Scam alert

Alert message sent 06/04/2020 08:21:00

Information sent on behalf of Cheshire Constabulary

Scam Warning: Increase in Coronavirus Scams
Halton Trading Standards has seen a steady increase in the number of Coronavirus scams circulating as Government measures and peoples behaviour changes. Action Fraud has reported an increase of 18-fold last month to scams been reported to them.
Although we have not currently had reports in the Borough, it is important to note that sadly, scams are taking place against the most vulnerable in other parts of the country and Halton residents should be aware of such scams.
The Financial Conduct Authority has issued a warning over a surge in the number of coronavirus-related scams, urging people not to respond to unsolicited phone calls and emails.
The Local Government Association (LGA) has warned that criminals are approaching people’s homes, offering shopping services in return for cash upfront or card and pin details. Cllr Simon Blackburn, Chairman of the LGA’s Stronger & Safer Communities Board said: “It’s important that victims do not suffer in silence or feel embarrassed.”
If you or somebody you know has been caught out by a scam or fraud please contact one of our specialist officers, Linda or Sue on 0151 511 8785 or 0151 511 8775, who are already working with people in Halton who have lost thousands of pounds to scams.
If you need advice on anything else please contact the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline  or 0808 223 1133

Kind regards
PCSO 21122 Maggie Sumner
widnes police station
Message sent by
Margaret Sumner (Police, PCSO, Widnes LPU)

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