|Email has always been the most commonplace method used by online fraudsters to trick innocent people out of their money, their identity… or both.
It still is. And currently, they’re exploiting the current Coronavirus pandemic with persuasive messages ranging from vaccines and cures to tax refunds and fake charity appeals.
Fraudsters send emails containing links which seem authentic, but actually lead to websites designed to capture your confidential details.
Top tips for using email safely and securely
If you receive an email you haven’t requested or it seems suspicious in any way, make sure it’s actually from the person or organisation who claims to have sent it. Do this by calling the actual person or organisation on a number you know to be the right one.
· Don’t click on links in emails from unknown sources, or if it seems strange that the email would come from that source.
· Never open attachments from unknown sources, or if it seems strange that the email would come from that source.
· Check for poor design, grammar and spelling, and whether the email addresses you by your name.
However, even if an email passes these tests, it may still be from a fraudster.
· Don’t make purchases, payments or charity donations in response to spurious emails.
· Beware of emails which suggest that you need to transfer money, provide personal details or perform some other critical action urgently to ‘resolve a problem’. Banks, government departments, the police and other trusted organisations would never communicate with you in this way.
· Don’t reply to an email which you suspect is fraudulent, and don’t forward it unless you’re reporting it.
· Don’t click on ‘remove’ or reply to unwanted email – this simply tells senders that your account is live, and may result in you getting a flood of unwanted scam or spam emails.
· Make sure spam filters are switched on and set up appropriately to avoid unwanted emails getting through, but permitting authentic ones from trusted sources. Check junk mail folders regularly in case a legitimate email is filtered there in error.
· Use strong passwords to prevent your email accounts from being hacked. Keep passwords to yourself, and don’t use the same or a similar one for more than one online account.
· When sending emails to multiple people, list their addresses in the ‘BCC’ (blind copy) box instead of in the ‘To’ box. In this way, no recipient will see the names of the others, and if their addresses fall into the wrong hands there will be less chance of you or anybody else receiving phishing or spam emails.
· Delete everyone in the email trail before forwarding or replying.
· Think twice before you click on anything.
During this pandemic, we have seen a huge increase in the number of fraudulent emails being sent by cybercriminals. For comprehensive, practical, impartial advice on safe and secure email, visit www.getsafeonline.org/safeemail.
VACANCY FOR A COUNCILLOR
PARISH COUNCIL OF FUNTINGTON
- THERE ARE 2 VACANCIES ON THE ABOVE PARISH COUNCIL.
- A BY-ELECTION TO FILL THE VACANCY WILL BE HELD, IF WITHIN 14 DAYS (not counting Saturdays, Sundays, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Good Friday or Bank Holidays) FROM THE DATE BELOW, TEN (10) ELECTORS FOR THE PARISH WARD (in which the vacancy has occurred) OR PARISH (whichever applies) GIVE WRITTEN NOTICE TO REQUEST THAT THE VACANCY BE FILLED BY ELECTION TO THE RETURNING OFFICER, CHICHESTER DISTRICT COUNCIL, EAST PALLANT HOUSE, 1 EAST PALLANT, CHICHESTER, WEST SUSSEX, PO19 1TY (Telephone 01243 785166).
- THE NOTICE MUST BE GIVEN IN WRITING OR ON A FORM OBTAINABLE FROM THE OFFICE OF THE RETURNING OFFICER AND MUST INCLUDE THE ELECTORAL NUMBERS OF ALL ELECTORS REQUESTING THE FILLING OF THE VACANCY BY THE ELECTION PROCESS.
- IF NO SUCH NOTICE IS GIVEN WITHIN THE TIME ALLOWED, THE PARISH COUNCIL WILL FILL THE VACANCY BY CO-OPTION.
DATED…17 January 2020……………… SIGNED…David Harwood …………
Vice-Chairman of the Parish Council
ADDRESS……2,WaterlooMeadows,Southbrook Road,West Ashling, Chichester PO18 8DH………………………………………………………………………
Following the sad resignation of the Funtington Parish Council Chairman, David Ash, in November, the Council voted last night for their new Chair. The new Chair is Sheena King, who has been a Councillor for some years. She lives in West Stoke and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
David Harwood remains as Vice-Chairman
The Guides enjoy learning all kinds of new skills, helping within the community and they also enjoy camp fires and camping holidays. The Senior Section are self governing, whilst being under the supervision of a trained Guide Leader who helps them to achieve their aims. The Senior Section also have the opportunity to get involved in voluntary projects overseas. Guides are aged 10 – 14 and the Seniors 14 to 18. The Guides and Senior Section meet in the village hall in West Ashling on a Tuesday evening, term times, from 6.00pm till 7.30pm
For further information please contact: Debbie Thomson Mobile: 07779 264342 Email: email@example.com
1st Funtington and West Stoke Guides and Bourne Senior Section
For further information about Guiding please refer to The Girl Guide Organization.
Situated between Chichester & Emsworth The Woodmancote Pub has turned into a true Cinderella story. After eight months closure, it has undergone two months of complete refurbishment before re-opening in May 2012. Completely unrecognisable from its previous incarnation.
The Woodmancote is eclectic in style and successfully mixes contemporary and traditional styles. The food is simple, fresh and well prepared. All home cooked fare – tailored to most people’s pockets; ranging from fresh fish, great Sunday roasts, innovative vegetarian options and, if you are in the mood for a feast, there are great sharing platters available.
The 50 seater Restaurant is also available for Weddings, Parties & Private Functions
tel. 01243 371019