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Ticketing Travel and Health Insurance Scams

A timely Neighbourhood Alert message with detail on how to avoid having your planned holiday ruined:

Fraudsters are poised to target the British public with ticketing, travel and health insurance scams as consumers look to book in much-needed social activities as lockdown restrictions ease, warns UK Finance. The scam alert comes as the Take Five to Stop Fraud campaign publishes guidance below on how consumers can protect themselves in the lead-up to further easing of lockdown restrictions from 17 May.  
With many people booking holidays and tickets to concerts and summer festivals, criminals are staying one step ahead by advertising holidays and tickets at low prices or for sold out events, illegally profiting from consumers who are looking for good deals or wanting to attend fully booked events. In some instances, scammers are charging people for the new Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC), which is available free of charge, or advertising fake ‘vaccine certificates’ online.   
Experts at impersonating trusted organisations such as travel agencies and hospitality firms, these fraudsters are using a range of sophisticated methods to approach their victims, including scam emails, telephone calls, fake websites and posts on social media. To stay safe when booking holidays and tickets, people are reminded to always follow the advice of the Take Five to Stop Fraud campaign and take a moment to stop and think before parting with their money or information in case it’s a scam.  
Katy Worobec, Managing Director of Economic Crime at UK Finance, commented:  
“Criminals have been capitalising on the pandemic to commit fraud, and the easing of lockdown restrictions provides another opportunity for them to target victims.  
“As you start booking holidays and planning social activities, don’t let criminals take you for a ride. Follow the advice of the Take Five to Stop Fraud campaign and always visit websites you’re buying from by typing it in to the web browser – avoid clicking on links in unsolicited emails or text messages. Be wary of any requests to pay by bank transfer when buying or booking services online, and instead use a credit card or the secure payment options recommended by reputable websites.” 
Take Five to Stop Fraud advice
Holiday scams  
Travel deal scams 
 
Criminals will set up fake websites offering ‘travel deals’ which are used to obtain your money and information. Websites may look similar to the genuine organisation’s but subtle changes in the URL can indicate that it’s fraudulent. These websites may also seem professional and convincing, using images of luxury villas and apartments that don’t exist to convince victims they’re trusted and genuine. These are offered for rent, often at discounted prices and require a deposit to be made which is never returned.  
Always remember:  
Be suspicious of any “too good to be true” offers or prices – if it’s at a rock bottom price ask yourself why.  
  
Where possible, book directly with an established hotel or through a reputable travel company/agent that is a member of a trade body such as ABTA or ATOL. If you do decide to book independently, establish if you’re dealing with the property owner or a letting agent or via the local tourist information desk, and verify that the address exists through web searches and online maps. 
Always access the website you’re purchasing from by typing it in to the web browser and avoid clicking on links in unsolicited emails or social media posts. The website should use the padlock symbol to indicate that the site is secure.  
Always use the secure payment options recommended by reputable online travel providers and don’t accept requests to pay separately via a bank transfer.  
Where possible, use a credit card when booking holidays over £100 and up to £30,000 as you receive protection under Section 75 of the Credit Consumer Act.  
Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) scams  
When travelling in the EU, people can access emergency and medical care with a Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC). This card has replaced the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) however criminals are capitalising on this new card to commit fraud, asking victims for payment details when the GHIC is free. They are advertising these cards on fake websites that look like that of the NHS. The sites claim to either fast-track or manage your application process before charging you an up-front fee.   
Always remember:  
The GHIC, which replaces the European Health Insurance Card, is FREE to use and can only be obtained directly via the NHS website:  https://www.nhs.uk/using-the-nhs/healthcare-abroad/apply-for-a-free-uk-global-health-insurance-card-ghic/   
You also don’t need to apply for a GHIC until your current EHIC expires.   
  
You can report scam ads appearing in paid-for space online by visiting the Advertising Standard Authority’s website where you can complete their quick reporting form.  
  
