Local News for Thursday 28th March 2019

WESTERN ISLES TRADING STANDARDS WARNING

Trading Standards are asking residents in the islands to be wary of any telephone calls purporting to be from their bank.
A spokesperson said: “We have received reports that the scammers call claiming that there has been suspicious activity on your account, usually a large four figured amount of money being paid out to someone you don’t know.
“In order to trick you into believing that they are genuine callers, they ask to check that the caller display is the same as the contact number on your bank card.”
“Scammers are using technology to use cloned telephone numbers which appear as genuine contact numbers.
“Since scammers have also been known to keep your telephone line open without your knowledge, if you phone use your phone immediately after the call, you may be unintentionally still talking to the scammers.
“Our advice is to end the call and to either use a different phone, such as a mobile, or to wait 10 minutes before contacting your bank.”
To report scam calls contact Trading Standards on 01851 822694


MSP CONCERN OVER LOCH SEAFORTH CANCELLATIONS

Highlands & Islands Regional MSP Rhoda Grant has ascertained by means of an Freedom Of Information act request (FOI) that the MV Loch Seaforth, which sails between Stornoway and Ullapool, has had to cancel 68 sailings due to adverse weather between July and December last year.

Rhoda Grant said:
"After such a huge investment having being spent on this vessel, I am somewhat concerned to learn that 68 sailings were cancelled due to adverse weather conditions. Yes, I appreciate that this is a call that the Master or Captain of the vessel will make, taking cognisance of all other surrounding factors, but this number seems to me to be particularly high for a new vessel over a six-month period and makes me wonder if the vessel is actually fit for purpose.
" Of course they get pretty severe weather out in the Minch, but is it so bad that so many sailings have to be cancelled? I would have thought that these factors would have been considered when they designed the build”.