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The Scammers Who Warn You Of Scammers

We had to share this one with you.  Alongside the daily intake of spam we spotted this one.  All the rest wanted our money, but this guy is warning us that there is scammers about ! But he does want $240, have a read.

Attn:

I am Mardiani Nasution, I am an Indonasia Citizen living in the USA ,62 years Old. I reside in New Jersey. My residential address is 35 romney road Bound brook NJ ,USA 08805 United States, I am one of those that took part in the Compensation in Nigeria many years ago and they refused to pay me, I had paid over $28,000 while in the United States of America, trying to get my payment all to no avail.

So I decided to travel down to Nigeria with all my compensation documents, and I was directed to meet Mr Phillip Uba, who is the heads member of COMPENSATION AWARD COMMITTEE with the UNITED NATIONS, and I contacted him and he explained everything to me. He said whoever has been contacting us through emails are fake and I saw your name (in the Central Computer among the list of unpaid beneficiaries, contractors,Internet Dating Scam, lottery winners, inheritance next of kin, that was originated from West Africa, United Kingdom, Asia and US .Please i will want to advice you to stop all further communication with any parties ,bank or group of people claiming to be in charges of your fund,

He took me to the paying bank for my Compensation payment of $5,400,000.00 and he showed me the full list of EMAIL ADDRESS of those that are yet to receive their payments were I saw your EMAIL ADDRESS as one of the beneficiaries. This is why I decided to email you to stop dealing with wrong people, they are not with your fund, they are only making money out of you. I will advise you to contact Mr Phillip Uba

UNITED NATIONS COMPENSATION
Name: Mr Phillip Uba
Email: solutiongiver091@outlook.com
TEL:+234 9075009131
You really have to stop dealing with those people that are contacting you telling you that your fund is with them, it is not in anyway with them, they are only taking advantage of you and they will dry you up until you have nothing. The only money I paid after I met Mr Phillip Uba was just $240 for the paper work which you have to pay once you contact him and he’ll work it out for you, take note of that. Once again stop contacting those people, I will advise you to contact Mr Phillip so that he can help you to transfer your Fund into your account, instead of dealing with those liars that will be turning you around asking for different kind of money to complete your transaction.

Thank You

Maradiani

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Register My Appliance Day

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is urging residents to make their homes safer by taking part in Register My Appliance Day this Thursday (January 19).  The call comes as latest statistics show that Staffordshire  Fire and Rescue Service received 119 calls attributed to faulty appliances  or equipment in 2016. Appliance manufacturers are reminding their customers that they can instantly improve their home safety by taking a few minutes to register the white goods that they rely on every day, have never registered, and completely forget they own.

“Remembering to register household appliances is a vital part of keeping one’s home and family safe. These products are the workhorses of the home, often running daily and for many years, but it is all too easy to forget about them. Getting into the habit of spending a few minutes on www.registermyappliance.org.uk guarantees the household will receive any relevant safety messages from the manufacturer and they should respond immediately. This simple admin task should become second nature to anyone who is serious about home safety.”

Community Safety Lead James Russell

As part of the Fire Kills campaign, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is backing this sensible and simple precaution, to ensure that householders can be contacted swiftly if a safety repair is ever needed.

Those who register their January sale bargains or the thousands of older models already running in their homes, will be entered into a free draw for a range of prizes from many of the 60 leading brands on www.registermyappliance.org.uk(opens in a new window).
The latest YouGov survey for the Association of Manufacturers of Domestic Appliances (AMDEA) has found that less than half (43 per cent) of British adults usually register their large domestic appliances with the manufacturer.  Of those that don’t always register, 39 per cent said this was because they forgot and 29 per cent didn’t think it was necessary.  Potentially they all risk missing out on product safety warnings.

According to recent official estimates, UK homes are currently using around 93 million (92.7m.) wet and dry large appliances. They are kept for ten or many more years yet, unlike cars, the vast majority are untraceable and have never had a health check.

