News from the Village of Ryhall – Feb 2021

RYHALL NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH:

Unbelievably, scammers are trying to cash in on the vaccine roll out!

People are being approached by email, text, telephone and at the door to say that they are due for their vaccine jab and then they are asked to confirm their details, which usually includes date of birth and bank details. All these jabs are free and so no bank information is required at any time.

If you receive any of these approaches, do not give any details. Delete the email or text, close the door or put the phone down.

It would be appreciated if you would inform Action Fraud as they want to trace the origin of these scams. Tel 0300 123 2040

ONLINE ALPHA COURSE

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for more information or to book in.

Celia Butcher formerly of Coppice Road, Ryhall, died peacefully at home in Grantham on the 6th Jan 2021.

FLAGPOLE: On Wed. 30th December we flew the Union Flag at half mast for the funeral of Mervyn (Ginger) Waters, stalwart member of the British Legion and long standing resident of our community. Our condolences to his family and friends.

Saturday 2nd Jan. saw the flying of the 60th birthday flag in celebration of the birthday of Nick Swann. Many congratulations for your special day.

On Thurs.14th Jan. we flew the flag for Ellena Burrill. Happy 7th birthday, Ellena.

The flags we currently hold are: Golden wedding, 60th wedding, Just Married, It’s a Boy/Girl, Happy Birthday (plain) plus 90th, 70th, 60th, 40th, 21st, 18th, Merry Christmas, New Year, School and Happy Retirement. If we can help you to celebrate a special occasion by flying one of our lovely flags, for a small donation towards the upkeep of the pretty flagpole garden and the purchases of flags, please feel free to contact us and we can arrange for the relevant flag to be flown for you on the day or as near to the day as possible.

If you would like the Union Flag flown at half mast for the passing of a local resident on the day of their funeral please do contact us and we would be more than happy to do this for you.

Contact Val Lofthouse 01780 754451; Patti Welby 01780 482915; Maureen Pettener 01780 753930; Sarah Markwell-Cook 07904 190049.

Coronavirus Vaccination Scams

Leicestershire Police have issued some timely advice about scams associated with the Coronavirus which are currently prevalent.

As of 7 January 2021, Action Fraud had received 57 reports from members of the public who have been sent text messages claiming to be from the NHS, offering them the opportunity to sign up for Coronavirus vaccinations. The texts ask the recipient to click on a link which takes them to an online form, where they are prompted to input personal and financial details. In some cases, the online form has looked very similar to the real NHS website.

Pauline Smith, Head of Action Fraud, advises: “Remember, the vaccine is only availa- ble on the NHS and is free of charge. The NHS will never ask you for details about your bank account or to pay for the vaccine. If you receive an email, text message or phone call purporting to be from the NHS and you are asked to provide financial de- tails, this is a scam.”

How to protect yourself: In the UK, Coronavirus vaccinations will only be available via the National Health Services of England, Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland. You can be contacted by the NHS, your employer, a local GP surgery or pharmacy, to receive your vaccination.

The vaccinations are free of charge & you will not be asked for payment. The NHS will never:

ask for your bank account or card details
ask for your PIN or banking passwords
arrive unannounced at your home to administer the vaccine
ask for documentation to prove your identity, such as a passport or utility bills

If you receive a call you believe to be fraudulent, hang up. If you are suspicious about an email you have received, forward it to report@phishing.gov.uk. Suspicious text messages should be forwarded to the number 7726, which is free of charge.

Adrian Gombault Rutland Neighbourhood Watch Association

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