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Whilst there are lots of acts of kindness and goodwill being shown as we adapt to our lives during this Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak, sadly there are people who will take advantage of the situation.
There have been reports from the police about door to door sales people pretending to be health officials and offering fake Coronavirus tests, masks and hand sanitisers.
Whilst the current restrictions are in place, you are advised not open the door to anyone.
The Post Office has asked that you wait for them to step away after they have knocked before you open the door. Any legitimate delivery service is doing the same.
During this time you may be buying more online. Please be careful as there are reports of increasing levels of fraud.
Call the police fraud line on 0300 123 2040 if you have any concerns or visit the Action Fraud website
To help you spot it there are some useful guides available from trustworthy organisations.
Age UK also has good advice including dos and don’ts on everything from doorstep scamming through to being aware online, whilst Money Saving Expert is there to guide you through your financial rights and scams to look out for.
Friends Against Scams aims to protect and prevent people from becoming victims of scams.
Be aware of people offering or selling:
Protect yourself and others:
To learn more about the different types of scams visit www.FriendsAgainstScams.org.uk