The YouGov survey also revealed that 70 per cent of GB adults with a fridge or  fridge freezer over ten years old  have never had a professional review or check to verify if they are safely connected or running correctly.

The Service urges the public to register any recent purchases and not to forget about their older appliances:

Community Safety Lead James Russell said: “Remembering to register household appliances is a vital part of keeping one’s home and family safe. These products are the workhorses of the home, often running daily and for many years, but it is all too easy to forget about them. Getting into the habit of spending a few minutes on www.registermyappliance.org.uk(opens in a new window)  guarantees the household will receive any relevant safety messages from the manufacturer and they should respond immediately. This simple admin task should become second nature to anyone who is serious about home safety.
“It only takes a few minutes to register an appliance at it could save so much time and money in the long run if one their items does have a safety concern.”

On Register My Appliance Day manufacturers are sending reminders to over 4 million consumers. With supporters including RoSPA, Trading Standards, Citizens Advice, Electrical Safety First and the National Landlords Association using both regional press and social media to promote registration on www.registermyappliance.org.uk(opens in a new window)




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£60 Million Tax Reform To Boost UK’s Digital Revolution

The UK’s digital revolution is set to benefit from a multi-million pound boost, under plans announced by Communities Secretary Sajid Javid.

A new Local Government Finance Bill published today (13 January 2017) will make it easier for companies to connect more homes and businesses across England to gold standard full fibre broadband and help get the UK ready for 5G by cutting the cost of laying the cables.

Currently telecoms networks pay business rates on the fibre infrastructure needed to deliver high quality broadband and mobile connectivity to their customers. The Bill introduced in Parliament will give these companies a tax break for up to 5 years on the new infrastructure they lay for full fibre broadband – a saving of £60 million, which can be reinvested in this work.

This new tax relief will not apply to existing infrastructure, giving companies an added incentive to move further and faster to get people connected to the best possible services as they become available.

The move is part of a £1 billion package of measures by the government, announced at Autumn Statement 2016, to help communities get digitally connected. The package also includes:

  • a £400 million Digital Infrastructure Investment Fund, at least matched by private finance, to invest in new fibre networks over the next 4 years
  • £740million funding to encourage the market development of full fibre networks in both urban and rural areas
  • a coordinated programme of integrated fibre and 5G trials, to keep the UK at the forefront of the digital revolution

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid said:

We need to have the best possible digital technology and broadband connections if we’re to create an economy that works for all.

The Local Government Finance Bill will offer a £60 million boost to deliver ever-faster broadband connections, making UK PLC an ever-stronger competitor on the global stage.




Supporting local economic growth – in communities and online

The government is determined to create an economy that works for everyone, by giving councils and communities the powers they need to boost local economic growth.

The Local Government Finance Bill includes a range of measures to cut business rates for small businesses and local amenities and help local communities to thrive.

They include:

  • bringing rural rate reliefs into line with those in urban areas – currently, eligible small businesses in rural areas benefit from a 50% discount on their business rates. The Bill will double this, bringing it into line with rate reliefs in urban areas
  • rate reliefs on public toilets – councils are currently required to charge themselves business rates on the public toilets they are responsible for, and cannot grant themselves any rate reliefs. This Bill will change that, and allow councils to provide rate relief to all public toilets, making it cheaper for councils to keep them open in their areas.

This is on top of the biggest ever cut in business rates announced at the Budget – worth £6.7 billion over the next 5 years – which means 600,000 small businesses will never have to pay business rates again.

The Bill also lays the groundwork for historic reform to business rates so that, by 2020, local government will keep 100% of the business rates it collects.

From April 2017, this new approach will be piloted in London, Manchester and Liverpool, as well as the devolution deal areas of the West of England, Cornwall and the West Midlands.

This is a change local government has campaigned for, for years – and will put councils firmly at the heart of efforts to drive local economic growth, encouraging them to further support local firms and jobs and, in turn, ensure their communities see the benefits of increased local economic growth.

