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Issue Date:- 18 February 2008


1 in 10 Brits, that’s 4.7 million of us, are online dating according to new research from Garlik, the online identity experts.  Of those dating in the digital world, 46% have fallen victim to foul play including suffering from online harassment (11%), being lied to about the appearance of someone they are dating online (37%) and being approached for money from someone they are dating online (12%).   And although common perceptions dictate that the world of online dating is the domain of the single female, men (21%) are almost twice as likely to online date as women (12%).

Tom Ilube, CEO, Garlik said:- “Online dating is a way of life for a growing number of Brits and it’s a fun, and often very safe, way to meet new people. Unfortunately, at the same time online fraudsters are moving away from simple email scams to more sophisticated and cynical techniques that include building relationships online, sometimes over several months of careful grooming, and then asking for money 
or stealing identities. All of us need to wake up quickly to this new wave of online 

Despite a growing amount of advice to the contrary, Garlik’s findings reveal that online daters are also making public personal details like their date of birth (44%), mobile number (22%), and address (14%) and putting themselves at risk of identity fraud and worse in the process.

Tom Ilube appears this week on Tonight:- To catch a love rat discussing the darker sides of online dating.

Sefton Home Watch says look out for Email Scam

THIS has been reported before on Southport Reporter, but according to Sefton Home Watch people throughout the Sefton area are increasingly reporting emails that are supposedly being sent out by High Street banks and Building Societies.

The email may read on similar lines to the following:- "You are requested to follow the provided steps and Update Your Online Banking details, for the safety of your accounts by clicking********. However, failure to do so may result to temporary account suspension."

No banks or Building Societies would ask for your details in this manner. To prevent yourself from becoming a victim of this type of scam, the advice is to delete the email and follow the suggestions given by Trading Standards. Don't be deceived into thinking that because it has the correct logo on the email it is genuine.

And remember if it sounds too good to be true it probably is untrue.  Be aware its your cash they are after.


AMATEUR filmmakers in Manchester, the lost art of woodcraft, and a nature reserve in Wigan are just some of the 78 community groups across the North West benefiting from £567,872 awarded by the Lottery’s Awards for All programme.  Awards for All is the small grants scheme administered by the Big Lottery Fund on behalf of Lottery good cause funders, Arts Council England, Big Lottery Fund, Heritage Lottery Fund and Sport England. The scheme makes awards of between £300 and £10,000 to grass roots community groups and voluntary organisations.

Michelle McNamee, Big Lottery Fund Head of Region for North West, said on behalf of the Awards for All funders:- “The Awards for All programme exists to help community groups working in many different fields and age ranges. Each has the same aim: doing essential work in their local communities, and we’re delighted to support them with over half a million pounds in this current round.”

Filmonik is helping people from the most deprived areas of Greater Manchester to create films. The society, which offers amateur filmmakers an opportunity to show their work and develop skills, will use its £10,000 grant to hold Kabaret, a week-long filmmaking workshop open to all in March. The society holds regular monthly screenings, providing filmmakers of all levels and experience with the opportunity to bring their films to an audience outside of the selection-based world of film festivals.

Kabaret offers the opportunity for those with an interest in film but no experience or funding to learn about the industry, making and screening their results to an audience.

With its £6,000 grant, The Wood Education Programme Trust in South Lakeland is creating and collecting an oral history archive on coppicing and related wood industries that have been lost over recent generations. As the few remaining woodland skills is known only to an increasingly small number of elderly people, the trust is creating an oral history that will be accessible online and on CD. It may also be recorded on video, and then displayed in a multi-venue exhibition before going into a major archive.

Greenslate Water Meadows are to be developed and preserved thanks to a grant of £8,500. The award means that Friends of Greenslate Water Meadows can, in partnership with Lancashire Wildlife Trust and Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust, develop the newly designated local nature reserve, increasing local understanding of the wildlife resources within the reserve and also developing the reserve as a habitat.

Other groups to benefit from this round of awards include £6,500 to help St Helens Tales develop a performance piece for St Helens Festival 2008 and Liverpool Capital of Culture Celebrations 2008, and £6,902 to the Action Adventure Group to help people with mental health problems take part in outdoor activities.

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