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Doorstep Scams - Coronavirus

Alert message sent 25/03/2020 13:32:00

Information sent on behalf of Neighbourhood Watch Scotland


There have been reports about rogue traders cold calling households and offering to spray paths and front doors to get rid of bacteria. Others have reported fraudsters posing as NHS or Red Cross staff and offering to help people with their shopping in return for payment, or trying to get donations to fund a ‘vaccine’.

What to Do
Remember – you are not being rude if you shut the door on unsolicited callers. 

Don’t agree to make any payments for goods or services offered by cold callers.

NHS staff will not turn up at your door unannounced and ask you for money or donations.

If someone that you don’t know knocks on your door and offers to buy groceries for you, don’t pay them up front. Any genuine Good Samaritan will be happy to accept payment once they have delivered your shopping to you.

If you are unsure about any product advertised online, don’t proceed with the order. Be particularly wary if you are asked to make a payment via bank transfer.

If you feel feel uncomfortable or suspicious at any time, call Police Scotland on 101. If you feel threatened or unsafe, call 999.

Report rogue traders to Advice Direct Scotland on 0808 164 6000 or through their website
https://www.advice.scot/
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Lindsay McNeil (NHWN, Co-ordinator, West Dunbartonshire)

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