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Christmas message from your KCC Warden

“Peace on earth and goodwill to all” is a message that is often seen outside churches and printed in cards at Christmas. It provides a message of hope for what has been for us all another difficult year where we have adjusted to new ways of living and working.

Without wishing to tarnish the joy of Christmas or become a Grinch, crime in all its guises will continue to thrive over the festive period. Scam opportunities are readily presented to criminals who will use the season and increased spending to exploit anyone caught in their web of deceit, lies and fear.

For example: Amazon is an internationally recognised company who are able to supply just about any product. Fraudsters will use this brand recognition to hook you into a conversation relating to an expensive product that you have not ordered, have not received and do not want. This can lead to the offer of a refund and ultimately the inappropriate disclosure of bank details. Legitimate companies and Government Departments will not ask for passwords, PINs, access to your computer or bank account.

Remember and use the ABC to prevent scams:

A – Accept nothing

B – Believe no one

C – Confirm everything (with a relative, friend, neighbour)

If you receive the latest wide screen TV for Christmas (or any other expensive product) please do not advertise this by placing the cardboard packaging with your bins waiting for collection.  These are your purchases or gifts – keep it that way!

Presence is more important than presents…please give generously.

Isolation and loneliness remain the pandemic of the 21st Century. There is no vaccination program for something that has such a negative impact on the physical and mental well-being of so many people, but you can help! As the nights draw in and the weather turns colder, please check in with your neighbours. A smile, a hello, a chat or perhaps a coffee could make the difference.

Wishing you all a Happy Christmas and New Year….stay safe.

Peter Gill, KCC Community Warden, Sandwich, Eastry and Ash