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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Impact


Coronavirus Related Fraud Reports Increase In March

Recently the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) reported a new trend in fraud related to Coronavirus, or COVID-19.
Updated figures show there have been 105 reports to Action Fraud since 1 February 2020, with total losses reaching nearly £970,000.
The first report relating to Coronavirus, or COVID-19, was received on 9 February. There were 20 more reports that month. Since then, there have been 46 reports between the 1 March and 13 March, and 38 reports in just four days (14 March – 18 March).

What scams are we seeing?
The majority of reports are related to online shopping scams where people have ordered protective face masks, hand sanitiser, and other products, which have never arrived.
Other frauds being reported include ticket fraud, romance fraud, charity fraud and lender loan fraud.
Phishing emails – We have also received over 200 reports of coronavirus-themed phishing emails. These attempt to trick people into opening malicious attachments which could lead to fraudsters stealing people’s personal information, email logins and passwords, and banking details.

Some of the tactics being used in phishing emails include:
• Fraudsters purporting to be from a research group that mimic the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organisation (WHO). They claim to provide the victim with a list of active infections in their area but to access this information the victim needs to either: click on a link which redirects them to a credential-stealing page; or make a donation of support in the form of a payment into a Bitcoin account.

• Fraudsters providing articles about the virus outbreak with a link to a fake company website where victims are encouraged to click to subscribe to a daily newsletter for further updates.

• Fraudsters sending investment scheme and trading advice encouraging people to take advantage of the coronavirus downturn.

• Fraudsters purporting to be from HMRC offering a tax refund and directing victims to a fake website to harvest their personal and financial details. The emails often display the HMRC logo making it look reasonably genuine and convincing.

Protect yourself

1) Watch out for scam messages
Don’t click on the links or attachments in suspicious emails, and never respond to unsolicited messages and calls that ask for your personal or financial details.

2) Shopping online:
If you’re making a purchase from a company or person you don’t know and trust, carry out some research first, and ask a friend or family member for advice before completing the purchase. If you decide to go ahead with the purchase, use a credit card if you have one, as most major credit card providers insure online purchases.

For more information on how to shop online safely, please visit: https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/shoponlinesafely

3) Protect your devices from the latest threats:
Always install the latest software and app updates to protect your devices from the latest threats.

For information on how to update your devices, please visit: https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/guidance/securing-your-devices
For the latest health information and advice about COVID-19 please visit the NHS website.

Message Sent By
Lydia Hooley (Police, Officer, Staffordshire)



CORONAVIRUS ADVICE CONCERNS

The NPC has received lots of calls and messages from members concerned about the latest guidelines from the Government on the Coronavirus public health emergency, especially in relation to social distancing and self-isolation. We hope our statement and the Public Health England information (below) is of assistance. The NPC will endeavour to keep members up to date with any changes in the situation as they happen. The best sources of information for the latest updates as they happen are BBC television and radio (including local radio) news, as well as the NHS and Public Health England websites.

Also below is a Viral Kindness Postcard to put through the letterboxes of isolated people*. The postcard will give them your phone number, so they have someone to check they are ok, perhaps get any groceries or medication they need, and of course, offer a friendly chat on the phone! (*Please note, only do this if the older person knows you!).

In addition to the above and below we would like to inform you that our staff will be reducing the amount of time spent in the office during this health emergency, in accordance with the current guidelines. However, staff will be working remotely where possible and you can continue to contact us by email at info@npcuk.org or bevmorrison@npcuk.org or jjsafir@npcuk.org and we will get back to you. Staff will go into the office to ensure that postal correspondence is still managed and dealt with, although this will be on a reduced basis. We do have access to the answerphone facilities, so if you do leave a message we will endeavour to get back to you at the earliest opportunity. Staff will continue to update affiliates as the situation changes.

The NPC remain keen to hear our members feedback on what issues people are having in their own regions, so please email Bev or Jonathan to let us know. The NPC will continue to work on your behalf to make Government and local authorities aware of your concerns.

Please note, the Public Health England document is still saying to call your GP if you need help with pre-existing conditions and medications. If people can’t get through to your surgery because a voicemail is directing you to book appointments online, or phone 111 if you have Covid-19 symptoms, please let your local NPC representative know as they may be able to offer advice on alternative contacts.

