Doorstep Criminals Using Covid – 19 Fears Into Promoting Misleading Services

Daniel Smith (Nottinghamshire County Council, Trading Standards Officer, Nottinghamshire) writes: During this period of uncertainty regarding Covid-19, it appears that there are some people who are trying to take advantage of the situation and are trying to use the fear of the coronavirus in promoting false services.

The type of services being advertised are disinfection services to driveways and other objects found external to people’s homes including gates and grab rails.

In order to appear more legitimate businesses may also claim they use government approved disinfectants for these services and that they are endorsed by an official Government body.

Nottinghamshire County Council Trading Standards would like to stress that people are still to follow the guidance issued by the Government in respect to self-isolation and social distancing measures. These types of advertisements are misleading you into the services you think you may need.

We always advise residents to not purchase goods or services at the front door and this is more so important during these unprecedented times.

Please be aware of any suspicious services being advertised at the door or online through social media sites.

If you have been a victim of fraud or cybercrime, report it to Action Fraud via their website Actionfraud.police.uk, or by calling them on 0300 123 2040.

You can also report a trader to Trading Standards or obtain consumer advice by contacting the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 0808 223 11 33.

For anyone concerned about COVID-19 please refer to the NHS advice page – https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

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