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Warning to Cornwall about coronavirus scams

Warning to Cornwall about coronavirus scams

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 6:00am 26th June 2020.

A warning is going out to Cornwall as it's revealed a third of people have been targeted in a scam during lockdown.

New research from Citizens Advice Cornwall has found over half of people (58%) are worried someone they know will fall foul of a con. And the large majority of people (88%) reported they felt wary of coronavirus scams.

Citizens Advice Cornwall and Trading Standards are encouraging people to talk about their experiences and look out for others they think could be at risk.

“Our data shows that the last few months have been very difficult for a lot of people across the region. And despite this, we’ve seen appalling evidence of opportunistic scammers taking advantage of people’s worries and concerns.

“One-in-three local people have been targeted by a scam since lockdown began, showing we all need to be on high alert.

“It’s really important we all do our bit and report anything that looks like a con when we see it. By learning how scammers operate, and helping each other understand what to look out for, we can all work together to stop fraudsters in their tracks.“

Citizens Advice Cornwall Chief Executive, Gill Pipkin

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To help stop more people being fleeced by these types of scams, Citizens Advice Cornwall and Trading Standards are sharing the following tips on how to spot them:

  • Look into installing a call blocker to help combat telephone scams
  • Talk to your bank immediately if there is any suspicious activity or transactions from their account or credit cards
  • Report the scam to Citizens Advice who will give you advice on what to do next and report the scam to Trading Standards
  • Report the scam to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040
  • If you or someone you know is struggling to pay bills or outstanding debts Citizens Advice may be able to help.
  • You can also take the following steps to safeguard yourself and others:
  • Be suspicious if you’re contacted out of the blue, even if it’s from a name you recognise
  • If it sounds too good to be true it probably is
  • Never send money to someone you’ve never met
  • Never give out your bank details unless you are certain you can trust the person contacting you 
  • Don’t be rushed – you never need to make a decision straight away and if you feel pressured say “no”
  • Suspect a scam? Hang up, wait five minutes to clear the line or use another phone to call 
  • Don’t suffer in silence – speak out about scams.

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