Be Scam Aware – The 12 scams of Christmas…

Please read this important advice from the SAFER team regarding current telephone scams – Please also pass on the information to friends / relatives that may not have internet access.

With the festive season upon us, we would like to draw your attention to our twelve scams of Christmas.

At this time of year people can let their guards down as the festive fun starts and the criminals try to take advantage.

We hope you keep scam aware this Christmas and have a fun filled, scam free new year!

  1. Subscription Trap: Offering a free gift or trial offer in return for Postage and packaging and your bank details…
  2. Bogus Charities: Make sure the marketing you receive is genuine.
  3. Pop-up shops: Often sell counterfeit and/or faulty items.
  4. HMRC: Phonecall claims you have over/underpaid taxes. Never give out bank details and hang up immediately.
  5. Bank scam: Call claims to be the bank, reporting suspicious activity. Hang up and phone your bank on a trusted number.
  6. Police scam: Similar to the bank scam, it will claim suspicious activity of your bank account. Hang up immediately, WAIT 15 minutes or use another phone and call 101.
  7. e-Greeting/online cards: They can contain malware
  8. Bogus gift cards: Be sure you are buying from a trusted retailer as they can be illegitimately replicated.
  9. Seasonal travel scams: Only use trusted online travel agents.
  10. Delivery scams: ‘Sorry we missed you!’ card with a premium number. Check it is a genuine delivery card. Trusted retailers will name the courier delivering your parcel.
  11. Smishing: Text messages pretending to be the bank requesting immediate response. Never contact your bank via text.
  12. Romance scams: Only use well established and trusted dating websites. Do not contact anyone away from the website. Trust your gut feeling.

For the detailed list, download the PDF: 12 Scams of Christmas

Also be aware of the following:

  • Internet Provider  (Whomever that may be) – If you receive a phone call telling you that there is something wrong with your laptop / computer. Simply tell them you don’t have internet – If in doubt, you can always confirm later by contacting your internet provider yourself.
  • Call from your bankNow this is probably the most dangerous one – You might get a very convincing call from someone claiming to be your bank. You may think you’ve put the phone down to contact your actual bank when in actual fact the other caller has intercepted this call and you end up talking back to the scammers.

There are a number of FREE apps available to download to your smartphone which can detect and block unwanted calls as well as automatically identify & stop spam, scam and fraudulent calls. One of those is Mr. Number – Caller ID & Spam Protection

Mr. Number is the most powerful call blocker on the market. Block calls from people, businesses, and hidden numbers. Browse comments from other users when you get a spam call. Automatically block potential fraud and suspected spam calls.

Available for FREE (offers in app purchases) on both the Apple Store and devices that support Google Play

If you have been a victim of a scam or have come across suspicious behaviour, contact The Safer Team – West Yorkshire Joint Services for advice.

As a rule: If something seems too good to be true… it probably is.

Free Get Digital course from Potential4skills: Help to get back into work.

Potential4skills is getting Digital this December

We’re offering a free Get Digital course to people in receipt of benefits

Candidates will learn:

  • ICT skills to manage your universal credit claim
  • How to find work digitally with online job search
  • Complete job applications form online
  • Create/edit and upload CV’s
  • Become more confident and motivated to progress into the job market

On completion of the course we will order the candidate either a Laptop or a Tablet which they can then keep so they can put into practice what they have learnt on the course

We’re taking bookings for the course now so don’t miss out. Please give us a call on 01757 322017 (option 1)

Have a Crime Free Christmas in Calderdale

West Yorkshire Police, Calderdale council and partners are working together to reduce crime and make people safe. Here are some useful tips to prevent and reduce criminal activity during the festive season.

 

1. Light up, lock up, be secure
Use a timer switch so lights come on when you’re not in. Lights on help deter burglars.

2. Keep your valuables out of sight
Burglars often look through windows. Keep expensive gadgets, chargers, car keys wallets and purses out of sight.

3. Do not leave packaging by the bins
Dispose fully expensive Christmas presents boxes in your bin, not against it. Don’t advertise it!

4. Be on your guard against bogus callers
Don’t let anyone you do not expect in your house. Always check ID, call the company if unsure, refuse entry. Genuine callers won’t mind.