Whatsapp Hackers Can Now Steal Your Internet Banking Details

WhatsApp users should be made aware of a new scam that attempts to steal your bank account login details. Hackers are now targeting unsuspecting users with a mobile virus that is distributed via legitimate-looking Word document sent inside the application.

These documents are capable of seizing sensitive information from the users’ phone, such as online banking credentials and other personal data.  The documents that circulate via the messages are typically in Excel format, although Word and PDF files have been reported as well. The documents are able to access personal data on the phone, including banking credentials and PIN codes.

At the moment it is not known what else this virus does on a phone or tablet, or whether WhatsApp is taking any action to prevent the scam.

The best way to protect your phone or tablet is to avoid clicking on dubious links, no matter how, or who you receive them from, and limit app use to applications downloaded from official app stores.



Our Connected Future – Are We There Yet ?

NIC Chair, Lord Adonis, writes about the commission’s latest report and the UK’s connected future.

One call after another they came. Complaints from all over the UK about mobile phone reception so poor that even basic conversation is impossible.  (Wednesday 14 December) I spent my morning on regional radio besieged by news of digital deserts from across the country.

No surprise. The UK, whose inventors claim the telephone and the world wide web, is now well behind the curve. 4G is currently available in the UK just half the time we need it. We are 54th in the world, behind Romania and Albania, Panama and Peru.

This cannot go on. If our industrial strategy is to mean anything, it must address our connected future. Mobile connectivity is now a necessity and should be treated as such with a high level of service generally available. And the UK must be a world leader, not follower, in 5G – the ultra-fast, ultra-reliable, ultra-high-capacity mobile communications technology which will succeed 4G in the 2020s.

The market has driven great advances since the advent of the mobile phone. In just 30 years, mobile devices have transformed from an extravagant luxury to an essential part of work and life. There are now more mobile devices than people: 93% of adults in the UK have them, and multi-function smartphones – using 4G connectivity – have overtaken laptops as the device of choice.

But 4G service remains patchy and unreliable because infrastructure investment has been too little and too slow. Many trunk roads and railways remain digital deserts; and not just remote areas, but many city centres, are plagued by ‘not-spots’ and intermittent coverage.

Government and Ofcom, the industry regulator, must ensure that good 4G mobile coverage – for talk, text and data – becomes the norm. It is time for a general service obligation based on a measure of the service consumers really receive where they need it. This should be agreed in 2017 and delivered as quickly as possible thereafter. In very remote locations it may not always be possible to achieve, but reliable coverage should extend across cities, towns and villages across Britain and the mass transport networks.




Poor coverage on the rail network is legendary. We all know what it is like to sit on a train wondering when the next precious minute of connectivity will arrive.

Rail passenger journeys have more than doubled in the last two decades to a 1.7 billion a year. Years worth of productive time is lost to British business whilst their employees stare at empty screens. Passengers on the principal lines – including the tube in London – should have reliable 4G wireless connectivity. The same goes for the motorways where poor connectivity is equally stark, impairing the flow of essential travel and traffic information. Network Rail, Highways England and Transport for London should forge and lead partnerships with private investors to achieve general 4G coverage as soon as possible, backed up by a general service obligation set by the government.

These 4G networks should be capable of conversion to 5G when it becomes available. Local authorities also have a critical role in preparing for 5G. They need to work with local business and mobile network providers to enable rapid installation of infrastructure – small masts and cabinets – to support tens of thousands of new transmitter ‘cells’ required to deliver 5G across urban Britain.

Ensuring this general 4G mobile coverage, and preparing for 5G, should be a core part of the government’s new industrial strategy. Today, the government’s interest in digital infrastructure is fragmented across departments and agencies. This is a clear recipe for inaction and lack of focus. A single cabinet minister should have the authority to lead 5G policy and delivery across government, advised by Ofcom.

