s the Rector, the Revd. C.B. Leigh paid for the village school, a new rectory (now Goldhanger House), restored the Church and built the walls around the Church. Continue reading “Goldhanger’s Red Brick Walls”