5. Keep your car safe
Park in well lit spaces, lock the car, don’t leave valuables or Christmas presents in the car.

6. Keep yourself safe
Plan your return home, inform a friend or family member, only use licensed taxis.

7. Don’t drink and drive
If you will drive, stick to soft drinks.

8. Alcohol related behaviour
Officers will be on duty to make sure anti-social behaviour doesn’t ruin the night for others.

9. Internet safety
If shopping online use a secure payment service and never give out personal or financial information unless you know the contact. For advice www.thinkuknow.co.uk.

10. Domestic abuse. How much more can you take?
Domestic abuse often increases at Christmas. 24hr Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 200 0247.

Sports and Outdoor Activity Services

Calderdale Sports Services provide first-class sports, coaching, activity and development sessions. We work with schools, young people, and parents to help increase participation, raise attainment, and promote active, healthy lifestyles, by providing:

  • exciting, stimulating and challenging sports and activities;
  • services available to both primary and secondary students, focused to the criteria of the sports premium funding and to meet Ofsted requirements;
  • activities that are risk assessed and delivered in a safe and effective way, at your school or at our first-class facilities;
  • teams of experienced coaches who are all employed by the Council. They have all been subjected to an Enhanced Disclosure and barring service (DBS)check, and have the required qualifications and skill levels to enable all young people to get the maximum benefit from each coaching session.

Also available:

  • Help for people on drug and alcohol rehabilitation
  • Enable inactive people to start their journey away from diabetes and other life limiting illnesses.
  • Activities for people with disabilities and outlets for family members.
  • First aid and lifesaving skills.

For a list of all available services, please click here.

We are also working with the Calderdale Schools sports programme (CSSP) to ensure the sports and activity offer for schools is comprehensive and gives best value for money. We look forward to discussing your requirements in greater detail so we can develop a bespoke package for your school and young people.

For more information Contact Gary Byrnes, Sports Services Manager at  Gary.Byrnes@calderdale.gov.uk

Find your voice with Community Singing at Grove Court

Come and join a new group which will get you singing and socialising!

Starting Monday 7th October 2019 – 2pm to 3.30pm – For 10 weeks at Grove Court, Ovenden, HX3 5QR

This project funded by Calderdale Adult Learning will be led by a professional, and aims to promote health and wellbeing through community singing.  No experience is necessary.  You will be helped to develop new skills and confidence through singing.

This is a FREE course and you don’t have to live at Grove Court to take part.

A new Staying Well class for Shelf – Pilates for All

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Shelf and Northowram Staying Well Steering Group have commissioned this exercise for all class at Shelf Village Hall starting on Thursday 3 October.

With funding from Community Foundation for Calderdale through the Isolation Fund, this Pilates For All class will include standing and seated exercises so everyone can take part.

Enjoy a 45 minute class with a highly qualified instructor for just £5 a session.

For more information, call Eve on 07930 803229.

Older Person’s Holiday Fund 2020

holiday fund headerThe Community Foundation for Calderdale’s Older Person’s Holiday Fund makes going on a holiday more affordable for older people who do not have the opportunity through social isolation, ill health or disability or financial hardship.

A holiday can provide a change of scenery, a chance to sightsee or simply a relaxing break with loved ones.

Grants of £300 for a single person or £500 for a couple are available towards a holiday in the UK. If a single person needs a carer it is possible to apply as a couple to enable the carer to go too.

Applications are weighted towards:

  • Applicants who are 60+
  • People who live in postcode areas HX although people who live in other areas of Calderdale are encouraged to apply.
  • Those in financial hardship
  • Those who suffer from long term illness or disability.
  • People who have not benefited from the fund before

The application deadline for UK breaks in 2020 is 15th December 2019

Please return your completed application form to:
Post: Holiday Fund, Staying Well, 87 Turner Avenue South, Halifax, HX2 8EF
Email: stayingwellproject@calderdale.gov.uk
Apply online: click here for the online application form 

Decisions will be made within 4 weeks of the grant deadline and payments will be made directly to the holiday provider.

If you require support completing the application, please contact Staying Well on 01422 392767 or email stayingwellproject@calderdale.gov.uk