A number of banks have introduced a new online authorisation system as part of an extra security.
The scammers have been quickly to react by sending TEXT massages complete with a link asking you to log and approve a transaction, it is no surprise that this link takes you to a web page asking you to input your details, it may also link to a BIT COIN coin web page and account.
NO BANK will ask you to authorise any transaction other than by THEIR SECURE WEBSITE or SECURE APP and they will not ask you to usually to confirm your account number (as they already have it as you have logged on) but they may confirm a transaction that has already been completed.
If the bank needs to call you THEY WILL never ask you to disclose CRITICAL PASSWORD INFORMATION and it will always be via their secure system or app.
They do sometime use text as a confirmation but they will always direct you to their secured area which you should access as you would do normally not by clicking on the link in the text.
What to do if you receive a text like this ?
If you do go to your account if you want to check using the secure process not via the link in the text.
Delete the text and BLOCK the number which may stop it appearing again , however it will not stop them using a different number to try again (I have had 4 in the past few days)
TELL your friends and family.
Particularly the elderly or those not used to digital technology, the scammers don't care who they rob and once the money is gone it is really hard (in some cases imposable ) to recover it back.
If in doubt always always go back to the bank directly before releasing any money using your normal process, they wont mind you checking and hopefully we can stop or reduce the activities of these faceless people who will rob you of every penny you have.
These road works were originally planned for July and were postponed.
However they will know take place on the following dates between 9.30am and 3.30pm each working day
You may be aware that HS2 closed the M42 over the weekend a couple of weeks ago and as many quite liked the videos we put on our site of the A45 bridge being put in place earlier this year we thought this might be of interest to you.
Follow the link and use the password HS2
It is quite fascinating......
Local attractions and venues will once again be opening their doors to the public for the annual Heritage Open Days Festival which takes place from 11 to 20 September.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions this year’s event is smaller than usual, however there are still opportunities to visit buildings, gardens and places of historic interest not normally open to the public, free of charge. In addition, some venues are also offering virtual tours. One of this year’s highlights is a Great Fire of Warwick Walk on Friday 11 September. The 90-minute walk, which has been organised by volunteers from a number of the town’s heritage sites will follow the route of the Fire taking in the Lord Leycester Hospital, Court House, St Mary’s Church and Market Hall Museum.
Volunteer organiser Sue Rigby commented;
“This walk has been the result of a successful collaboration between Heritage Culture Warwickshire, Lord Leycester Hospital, St Mary’s Church and Unlocking Warwick. We are very excited to have been able to work together to tell people about this momentous event in Warwick’s history as part of Heritage Open Days”.
Other local sites opening during the festival include Warwick Castle who will be offering a fascinating evening lecture with their history team, Guy’s Cliffe Walled Garden, Hill Close Gardens, Foundry Wood, the Polish Centre, St Mary’s Allotments and Bagot’s Castle. A number of churches will also be open to visitors. The event will finish on Sunday 20 September when Spencer Yard, in Leamington’s Old Town will have completed its transformation to an outdoor gallery for the ‘Paint the Yard’ Street Art Festival.
The Chairman of Warwick District Council, Councillor Martyn Ashford commented;
“The Council is pleased to have been able to support and coordinate the district’s annual Heritage Open Days Festival, in challenging circumstances. I would like to thank the large number of volunteers who have given up their time to organise the fantastic range of activities taking place this year.”
A guide listing all the venues taking part and opening times is available from the
Leamington and Warwick visitor information centres, Shire Hall, Warwick and Leamington Town Hall. Further information is available on the Warwick District Council website.
The Great Fire of Warwick Walk can be booked through the Warwick Visitor Information Centre.
Welcome back and we hope you have had a good holiday.
During this period both Cllr Pam Redford and Cllr Trevor Wright have been busy dealing with significant issues around HS2, The Kings Hill Development, the A46 junction at Stoneleigh plus all the usual planning and community safety elements.
This week has been a return to normal for us with a significant number of virtual meetings with several our Parish Councils and Warwick District Council business.
In August due to a number of changes following lock down we have seen more and more businesses and organisations such as St Marys Cubbington begin to try and get back to normal whilst at the same time dealing with the restrictions currently in place.
Like you we have missed our families too and have been pleased to meet up with them as I am sure you have.
The “eat out” scheme seems to have worked well and we have been delighted to be able to support local businesses and organisations through the various Council Grant and loan schemes.
We know like you we are in for a tough and busy time moving forward particularly as we face changes to the planning process, the potential re-structuring and alignment of councils and of course the financial challenges and risk to services.
“RURAL LIVES MATTER”
Cllr Pam Redford and Cllr Trevor Wright understand the challenges being faced and very much aware of the local feelings currently about all these matters and you can be sure we will be working to get the best we can moving forward.
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All blogs are written or edited by Cllr Pam Redford & Cllr Trevor Wright