Monthly Archives: June 2021

Amazon Brushing Scam

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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.

FREE SUMMER HOLIDAY SCHEME FOR CHILDREN IN RECEIPT OF FREE SCHOOL MEALS

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.