It is lovely to hear the generosity and care being shared within our communities to support those who need help and support during this very difficult time.
Unfortunately our situation also provides opportunities for those out to scam others. The following information is a copy of the email received from our Neighbourhood Watch. Please note their guidance.
COVID 19 SCAM ALERTS
Dear Watch Member,
In these unprecedented times, the spirit shown nationally, to help each other, has been tremendous, however sadly I need to make you aware of opportunists.
Yesterday we received reports of opportunists taking advantage of the current Coronavirus pandemic, by posting flyers through doors in Bishops Stortford, requesting food donations for the YMCA foodbanks, unfortunately it’s sad to report that this is a scam. The YMCA have not been involved in this initiative.
Be aware that opportunists and criminals can take advantage of the elderly and vulnerable who are self-isolating. Anyone being offered “kindness” by cold callers by way of running errands, collecting prescriptions and doing shopping should not accept services from strangers who may ask for cash up front, a credit card and its PIN, or gain trust simply to execute a more elaborate scam. e.g. to access savings.
Most people offering to help elderly people in their neighbourhood are genuinely kind, honest and caring. The elderly self-isolating will be stuck for food, supplies and someone to talk to if they don’t have friends, family or a nearby neighbour that they already know.
If everyone makes contact now with their nearest elderly neighbours WHO THEY ALREADY KNOW and gives them their phone number and offer of help for when they need it, it will reduce the chances of them accepting help from a stranger who may turn out to be an opportunist, confidence trickster and thief.
If you are suspicious that fraudulent activity is underway, please call the Police on the non-emergency number 101 and inform Action Fraud on www.actionfraud.police.uk
If you need to reply regarding this message, tap on this email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Watch Liaison Officer
The NCRA Committee has five new vacancies and would very much like to fill these vacancies as quickly as possible. Any residents interested in joining us on the Committee should initially contact me by email at email@example.com
Please include a telephone number and times at which it would be convenient for us to contact you.
DATES FOR YOUR DIARIES
Parish Council Meetings
Parish Council meetings can be found on the link below:-
Due to the current Coronavirus restrictions in holding meetings, all Parish Council meetings are currently being held by ZOOM. Please visit the Parish Council website for full details.
PAY AS YOU GO
You can pay as you go using a contactless or Oyster card on National Rail services between Cuffley, Bayford and Hertford North and London. Remember to touch in at the start and touch out at the end of your journeys, using the same card.
RAIL SERVICE CLOSURE
We have been advised that the line between Watton-at-Stone and Stevenage will be closed for eighteen months for re-building of a platform. Works are imminent so please check before travelling.