Cyber Crime Awareness

Cyber crime awareness and Security best practice.

During the pandemic there has been a rise in cyber crime with malicious organisations and individuals taking advantage of the situation. Below you will find guidance on how you can be more aware to protect yourself from:

  • Loss of money giving away credit/debit card data
  • Loss of identity giving away personal information
  • Unknowingly giving away secure data and information of any kind
  • A compromised / hacked computer or email account

Keep alert for Phishing emails

Phishing is the fraudulent practice of sending emails ostensibly from a known or trusted sender in order to obtain sensitive information or data, such as usernames, passwords, credit card details or other sensitive details, by impersonating oneself as a trustworthy entity.

This is particularly on rise during lockdown as more people are ordering products and services online for home delivery. Malicious emails that look like authentic courier branded emails will take advantage of people expecting a delivery under the guise of the order requiring action. Always track your packages and deliveries directly through the official courier website or app to be on the safe side.

The same with banks and building societies as people are actively focused on their spending, accounting and budgets. Banks will never ask for information or actions to me made over email. Likewise HMRC will never request payment or threaten action over email. Be on the lookout for scammers calling or emailing claiming to be HMRC at this time of year when Self Assessments are due.

Similarly many government organisations are understandably issuing updates as a trusted source of information at this time through their websites and emails. Be mindful of imitation .gov.uk addresses in emails that will seek to ask for forms to be filled out or links to be clicked.

Spear Phishing

These are more customised targeted emails that are received from a known person requesting information or an action. This usually occurs if the trusted senders email account has been compromised / hacked OR imitating the emails address only very slightly.

Always double check with a phone call or separate line of communication if a trusted person has sent an email requesting action which seems out of the ordinary or unexpected.

Please see this poster below on what to look out for to avoid being hooked:

View or download poster

Password Best practice

Your best defence against hackers is a strong password but remembering passwords for so many logins and systems is understandably frustrating at times. Below are some tips that should make things a bit easier whilst being more secure:

  1. Pick a sentence you can remember easily. This could be a significant event, a description of your favourite place or a quote from somebody. eg: Laughter is timeless or Toms birthday in Rome
  2. Combine word segments to form a new string. Make sure the string is at least 10 characters long. Combine word endings and beginnings. eg laughteristimeless or tombirthdayrome
  3. Capitalize two or more characters where it makes sense. Pick the “words” that convey your sentence’s core message, eg: LaughterISTimeless or TomBirthDAYRome
  4. Introduce two or more numbers, dots, ampersands or other special characters. Convert letters that into numbers that look the similar, eg: 1aught3rIST!mele55 or T0mB!rthDAYRom3

REMEMBER: Your password’s length is the prime ingredient for security.

What to do in summary

  1. Always double check the sender email address – it can look genuine and only be 1 character different.
  2. Be suspicious of any request to click on a link or send confidential information over email. Double check to be on the safe side.
  3. NEVER make a financial transaction using your card from an email. Double check using a legitimate and trusted method.

A warning about COVID-19 vaccination scams

The launch of the mass vaccination of people in the UK against COVID-19, is being accompanied by a rash of attempts at fraud, as reported by Trading Standards departments around the country.

Exploiting people’s desire to receive the vaccination as soon as possible and, more recently, increased fear of infection in the light of the new, more virulent strain, scammers are using phone calls (both in person and automated) and text messages to offer the chance to ‘jump the queue’. In the most commonly reported cases, the recipient is required to respond by clicking a link in the text message, or pressing 1 on the call.

If you receive an email or phone call from anyone purporting to offer you the vaccine other than the NHS, you should assume it is a scam. In reality, the vaccine is being offered by the NHS to people most at risk from Coronavirus, with groups at lower levels of risk following, and so on. It is being administered in some hospitals and, from last week, hundreds of local vaccination centres run by GPs.

Get more free expert advice on the Get Safe Online website which covers all the major news and developments in cyber crime.

www.getsafeonline.org

Neighbourhood Plan 2021-2031

Have your say

Georgeham Parish Council is launching a public consultation on its draft Neighbourhood Plan. We want to ensure that the contents of the Plan reflect what the local community wants.

