We are gathering latest information from official sources to help you all stay safe at home.
Message from the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Gwent
Sadly, online scammers are trying to use the current situation to prey on vulnerable people. We have spoken to the Gwent Police Cyber Security Team have highlighted the most common scams at the moment which include:
Online shopping: People have ordered protective face masks, hand sanitiser and other products that have never arrived. Carry out research on websites you don’t know before completing a purchase. If you decide to go ahead, use a credit card as most credit card providers insure online purchases.
Phishing emails and texts: Claiming to be from organisations such as World Health Organisation (WHO), HMRC, Netflix, Amazon, Local Health Boards and local councils. These emails/text messages could contain malicious links and attachments which could lead to fraudsters stealing personal information, email logins and passwords, and banking details. Don’t click on links and attachments in emails, carry out your own research and never respond with personal or financial details.
You can report phishing messages to Action Fraud: http://actionfraud.police.uk/report-phishing
Door-to-door testing kits: Suspicious callers are said to have been knocking on doors of elderly and vulnerable residents saying that they are health officials doing door-to-door testing. Do not answer the door to anyone you don’t know or anyone calling out of the blue. These tests are only available from the NHS.
False school meal messages: Some parents have received text messages and emails offering free meals which request bank details. These are not legitimate and you should not respond with any of your information.
Gwent Police is currently running a cyber-safety campaign online and there is a lot of helpful information being shared every day. I would urge you to follow them on social media (if you use those channels). You can find them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/gwentpolice and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/gwentpolice
Finally, if any of you have found yourselves the victims of any kinds of cyber crime, please also contact Connect Gwent (the victims services hub), on 0300 123 21 33. Connect Gwent can provide a wide range of support, and you do not have to have reported the incident to the police to access their services.
Please stay safe!
Our Elderberries have raised with us lots of frustrations with grocery shopping. And, with news of Morrisons launching a new ‘over the phone’ service for vulnerable and older people, we thought it would be a good time to see how well online and other shopping schemes are working in Caerphilly.
Government guidance is that people aged 70+ and people with poor immune systems should self-isolate and avoid the risk of going shopping and that everyone else should practice social distancing and go as infrequently as possible.
Many people have good neighbours, friends or family to help with grocery shopping. This is the best and safest option.
For vulnerable people and those aged 70+ who have no one to help, the council has a scheme for groceries and medicines - contact firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01443 811490 between 9am & 5pm Mon to Fri. Concerns have been raised about how you pay, social distancing, and safeguarding.
Whilst the government has promoted online shopping, most stores seem overwhelmed by demand. When we checked out their sites, most of these companies didn’t have a delivery slot for the next three weeks. We have been informed that Iceland put on standard delivery slots in the mornings around 10am which have been more accessible with zero contact delivery.
The virus is DANGEROUS! It can survive on packaging, on your clothes and skin. Please ensure that everyone shopping for you is social distancing and wear gloves when handling shopping. Please do wipe down your groceries with disinfectant on a clean surface and throw away any unnecessary packaging. Alternatively, you could leave items in the sunlight. Please wash your fruit and vegetables thoroughly and wash your hands.
Stores Accessing site
Iceland Easy to register. Free delivery £35+
www.iceland.co.uk Standard slots put on in the mornings around 10am
Sainsbury Registration for 70+ / vulnerable through Nectar card
Tesco Easy to register with a Tesco Clubcard. Free delivery £40+
ASDA Easy to register. Free delivery £40+; Click & Collect £25
Morrisons Waiting of around 25 minutes to access site,
Morrisons.com but standard food boxes can be purchased more easily