Please find below this week’s Covid-19 update for Somerset on behalf of the Engagement Board.
This week the spread of the Omicron variant has led to new government measures being put into place. Full details can be found within the update. The new laws and regulations have been brought in to help reduce the spread of Covid-19 and whilst we want people to enjoy the festive season in Somerset – they need to do so with caution. Aside from taking up the offer of the vaccine or booster, there are various simple steps we can all take to reduce the chance of catching or spreading the virus. These include washing hands regularly, wearing face coverings when required, taking lateral flow tests before visiting family or attending an event.
If you plan to meet up with others or attend an indoor event, it is important to ensure this occurs in well ventilated spaces and you should do a LFD test to make sure you are not spreading Covid-19 without knowing. If you have any symptoms of Covid-19, you should self-isolate immediately and book a PCR test.
Police Scam Warning
In this scam, fraudsters pretend, via WhatsApp, to be a family member to steal victims’ money. The fraudster uses the messaging service to claim to be the recipient’s son or daughter and in need of money, which is not the case.
We advise people to look out for the following signs it may be a scam:
• The message comes from a different number to the victim’s son or daughter
• They create an excuse for using an unknown number, such as their regular phone has died or broken.
• Normally a time-critical emergency is created to pull at the emotional heartstrings and to force the victim to make a quick decision.
• The fraudster tends to ask the victim to make an urgent bank transfer to a new account or one belonging to a supposed friend of their family member.
If you receive such a message from an unknown number, we recommend that people;
• Do not transfer any money to the account details you are given via the message.
• Do not provide any personal financial information, such as your PIN or answers to security questions
• Call your family member on a number you know belongs to them to check with them whether they legitimately require money.
• Report it to Action Fraud online or on 0300 123 2040.