No-one could have predicted what Amazon would do to publishing with the internet, nor that Uber would revolutionise private hire transport with 4G. The same will be true of the transformative applications which change our lives based on 5G.

But if the services that future mobile networks will enable cannot be known in advance, the network requirements are clear. More data, greater reliability, wider coverage, and the power, fibre and transmitters necessary to make it happen.

South Korea, Japan, Singapore and the US led the world in 4G connectivity. They did so through ambitious and interventionist national industrial strategies, even if Washington’s highly activist Federal Communications Commission rarely used the term. Tom Wheeler, chairman of the FCC, calls 5G a ‘national priority’ and in July published an initial strategy. We are already being left behind.

Andrew Adonis is chairman of the National Infrastructure Commission, whose Connected Future report can be found here




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New Proposed Measures For Drones In The UK

The government plans to introduce new measures to ensure the successful uptake of drones is matched by strong safeguards to protect the public.

Measures out for consultation today (21 December 2016) include:

  • mandatory registration of new drones
  • tougher penalties for illegal flying near no-fly zones and new signs for no-fly zones at sensitive sites such as airports and prisons
  • making drones electronically identifiable so the owner’s details can be passed to police if they are spotted breaking the law

The consultation will also consider whether there is a need for a new criminal offence for misuse of drones.

The government is determined to make the most of this emerging technology, estimated to be worth around £102 billion by 2025. But ministers are clear it will only be a success if it is done safely, and with the consent of the public.

Aviation Minister Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon said:

Drones have enormous economic potential and are already being used by emergency services, transport and energy providers and conservation groups to improve services, respond to incidents and save lives.

While the vast majority of drone users are law-abiding and have good intentions, some operators are not aware of the rules, or choose to break them, putting public safety, privacy and security at risk. The government is taking a common sense approach to tackling this behaviour, ensuring the safe roll-out of this technology.

Current regulations balance clear rules on safety and strong penalties for misuse, and companies using drones for commercial purposes need permission to ensure they are operated responsibly.




Tim Johnson, Policy Director at the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said:

Our priority is the safe operation of drones and we cannot underestimate the importance of understanding how to use drones safely and responsibly. The new CAA Dronecode, which forms part of our wider drone awareness campaign, is designed to help protect the safety of the wider aviation industry. Drones have significant potential to drive benefits across a range of sectors, from farming to emergency response, healthcare to logistics. We encourage anyone with an interest in this area to respond to the government’s consultation.

The CAA’s safety code and dronesafe website, and the recently releasedNATS safety app for drone users Drone assist are important tools in encouraging safe and legal drone use.

Andrew Sage, RPAS Director at air traffic control company NATS said:

NATS fully supports the development of the drone industry and is committed to creating a safe and efficient airspace environment that meets the needs of both manned and unmanned aircraft operators. We’d encourage all users of the UK’s airspace to respond to the consultation; it’s only by understanding all perspectives and working together that we’ll be able to find the solutions that will see successful manned and unmanned aviation industries both safely operating in the UK.

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Keep Children Safe Online This Christmas

As millions of children get ready to unwrap internet-enabled gadgets on Christmas morning, families are being encouraged to discuss staying safe online.

Mobile phones, tablets and laptops can open up a world of exploration, learning and fun and children should be encouraged to make the most of the benefits.

But there are also risks and dangers to being online, and by working together parents and children can learn to safely navigate the internet and social media.

Advice about the best way to keep children safe is available from a range of websites, and the UK Council for Child Internet Safety has published a useful guide for parents and carers whose children are using social media.




Among the top tips are:

  • Explain how children can use privacy settings to make sure only approved friends can see posts and images, and warn them about sharing personal information
  • Check if any of the mobile apps they use have location services enabled, and disable this if they do not want to be tracked
  • Show them how to report offensive comments or block people who upset them
  • Check ‘tagging’ settings so that when others are posting or sharing photos online, your child’s identity is not revealed
  • Encourage your child to come and talk to you if they see anything that upsets them
  • Ask them to show you which social media apps they use, what they like about them and talk about how to use them safely

Minister for Digital and Culture Matt Hancock said:

It is essential to make sure children can enjoy all the benefits of the internet as safely as possible – whether that is for playing games, gathering information or staying in touch with family and friends.

