Free car battery recycling at Halfords

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Having just replaced my car battery found that to dispose of the old one at a Council site it would need to be Corby, Grantham or Bourne (Stamford Saturday mobile collection can't take them).

But then I discovered that Halfords will take your old car batteries - you don't even need to have bought anything from them. Well done Halfords.

From their website:

Any customer may deposit waste domestic or car batteries for recycling at any Halfords store. This service is entirely free of charge to you and may be used whether or not any purchase is made.

Telephone Scams

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Most Councils provide advice and guidance concerning telephone scams. This one from Gloucestershire County Council is one of the more comprehensive, yet easy to understand, articles I've come across. Click the logo for the full article (it will open in a new browser window).


Subjects covered are:

  • Computer virus scam
  • Telecoms scam
  • Loan scam
  • Vehicle matching scam
  • Council tax scam
  • Private pension scam
  • Premium rate phone scam
  • Bogus energy saving device scam
  • How to avoid becoming a victim of a telephone scam
  • I gave out my credit/debit card details - can I get my money back?
  • I've been conned - what can I do?
  • Other types of scam

Safe online shopping

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Here are a couple of links to some very helpful advice:



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You may have seen the phrase 'phishing' and wondered what it was all about.

Wikipedia describes it thus

Phishing is the attempt to acquire sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details (and sometimes, indirectly, money) by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication.

And below is an actual phishing e-mail I received, purporting to be from National Westminster Bank. What it wants me to do is click on a link to take me to a phoney Nat West site and for me to enter my login details. These details are captured by the bad guys who will then log in to my electronic banking and, probably, empty my account.

Fortunately there are many things wrong with this that show it is phoney:

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