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Message from Leicestershire Trading Standards

Alert message sent 18/03/2020 12:06:00

Information sent on behalf of Leicestershire Police


Dear Members

Leicestershire Trading Standards Service are advising during this period of uncertainty regarding Covid-19, it appears that there are some people who are taking advantage of the situation.

We have heard reports that people are offering to buy essentials on behalf of the elderly and vulnerable who are self isolating. Instead are taking the money and not bringing any goods to them; This is theft.

We don't want to discourage anyone from helping their neighbours or family members in this time of need, and we don't want to breed distrust in those genuine members of the community trying to assist others. We simply ask that you remain vigilant and take note of this basic advice, should someone call on your door:
- try to only liaise with someone you are familiar with,
- only buy the essentials in this manner, therefore the amount of money required is minimal,
- do not hand over a bank card - use cash only,
- if the person says they are from a community group/organisation, ask for some ID or to verify their identity by calling the organisation directly.

Evidence of more scammers taking advantage of the current situation regarding Covid-19 and who are offering door to door tests. These are not legitimate and are worthless!

Whilst it seems this has not hit Leicestershire yet, we thought it best to keep you informed.
Please look out for your neighbours and family members who may not have access to Social Media and therefore will not be receiving this information.

https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/local-news/con-artists-visiting-homes-offer-3959395

Stay Safe and Stay Well – “If you see something….Say Something and Report it!”

PCSO Ali Haq
Wigston Police Station.

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Ali Haq (Leicestershire Police, PCSO 6167, Harborough and Wigston)
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