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.
Do not let strangers into your home, particularly at this time of self-isolation and social distancing.