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February 20, 2023

Vulnerable student helped launder €9,000 after fraudster contacted her on Snapchat

  • A student allowed a fraudster she met on Snapchat, to use her accounts to transfer €9,000 in criminal activity.
  • The girl who was in financial difficulty, agreed to participate in return for €600 after being told it was “perfectly legal”.
  • She questioned the legality of the request and was sent videos of people saying it was legal.
  • One of the victims received a text claiming to be from Bank of Ireland, stating that his account was compromised and to click a link to log into his account.
  • When he did so, his details were given to an unknown person who gained control of his account and transferred money to several accounts including of those accused.
  • For more on this story, please visit the Independent’s website.

People on mental health waiting lists urged not to turn to chatbots

  • Chatbots designs to be digital therapists have grown in popularity over recent years.
  • People who have been waiting months for mental health treatment have been urged not to turn to chatbots as a quick alternative.
  • According to analysis by Future Care Capital (FCC) charity, one in four patients are waiting more than 90 days between attending their first and second appointments for NHS talking therapy treatment.
  • It also found that 87% of people struggling with their mental health were using apps for help.
  • 31% used these kind of tools as they did not want to have to wait for face-to face support.
  • The director of research and innovation at the FCC, has warned that these apps need to be rigorously tested and could “prove to be revolutionary” but “should not be implemented in place of face-face treatment”.
  • For more on this story, please visit the Sky News website.

Council could become first in Scotland to open schools four days a week

  • West Dunbartonshire Council could become the first in the country to introduce a four-day week to school pupils.
  • This comes from new proposals to their 2023/24 spending plans.
  • If new proposals are agreed to at the full council meeting, primary schools would be open Monday to Thursday, 8.30am until 3.45pm and secondary schools would run from Monday to Thursday, 8.20am to 4.10pm.
  • Other proposals being considered for education across the council include the reduction of learning assistants, review of school clothing grant, removal of breakfast clubs in primary schools and more.
  • To read the full story go to the STV News website.

Sexual offences committed by children rise in Dyfed-Powys police force area

  • Figures from the Youth Justice Board for England and Wales have shown sexual offences committed by children are on the rise in the Dyfed-Powys force area.
  • 13 sexual offences led to Dyfed-Powys Police sentencing or cautioning under 18s, up from 12 the previous year.
  • Across England and Wales, the number of offences leading to children being sentenced or cautioned has fallen by two percent to the second-lowest figure since 2011/2012.
  • For the full story, visit the Yahoo website.