As well as teaching children to be aware of online safety in the curriculum, keeping children safe online is a joint effort, and there are a range of simple and practical steps parents can take this Christmas to better protect their children from online risks.

Vicki Shotbolt, CEO of Parent Zone and executive board member of the UK Council for Child Internet Safety, says:

Parents who are buying tech toys this Christmas should think about it as they would any other gift that requires new skills.

When we buy our children their first bike we know we have to teach them to ride it. It’s the same with technology. Make sure they have the best possible experience using it by teaching them how to use it safely.

Will Gardner, CEO Childnet International says:

We need to protect the fun, the engagement and the opportunities provided by technology for children and young people, and parents and carers have an important role to play here in supporting them online”.

You can find out more about how children use social media, the apps they use, the risks they face, how to use privacy settings, and advice and tips about how to talk to your children at:

www.childnet.com/sns

www.parentzone.org.uk

www.internetmatters.org

www.nspcc.org.uk/onlinesafety

www.askaboutgames.com

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Putting An End To Laser Attacks On Planes

Since 2009 over 10,000 aircraft in the UK alone have been targeted by hand held lasers. The reckless targeting of aircraft poses a significant and growing threat to aviation safety. However it is often difficult to obtain evidence to secure a conviction and existing laser detection equipment is very expensive.

Scientists at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) have developed an innovative app that analyses laser dazzle events, making it quicker and easier for the police to arrest and prosecute offenders, deter the targeting of aircraft and allow pilots to take steps to prevent themselves from being dazzled.



The Laser Event Recorder app (LERapp) has been developed using an iPhone. It utilises the inbuilt camera, GPS and connectivity to record, analyse and communicate details of the incident. The app can be modified for use on Android phones and other platforms.

The benefits of the LERapp are that it:

  • provides a low cost solution (pilots can use their own phone)
  • is easy and intuitive to use
  • allows pilots to take steps to prevent them being dazzled
  • makes it easier for the police to identify arrest and prosecute offenders
  • deters people from using lasers irresponsibly

Dstl has signed an agreement with Profound Technologies to develop and market the LERapp.

The contract is the first to be signed using Dstl’s Easy Access IP contracting framework. This has been designed to help commercialise IP that is at a very early stage in its development or where there are significant financial risks and uncertainties. Easy Access IP allows companies to develop and refine the work at no cost. This allows Dstl to bring products to market that will benefit the economy and society that would otherwise not be available.

Commenting on today’s announcement the Dstl scientist who developed the LERapp, Craig Williamson, said:

The LERapp has the potential to significantly improve aviation safety. It is another example of the innovative and exciting work that Dstl is doing. Like much of our work, there are clear uses outside the military and security environments. The Easy Access IP scheme is a great opportunity to build new links with industry, and reflects our increasing openness to partnering and collaboration.

Randall Fitzgerald, President, Profound Technologies added:

Profound Technologies is excited about the opportunity to commercialize and exploit the technology developed by Dstl. The Easy Access IP program levels the playing field for smaller entities with fewer resources to compete and enter the marketplace. We believe that the technology is much needed and our goal will be to make it an industry standard from a safety standpoint.

The LER app is expected to be available in the summer of 2017.

LERapp could also be used in a wide range of non-aviation users. This includes car drivers and police officers.

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Charity Commission Seeks Public’s Views On Digital Services

The Charity Commission, the independent regulator of charities in England and Wales, has today launched a new customer survey about its digital services.

The Commission’s digital vision is to protect the integrity of the register of charities and public confidence in charities by providing customers with simple and easy to use services, as well as collecting data to enable it to regulate effectively, and exploiting new and more effective forms of communication to reach trustees.

