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Devon and Cornwall Police issue Covid-19 scam warning

Devon and Cornwall Police issue Covid-19 scam warning

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 10:30am 22nd March 2020.

Devon and Cornwall Police have issued a warning over coronavirus-related scams.

Officers say that fraudsters are offering things such as cheap Covid-19 tests and shopping trips.

But victims are then being conned out of cash in doorstep crimes.

Police stations across the Duchy have shared the warning across social media but there are not believed to be any cases here yet.

What is happening?

"It's wonderful to see the community spirit alive and kicking with offers of assistance from all quarters and thanks go to all BUT please be aware, there has been an increase in reported scam, personation and doorstep crimes due to the current situation (thankfully not yet our area!)"

Camelford Police, on Facebook

  1. Cold callers offering instant doorstep Covid-19 screening tests for £10 (not possible!)
  2. Offers of shopping trips where you pay up front and don't get the goods (don't!)
  3. Offers of odd jobs being done to gain entry into your home and stealing.(Be careful who you let in)

What is the advice from police?

Officers are urging people to be aware that criminals WILL take advantage of vulnerable situations like this.

If you need help call someone you TRUST and if you're worried, contact the police on 999 if an emergency or 101 if non urgent. Please be warned that there could be a bit of a wait at busy times.

Alternatively, and preferred, email or webchat

Email 101@devonandcornwall.pnn.police.uk

Have a question? Need an immediate response?

Use: WebChat! WebChat is an online service where you can talk directly to our contact centre staff; just the same as calling us. WebChat allows you to ask us a question or receive updates on existing crime reports, all at your own convenience. Simply visit https://crowd.in/WMWXiY and click on the WebChat icon to begin chatting to a member of our call centre staff.

Why call when you don’t have to? https://crowd.in/ZScsDu

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