We have received reports from Kent residents relating to the following Amazon scams:
Amazon Prime subscription scam
“An automated phone call to her landline advised Mrs Wallace that her Amazon Prime subscription was going to be renewed and if she did not want to renew, she should press one.” Read this BBC article on how a resident in Northern Ireland lost her savings to this scam
Amazon ‘brushing’ scam
“At first glance, receiving packages you haven’t paid for might seem like a great problem to have. But it’s likely to be a new scam known as ‘brushing’.”
Read this article on Which? website explaining how this scam works
Check the Amazon website to find out more and information on how to protect yourself from Amazon scams
Please warn family members, friends and neighbours.
How this scam works:
- The criminal cold calls by telephone
- They may say they are calling to let you know about a crime awareness campaign running in your area.
- They offer a security check of your home and to fit a security alarm
- They claim to be working for the Council security team.
- In one incident when the resident said another adult lived at the property the criminal hung up
- Do not respond to cold callers
- Never agree to work from cold a caller
- Follow the Kent Police 3 Step Protect advice to keep your home safe
- If you require home security use reputable traders who are members of the KCC Trading Standards approved trader scheme, run in partnership with Checkatrade
- Get a minimum of 3 quotes in writing
Please warn family members, friends and neighbours.
Details of how to apply can be read on our Parish Council website here: https://www.eastrypc.co.uk/grants.asp
The latest Eastry Parish Council Meeting Agendas for September 2019 can be found on the Eastry Parish Council website here: https://www.eastrypc.co.uk/agendas.asp
This week we have launched a consultation on our December 2019 timetable proposals.
Quicker journeys on Highspeed services
Our proposed changes will make many journeys on Britain’s only Highspeed rail network even quicker. With quicker services between Ashford and Canterbury West in both directions and quicker services from Ramsgate and Margate.
Quicker journeys on Mainline services
Our proposals will also make journeys on many of our Mainline services quicker, building on the progress we made in shorten journey times in the May timetable revision. Passengers using a number of services to and from London Charing Cross and Victoria are in line to benefit from further reductions in journey time.
Increased boarding time to improve reliability
A limited number of stations will see a small increase in calling time at one or several of their station stops, to accommodate extra time needed for boarding from continuing growth in usage. All passengers will benefit from increased reliability, with an anticipated reduction in delays as a result of this change.
Submit your views
Full proposals are included in our December 2019 Timetable Consultation Document – attached to this newsletter.
You can submit your views via our online feedback form.
The consultation closes on 9th September.
December 2019 Timetable Consultation document
There has recently been a large increase in reports from Kent residents receiving a TV Licensing phishing scam. Fraudsters are continuing to send out fake TV Licence refund emails that lead to convincing looking cloned websites in a bid to steal your bank account details.
TV Licensing’s tips for spotting a scam email
- Check the email contains your name
- Check the email address carefully for spelling
- Check the content for spelling and grammar
- Check the links go to the real TV Licensing website
- Never answer unsolicited emails.
- Don’t assume a phone call or email is authentic.
- Always question unsolicited requests for your personal or financial information
TV Licensing will never email you unprompted to ask for bank/personal details or tell you about a refund.
What To Do If You’ve Fallen Victim
- Let your bank know as soon as possible and monitor your accounts for unusual activity.
- If you have lost money to the scammers, contact Kent Police by calling 101
You can also report it to Action Fraud. The information you give to Action Fraud can help track down the scammer.
Financial documents for 2019 are available on the Eastry Parish Council website here.
The latest EPC meeting agendas for July can be viewed or downloaded from the EPC website here: www.eastrypc.co.uk/agendas.asp
The Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner (PCC) is looking for volunteers (Independent Custody Visitors – ICVs) across Kent to visit Custody suites to check on the welfare and conditions of those held in police cells and report back to the PCC. This can be as often as once a month. In addition, ICVs attend training sessions, between two and four panel meetings a year, and an Annual General Meeting. The time commitment required is around three to five hours a month and all ICVs are asked to carry out at least one night-time visit a year (between 10pm and 6am).
The PCC’s recruitment drive closes on 1st July.
More information about ICVs, and the application form, can be found here:
Office of the Kent Police & Crime Commissioner,
Kent Police Headquarters, Sutton Road, Maidstone, Kent ME15 9BZ
Office telephone: 01622 677055