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Coronavirus Related Scams - How To Protect Yourself

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: More »

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.​​​​​​​ » Less

Posted: Wed, 17 Jun 2020 15:23 by Victoria Webster

TEMPORARY TRAFFIC REGULATION ORDER STATION LANE KIRBY BELLARS

Leicestershire County Council Highways has agreed to a Temporary Traffic Regulation Order at the above location.

A road closure is required on Station Lane at the level crossing on the 28th June 2020 for 1 day only (06:30 – 14:00).

The Temporary Traffic Regulation Order will be implemented for public safety, so Network Rail can undertake annual safety inspections.

The proposed alternative diversion route will be via: Station Road, Main Road, Leicester Road (Kirby Bellars), Leicester Road, Wilton Road, Asfordby Road (Melton Mowbray), Main Road, Main Street (Asfordby) and

Posted: Mon, 15 Jun 2020 18:08 by Victoria Webster

NHS Citizens’ Panel - Have your say about your local healthcare services

Sign up to the Citizens' Panel and help improve local health services

People in Kirby Bellars are invited to sign up to a new online network to share their experiences of NHS services and help shape the future of local NHS services.

The NHS Citizens' Panel has been set up by local NHS organisations to gather public views and opinions on a wide variety of health topics, which will be used to help us to understand peoples' experiences and what matters most to them. More »

Evan Rees, a local patient and Chair of the Public and Patient Involvement Assurance Group said: "As patients this is our opportunity to help improve the healthcare services that thousands of people in the area use every single day. This could be in the large hospitals in Leicester, the community hospitals, care at home or in your GP practice or local clinics.

"The NHS wants to know what is done well, what could be improved, and what we all think of any future plans to change services. The feedback we all give will be used to make meaningful improvements that affect our lives for the better. In the uncertain times of the Covid-19 pandemic it is a great way to get involved. The NHS Citizens' Panel is also a great place to network online with local people across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland."

It's really easy to get involved as the Citizens' Panel will mostly take place online. You could simply spend a few minutes each month taking part in surveys, polls and questionnaires. You can do these on your mobile at a time that suits you, in the comfort of your home or out and about. If you want to get more involved, you'll also have the opportunity to take part in online focus groups on a health topic that interests you. If you don't have an opinion on a topic or you're too busy to help, you don't have to. It's designed to fit around you."

Evan continued: "It's vital that the voice of local people is at the heart of the NHS.

"What makes the NHS Citizens' Panel different is the number of conversations that will take place online; in this way we hope to reach out to people who perhaps wouldn't normally join a patient group, because they are busy."

Anyone can sign up and members will receive a regular newsletter with information about health and social care and be asked for their views on health topics. To find out more about the Citizens' Panel and to sign up go to www.healthcareviewsllr.co.uk » Less

Posted: Wed, 03 Jun 2020 10:44 by Victoria Webster