Unfortunately, there are still a number of people involved in scams, online, by phone and at your door. They are trying to take advantage of the Coronavirus pandemic. Please keep yourself and others safe by being aware of the scams that are around.
There are places that you can access support and safeguard yourself against scams.
Suffolk Police: If you encounter a person carrying out a doorstep scam and their behaviour is threatening then you can call the emergency services for immediate support. If there is no immediate danger you can contact your local police.
You can call the emergency services on 999.
You can call your local police force on 101.
Suffolk Trading Standards website offers this advice on spotting and dealing with scams:
There is a national campaign that encourages everyone to take a stand against scammers. It is called 'Friends Against Scams'. Here is what Suffolk Trading Standards says about the campaign:
'Friends Against Scams' is a campaign which aims to protect and prevent people from becoming victims of scams by empowering communities to 'Take a Stand Against Scams'.
Scams affect the lives of millions of people across the UK. People who are scammed often experience loneliness, shame and social isolation.
The aim of Friends Against Scams (a National Trading Standards Scams Team initiative) is to:
By completing the online learning (which takes approximately 20 minutes), anyone can learn about the different types of scams and how to spot and support a victim.
With increased knowledge and awareness, people can make scams part of everyday conversation with their family, friends and neighbours, which will enable them to protect themselves and others.
Citizens Advice Consumer Service can offer support if you or someone you know has been scammed. They will give you advice on what to do next.
You can visit the website (www.citizensadvice.org.uk) or call Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 04 05 06.
Action Fraud is the UK's national reporting centre for fraud and cyber-crime. You should report fraud if you have spotted a scam or have been scammed, defrauded or experienced cyber-crime.
You can visit the website (www.actionfraud.police.uk) or call Action Fraud on 0300 123 20 40.
We are all part of a war against the virus. We may feel that the lock-down will go on forever: it won't. It will come to an end, probably gradually. We won't have long to wait until we hear how the government will start to ease the stay at home guidance. The plan is that on Sunday the prime minister will explain how things will start to get back to normal.
One of the many events that has had to be postponed because of the lock-down is Fressingfield Royal British Legion's 75-year anniversary celebration/commemoration of VE Day. However, in its place, the national RBL has arranged some online and some 'let's-do-it-at -the-same-time' events on Friday 8th May:-
Of course, we can also join in a 'Stay at Home Street Party'.
The group 'VE Day 75' had planned many activities across the UK. Unfortunately, most have been cancelled. The one remaining is a toast for the heroes of WWII. Everyone is encouraged to join the ‘Nation’s Toast to the Heroes of WW2’ at 3pm on the 8th May. From the safety of your own home, you can stand up and raise a glass of refreshment of your choice to the following toast – “To those who gave so much, we thank you." You would be using this unique opportunity to pay tribute to the many millions at home and abroad that gave so much to ensure we all enjoy and share the freedom we have today.
Whatever your plans for VE Day 75, why not share them on Nextdoor Fressingfield?