More scams circulating in Norfolk

More scams circulating in Norfolk

Published by KLFM
7:30am 31st March 2020.

Norfolk Trading Standards is warning of yet more scams coming to light since the coronavirus pandemic started.

One is an email claiming to be from HMRC offering tax rebates

Whilst another is a telephone con, with callers claiming to be from the Coronavirus Trust Fund, saying they can offer discounts on replacement windows for those self-isolating.

Cllr Margaret Dewsbury, Norfolk County Council Cabinet Member for Communities and Partnerships, said: 

"We need to look out for ourselves and each other at this difficult time. Despite the overwhelming kindness being shown in communities across the county there are also a few unscrupulous fraudsters who are choosing to take advantage of the pandemic for their own profit. Remember there are no miracle cures or treatments for coronavirus so be aware of anyone offering those - they are fake.

"There are some simple steps we can all take to avoid scams online, over the phone or on the doorstep. The most important thing to remember is to never deal with someone that you don't know, who contacts you, or who turns up unexpectedly. Don't be rushed, and do take time to check out unexpected contacts with someone you trust.

"If you have a home emergency and need to find a reputable local company because the one you usually use is unavailable, do use a Norfolk Trusted Trader. And when online take care to never click on links, or open attachments, in emails or texts. Remember that if something seems too good to be true, it probably is."

Chief Inspector Craig Miller, said: 

"We have seen the communities of Norfolk coming together to help one another during this challenging time. However, despite the need to stay home to stay safe we know from previous experience that sadly criminals will take advantage of any opportunity for their own means and this situation has been no different.

"We would urge residents, particularly those who are vulnerable or in isolation, to only deal with people they trust and that if anyone has any doubts about those who are approaching them, and are concerned, we advise that they don't engage and report suspicious behaviour to police.

"The majority of groups are well intentioned and will be working through charities, or through a local authority and should have proof that they are doing so."