Our friends at Norfolk Trading Standards are warning people to watch out for the Amazon ‘brushing’ scam which involves people receiving packages from the retail giant which they had not ordered.
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The practice is being adopted by scammers who want to make the purchase look genuine and avoid violating Amazon’s terms and conditions for reviewing their own products.
The scammers set up numerous fake accounts to buy their own products and then give themselves glowing reviews because the more reviews a product has, the more likely people are to buy the goods.
Victims are not charged for the items which suggests it is more profitable for the scammers to give away their products at the start as they will soon turn a profit thanks to their own (fake) reviews.
But being involved in a brushing scam is not a good thing, despite the free goods that turn up at your door. It means that someone has gained access to your name, address and potentially other personal information. Depending on how they accessed your information they could hold a lot more of your personal information than you realise.
People who receive packages they did not order should contact Amazon and change their online account passwords.
Remember you can check whether your e-mail or telephone number have been subject to a data breach by visiting www.haveibeenpwned.com
If a breach is revealed you should change your password for the account that has been breached. More advice about what to do and your consumer rights can be found in this article from Which?
For advice about scams contact the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 0808 223 1133.
A scheme to provide holiday childcare, activities and food for children in Cambridgeshire is now taking bookings for the summer holidays.
Any child receiving benefits related free school meals is eligible to access free holiday provision under the Holiday Activity and Food (HAF) programme.
Funded by the Department for Education (DfE), it enables local authorities to coordinate free holiday childcare, including healthy food and enriching activities.
The programme will be delivered by approved holiday scheme providers and childminders, and co-ordinated by Cambridgeshire County Council.
Up to four weeks of activities will be offered during the school summer holidays. Each eligible child will be entitled to up to 64 hours of free holiday childcare throughout the school summer holiday period. Parents can book places directly with participating holiday schemes from Monday 7th June. More information can be found at www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/haf
As part of the HAF programme, eligible children will be able to access:
Fun and enriching play opportunities
At least one meal a day
Sessions on healthy eating such as getting children involved in food preparation and cooking, growing fruit and vegetables
Support for families with guidance on how to source, prepare and cook nutritious and low-cost food
Information and signposting to other services and support which might be helpful.
The next meeting will be a physical meeting at the village hall on the 17th May not the 10th May as originally advertised. We will be adhering to COVID measures such as social distancing and wearing face coverings and a risk assessment will be carried out beforehand
Safety camera works from Linton to Horseheath on the A1307The Greater Cambridge Partnership and contractors Milestone Infrastructure will be commencing the installation of average speed cameras on the A1307 from Linton to Horseheath on 19 April 2021. The works will continue for about three months.
The new average speed cameras are designed to improve safety and reduce accidents by regulating and reducing speeds along this section of the A1307. Average speed cameras have a proven track record of reducing the number and severity of collisions, changing driver behaviour and achieving a high degree of speed compliance. The new average speed cameras will monitor all the vehicles travelling in both directions along A1307 from Linton to Horseheath. The scheme has been consulted upon with Cambridgeshire Police and local stakeholders and was widely supported during public consultation in 2018.
What works will be done?Installation of cable ducts along the road verges to enable power to be provided to the new average speed camera sites.Installation of the average speed camera poles and cameras.Associated road markings and signage.
Traffic management during constructionAll efforts will be made to keep disruption to a minimum. However, for safety reasons there will be a number of necessary changes whilst these works take place. These will be:Temporary 40mph speed restriction for full extent of works including A1307 Linton bypass and the single carriageway section from Linton to Horseheath bypassLane closures in either direction on the dual carriageway section between Linton and HorseheathUse of temporary 2-way traffic lights during off-peak working hours will be implemented on the single lane carriageway section between Linton and HorseheathSide road closures of Dean Road with associated diversion routes will be in place for the duration of the worksMilestone Infrastructure and their sub-contractors will be implementing safe working practices to ensure that the works are undertaken in accordance with current Public Health England and Government guidance for Covid-19 restrictions.We would like to apologise for any inconvenience these works may cause. However, when completed these works will improve road safety for all road users travelling on this section of the A1307.
How do I keep up to date with the project?Please visit the project’s web page at www.greatercambridge.org.uk/A1307If you have any concerns during construction, please do get in touch with Skanska’s project team on A1307schemes@skanska.co.uk or telephone Cambridgeshire County Council’s Contact Centre on 01223 699906.
Thank you very much for volunteering to help progress the wild flower seeding project. We will be holding a 30 minute zoom launch event to provide some background, the way forward and also to provide a presentation by someone who has successfully wild flower seeded a large area of his garden, so that we can draw on his experience, see what can be achieved and how spectacular wild flowers can look and equally of course their importance in attracting wildlife.
Some of the wild flower project posters located around the village have been replaced with new ones which make reference to the zoom call taking place on Monday 8th, with a likely time of 7.30PM, however an alternative time would be Saturday 6th at 10.30 AM and we will decide which of the time and dates to proceed with, based upon feedback as to which date suits the majority of volunteers. If you cannot make either date or if the date that best suits you is not the chosen date, then don’t worry, as we have a documented process detailing how the work will be organised, how the verges should be prepared for seeding , the seeding process and subsequent aftercare, which will be issued to all volunteers in due course.
Please let me know which of the proposed dates best suits you and I will respond advising of the finally agreed date and time and include a zoom invite.
If you live in the parish of Horseheath and have been adversely financially affected by the Covid-19 pandemic you may qualify for assistance from the Horseheath Parochial Charities Trust. The Trust has a limited fund of money for distribution to people residing in the village who are in need of financial assistance. If you would like to apply for assistance please contact the Trustees at the contact details shown below for an application form. All applications will be treated in absolute confidence. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org tel: 01223 893450 or 07860960795