Avoiding Coronavirus scammers

In a time of worry and unrest, some individuals are exploiting fears about Coronavirus to prey on some members of the public. National Trading Standards has issued a warning to people about remaining vigilant and avoiding possible scams. In some cases individuals may be pressured on their own doorsteps to buy anti-virus kits. In addition, some call centres that previously targeted UK consumers with dubious health products are now offering supplements that supposedly prevent COVID-19.

 

To clarify:

DO NOT buy into anti-Coronavirus products; e.g supplements and anti-virus kits, until they are officially sanctioned by the government. Basic anti-flu remedies may help to ease symptoms, but there is currently no vaccine for Covid-19. It is being worked on, but may not be ready for some time. More information on the process of creating a vaccine can be found here.

Scams

Mobile scams

In the meantime, you can find help and guides on how to avoid or debunk scammers via these links.

ITV - How To Avoid Fraudsters

Age UK - Staying safe

Friends Against Scams - Covid-19 scams