Scammers thrive in times of crisis - say No Thanks

By : Administrator
Published 6th April 2020 |
Read latest comment - 26th May 2020

It's an unfortunate fact that a major crisis like this brings out the low life and bottomfeeders. From profiteering to outright scams and criminality.

There have been reports of people pretending to be NHS staff raising money, either on the phone or banging on doors, to people offering fake Coronavirus vaccines.  Along with the usual doorstep scams, such as tradesmen offering to fix nonexistent urgent issues.

The best defence is always to say "No Thanks". Don't feel guilty, if you want to donate to a good cause, then you decide when and where. 

If someone is genuine, they can leave information, won't pressure you, allowing you to research, ask advice and contact them back at a later date if appropriate.

With more older or vulnerable people self-isolating, the risk is higher, so make sure elderly relatives or neighbours understand to say no thanks to phone calls, doorstep traders, pleas for cash or offers of miracle vaccines. 

 

Steve Richardson
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Scammers come in all forms...... been watching sellers highly inflate product prices on certain items, especially on amazon....... saw a tin of Marvel powder milk on there last week.... £30...... either it got sold or amazon pulled it....


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Barney

Been chatting to different Trading Standards teams and they are getting bombarded with complaints about profiteering

This has to be one of my favourite responses, Leon Livermore, Head of the Chartered Trading Standards Institute.

 

Steve Richardson
Gaffer of My Local Services
My Local Services | Me on LinkedIn

It's an unfortunate fact that a major crisis like this brings out the low life and bottomfeeders. From profiteering to outright scams and criminality.

There have been reports of people pretending to be NHS staff raising money, either on the phone or banging on doors, to people offering fake Coronavirus vaccines.  Along with the usual doorstep scams, such as tradesmen offering to fix nonexistent urgent issues.

The best defence is always to say "No Thanks". Don't feel guilty, if you want to donate to a good cause, then you decide when and where. 

If someone is genuine, they can leave information, won't pressure you, allowing you to research, ask advice and contact them back at a later date if appropriate.

With more older or vulnerable people self-isolating, the risk is higher, so make sure elderly relatives or neighbours understand to say no thanks to phone calls, doorstep traders, pleas for cash or offers of miracle vaccines. 

 
 

It's really a disturbing thing.

I think it's important for people to understand this crime and be ready to burst them.


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Totally right, sadly these type of situations bring out the absolute best in some and the worst in others. Don't lose your common sense. 


 situations bring out the the absolute best
 

BAck when it all started , I was absolutely amazed at how many people actually put their hands up to help with the NHS as you were putting your own life before others, they should really be commended for their actions too


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