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Coronavirus Related Scams

Please pass this information on to relatives, friends and neighbours. Fraudsters are exploiting the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) to facilitate various types of fraud and cyber crime.

Since February 2020 the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) has identified 21 reports of fraud where Coronavirus was mentioned, with victim losses totalling over £800,000. Ten of these reports were made by victims that attempted to purchase protective face masks from fraudulent sellers.

Fraudsters are also sending out coronavirus-themed phishing emails in an attempt to trick people into opening malicious attachments or revealing sensitive personal and financial details.

Some of the other tactics that NFIB has identified from victim reports include:

Fraudsters purporting to be from research organisation’s affiliated with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) contact potential victims over email. They claim to be able to provide the recipient with a list of coronavirus infected people in their area. In order to access this information, the victim needs to click on a link, which leads to a malicious website, or is asked to make a payment in Bitcoin.

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.

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.

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The Barrington Centre is due to close from the 31st March for a complete refurbishment. All tenants have been given notice. Staff have been notified that they will be made redundant. Works are expected to take 6 months and the cost is being met by Dorset Council.Barrington centre. Notice of Closure.

We understand that more details will appear in the Echo from 27th Feb  and this page will be updated when we can.

Barrington Update 3rd March.

The SFRA has asked for an official notification about what is happening to the Barrington but we have not been advised so far.

The Echo reports that staff have been told that they are likely to be made redundant putting 23 local jobs at risk.

The planned works appear to be significant with an extended frontage and improved access to the cafe for the less able.

Also works to improve the toilet facilities are expected.

The SFRA understands that the electrical and water supply systems are not adequate to meet modern demands. These will be upgraded. We also understand that there is a plan to screen films in the main hall with a state of the art projection and sound system. In addition there will be a new sprung floor fitted so that dance activities can take place.

The SFRA welcomes this investment. We hope that it will form part of an on-going strategy to revitalise Ferndown and rescue it from the increasing number of charity shops that are a consequence of the discouragingly high cost that new enterprises face when trying to establish themselves.