Scams awareness

The National Trading Standards Scams Team are making people aware of coronavirus scams through their 'Friends Against Scams' campaign.

This page gives information about current scams, and how to protect yourself from becoming a victim.

Be aware of people offering or selling:

  • virus testing kits  - these are only offered by NHS
  • vaccines or miracle cures – there is currently no vaccine or cure
  • overpriced or fake goods to protect yourself from coronavirus, such as anti-bacterial products
  • fake shopping or medication collection services - you can find verified, legitimate services on our website
  • home cleaning services

Protect yourself, and others

  • Don’t be rushed into making a decision. If it sounds too good to be true it probably is.
  • Only purchase goods from legitimate retailers and take a moment to think before parting with money or personal information.
  • Don’t assume everyone is genuine. It’s okay to reject, refuse or ignore any requests. Only criminals will try to rush or panic you.
  • If someone claims to represent a charity, ask them for ID. Be suspicious of requests for  money up front. If someone attempts to pressurise you into accepting a service they are unlikely to be genuine. Check with family and friends before accepting offers of help if you are unsure.

For advice on scams

Citizens Advice Rutland:

Find information on their Facebook page

Friends Against Scams:

Learn more about the different types of scams

Age UK:

Read Age UK's guidance on protecting yourself from scams.

To report a scam

Call Action Fraud:

T: 0300 123 2040

Contact your bank if you think you have been scammed.

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