This is your opportunity to shape and guide the future of the parish and to ensure that any future development is sensitive to the area’s character and identity, whilst providing for the needs of generations to come.

The consultation runs from Monday 1 February 2021 until Monday 5 April 2021. Copies of the Plan and supporting documents are available to view and download below:

Please email your comments to the Parish Clerk at sue@suesquire.com by Monday 5 April 2021. Or you can submit written comments in the special collection boxes at Croyde and Georgeham post offices.

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Vacancy on the Council

There is a vacancy on the Council

APPLICATIONS ARE INVITED FROM PARISHIONERS WHO WISH TO BE CONSIDERED FOR CO-OPTION ON TO THE PARISH COUNCIL.

Please send a letter or email of application to the Clerk by Thursday, 31 December 2020.

Please don’t hand your letter to a Councillor as that would preclude them from the voting process.

Fortnightly meetings are currently being held by Zoom and when restrictions are lifted, will be held every two weeks in Georgeham Village Hall.

The co-option will take place at the Parish Council Meeting on Thursday, 7 January 2021 at 6pm.

Mrs Sue Squire
Parish Clerk, Georgeham Parish Council
Haxlea, 2 Threeways
Bratton Fleming, Barnstaple
EX31 4TG. 01598 710526.
sue@suesquire.com

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Avian influenza (bird flu): Latest situation

New housing measures will come into force in England, Scotland and Wales on 14 December.

The Chief Veterinary Officers for England, Scotland and Wales have agreed to bring in new measures to help protect poultry and captive birds, following a number of cases of avian influenza in both wild and captive birds in the UK.

Government Chief Veterinary Officers are encouraging bird keepers to use the next 11 days to prepare for new housing measures, including taking steps to safeguard animal welfare, consult their vet and where necessary put up additional housing.

Whether you keep just a few birds as pets or thousands, from 14 December onwards you will be legally required to keep your birds indoors, or take appropriate steps to keep them separate from wild birds. We have not taken this decision lightly, but it is the best way to protect your birds from this highly infectious disease.

Poultry and captive bird keepers are advised to be vigilant for any signs of disease in their birds and any wild birds, and seek prompt advice from their vet if they have any concerns. They can help prevent avian flu by maintaining good biosecurity on their premises, including:

  • housing or netting all poultry and captive birds
  • cleansing and disinfecting clothing, footwear, equipment and vehicles before and after contact with poultry and captive birds – if practical, use disposable protective clothing
  • reducing the movement of people, vehicles or equipment to and from areas where poultry and captive birds are kept, to minimise contamination from manure, slurry and other products, and using effective vermin control
  • thoroughly cleaning and disinfecting housing at the end of a production cycle
  • keeping fresh disinfectant at the right concentration at all points where people should use it, such as farm entrances and before entering poultry and captive bird housing or enclosures
  • minimising direct and indirect contact between poultry and captive birds and wild birds, including making sure all feed and water is not accessible to wild birds

Register your birds

We encourage all keepers to register their birds with us so we can contact you quickly if there is a disease outbreak in your area and you need to take action.
If you have more than 50 birds, you are legally required to register your flock within one month of their arrival at your premises. If you have less than 50 birds, including pet birds, you are still strongly encouraged to register.

Find out how to register your birds.

Poultry and captive bird keepers and members of the public should report dead wild birds to the Defra helpline on 03459 33 55 77 (option 7), and keepers should report suspicion of disease to APHA on 03000 200 301. Keepers should familiarise themselves with our avian flu advice.

Public Health England advise the risk to public health from the H5N8 and H5N2 strains of bird flu is very low.

The Food Standards Agency has said that on the basis of the current scientific evidence, avian influenza poses a very low food safety risk for UK consumers. Properly cooked poultry and poultry products, including eggs, are safe to eat.

NOTICE OF VACANCY IN OFFICE OF COUNCILLOR

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN

that due to the resignation of Cllr Pat Barker, a vacancy has arisen in the Office of Councillor for the Parish Council.

If by 10 December 2020 (14 days excluding Dies Non, after the date of this notice) a request for an election to fill said vacancy is made in writing to the Returning Officer at the address below by TEN electors for the said Parish, an election will be held to fill the said vacancy, otherwise the vacancy will be filled by co-option.

