Fresh Warning Over Covid 19 Scams

Camarthenshire's Trading Standards team has warned about doorstep scammers.

Carmartheshire's Trading Standards team are warning about a rise in the number of scams relating to Coronavirus.

They're aware of people going door to door selling so called 'anti virus kits' which falsely claim to cure or prevent Covid 19.

We're being reminded that testing is only available via the NHS and there is currently no vaccine or cure.

They're also urging people to make sure they ask for ID from those who are offering to shop for the elderly or vulnerable.

Executive Board Member for Public Protection Cllr Philip Hughes said: “Criminals are exploiting the coronavirus pandemic to scam people in a variety of ways.

“As more people stay indoors and work from home, there is more opportunity for criminals to try and trick people into parting with their money at a time when they are anxious and uncertain about the future.

“In particular, older, more vulnerable people who are self-isolating are likely to be targeted over the phone, or in person.

“It is important that we continue to raise awareness of these scams and protect ourselves, and the vulnerable people in our communities, the best we can.”

Residents are being urged to keep in contact with family members regularly and inform them of the most prolific scams and the possible dangers to them.

For further help and advice please email tradingstandards@carmarthenshire.gov.uk or call 01267 234567.

If you think you have been scammed call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040, or for advice call the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 0808 223 1133.

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