Council advises to be on the look-out for potential scammers

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Posted on: 27 October 2020

Devon County Council has issued a warning and is advising people to stay alert to possible scams, associated with the coronavirus pandemic.

Dr Virginia Pearson, Director of Public Health Devon, said;

“We’ve had a report this morning by a member of the public in Shebbear, that he was visited at home by a person claiming to be from the national Test and Trace programme.

“That person told him that his household had been linked as a contact with a COVID-19 case in Exeter, and that therefore he needed to self-isolate. The visitor offered the gentleman a food parcel for £20. He had no identification, and was driving a small dark car.

“This is a scam, and I thank the member of the public for bringing it immediately to our attention.

“I therefore want to remind people to be on their guard, and not be taken in by scams like this.

“The NHS Test and Trace programme publishes details of how they inform people, and importantly what they will never do or ask a person to do. I encourage people to familiarise themselves with the information so that they do not fall foul of would-be scammers.”

Information about the NHS Test and Trace programme and how it works, is available online.

If you are contacted by an individual or a company that you suspect is a scam, you can report it to Action Fraud.

For consumer advice about how to prevent being scammed, visit Devon, Somerset and Torbay Trading Standards’ website.

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