Council warning residents to be on their guard against scammers
Wakefield Council is warning residents about scammers
who are taking advantage of the situation created by the coronavirus outbreak.
Scams identified across the region include targeting
older people at their homes and offering to do their shopping, but taking the
money without returning, as well as people selling fake – and potentially
dangerous – sanitisers, face masks and swabbing kits on doorsteps and online.
They have also included Whatsapp messages
asking people for bank details if their son or daughter receives free school
The Council is asking residents to be extra
vigilant and also to look out for and warn older and more vulnerable friends, family
Andrew Balchin, Wakefield Council’s Acting
Chief Executive, said: “It is very upsetting to think that people are using this
already incredibly difficult situation to target those that are more
“However, we can all help keep each other
safe by keeping in contact and warning others about the dangers. Also, basic
things such as asking for ID from anyone claiming to be from a charity or never
giving out your bank details can save someone from being scammed.
“Please spread the message and help to keep
us all safe.”
National Trading Standards has issued a resource
pack for those looking to educate themselves on how to protect against
heartless criminals looking to make money from people’s vulnerability. You can find
it at https://www.friendsagainstscams.org.uk/
If you or someone you know has been a targeted
by a scam you should report it to Action Fraud online at www.actionfraud.police.uk/
or by calling 0300 123 2040. For advice and information on how to check if
something might be a scam, visit: www.citizensadvice.org.uk/consumer/scams/check-if-something-might-be-a-scam/
Twitter and Facebook accounts of National Trading Standards, SAFER (Scams and
Fraud Education For Residents) and Action Fraud are also being updated regularly.