ONLINE DATERS FALL VICTIM TO FRAUD
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
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
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.
BUDDING FILMMAKERS GIVEN THE GREEN LIGHT WITH LOTTERY GRANT
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.
For a full list of award recipients visit:-