Date Published: 22 May 2020
Rutland County Council is supporting national efforts to combat scams and frauds that are linked to COVID-19.
The UK’s National Trading Standards Scams Team is seeking to make people aware of coronavirus cons through its 'Friends Against Scams' campaign.
The campaign warns individuals and families to be wary of people offering to sell products or services that are somehow related to the pandemic. This could include:
- Virus testing kits
- Vaccines or cures
- Overpriced or fake goods such as anti-bacterial products.
- Shopping or medication collection services (a list of verified groups offering these services in Rutland can be found on our website)
- Home cleaning services
“Sadly, there are groups and individuals who think nothing of exploiting other people and the current COVID-19 pandemic for their own material gain. Coronavirus frauds are now commonplace and it’s important that we know what to look out for, so that we can protect ourselves and each other. The national Friends Against Scams campaign is a useful resource to help you do this and something that we, as a Council, are keep to support.”
Councillor Oliver Hemsley, Leader of Rutland County Council
To learn more about different types of scams and how to spot them, visit the Friends Against Scams website.
You can also contact the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline for advice on scams by calling: 0808 223 11 33. To report a scam call Action Fraud on: 0300 123 2040.
You should contact your bank straight away if you think you have been scammed.