Recent Scamsin Community by Lucy Beattie
A member of the community got in touch recently to share an alert released by Willie Clark from the North West Scotland division of neighbourhood alert:-
Recent cyber crime in our area is on the increase and has included scams which can arrive by email, text or phone from individuals purporting to represent HMRC, DVLA or TV Licensing. In this instance people are recommended:
Never give any personal information (name, address, bank details, email or phone number) to organisations or people before verifying their credentials.
Always question unsolicited calls, texts or emails requesting your personal or financial information (name, address, bank details, email or phone number). Instead, contact the company directly using a known email or phone number.
Sometimes it can be hard to identify these attacks, which can begin with a “phishing” email. This may arrive in your inbox and appear on the surface to be legitimate. Recent reports to the Royal Bank of Scotland in our area have described customers getting an initial email from HMRC requesting payments of self assessment tax to spurious accounts.
We are here to help! The Garve and District Development Company is running a digital awareness raising project this year having received funds from SCVO and LCT. The project aims to reach out to all members of Garve and District aged 60 and over to improve digital literacy and bring people together socially for a series of working lunches to discuss their digital needs or just ask questions.
Morven, TGDDC Project Facilitator, has already visited 14 members of the community for one to one meetings which have helped people with a range of digital skills from setting up broadband for the first time, to reviewing digital security.