Scammers - Bexley Trading Standards update
Scammers taking advantage of Coronavirus pandemic
Residents are warned to be on their guard against scammers who are trying to take advantage of the Coronavirus pandemic.
Bexley Trading Standards have received information that scammers are using the situation to extort money or gain access to people’s homes.
- door-to-door fraudsters impersonating NHS staff and offering help with shopping in return for payment, or seeking donations to fund a vaccine
- individuals offering to go shopping for the elderly as a means to get and keep their money
- criminals calling at homes and selling people bogus tests to see if they're infected with the disease
Fraudsters are also sending out Coronavirus-themed phishing emails in an attempt to trick people into opening malicious attachments or revealing sensitive personal and financial details.
Residents are urged not to click on the links or attachments in suspicious emails, and never respond to unsolicited messages and calls that ask for your personal or financial details.
If you’re making a purchase from a company or person you don’t know and trust, carry out some research first, and ask a friend or family member for advice before completing the purchase. If you decide to go ahead with the purchase, use a credit card if you have one, as most major credit card providers insure online purchases.
Do not let strangers into your home, particularly at this time of self-isolation and social distancing.
The Council has teamed up with the Bexley Voluntary Service Council (BVSC) to co-ordinate volunteer work. Those wanting to volunteer and Bexley residents needing support should visit the BVSC website.