1 April 2020
News and appeals
Criminals are using the Covid-19 pandemic to scam the public – don’t become a victim.
Are you unsure whether someone on the phone claiming to be your bank or police is genuine? Hang up, wait a minute, then call your bank/police on a known number to verify their identity. Remember, that you bank, the tax office or the police will never ask you to transfer or withdraw money. They will never attend your home to collect your cash, bank cards or ask for your pin. More advice from Action Fraud can be found here.
The Chartered Trading Institute (CTSI) is warning the public not to open their doors to bogus healthcare workers claiming to be offering 'home-testing' for the COVID-19 Coronavirus.
The alert comes as part of the CTSI's ongoing advice to the public about scams and rogue practices relating to the spread of the disease.
Suspicious callers are said to have been knocking on doors of elderly and vulnerable residents in various parts of the UK, saying that they are health officials doing door-to-door testing.
Katherine Hart, CTSI Joint Lead Officer for Doorstep Crime, said: "There are unfortunately people who are willing to take advantage of those who are most vulnerable even at this unprecedented time when we should all be pulling together.
"Those who have been advised to avoid social contact as part of the measures to help stop the spread of the virus are particularly at risk of being taken in by these cold callers.
"Our message is not to open the door to anyone you don't know or anyone calling 'out of the blue'. Stay safe by only speaking to people you know and trust."
Fraudsters may also use the fact that more people are staying at home, as an opportunity to operate doorstep scams. Action Fraud with Age UK have created a video which explains how to protect yourself: youtu.be/0IyOymAhEJs
Remember, someone posing as a Good Samaritan and offering to help those in isolation with things like buying shopping, then keeping the money, is committing theft. This should be reported to local police. More information on Action Fraud website here.
Surrey and Sussex April CCU Newsletter
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You can also find useful information about different types of fraud on our website here.
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