FAKE INTERNET SITES...
Standards are warning online shoppers to be on their guard.
Officers have received a number of complaints from residents who
appear to have been 'stung' by fake websites offering
electrical goods at cheap prices.
.An online order is placed for the goods, the money is taken by card
then nothing happens. The goods ordered never arrive and there is no
way of getting in touch with the company.
A couple of websites have also posted a message to the buyer saying
there has been a problem and customers will either get their money
back or the delivery will be delayed.
Sefton Trading Standards have been contacted by a number of
residents caught out by this who have lost money in the run up to
Christmas. They are warning others to be on their guard.
Sefton Trading Standards manager Andrew Naisbitt, said:- "More
and more of us are using the internet to buy large goods like
electrical items, especially in the run up to Christmas.
When buying online take your time. While there may be time limits
for special offers, high pressure sales tactics are often signs of a
Also try to shop around as that great deal might well be an offer
somewhere else and even cheaper.
Use retailers and services you know about or ones that have been
personally recommended to you. Remember even the most conscious
shopper can still be caught out"
For advice and help on all consumer enquiries contact Consumer
Direct on 08454 05 05 06
TOP HINTS TO TAKE
* Make sure that the
web address of the page starts https:// before you enter any
personal information or payment details. The 's'
stands for 'secure'. There should also be a small
padlock that appears in the bottom of your screen.
* Always print out a copy of your order and a copy of the
acknowledgement that you should receive.
* Always check your bank statements carefully if you purchase
something on the Internet.
* You should never be asked to tell anyone your card's PIN number -
even if they claim to be from your bank or the police. Never send
your PIN number to anyone over the Internet.
* Check carefully for a postal address and a phone number before
buying - and if its over £100 then use your credit card.
Everton In The Community’s Mental Health Programme has received
£120,000 from the Premier League Community Fund
IN 2007, the
Blues’ award winning disability football scheme embarked on
providing football coaching opportunities for various mental health
day centres on Merseyside.
In partnership with Mersey Care NHS Trust and the charity Imagine,
the project set about facilitating weekly football sessions at
Everton Park Sports Centre. Over the duration of 2007, the scheme
has gone from strength to strength with each session regularly full
to capacity and recently hosted a mental health football tournament
at the Greenbank Academy in Liverpool in October.
Over the next three years, the money will give the opportunity to
change the lives of hundreds of individuals on Merseyside by
establishing a wide-reaching and sustainable development programme.
A full-time mental health football coordinator, the first role of
its kind in the country, will be tasked with setting up Merseyside’s
first mental health football league, whilst engaging service-users
as volunteers and coaches in the programme.
Significant research will also be carried by Liverpool John Moores
University to measure the impact sport and physical activity has in
the prevention and treatment of mental health conditions.
The news of the funding is a further boost to Everton’s award
winning disability football scheme which is one of the largest and
most respected programmes in the world.
Under the stewardship of Steve Johnson, EITC Disability Manager, and
Disability Officer Chris Clarke, Everton In The Community have
achieved many accolades such as the FA National Award for Disability
and the Big Issue Difference Award to add to their growing
Graham Lewis, EITC Chief Executive said:- “Health and
education have been key growth areas for Everton In The Community
over the past 12 months. Mental health is part of EITC understanding
key issues that effect its community, thus providing opportunities
for a vast array of diverse user groups.”
Chris Clarke, EITC Disability Officer added:- “Many months of
hard work have gone into establishing a coordinated and sustainable
football development programme for mental health service-users.
Mental health is an issue that is very often overlooked by sporting
service providers, yet is an issue that can affect one in four of
the population at some stage in their life.
Everton In The Community, as always, aim to lead the way in changing
this situation and create opportunities that go beyond
participation, but enhance all aspects of peoples lives – this
funding will really allow us to take this programme to the next