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Helpful advice from Friends Against Scams

Posted on 26 Mar 2020

Shared today by North Ayrshire Council’s Trading Standards team, this helpful advice from Friends Against Scams aims to protect and prevent people from becoming victims of scams.

Wash your hands of coronavirus scams!

Be aware of people offering or selling:

  • Virus testing kits – these are only offered by the 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 up front.
  • If someone attempts to pressurise you into accepting a service, they are unlikely to be genuine.
  • Call a family member or friend before accepting offers of help if you are unsure.

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.

Always remember to contact your bank if you think you have been scammed.

To learn more about the different types of scams visit www.FriendsAgainstScams.org.uk