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Coronavirus Scams

Alert message sent 26/03/2020 13:20:00

Information sent on behalf of Devon and Cornwall Police


Wash your hands of coronavirus scams!
Friends Against Scams aims to protect and prevent people from becoming victims of scams.

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.
Shopping or medication collection services.
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 upfront.
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.

Be a good friend, help to protect your family, friends and neighbours from scams.
Read it. Share it. Prevent it.
#Coronavirus #ScamAware











Contact
For advice on scams call the
Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 0808 223 11 33 To report a scam call Action Fraud on 0300 123
2040 Contact your bank if you think you have been scammed.















To learn more about the different types of scams visit www.FriendsAgainstScams.org.uk
 
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Nicola Payne (Police, PCSO, Crediton)

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