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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 he had got mixed up
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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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Stay Safe Online: Advice For Parents and Carers

Stay Safe Online: Advice For Parents and Carers The internet is an amazing place for children to learn, create, have fun, game and communicate with friends, but they may occasionally have to deal with a variety of related challenging issues being online can bring. There are positive things you as a Parent or Carer can do to equip yourself to support your child or young person if they face such issues. The Scottish Buisness Resilience Centre have produce a guide aimed at parents and carers titled ‘Stay Safe Online: Advice for Parents and Carers‘. This guide will you to help you better
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New National Hate Crime Charter for Public Transport Launched

New National Hate Crime Charter for Public Transport Launched   Today (Wednesday 24 March 2021) we are proud to launch the National Hate Crime Charter for public transport. All people using public transport networks in Scotland have the right to be free from hate crime, prejudice, bullying or harassment. The purpose of the Hate Crime Charter is to encourage transport providers, members of the public and other services to support a zero-tolerance approach to hate crime and encourage the reporting of incidents. Disability Equality Scotland developed the Hate Crime Charter in partnership with Transport Scotland, the South-East Scotland Transport Partnership
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Face Covering Exemption Cards

The Scottish Government has produced a face covering exemption card, to support those who are unable to wear one to feel more confident and safe when accessing public spaces and using public services. Cabinet Secretary for Social Security and Older People Shirley Anne Somerville said: “Everyone who can do so is legally obliged to wear a face covering where it is mandated by law. But there are some people who cannot, due to health conditions, disabilities or other special circumstances where a face covering may cause difficulty or distress. “Discrimination against people in this situation is unacceptable and will not
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Protect Scotland – Scam Warning

Protect Scotland – Scam Warning NHS Scotland have launched a new test and protect mobile phone app, “designed to help us protect each other, reduce the spread of coronavirus and avoid further lockdowns”. The app will alert you if you have been in close contact with another app user who tests positive for coronavirus and can help in determining contacts that you may have. If you are contacted by NHS Test and Protect it will be by phone on a single national telephone number 0800 030 8012 Scammers are now exploiting this to commit fraud by contacting the general public
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Message from Assistant Chief Constable Gary Ritchie

Message from Assistant Chief Constable Gary Ritchie Police Scotland is committed to keeping people safe and protecting all our communities. We understand that daily life adhering to coronavirus (COVID-19) guidelines continues to be challenging for everyone. Although Scottish Government guidance has provided flexibility for the individual needs of disabled people, we recognise this has not prevented some people becoming fearful of going out into their communities. We are aware some disabled people have reported being unfairly challenged and, on occasion, abused about issues linked to social distancing and face coverings. Our partners have shared concerns that some disabled people can
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Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill Call for Views

Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill Call for Views Holyrood’s Justice Committee has asked for views on The Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill which was published on 23 April. Hate crime is the phrase used to describe crime motivated by malice or ill will towards a social group. There are already laws in place to protect certain groups from hate crime. People are currently protected by specific laws on the basis of:  disability race (and related characteristics) religion sexual orientation transgender identity The Bill will add age to the list of protected characteristics and allows sex to be added at a later date. The Bill also creates
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Safe and Inclusive Ferries for All: Customer Experience Survey

Safe and Inclusive Ferries for All: Customer Experience Survey Feeling safe to travel and get around is essential if we are going to realise our rights and achieve our potential. That is why CalMac and Disability Equality Scotland, with support from the Transport Scotland Ferries Accessibility Fund, are partnering to improve the experiences of disabled people onboard. We will be working together to ensure that disabled people have safe and inclusive journeys. An important part of this is making sure that people know how to report any abuse or mistreatment. This project builds on the success of the pilot carried
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