The Commission recognises the importance of the public’s opinions and user feedback in achieving these goals and is encouraging users to voice their thoughts on the Commission’s digital services by completing the short survey now available online. The Commission is looking for input on what it can do to improve the range and quality of its current digital offering and changes or additions that would improve the overall user experience.

The survey will stay open for 6 weeks, closing at 5pm on Wednesday 18 January. It includes questions on users’ priorities when speaking with the Commission and their preferred methods of communication. Responses will be analysed and used to help shape the Commission’s future digital communication tools and projects.

This is part of a wider programme of work on user engagement and research. The Commission will be hosting 2 user workshops about its digital services in London on 8 December and in Birmingham on 14 December. If you are interested in taking part in user testing or attending future workshops please email usability@charitycommission.gsi.gov.uk.

Jane Adderley, Head of First Contact at the Charity Commission said:

Moving to digital brings a number of benefits including greater ability for charities to self-serve, the delivery of tailored content, and a faster service when charities do need to contact us. User feedback and input is very valuable as we continue on our digital transformation journey and this survey will be a key tool to help us understand customers’ needs and preferences going forward.

We also recognise that not everyone has access to online services or the necessary skills to engage with us digitally and are undertaking further work in this area to ensure trustees are supported in the move to a more digital future.

Complete the full survey.




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Ministers Hear From The UK Tech Industry

Government ministers have heard from leading technology companies during a roundtable on the forthcoming negotiations with the EU.

Continuing the Government’s extensive engagement programme ahead of Article 50 being triggered, ministers Robin Walker and Lord Bridges from the Department for Exiting the European Union and culture minister Matt Hancock held a roundtable with some of the biggest technology companies operating in the UK to hear their views on priorities for the sector.

Technology is one of the fastest growing sectors in Britain, expanding twice as fast as the UK economy as a whole in 2014. In recent weeks it has given the UK a massive vote of confidence with Apple, Google and Facebook announcing a raft of new jobs and significant investment in our economy over the coming years.

Among the topics of discussion were the Digital Single Market and access to talent once the UK has left the European Union. Attendees also considered the opportunities that are posed by the UK’s decision to withdraw from the EU and how continued growth can be ensured.

Speaking after the roundtable, Minister for Exiting the European Union, Robin Walker said:

Britain is open for business as a global tech hub and we intend to make sure it stays that way. Since the UK voted to leave the EU we have seen many companies – including technology giants such as Google, Facebook and Apple – continue to invest here, creating thousands of new jobs across the country.

The technology sector is a high performing area of our economy, and it was great to meet with them for a second time to hear their concerns and talk about how they can grasp the opportunities to stem from our new relationship with the EU.

Minister of State for Digital and Culture Matt Hancock said:

With recent news of big investments in the UK by global tech giants it’s clear that the UK’s digital economy is thriving. We are determined to keep up the momentum and today have been listening to tech firms, large and small, about what matters most ahead of our EU negotiations.

We are committed to protecting and supporting its growth so that together we can make the UK the most advanced digital nation in the world.

CEO of Tech UK Julian David said:

The UK tech sector has been the outstanding success of the UK economy over the last decade and will be vital to the UK’s future growth following its exit from the EU. It was great to have ministers fully engaged in today’s discussion, where tech leaders were able to share their passion for innovation.

Whether discussing the challenges or the opportunities, tech companies believe the UK can have a positive future outside the EU as long as the UK remains open to innovation, talent, trade, investment and collaboration.

By engaging with business leaders and key stakeholders both through roundtables and regional visits, the government is building a national consensus on the approach to the negotiations and and the UK’s future relationship with the EU.

Representatives from the following companies were present at the meeting:

  • ARM
  • Cisco
  • Coadec
  • Facebook
  • Google
  • HPE
  • HP
  • Huawei
  • IBM
  • Microsoft
  • Samsung
  • Tech-City UK
  • Tech UK