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Hate Crime Charter at the Pickaquoy Centre: Disability Consultation

Hate Crime Charter at the Pickaquoy Centre: Disability Consultation When: Wednesday 30 March 2022, 1:30 – 3:00pm Where: The Pickaquoy Centre, Muddisdale Road, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1LR Join Disability Equality Scotland at the Pickaquoy Centre in Orkney as we host a disability consultation to discuss experiences of negative behaviours and hate crime in Orkney. You can register for the event here. Following the successful launch of the national Hate Crime Charter with Scotland’s public transport operators, Disability Equality Scotland is working with the Pickaquoy Centre to establish the Charter on their premises. The Charter aims to encourage businesses, transport providers, members of the public and other services to
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Advice Issued About Census Scams as Population Count Gets Underway

Advice Issued About Census Scams as Population Count Gets Underway Scots have been warned not to get caught out by Census scammers as the official count of Scotland’s population begins this week. Advice Direct Scotland, which runs the national consumer advice service consumeradvice.scot, urged people to be aware of the signs of potential fraudsters attempting to gather personal or financial information. The charity said scammers may request money for a fine or fee, or ask for personal financial information like a national insurance number, bank details or debit or credit card details to be provided. It stressed that Scotland’s Census
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Protect Yourself Online with Lead Scotland

Protect Yourself Online with Lead Scotland 21st February – 4th March 2022 Worry about scams and hackers? Need a refresh on what to do to protect yourself? Lead Scotland are hosting two weeks full of FREE webinars with up-to-date advice on how you can stay safe and secure on the internet. Our friendly and knowledgeable tutors will share their top tips in easy-to-understand language that is accessible to all. Topics include: How to Use Passwords How to Protect Yourself Against Online Dangers How to Recognise Online Scams What to do if Something Goes Wrong Online Cyber Resilience Basics for Entrepreneurs How to Stay
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Legal Services Agency – Disability and Social Justice Project

Legal Services Agency – Disability and Social Justice Project The Disability and Social Justice Project has recently been launched by Legal Services Agency to support and empower disabled people living anywhere in Scotland to enforce their rights, challenge injustice and reduce discrimination. The project will cover five key areas of work: Access to Legal Advice  The project will provide accessible and personalised specialist legal advice, advocacy and representation to disabled people. Our legal team will represent people who have suffered discrimination because of their disability and will challenge breaches of Human Rights Law. We will also assist disabled people who
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CTSI issues warning ahead of Black Friday and Cyber Monday

CTSI issues warning ahead of Black Friday and Cyber Monday The Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI) is warning consumers ahead of the upcoming Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales events on Friday, 26 November and Monday, 29 November, respectively. Last year, total online retail sales in the UK soared from £89bn to a record £130.6bn, according to a United Nations report, fuelled in part by the pandemic lockdowns. Despite the end of the lockdown period, it is expected that online spending will remain high in 2021, in particular during the Black Friday and Cyber Monday events, which sees major retailers slash
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Ofcom reveals 45 million people targeted by scam calls and texts this summer

Ofcom reveals 45 million people targeted by scam calls and texts this summer Ofcom has published new consumer research highlighting the prevalence of scam calls and texts over the summer. The research has found that almost 45 million people have been on the receiving end of potential scam texts or calls in the last three months. Text scams are most common, with three quarters of 16 – 34 year-olds targeted, and six in ten over-75s have received a suspicious call to their landline. Ofcom is encouraging people to flag suspicious text messages to the 7726 service, and report calls and
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National Hate Crime Awareness Week 2021

National Hate Crime Awareness Week 2021 runs from 9–16 October 2021 In June 2021, the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service released its latest report ‘Hate Crime in Scotland, 2020-21’ showing that the number of hate crimes relating to disability had increased by 14% to 448.  This is the highest number of charges reported since the legislation creating this aggravation came into force in 2010.  The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service maintain that around 97% of disability hate crime goes unreported. At Disability Equality Scotland, we have been working with Transport Scotland and partners to launch the National Hate Crime Charter. We
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WhatsApp Family Member Message Scam Targets Public

WhatsApp Family Member Message Scam Targets Public The Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI) has been informed of a newly emerging scam on WhatsApp, where scammers attempt to impersonate family members to steal money. A member of the public named Alison received a message on the popular messaging platform WhatsApp: “Hi mum, I’ve dropped my phone down the loo (sad emoji) this is my new number.” Alison replied to the message and asked if it was her son, Will, to which the scammer replied in the affirmative. The very next day, Alison’s ‘son’ messaged her asking for £2,600 and explained that
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Free Public Webinars and Training for Trainers in Online Security

Free Public Webinars and Training for Trainers in Online Security Lead Scotland is offering free training on Zoom this September for people wanting to get to grips with different areas of online safety and security. The charity is hosting 30 minute webinars (with extra time for activities and questions) on a range of topics: Protect yourself with strong passwords Remember your passwords using password managers How to use two-factor authentication How to update your digital devices How to back up your data Recognise email scams and fake emails These topics were chosen in line with the National Cyber Security Centre
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Scammers target over £2 million in pension pots in the last five months

Scammers target over £2 million in pension pots in the last five months The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) are urging anyone saving for their retirement to ‘flip the context’ and protect their savings. The FCA want those saving for their retirement to ‘flip the context’ when approached with pension offers, by imagining the same offer in person, in an everyday, offline setting like a trip to the shops or an afternoon in the pub Consumers are five times more likely to be interested in a free pension review offered online than in their local pub, despite this being a tell-tale
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