Regards
All at the NPC

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There is a response from the government on the DCMS site which contains their answers on everything to do with the role of DCMS.
This statement reflects the government response to the BBC and TV licences for over 75s.


Railtrail Tours

** Special Offer to BTPF members **

10% Discount on UK and Continental Tours

Why noy let someone else do the driving and explore superb scenery, experience excellent food, stay in quality hotels and visit stunning destinations. If that’s appealing to you, well you’re on the right track booking with Railtrail Tours

Members may use the code below(once per member) to receive 10% OFF their first ever booking with Railtrail Tours.  Codes can be used either when booking over the phone or when booking online via the website. 

NOTE:
If the member books multiple tours at the same time the code will be applied to the highest value tour

Book online at www.railtrail.co.uk
or
Telephone +44(0)1538 382323

Remember, booking online or by phone the code should be quoted as BTPF10 


B.T.P.F. / Railway Benefit Fund

A message from John Harrison, our National Chairman.

 

I am pleased to announce that the BTPF has agreed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Railway Benefit Fund.  This statement outlines an agreement reached on Thursday 10th October 2019, between our two respective organisations to work collaboratively and in partnership with each other.  This is for the benefit of both BTPF and RBF members, supporters, beneficiaries and for the wider rail rail community.  The full statement can be seen HERE.

 

Members will be fully aware of the affinity we have with Fred Olsen Cruise Lines.  This again has resulted in benefits for our members and for our federation’s finances.  Two other agreements I have recently reached for the benefit of members, is with Railtrail Tours and Rhino Car Hire.  Railtrail Tours provide Quality Escorted Holidays mainly by Rail and Rhino is both a national and international Car Hire organisation.
There is a link to both of these organisations on our website.  As with Fred Olsen, members can enjoy a 10% discount with both of these organisations by quoting BTPF10 when finalising your booking.

Best Regards to all.

The NPC has drafted their Housing Policy document

Click below to read or download the document


The NHS Long Term Plan and Older People briefing paper May 2019

Click below to read or download the document


We have our Annual Rededication Service at the memorial on Wednesday 22nd May 2019 at 14.00Hrs. This will be led by Rev Ralph Colman of the Railway Mission. A wreath will be laid and all are cordially invited to attend.

BTPF REMEMBRANCE DAY WREATH LAYING

Despite the chaotic traffic problems around the National Memorial Arboretum on the 11th. of November, that prevented many hundreds of people getting there in time to take part in the Service of Remembrance and the 2 minutes silence, the BTPF wreath laying ceremony and silence was observed by our previous Chairman and Vice President, Les McDowell at 11 o’clock precisely.
National Vice Chairman, Reg Sargeant managed to arrive at the Arboretum at 10.57 and stood to observe the 2 minutes silence with people watching the main service, before joining Les at the Railway Industry Memorial to await the arrival of others, including our Chairman, John Harrison, who had been delayed by the traffic problems.
When everyone who was able to get there, were assembled at our Memorial, our Chairman led a short service of Remembrance at which poems were read and the Lords prayer was recited.


Good news about Bus Passes in England

Free bus passes for older and disabled people protected for the future.

Government changes legislation to protect free bus travel scheme

Disabled and older people in England will continue to benefit from free off-peak bus travel for the foreseeable future, keeping them connected with their local towns and cities.
Bus passengers aged over 65 or with a disability have been entitled to travel free of charge on any off-peak local service in England since 2007, thanks to the English National Concessionary Travel Scheme.
The government has now amended legislation to protect the scheme in its current format, so that it can to continue for years to come.

Buses Minister Nusrat Ghani said:
Being able to get out and about is hugely important for older and disabled people to keep their independence and play a role in their local community.
Buses help connect people, homes and businesses and nearly 10 million people in this country are already benefitting from free off-peak bus travel.
The legislation underpinning our important bus pass scheme is now set for the future, meaning this group will be able to access their local services and amenities.

For the whole Government announcement see HERE.

From H.M. Government – 10th April 2018