If an election is called, it will take place on Thurday 6th May, 2021.

Dated 20 November, 2020

Ken Miles
Acting Returning Officer
Lynton House
Commercial Road
Barnstaple
Devon
EX31 1DG

Further information on what is required of a councillor and the work involved can be found in this related article HERE

Protect against Cold Calling

Statistics show that older people are a target of conmen and fraudulent traders.

Cold calling is not illegal. However, any trader that ignores a sticker or notice on your door stating that you do not wish to receive cold calls may be committing a criminal offence.

As a home care provider since 1980 we have decided to try and help prevent, where we can, an older person becoming a victim. Please see below a door sticker which may be of interest to an older person you know.

These are free of charge and you can request them using this email: info@ablecommunitycare.com

Best wishes – Angela pp Able Community Care.

Filming on Saunton Beach

Please see detail below of a film production company due to be making use of Saunton Beach on 27th-28th February. Although preparation will begin in Saunton car park from 17th Feb.

OPERATION MINCEMEAT

Haversack Films Limited

2nd Floor | Main Admin Building | Twickenham Studios | Twickenham | TW1 2AW | Tel: +44 (0) 20 8607 8993

FILMING ENGAGEMENT LETTER

Saunton Sands Beach: 27th-28th February 2020

Thursday 13th February 2020

Dear Resident / Business,
We are the Locations team working on a new feature film called ‘Operation Mincemeat’. The drama is being produced by Haversack Films and directed by John Madden (Shakespeare in Love, Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin).

Operation Mincemeat Synopsis:
Operation Mincemeat is the true WWII story of a brilliant British deception. In 1943, Hitler knew that a vast military force was preparing to land in Southern Europe and had guessed correctly that it would be Sicily. That is until a team of brilliantly unconventional military intelligence officers concocted a plan that would fool him into believing otherwise, saving countless lives and opening the soft underbelly to Europe. Operation Mincemeat is their story.

We are filming the amphibious allied landings, which historically took place in Sicily, on Saunton Sands beach this February 2020.
Our complete works will take place over a 16-day period as follows:

Dates / Times
Prep 17th-25th February: 07:00-19:00
Prep/Rehearse 26th February: 07:00-23:00
Prep/Film 27th – 28th February: 07:00-23:00. All crew offsite 02:00.
Reinstate 29th February – 3rd March: 07:00-19:00

SFX, Gunfire & Police Authorisation
We will be filming action sequences that involve replica weaponry and pyrotechnics, including audible gunfire and explosions. All shots fired will be blank rounds. There will be Location Stewards in high-visibility jackets to highlight the perimeter of the area that is locked-off for public safety, assisting the general public and directing visitors towards a safe pedestrian route. We have notified the Coast Guard of our activities as well as both the local Braunton and Barnstable Police Stations. Our production has been issued a CAD number valid 22nd – 28th February 2020, covering every day that firearms or pyrotechnics will be used.

Lighting Machines and Generators
We will have film lamps on the lawn of the Saunton Sands Hotel, as well as at Saunton Sands Car Park and on the Beach (please see the map overleaf). These will be used to light our exterior filming areas 18:00-23:00 on 26th-28th February 2020. We will have a number of generators powering these during these hours.

Saunton Sands Car Park
Parts of the Saunton Sands Car Park will be closed to the public over 17th – 23rd February, and the majority of it over 24th February – 3rd March 2020. Please see the map overleaf which shows the portion of the car park which will stay open to the general public.

Reassurances
Local support is hugely important to us. Throughout all our negotiations so far, we have been liaising closely with; the Environment Agency, Natural England, Marine Management Organisation, North Devon County Council, Braunton Parish Council, the Coast Guard and North Devonshire County Police in Barnstable, seeking all necessary permissions required for filming of this nature. Should you have any concerns or queries please do not hesitate to contact me via the details below.

We would like to thank you in advance for your support and understanding.

Kind regards,

Adam Richards | Supervising Location Manager
M: 07774 279 070 | E: afrlocations@gmail.com

Ollie Bradbury |Assistant Location Manager
M: 07711 872 946 | E: olliebradbury1@gmail.com