Always question uninvited approaches and contact organisations directly to confirm requests using a known email or phone number.  
Only give out your personal or financial information to services you have consented to and organisations you are expecting to be contacted by.  
Vaccine certificate scams  
The UK government is currently looking into the use of vaccine certificates or a passport for people to use once restrictions lift, which shows whether people have been vaccinated, have recently tested negative or have natural immunity after being ill with Covid. As we await the government’s announcement, criminals will be using the opportunity to target people with fake Covid certificates and passports. They may defraud people via phishing emails, ‘spoofed’ calls, social media posts, fake apps or adverts claiming to be offering Covid certificates or passports. Often posts include a link leading to a fraudulent website used to steal personal and financial information in order for the criminal to commit fraud.   
Always remember:  
Don’t click on links or attachments in social media posts or emails. 
Question uninvited approaches and contact organisations directly to confirm requests using a known email or phone number.  
Only give out your personal or financial information to services you have consented to and organisations you are expecting to be contacted by.  
Ticketing scams  
As events, concerts, festivals and theatre shows reopen from 17 May, criminals will be on the look out to take advantage of people booking these events. Criminals either set up fake websites or social media profiles to sell tickets that are either fraudulent or don’t exist. Websites may even look similar to the genuine organisation’s one but subtle changes in the URL can indicate that it’s fraudulent. Make sure you book tickets directly through official sellers who are members of the self-regulatory body STAR, as anything else could be a scam.   
Always remember:  
Use the secure payment method recommended by reputable online retailers and auction sites.   
Always access the website you’re purchasing from by typing it into your web browser and be wary of clicking on links in unsolicited emails or social media posts. 
Criminals are experts at impersonating people and trusted organisations so always make sure to research who you are buying tickets from and be wary of celebrity-endorsements in case it’s a scam.   
Be suspicious of any “too good to be true” offers or prices and always be wary of any requests to pay by bank transfer when buying tickets online or on social media.   
 
Message Sent By
Stephen Law (NWN, MSA, North Yorkshire, Ryedale, Scarborough, Hinderwell and Staithes)
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“Spring will be a little late this year” – tonight!

Immy Churchill Trio

Spring will be a little late this year? True in so many ways….

As the Ryedale Festival nears the end of its online Spring series, it returns to the Helmsley Arts Centre this evening. Streaming from 9pm we can enjoy the Immy Churchill Trio who will celebrate the arrival of Spring with a late-night session of jazz standards from the Great American Songbook and elsewhere. The Festival invited all performers to reflect themes of nature, optimism and spring in their playlist.

The Online Festival concludes tomorrow with an outstanding programme of popular works played by the London Mozart Players in Castle Howard’s Long Gallery.

Go to https://ryedalefestival.com/ryestream to enjoy these events free. Donations are very welcome.

Reopening of Slingsby Sports and Social Club

Clubhouse after last summer’s refurbishment

Like so many in our local community we have all missed the opportunity to meet up with friends and catch up over a social drink.

The club committee made the decision not to reopen until the regulations permitted us to safely do so indoors.  Hopefully the improvements in the overall Covid situation continue and the opening of hospitality venues to allow people indoors will go ahead as planned on the 17th May.

If all goes according to plan we are excitedly looking forward to welcoming people back to the newly refurbished Sports and Social Club on Friday 21st May from 7.30pm.

Rest assured we will continue to ensure that appropriate Covid secure measures are in place to ensure your visit is safe as well as friendly.

New members and guests are always encouraged and we look forward to greeting visitors to Slingsby as well as local residents with a warm Yorkshire welcome.

Paul Hogarth

Anyone for tennis? Social evenings start today 6 May!

A message from the Sports and Social Club’s Paul Hogarth:

We are proud of the facilities that we are able to offer people in Slingsby and the local area to use, including the play area, sports field and of course the two tennis courts.

We are also pleased to be able to work with Hovingham Tennis Club to allow them to play competitive matches on the courts at Slingsby for their ‘B’ team.

They will be playing fixtures on a Monday night on the following dates:

  • 10 May against Helmsley A
  • 31 May against Coxwold B
  • 21 June against Crayke
  • 5 July against Malton B
  • 12 July against Raskelf B
  • 26 July against Pickering

The courts will be unavailable for general use during on these dates between 6pm and 8.30pm to allow for these league games to take place.

In addition, a successful trial of the tennis social night last year has encouraged the running of the tennis evenings once again this year.

Tennis social evenings will be commencing on Thursday 6th May and will run from 6.30pm to 8.30pm.  Everyone is welcome to come along to enjoy social tennis and meet like minded people. 

Remember the two, high quality and recently refurbished, tennis courts are available for anybody to use free of charge whether you are a resident of Slingsby or a visitor to the area.  If you wish to reserve the courts there is a booking sheet in use but feel free to pop along and if they are not in use get playing!

It has been great to see the tennis courts used recently for junior tennis coaching and it is always fantastic to see the facilities of the club getting used to help people of all abilities maintain healthy lives.

Annual Parish Council Meeting 10 May

Monday 10 May, 7 pm, online via Zoom.

The Annual Parish Council Meeting, like all the regular meetings of the Parish Council, is open to residents. If you wish to attend this virtual meeting, please email Parish Clerk Gail Cook at [email protected] to obtain the Zoom link.

The Annual Parish Council meeting (which among other things elects the Chair and Vice-Chair for the coming year) should not be confused with the Annual Parish Assembly, which it is hoped as many residents as possible will attend. The Annual Parish Assembly has been provisionally scheduled for a date in July (to be decided).

The Agenda for the Annual Parish Council on 10 May can be downloaded below: