In light of the Corona Virus pandemic, we have seen new doorstep scams appearing in our community. Doorstep scams take place when someone comes to your door uninvited and offers you goods or services to scam you out of your money. These scammers aren't always pushy and persuasive, they may seem polite or friendly and even offer to help.
Trading Standards have been made aware that there are cold-callers (people going door to door) who are offering to 'help' by going for groceries but these people are scammers who will take your money and never return.
If you have not requested a reputable service/ someone you trust to do this for you and a stranger comes to your door unannounced asking to do your shopping- just say no!
If you need someone to collect your groceries, ask a trusted neighbour or access an organisation in your community who are providing these services. For information about accessing these local services please contact Dial-OP Information line on 01382 305757, Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm who will provide essential information on the support available for the elderly and those who are more vulnerable.
It is important to be vigilant when you answer the door, especially if you live on your own. Do not fall victim to this scam.
Protect yourself and be scam savvy(!)
- Only let someone into your home if you are expecting them or they are a trusted friend, family member or professional. Don’t feel embarrassed about turning someone away.
- Don’t feel pressured. Don’t agree to anything at your door or hand over money at the door. Think about it, talk to someone you trust or call trading standards for advice on 01382 436260
- Don’t share your PIN. Never disclose your PIN number or let anyone persuade you to hand over your bank card or withdraw cash.
- Call the police. Call the police non-emergency number 101 if you’re not in immediate danger but want to report an incident. But call 999 if you feel threatened or in danger.
Take a minute. Think about the offer (even if it’s genuine). Do not be embarrassed to say NO or ask them to leave. Scammers are constantly finding new ways to trick people and doorstep scams change all the time. If you have been the victim of a scam don’t be embarrassed to report it. It can happen to anyone.
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