This week’s happenings
While I can’t provide much information because of privacy etc. but I do remind everyone to be vigilant for any strangers you may see snooping around. If you do see someone new to the area give them a hello. Call out to them with a friendly hello or enquire if you can help them. If they are genuine, then they will think that Opua is a nice friendly place with residents willing to help visitors. If they are up to no good, they will know that they have been spotted and likely move on.
This week’s tip
People are sometimes the prey of unscrupulous confidence tricksters who are only after money. Keep in mind these guidelines:
· Be careful about discussing your financial affairs with anybody.
· Don’t be pressured into drawing large amounts of money out of the bank to give to strangers
- Don’t be rushed into business deals. Don’t accept home maintenance offers or gardening deals until you have thoroughly checked them out, discussed them with friends and family, and compared prices.
· Beware of seemingly very cheap goods and services.
· Don’t rush into signing any legal documents committing yourself to major undertakings until you have asked the advice of other people. The Citizens Advice Bureau or Age Concern will be able to advise you if you feel you have no one to turn to.
· It is a good idea to check the credentials of people who call offering to do such things as paint your house, your roof, or install aluminium windows. You could telephone the relevant professional association or phone around comparing prices if you are interested in the deal. Someone in your family or a friend would probably be happy to help you.
· Don’t rush into any deal involving your property or your money. You may commit yourself to something you will later regret. Seek advice from your family, a neighbour, your lawyer, accountant, the Citizens Advice Bureau, Age Concern, bank, or relevant professional body.
Officer in Charge